Financial managers provide financial guidance and support to clients and colleagues so they can make well-informed business decisions. They are at the root of all major business decisions, as they analyse a variety of data to produce reports and information that can be used to maintain the bank’s liquidity and efficiency. If you have excellent numerical skills and an analytical mind, this could be the career for you.
As a gradA grad scheme typically lasts around two to three years on a rotational basis, where your role will be to thoroughly explore the importance of finance across all functions and departments of the bank. You will be collecting vital numerical information that helps place the bank at the forefront of technological and economic stability, advising on business decisions that could determine the company's future, reporting on activities and managing tax processes that inform the direction of operations.
salary bands and hours
- £28k – £32k
- 35-45 hours per week
trainingYou'll be supported during your graduate programme, qualifying through either CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) or ACA (Chartered Accountants), both of which will give you the foundations to build your knowledge. Essentially, your training will teach you how to select the right numbers to support various reports to do with statutory activities, managing tax and changing processes, and advising charities and initiatives with a large public presence on how to navigate their finances.
progressionMany employers hire finance graduates with a view to hire permanently after the role, as they'll be trained specifically in an area of finance that is different in each bank. After completing your qualifications, you’ll be able to progress to a financial manager role. After this stage, you could take on more professional qualifications and become a financial or managing director, or you could take your transferable skills into a more general management role, like HR.
necessary skills and requirementsSkills:
- Have a real passion for maths and strong numerical skills
- Have an analytical mind and a logical thought process
- Possess a good commercial awareness
- Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as being able to work in a team
- IT proficiency is a must, especially with spreadsheets and invoicing systems such as Xero and Quickbooks
- Graduates applying for this role need to have a minimum of a 2:2 from any university.
top tipsEmployers are looking for how your project and time management skills have been used to work under tight deadlines, in and outside of your academic career. They want to see where your personal efforts have been placed in your free time.
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Assistant Manager in Strategic Decision Support at Lloyds Banking Group
I think LBG really understands and has embraced new ways of working, and is becoming a more agile organisation. There is a really good balance between work and personal life.
Lead Analyst in the Risk Division at Lloyds Banking Group
I think a huge benefit of working for Lloyds Banking Group is the supportive culture. Managers are not only interested in deliverables, but they'll also go out of their way to help you learn and improve your skills. There's a real focus on professional and personal development for the grads here.