Graduate Opportunity

2023 Data Science Graduate Programme

Analytics/Maths/Data/Software.

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About us

At the FCA, we help to protect financial consumers and make markets work well by regulating the conduct of over 59,000 businesses.

Our ambition is to become a more innovative, more assertive and more adaptive regulator; one that fully capitalises on data and technology, ensures consumer protection and market integrity, and responds well to the challenges we face.

We’re looking for bright, enthusiastic and values driven graduates to join our diverse and highly capable teams across the FCA.  

About the Programme

Programme Length: Two years
Programme Type: Rotational

In Data, Technology & Innovation (DTI), we are transforming the way the FCA analyses and uses the data, intelligence and information we receive so that we can spot harm and act sooner, enabling us to more effectively regulate the firms we oversee. Our Data Science programme is one of the routes available to graduates in DTI.

Data Science Graduates will be part of our Advanced Analytics & Data Science Units department, leading the development and application of data science at the FCA. Our data scientists deliver business value through pioneering data techniques.

You’ll be supporting our data scientists on projects from day one.

You’ll help deliver innovative solutions to solve challenging problems, improve FCA operations and advance our ability to proactively identify harm. For example, you could be deploying machine learning to build classifiers to support decision making. Or, implementing natural language processing to automate document analysis and utilising network analytics to identify transaction patterns.

As you progress through the graduate programme, you’ll get the opportunity to rotate across the organisation. You’ll champion advanced analytics techniques and help departments understand how they can leverage their varied and unique data sets to unlock new insight.

Working closely with stakeholders, you will shape and deliver data science projects to help resolve the department’s business problems in novel ways, delivering tangible and positive change.

At the end of the programme you’ll have gained experience in both data science and financial services, working with diverse groups of stakeholders to solve real-world business problems using data science techniques and setting you up for a future career as a data scientist.

Learning & Development

After our induction and initial training programme you’ll be benefit from working on a variety of projects, allowing you to put your skills into practice. Experimentation and continuous learning are at the heart of what it means to be a data scientist.

Throughout your time at the FCA, you will be able to advance your capabilities through training initiatives, such as e-learning, take part in various events such as hackathons, and attend regular seminars with academics and thought leaders.

You’ll be supported by our experienced data scientists, who will mentor you throughout your time on the graduate programme.

You’ll also be a member of our data community. This means you will benefit from the knowledge of others and have opportunities to share your knowledge while developing critical business skills.

Our graduates present their work to large audiences internally and externally, contribute to data fluency initiatives for the wider organisation, and work together to mentor our business leaders in how to make the best use of data.

What we look for

If you:

  • graduated or are on course for a 2.1 in a quantitative degree
  • enjoy working with data
  • have proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • are a team player
  • can communicate complex information in a clear and simple manner
  • can code in python or R is useful 

then we want to hear from you.

What we offer

We’re committed to making the FCA a great place to work. We do this by:

  • providing a rewarding environment, recognising that our people are motivated by meaningful work
  • maintaining a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, allowing people to develop and progress without barriers
  • looking after the well-being of our people, ensuring that they are safe and well and appropriately cared for
  • promoting an environment in which people are valued and respected

Beyond this, we offer all our graduates a competitive range of benefits, including: 

  • Base salary of £36,000  
  • Flexible working options
  • Private health care
  • Career and family leave 
  • Non-contributory pension
  • Charity and volunteering initiatives 
  • Minimum of 25 days’ holiday 
  • Sports and social clubs 
  • Subsidised on-site fitness centre (London only) 
  • Free eye tests 
  • Subsidised restaurant 
  • Interest-free season ticket loans.  

Please note:

  • We only accept ONE application per person for our 2023 programmes, therefore, please apply to your first-choice programme. Any additional applications will not be progressed.
  • For the 2023 Data Science Graduate Programme, submit your online application by Sunday 11th December 2022. However, we recruit on a rolling basis and therefore encourage early applications.
  • Applicants must have obtained or be on track to achieve a minimum 2:1 degree from any university.
  • Applicants for the 2023 graduate programmes must have graduated or be in their final year of study.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: December 11th, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £36,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • London
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Analytics
  • Data Science
  • Maths
  • Software

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