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Graduate Trainee - Financial Management / Internal Audit

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Organisation: LGSS   Hours: 37.00
Salary: £21,589 - £31,371   Working Pattern:Permanent
Location: Cambridge Shire Hall   Reference: 17137

Closing date:

04 February 2019 at midday

Our training scheme offers graduates an extraordinary opportunity for a rewarding career in public finance and assurance, 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. .

Successful applicants will have, or will be expecting to achieve, a 2:1 degree or higher in any discipline (no previous accountancy experience is necessary) 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:

The starting salary for this role (including a pending pay award) is £23,500, rising during the course of accountancy training, subject to exam and workplace performance to £31,300.


Over the three year graduate scheme, you will undertake three different placements in Service Finance, Corporate Finance and Internal Audit, on a 12-month rotation cycle. Each placement will provide you with a varied mix across the monthly/annual financial cycle 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, providing professional financial advice to maximise their service delivery
• Supporting services through budget setting and monitoring, and advising on resource allocation and savings proposals
• 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 2019 intake, we have two vacancies on the Financial Management stream in Cambridgeshire and three vacancies on the Internal Audit stream, based across our Cambridgeshire and Rutland sites, with an expected start date in Summer 2019 (or earlier by mutual agreement).

The roles are located within LGSS, a shared service that is part of, and owned by Cambridgeshire County Council and two other local authorities.

The application process will take the form of assessment centre, to be held in mid-February 2019, and final interview, to be held in March 2019. 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 has been extended to 4th February 2019.

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


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