Graduate Opportunity

Finance Technical Leadership Programme 2021

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Finance is a trusted advisor, providing accurate and timely information that is integral to all key investment, operational, and strategic decisions. We play a vital role in supporting our businesses to provide clean water and wastewater services, and our non-regulated business. 

What you'll be doing

On this programme you’ll find out exactly how the financial department of a FTSE 100 company works, on-the-ground and in detail.

During your four, nine-month placements, you’ll explore all four sides of our financial function:

  • Business Information
  • Planning & Performance
  • The Financial Services Centre
  • Group Technical Areas.

You’ll also discover how the nuts-and-bolts of our accounting operations link up with our corporate strategy. You’ll then work on key projects that will drive that transformation, with the opportunity to continue your journey beyond the programme, into a permanent position that matches your interests.

With the emergence of new, sustainable technologies, and increased competition across the industry, there has never been a more exciting time to join Severn Trent.

Severn Trent Water Resilience Project

Work started in 2016 to lay a new 26km pipeline from the River Severn near Stourport to our water treatment works at Frankley. The new pipeline will significantly improve resilience of the water supply for over 1.2 million customers across Birmingham and surrounding areas.

With a combination of established and completely new challenges on the horizon, you can expect to work on projects that will teach and test you, in very different ways. These are some examples of the important work our current Graduates are doing:

  • Cost separation for OFWAT regulatory reporting
  • Business-wide implementation of new budget-forecasting software
  • Analysing and reporting on group cost drivers
  • Developing a new, robust accounting process for our renewable energy businesses
  • Designing and rolling-out training for cost centre Managers.

Training and Development

During your journey, you’ll receive a combination of technical, on-the-job training (delivered by your Line Manager, and shaped to your specific needs and interests), our world-class, business-wide development training, and external accountancy courses delivered by professional bodies like BPP or Kaplan.

At the same time, you’ll study for your professional accounting certification (either with ACCA or CIMA, according to your preference). You’ll also take on what we call ‘business-as-usual’ roles that already exist and are integral to our business, rather than having been created specifically for Graduates.

Every Graduate who passes through our Finance Programme will receive a professional accounting qualification, providing you pass your exams. However, this programme is also a gateway into one of two key roles within our organisation:

  • Business Leader:
    • Working in Business Information or Performance & Planning, this position is focused on management accounting, and will allow you to collaborate financially with a range of stakeholders to drive business-wide improvements.
  • Technical Expert:
    • Focused on financial accounting and reporting, in this role you’ll work with our Financial Services Centre or Group Technical Areas, exploring and refining the technical details of our accounting operations.

What we're looking for

We don't expect everyone to have had an opportunity to gain work experience in a similar sized organisation to ours.

As a development programme, we do encourage candidates to have evidence of their own personal development, and this can be evidenced in a number of ways, including work experience, volunteering, and through continuous learning.

We’re looking for people who’ll demonstrate curiosity. You’ll be able to grasp and learn things quickly, learning from your own and others experience, to improve performance in the future. You’ll be someone who is motivated by a strong desire to succeed and excel in each of your placements, taking pride and ownership of appropriate tasks and actions, knowing that what you do, makes a difference to our customers.

With a variety of placements and experiences, you’ll be someone who enjoys taking an analytical approach to analysing information from various sources, using this knowledge to inform robust solutions and decisions, demonstrating courage to see tasks through in their entirety.

We show care to our colleagues and customers alike and you'll be someone who is able to successfully build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, drawing on these relationships to understand their drivers, needs and expectations.

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