graduate scheme

Transaction diligence Graduate Programme

Job description

Help companies understand the opportunities and risks of a deal. Put your learning at the cutting edge of business. And embark on a career journey you can own, shape and grow.

“I chose EY because of the learning and development opportunities, exposure to a huge variety of high-profile clients, and to be challenged. The team’s commitment to coaching has been invaluable.” – Katie, Transaction Diligence Graduate

About the programme

In our Transaction Diligence team, you can enjoy getting to know our clients big and small. No matter the scale, each client challenge brings with it exciting revelations and opportunities to hone your skills. You’ll become a vital member of the team, bringing confidence to organisations by analysing the risks that come with buying or selling all or part of a business. Specialising in financial due diligence offers you the chance to see multiple industries in action while developing your own understanding of how businesses operate, what it takes to run them successfully and how we guide those businesses into the future. This is where you can put down some roots, discovering success through a variety of high-profile projects.

What will you be doing?

  • Working in our UK & Ireland (UK&I) or Financial Services (FS) businesses to analyse financial information, identify key trends and develop an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of each business.
  • Communicating with client or target management to understand deal issues.
  • Working in project teams, to produce reports summarising the key findings of our financial due diligence.
  • In Financial Services, you'll also spend time in Assurance, gaining valuable accounting experience.

How is it structured?

Once you join this programme, you'll either work in UK&I or FS, studying for the ICAS Chartered Accountancy qualification. Whichever area you join, there are lots of opportunities for where your career can develop, and you'll be part of a supportive, inclusive team who will give you all the help you need to decide which path is right for you.

In UK&I, you'll work on real client projects across a range of sectors. In FS, you'll work on real client transactions, and gain valuable accounting experience with time in Assurance.

For both areas, you'll balance work and study, develop your analytics and technology skillset, and network with our diverse teams. After three years, you'll have significant transactions experience across a wide variety of sectors and client types, a strong diverse network and a wealth of client relationship skills – all in addition to becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Alongside our programme offering, we give you all the training and exposure to real-world work you could want. We also offer company-wide and programme-specific rewards that make all the hard work worthwhile. These include wellbeing initiatives, a free tech MBA, healthcare support, a pension scheme and more.

Technology in Transaction Diligence

Using technology and analytics is fundamental to what we do. The Deal Analytics team within Transaction Diligence is growing. We are disrupting the traditional financial due diligence model through our use of data analytics, innovation and advanced technology tools. Once you join, your time will be split between deal analytics projects, and practice development and core transaction diligence projects to ensure a broad range of experience.

This is where your adventure begins and where you have every opportunity to build an exceptional experience. Embrace the challenge as you help us build a better working world for everyone.

What we are looking for

We operate an open access policy, meaning we don’t screen out applications on your academic performance alone. You will, however, need to be working towards an honour’s degree in any subject, have a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and three A-levels/Five Highers (or equivalent).

We welcome applications from all academic backgrounds and are looking for people who will succeed at EY today and tomorrow. That's why, through our recruitment process, your academic performance will be considered against your online assessment scores to determine your suitability for an EY role. We’re also proud to partner with RARE recruitment, so that your application can be processed in the context of your socio-economic background.

EY recognises that it has clear obligations towards all its people and the community at large to ensure that partners, employees and job applicants are afforded equal opportunities to enter employment and progress within the firm. As an employer committed to establishing an inclusive environment free from unlawful discrimination, the firm promotes the fair treatment of staff members and job applicants regardless of their sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, age or pregnancy/maternity status.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Competitive salary

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 July 2023

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Closing date:  31 July 2023

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