BAE Systems
graduate scheme

Finance Leader Development Programme

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Our Finance Leader Development Programme (FLDP) combines formal learning with real world challenges across a number of placements (chosen by the business) to help you realise your potential.

Do you want to work in a finance role with a difference….. How about looking out of your office window and watching the Hawk and Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft take off ….. Or walking past the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier on your way to work every morning….. What about being fast tracked into a leadership role working on one of our billion pound contracts with UK or International governments….. If this appeals then the Finance Leader Development Programme at BAE Systems could be for you.

BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 83,100 people worldwide. Our wide-ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services.

BAE Systems’ FLDP is a UK Flexible, 5-year fast-track scheme, which seeks to prepare individuals to become Finance Leaders of the future within our organisation, through an accelerated programme of training and practical experience. The programme includes a structured and fully supported route to the highly respected Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification. It will also equip you with all the leadership and management skills necessary to become one of the finance function’s senior leaders.

If you join us, you can expect a finance role that offers significant responsibility from the outset. In the first three years, you will undertake three 12-month placements across the company, each being in a different location in the UK, in a different Business Unit and in a different core area of Finance; you will gain experience in financial accounting, financial reporting, management accounting and project accounting. After achieving your CIMA qualification, the FLDP scheme continues with a two-year senior accountancy position, including a minimum of 20 days training and development. This will equip you to launch yourself into a leadership role at the end of the scheme. Our CIMA pass rate is consistently over 90 per cent, our FLDP members have been CIMA prize-winners over the last eight years and most of the FLDP members are promoted to executive finance positions within four to five years of joining.

We are looking to recruit a number of high-potential individuals to join the scheme in August 2021.

We offer: Starting salary of £30,000, welcome payment of £2,000, CIMA study package including support worth over £15,000 & over 14 weeks’ study leave (we are a CIMA Premier Partner), 25 days holidays per year and excellent benefits.

Location: UK Flexible - Please note your location is allocated by the business.

Security / Export Control Statement

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.

What we are looking for


Minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in any subject and 120 UCAS points (new tariff) or equivalent (excluding General Studies). Also, UK Geographical mobility is essential while on the FLDP scheme.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

UK wide

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 6 October 2021

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Closing date:  Continuous recruitment

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