Finance Leader

Our graduate programme for
future leaders of finance.

The Finance Leader Development Programme (FLDP) is our five-year scheme for high-calibre graduates with the potential and determination to become BAE Systems finance leaders of tomorrow.

The programme offers significant responsibility and exposure, with three 12-month placements to gain extensive experience of financial, management and project accounting. We also support you in obtaining your Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) qualification and help aid the development of your leadership, communication and teamwork attributes.


The FLDP continues with a two-year senior accountancy position, offering the managerial experience and further skills development you will require to move into a leadership role within our dynamic finance arena at the end of the programme.


Applications for this programme have now closed, our next intake will commence on the 1st October 2021. Register your details with us and be the first to know when our roles are open.

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If the Finance Leader Development Programme is the scheme that you’ve been looking for, and you’re prepared to be geographically mobile for the 5 year duration, head through to our search pages to complete your online application.
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Employee Story


Your Learning and Development 

BAE will invest time in your development with encouragement and support to reach your full potential.  You will be given the tools to succeed via regular performance & development reviews, 360 feedback and a senior mentor. We will provide help and support to enable you to gain your CIMA qualification which is expected within the first 3 years.

In your fourth and fifth year, you receive 20 training and development days. These can be used to attend our Professional Development Centre, Leading for Success and Essential Leadership Skills programmes, with the remaining days tailored to your individual needs. These sessions will allow you to build upon the development you received from the multitude of courses attended throughout the first three years on the scheme.
After five years you will be a highly skilled member of the finance community and discover BAE Systems’ commitment to your learning and experience is ongoing.
We’re committed to investing in skills and training and proactively look to take advantage of new learning and qualification opportunities for our employees.

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 FLDP 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.
Your online application will involve a number of numerical, verbal and situational strength tests.
If you are successful you will have a video interview, and selected candidates will then be invited to an assessment centre.
The start date for the FLDP scheme is from August 2021.