Finance Apprenticeship

  • Employer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
  • Job type Higher Apprenticeships
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline 30/11/-0001

  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Stockley Park (Uxbridge, UK) and GSK House (Brentford, UK).
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 20/03/2019

If you have a passion for business, building relationships and ambition to achieve a professional qualification, our apprenticeship is a great entry point for a successful career in finance.

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice programme

You’ll receive tailored on-the-job training and training from our in-house experts, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress. You’ll be working towards nationally recognised qualifications – you’ll be working towards the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) level 4 Professional Accounting certification, the equivalent of the first year of university study.

Working with both your line and programme manager we want to identify the right opportunities to help you succeed in the short term and throughout your career with us.  You will be assigned a buddy or a mentor who will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship

What will you do?

You will do two different 12-month rotations, working in one of our finance teams with a combination of on-the-job learning and a programme of training and development. Your duties might include:

  • Assisting with financial processes and period end close duties.
  • Dealing with internal or external customer queries.
  • Identifying and resolving issues using agreed processes or escalating as appropriate.
  • Reviewing accounting documents, producing routine reports and summaries for management as required

You’ll be excited by the thought of:

  • building your financial knowledge and skills to enable GSK’s business to achieve the best in innovation, performance and trust.
  • using numbers to provide unique perspective and independent viewpoint to drive decision making and strategy across GSK’s operations
  • earning how to prioritise and manage multiple projects, objectives and deadlines
  • shaping your own development and choosing courses in line with your needs and interests
  • learning new skills and concepts
  • on successful completion of the apprenticeship off boarding to a permanent role in finance and the opportunity to complete further fully sponsored study to qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant after your apprenticeship, the equivalent of a Masters degree.

What qualifications do I need?  To be eligible for our Finance apprenticeship you will need:

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C (9-5) or above or equivalent, including Maths and English language both at grade B
  • to have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum of 120 UCAS points from your top three A-levels (or equivalent) not including General Studies (300 UCAS points in the previous system)

N.B you cannot be a graduate or already hold a Level 4 qualification for the Finance Apprenticeship (i.e. AAT, CIMA, CIPFA, HNC, HND, Foundation Degree etc)

Where will I be based?

The programme runs for two years, with rotations in our West London offices: Stockley Park (Uxbridge, UK) and GSK House (Brentford, UK).

What our apprentices say about the Finance apprenticeship...

“GSK is an amazing company where you feel valued even as an apprentice. The company helps you unlock your potential by different challenges every day.”

 “I have learnt multiple, technical new skills to do with finance but also developed my interpersonal skills and confidence levels”

“I feel valued because my manager gives me useful feedback and involves me in multiple high-profile tasks”

When does the Apprenticeship start?

Our apprenticeships start in September 2019.

Benefits include:   

•                A competitive base salary

•                An annual bonus

•                Benefit programmes benchmarked against industry standards

•                A recognition programme to reward exceptional work by you and your team

•                A performance and development programme

•                Training and Development (including opportunities to attend events such as the Outward   


•                A nationally recognised qualification

Apply now:

When you apply, you’ll be asked for your personal information and why you want to work for us. We recommend you apply as soon as possible, because we accept ongoing applications and offer positions on a first come, first served basis.

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We’re 100% open to all talent

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, colour, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers. And also because it’s the right thing to do.

Next steps in our application process:

If you seem like a good fit based on your application form, we’ll invite you to complete our World of GSK online assessment. This will give us a better idea of your strengths and suitability for our apprentice programme. Please check your email daily to see if you’ve been chosen – and complete the World of GSK by the deadline given.

If you succeed in the World of GSK, you’ll progress to the GSK Life job simulation. Following this, we will be looking back over the whole of your application so far to decide whether you meet the specific requirements of the programme in the country you have applied to.

The final round is our Assessment Centre. We anticipate this will be in Feb-April

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