Finance Graduate Scheme

Finance graduate Jermaine Harrison

"TfL is the best place for me to make commercial business decisions and develop key financial skills. This is key to talent development and challenges conventional thinking."

— Jermaine Harrison, Finance Graduate

How long: 3 years

Where: London/Hybrid.  
Up to 50% of time can be spent working from home over a 4-week period. Hybrid working arrangements may alter subject to business requirements. 

Salary: £28,500 rising to £30,000 in year 2

What you'll need

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline.

What you'll be doing

As a graduate, this three-year programme will develop your holistic understanding of all the different aspects that make up Finance as a business function. In total, you'll complete up to nine placement rotations. Alongside this, you'll be studying for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional qualification through the Level 7 Accountancy Taxation Professional apprenticeship.

Our aim is to equip you with the range of skills and breadth of experience you need for your successful career. Your journey through the scheme will allow you to build up knowledge in transactional accounting, apply that knowledge and gain partnering experience across all of TfL's major Business Units in a Finance Business Partnering role, before transitioning into a strategic finance placement and contributing towards TfL's significant strategy publications, assisting with our treasury management or seeking innovative funding solutions for some of our most interesting projects.

We also understand that everyone's career and ambitions are different, so every graduate's journey with us is unique. We have designed a rotational placements structure, with core and elective placements to allow to shape your career to your own ambitions. Here is an example of what your development journey could look like:

First 9 months

Finding your feet in Finance, getting to know the fundamentals, and developing your transactional accounting knowledge.

Next 15 months

Applying your knowledge and developing your partnering skills with a more flexible structure, selecting placements from a range of TfL's delivery organisations.

Next 12 months

  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Investment Appraisal
  • Corporate Finance

Where this career can take you

After completing the scheme, you'll roll off into a permanent role that best suits the skills you have developed over the 3-year programme, balanced with the needs of the business. This could be into a position such as a finance business partner, financial reporting accountant, a corporate finance analyst, amongst other opportunities.

TfL has an excellent track record in continuing to support our graduate alumni with very high retention and promotion rates. In 5 years, you could move between finance business partner roles to get a breadth of experience in project and commercial functions. In 10 years, you could progress to a senior role in any finance area.

Achieving this industry recognised ACMA CGMA designation as a chartered management accountant with CIMA will provide the technical skills, professional knowledge and tools to long-term career success in Finance.