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Apprentice Accountant with The Financial Conduct Authority

Financial Conduct Authority
Are you looking to launch your accountancy career within the financial services industry? The FCA are seeking an accounts apprentice to complete a Level 7 ACCA qualification, whilst working within their Retail and Regulatory Investigations department. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in financial regulations and industry best practice.

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There are few jobs where you can make a real difference to the 2 million people who work in the UK Financial Services industry, the 40 million consumers of financial products and the stability of our economy as a whole.

From regulating Consumer Credit to driving action on Foreign Exchange manipulation or helping strengthen accountability in the banking sector, the FCA is working with the industry to protect consumers, ensure the integrity of the UK financial system and promote fair and effective competition. Our remit has expanded significantly since our creation in 2013, with the number of firms we regulate growing from 23,000 to over 56,000. We oversee conduct across the full span of the financial sector from global investment banks to high street payday lenders, and are now preparing to implement a new strategy that will sharpen our focus to face the regulatory challenges ahead.

Financial Conduct Authority


3 Years (Permanent)

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Job Summary

GBP 422.80
New Vacancy
Financial Conduct Authority

Detailed Job Description

About the division:

The FCA’s Enforcement function (part of the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division) is responsible for conducting investigations into suspected misconduct and, where appropriate, pursues and remedies misconduct by firms and individuals through criminal, civil and administrative sanctions and orders.

About the role:

The role is in the Retail and Regulatory Investigations department.

Retail and Regulatory Investigations focuses on regulated firms and their management and how they engage with consumers. Investigations cover a very wide range of issues including mis-selling, anti-bribery and corruption, money laundering, systems and controls failings and corporate governance failures. We also cover a broad range of financial markets including pensions, mortgages, general insurance, retail investment advice, retail and wholesale banking and consumer credit.

What does this job involve?

You will be working as part of an investigation team supporting the effective delivery of Enforcement cases and projects.

The key responsibilities of a Trainee Accountant will include:

  • Research into applicable standards and guidance including regulatory standards, accounting standards and industry best practice
  • Assisting with extracting and analysing evidence, including financial information, financial statements, bank statements and other financial data
  • Assisting in interviews of witnesses and subjects of investigations, internal decision making committees, proceedings before the Regulatory Decisions Committee, the Upper Tribunal and the civil and criminal courts
  • Assisting with the preparation of disclosure bundles
  • Reviewing evidence, documenting analysis and initial classification of documents for relevance and disclosure purposes
  • Conducting general administrative tasks relating to investigations and case preparation, including drafting correspondence and minutes
  • Assisting with the calculation of penalties

Requirements and Prospects

Qualifications required

  • Minimum of 2 A-Levels at grade C - including one in numerical subject e.g. Maths, Economics, Finance.
  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C (4-9) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications

Skills required

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Packages (including Excel in particular)

Personal Qualities

  • Good numerical skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Capable of working effectively as part of a team and supporting others
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to organise information in a comprehensible manner
  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • An analytical mind – enjoys problem solving and understanding new issues
  • Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • A thorough and organised approach – able to manage a variety of tasks and issues, prioritising appropriately
  • An interest in the financial services sectors and regulation
  • Excellent judgement with ability to raise issues on a timely and appropriate basis
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on new tasks and responsibilities and to adapt to change

What does a typical placement look like

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Packages (including Excel in particular)

What you should wear

  • Minimum of 2 A-Levels at grade C - including one in numerical subject e.g. Maths, Economics, Finance.
  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs A*-C (4-9) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications

Future prospects

Apprentices who successfully complete their professional qualification and apprenticeship programme will be considered for a permanent role within the FCA.

Additional Information

Training provided

As an Accounting Apprentice with BPP, you will complete the Accountancy Taxation Professional Apprenticeship at Level 7. Within the apprenticeship you will undertake the ACCA professional qualification.

The apprenticeship will be completed at a BPP centre or via the Online Classroom platform, in addition to at the workplace.

Please ensure that you apply for the position as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The closing date is a rough guideline as to when an advert will close. The advert may close before the given closing date if the employer has filled the position(s).

BPP Professional Apprenticeships - Learning Provider

BPP is one of the UK’s largest providers of professional apprenticeship training. They work closely with some of the UK’s leading employers including RBS, EY and Starbucks to create unique opportunities for apprentices.

For more information about this vacancy please contact BPP Professional Apprenticeships on 0203 131 5165 or email: (Ref ID:99802)
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