Apprentice Accountant with The Financial Conduct Authority

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Weekly wage £422.80
35.0 hours per week Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
duration: 3 years
start: 2 September 2019
Master's Degree(level 7)
Accountancy Taxation Professional (apprenticeship standard)
28 June 2019 (application closing date)
Are you looking to launch your accountancy career within the financial services industry? The FCA are seeking an accounts apprentice to complete a L7 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.


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.

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 Apprenice 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

Future Prospects

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

Reality Check

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).

Skills Required

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Packages (including Excel in particular)
  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Good numerical skills

Qualities Required

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Capable of working effectively as part of a team and supporting others
  • Ability to organise information in a comprehensible manner
  • 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

Qualifications Required

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

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.

About the employer

We regulate one of the largest industries in the country, ensuring financial services firms act and think with good conduct uppermost in their minds in relation to consumers, markets integrity and consumers. Were a new organisation with a new set of powers - youll have the chance to help us define who we are, what we do and how we do it.

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