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Chartered Accountancy Graduate Scheme



28th October 2019

Are you an ambitious graduate (in any subject), with a positive, forward-thinking approach? Are you looking for a role in a stimulating, supportive and inclusive environment, where you are encouraged to be your authentic self at work? Do you have the appetite to work towards becoming a Chartered Accountant at the UK’s biggest insurer?

If so, why not follow in the footsteps of our previous Chartered Accountancy Graduates and your hard work could see you well on your way to becoming a leader of the future here at Aviva. Accountants at Aviva add value right across the business, supporting different departments to achieve their goals, influencing key decisions, crafting and shaping policy and improving the way we work.

Even if you haven’t studied Accountancy at university that’s ok with us - we truly believe new ideas and perspectives are invaluable. Individuals with a curious mind, a customer focus and a real passion for crafting a career in business/finance/insurance get on very well here. So, if this sounds like you, and you are numerically minded, regardless of your degree subject please read on because we need people just like you.

About the scheme:

Our scheme provides ambitious graduates with a stimulating, meaningful and supportive route in which to gain your ICAEW qualification through the Level 7 Accounting Professional Apprenticeship, which is equivalent to a Master’s degree. The programme will give you the opportunity to become a well-rounded Chartered Accountant and help you launch a high achieving career, grounded in both an insurance specific and more general understanding of accountancy, finance and commercial business.

What you will do:

  • Participate in a three-year scheme
  • Complete three, one-year placements
  • Study for the ICAEW qualification
  • Qualify as a Chartered Accountant

You will complete your one-year placements in different Finance teams, based in Norwich or York. You can be assured that the placements will be dynamic, challenging and substantial, and provide you unrivalled breadth of experience to lay the foundations of your career. As valued member of the finance team from day one you will take ownership of the work you undertake, with clear objectives and responsibilities.

Alongside these placements you'll undertake your studies. Modules cover everything from Financial Reporting to Auditing, Law to Taxation – and each end with an exam. Don't worry though, you'll be able to concentrate fully on them, as you'll be taught by an external education company away from the office, and your manager, buddy and fellow cohort will be encouraging and supportive every step of the way. By the time you're done, you'll have a broad and detailed grounding in the world of commercial accounting as well as practical experience that will stand you in good stead throughout your career.

Where you’ll be located:

You’ll be based in either York or Norwich during your training. We prefer applicants to be flexible, but you can preference a location upon application. After you qualify, you’ll have the chance to be based in any of our UK offices, and who knows, think big and you could see you yourself in any number of our global offices too.

About you:

We are looking for highly motivated people who have graduated in any discipline and who have a keen interest in business, finance and insurance, and aspire to be a future Aviva leader. We look for:

  • 120 UCAS points (new tariff) from 3 A Levels (or equivalent)
  • A minimum of a 2.1 degree. This doesn’t have to be in Accountancy – graduates from diverse backgrounds are often able to offer fresh ideas and alternative view points, but you will need to be numerically competent.

No specific experience previous work experience is required either; mental dexterity is the crucial element, allied to a passion for business, plenty of initiative, great interpersonal skills and clear leadership potential.


  • Starting salary of £26K pa
  • Incremental salary increases
  • Annual performance-related bonus
  • Up to 50 paid study days
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Generous 29 day’s holiday, plus bank-holidays
  • Discounts on all Aviva products
  • Share Save scheme
  • Examination fees paid for by Aviva
  • Aviva fund your student membership to the ICAEW

The recruitment process:

We live Aviva's values. With a culture of continually reflecting on and improving what we do and how we do it, our recruitment process aims to select the strongest talent, that demonstrate the same. We invest in our people and expect a curios and gutsy mindset. We search for dynamic individuals who have the makings of an outstanding leader and communicator. All of this is assessed throughout the selection process which is:

Make an online application - this includes a short questionnaire and submission of your CV
If shortlisted, you will be sent some numerical and verbal testing to complete
Pass those and there's a telephone interview, with the opportunity for you to ask us questions too!
Finally, there's an assessment centre

Applications close 31st December and assessment centres will take place in early 2020. If you're successful, you’ll join us at the end of summer 2020.

Additional Information and Equal Opportunity:

One of Aviva’s core values is Care More, and this is brought to life through the flexible ways we love to work! This may include working from home some of the time, or flexible work schedules to accommodate parent and carer responsibilities, further studies and hobbies.

Our diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives are crafting an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of age, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or those with other caring responsibilities. Our approach helps to ensure Aviva as a place which values difference and provides equal opportunities for all.

As a disability confident employer, we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability (as defined in The Equality Act 2010) whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. (By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you should provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential). Please apply through the website and then email the contact listed in the advert to notify us that you meet the conditions for the guaranteed interview scheme.

We prefer all applications to be submitted online, however if you require an alternative method of applying please contact Daniela Krol on 0121 234 7660 or daniela.krol@aviva.com 

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 31/12/2019




This job is located in Norwich, Norfolk

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