Finance Graduate
graduate scheme

Finance Graduate

Ordnance Survey
£26,000 per annum

Job description

Three-year fixed term contract, with potential for permanent at three years.

In our Finance Graduate programme, you’ll develop your skills and experience in the full range of finance areas to prepare you for your future career as a finance professional. You’ll start in our financial planning and partnering team, getting to know the business and working closely with them to plan and analyse business revenue and spend, and long-term financial planning. You’ll also spend time in financial operations, and our reporting teams. Throughout your programme, we’ll support you to achieve your professional accounting qualification with CIMA, and working closely with the senior finance management team, you’ll get invaluable leadership and management development to set you up for your future Finance career.


In your first year, you will learn how to manage the finances of a cost centre, from planning a budget to monitoring monthly performance. Your work and insights will help our business make the best decisions in that area to support the strategic direction of the company. You will also be responsible for analysing business information and data as business needs require. For example, we might need to check the profitability of a specific contract or analyse what activities our employees are working on or look back at historical financial information to identify trends.

As you progress into years two and three, your responsibilities will grow so that you will be responsible for managing the finances of a whole business area, for example our operations team. You will learn to use your analysis and insight to influence senior decision makers within your area and the wider business. You will build professional relationships with non-financial colleagues and support them in interpreting and understanding financial information.

During your three years, you will successfully complete your professional training and will be responsible for your personal development. We will give you the support and opportunity to allow you to use the knowledge and abilities you learn to add value to Ordnance Survey and help you grow into a professional leader.

You will be based at our Southampton headquarters.

Company information

Our aim is to provide mapping that informs, guides and inspires. Our vision is to reveal our ever-changing landscape in extraordinary detail, giving the most comprehensive view of Britain. Our data underpins £100 billion of the nation's economy and our expertise is helping other countries across the world to do the same thing. Find out more about OS: our work, our culture and our values.

Person requirements

Successful graduates at OS don’t just have great qualifications, but fit into our culture and values: the way we do things around here. That means you’re motivated by the right things, understand it’s not just about what you do but how you do it, and are inspired by an innovative, challenging and energising environment.

When you apply to our graduate scheme, we’ll be looking to see if:

You’re incisive, engaging, and enjoy working with others

Communicating well with people is important to you, and you know when it’s right to involve other people to get something done better. You understand your strengths as well as what you need to work on, and you help others do the same. You’ve probably done some networking already, or maybe been involved in events with others in your field, because you understand the value of sharing knowledge and experience with different people.

You’re intelligent, rounded, and restless to learn

You’ve probably got involved in other things while studying; maybe a member of a university club, worked in a part-time job while studying, or volunteered for a charitable cause. New things excite you, you’re prepared to take on a challenge, and not afraid to think differently if it means a better outcome.

You’re ambitious, enthusiastic and adventurous

Getting results is important, and you enjoy doing things well that make a positive impression. You challenge yourself to do and learn more, and regularly step outside your comfort zone if it means you’ll achieve something better. You know where you’re heading and how to get there, but that doesn’t mean you’re afraid to change the route if you need to: failing isn’t scary to you, it’s an opportunity to learn.

Qualifications and experience requirements

Minimum 2:1 bachelors degree, any discipline.

Accepted degree subjects



£26,000 per annum



Contract and working hours

Fixed term

How to apply

Number of vacancies: One

Closing date: 09/01/2017

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 09/01/2017