Finance Accelerate Programme

Our graduate programme for
future leaders of finance.

The Finance Accelerate Programme is a three-year scheme for high-calibre individuals who want to own their career aspirations, supported by training and practical experience, to help them succeed in becoming a highly skilled member of the finance community at BAE Systems.

This role has now closed and will re-open September 2022.


The scheme offers significant responsibility and exposure across three diverse placements to gain a broad understanding of all aspects of finance and how these fit into the wider organisation. BAE Systems also supports you in obtaining a Chartered Accountancy qualification and are committed to investing in training to complement your career development, communication and teamwork attributes.

About the programme

The Finance Accelerate Programme is designed as an entry route into Accountancy. For the duration of the scheme, you’ll work towards gaining your professional Chartered Accountancy qualification whilst gaining practical experience in a variety of core areas within our Finance team.
You’ll complete your professional qualification alongside developing the relevant skills and behaviours to be successful in your role. To complement your studies, Finance Accelerate has been designed to expose you to a variety of finance roles. Each role will provide you with the opportunity to develop your finance and business acumen skills as well as growing your soft skills.
This programme would particularly suit an individual who is keen to get involved with all aspects of finance, who enjoys problem solving and who is committed to furthering their career through an external study programme.
If you demonstrate the aspiration and high potential to further excel within the Finance function, you’ll have the opportunity of progressing onto Future Talent Programme, which is a two-year scheme designed around enabling you to become a future finance leader.


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Your Development 

On the Finance Accelerate Programme, BAE Systems will invest in your development with encouragement and support to reach your full potential. Alongside your studies, you will be given the tools to succeed via regular training workshops, cross functional peer collaboration, 360 feedback, stretch assignments and a senior mentor.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from real world experiences. 

Rewards and benefits

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Starting salary

+ £2k welcome package. Yearly performance related bonus
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CIMA support

CIMA support package & 14 weeks flexible study leave
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Relocation assistance

Relocation allowance & up to 5 days leave to find accommodation
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Days annual leave

Per annum & flexible working hours
Become involved in charity/community events (e.g. Invictus games, pride, sponsored events)


What you'll need

To join us on the Finance Accelerate Programme you must have a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor's degree in any subject and 120 UCAS points or equivalent (excluding General Studies).
You will need to be geographically mobile, show flexibility and resilience and have exceptional practical and analytical skills to thrive on the programme, and take responsibility for your own progression.
Finance is a very hands-on profession that will see you working in demanding industrial environments, so it’s vital that you have the tact, confidence and tenacity to challenge accepted practices and robustly manage cost savings at ground level.

How to apply

We ask all candidates to apply online using our application form to ensure our selection process is completely fair and consistent. Following your online application you will be invited to undertake a virtual assessment involving gamified assessment challenges and video questions. If you are successful, you’ll be invited to either a virtual or face-to-face interview. Our main recruitment window runs from the beginning of September every year. Please note: where sufficient applications have been received these roles be closed therefore early application is advised.
The start date for the Finance Accelerate Programme is from August 2022.