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Financial Management / Internal Audit Graduate Scheme

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Organisation: LGSS   Hours: 37.00
Salary: £21,589 - £31,371   Working Pattern:Permanent
Location: Cambridge Shire Hall   Reference: 20410

Closing date:

27 January 2020 at midday

Established for over 30 years, our Training Scheme offers graduates an extraordinary opportunity for a rewarding career in public finance and internal audit, allowing you to influence key local authority decisions that matter to communities.

We are looking to recruit a number of enthusiastic and determined individuals to join our two schemes, specialising in either Financial Management or Internal Audit. Successful applicants will have strong communication and analytical skills and be able to think creatively. You are not required to have any previous finance or accountancy experience.

Successful applicants will have, or will be expecting to achieve, a 2:1 degree or higher in any discipline and 3 Bs (or equivalent in UCAS points) at A-Level or equivalent recognised qualification.

All trainees will study for the CIPFA Professional Qualification at the CIPFA Education Training Centre in London and at the end of the three years qualify as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant.
To find about more about the qualification, please visit the CIPFA website:


Over three years, you will undertake different placements in Service Finance, Corporate Finance and Internal Audit, on a 12-month rotation cycle. This gives you a breadth of experience across the whole council and teaches you a wide range of technical and managerial skills, so you can learn where your interests lie and have the ability to pursue a career in your chosen area. Each placement will provide you with real responsibility from the start. You will have a varied mix of monthly tasks and high-level projects, supporting the needs of your CIPFA studies and your development as a public sector finance professional. Opportunities include:
• Supporting a selection of budget managers, including service managers and directors, providing professional financial advice to inform their decision making and maximise their service delivery
• Supporting services through budget setting and monitoring, and advising on resource allocation and savings proposals
• Working on projects to procure new services, from care home provision to our major highways contract
• Gaining a knowledge of technical accounting and working across Public Sector organisations i.e. NHS Trusts, schools
• Developing, completing and reporting on your own Internal Audit assignments to analyse and improve the Council’s control environment.


You will remain based in the Audit team, supporting the service in providing independent assurance on the effectiveness of the organisation’s risk management, governance and internal control processes. You will work closely with management to recommend and agree improvements to systems based on your own work, which will include a wide range of assignments across financial audit, contract audit, project management, IT audit and work in social care and fraud investigations. You will also have opportunities to specialise and to work outside of your primary client base, expanding your skillset by undertaking audit work across our audit clients including schools as well as County, District and City councils.

For the 2020 intake we have 2-3 vacancies on each stream, with an expected start date in summer 2020. However, an earlier start date can be offered if desired.

The application process will take the form of assessment centre and final interview, to be held in February 2020. As part of this process, you will have the opportunity to indicate a preference for the Financial Management or Internal Audit specialism.

Closing date for applications 27th January 2020.

For enquiries about the scheme, please contact Rebecca Bartram (; 01223 699693).


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