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Finance Graduate Programme 2014 Full Time

at British Airways in London (Published at 28-10-2013)

Closing date 30th December 2013

Assessments: Assessments will take place across the end of January and throughout February 2014.

The Finance programme is aimed at developing our Finance Professionals for the future.

It is a 3 year programme, which will train and develop graduates that have both an interest in and an aptitude for a career in Finance.

Finance sits at the heart of the organisation, impacting every other department and helping us deliver our strategy and vision. This BA Finance Graduate Programme is designed to equip you with a complete range of financial and management capabilities, growing you from a talented graduate into a senior finance leader of the future.

The speed at which our business moves means our needs can change from year to year. That means you need to be intelligent and have the enthusiasm, drive and flexibility to learn about our business so you can adapt to change as challenges arise.

The Programme

Finance plays a pivotal role for us throughout British Airways, reflected in the variety of placements we offer. This programme offers your three one-year placements with high levels of responsibility and accountability developing your technical financial skills, management and general business understanding. Roles very from Group Finance positions such as Group Reporting and Treasury to line finance positions where the focus is on supporting global operation, strategic and commercial areas of the business.

In addition to the skills and knowledge that you will develop, you will also have an excellent study package to support you while you gain your professional CIMA, ACA (ICAEW) or ACCA qualifications.. You’ll be encouraged and supported to achieve your full potential, which is evident from the senior positions that past graduates have gone on to fulfil within our finance organisation.


Graduate with, or predicted to have, a minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline

Highly numerate

A genuine desire to have a career in Finance

Must have the right to live and work full time in the UK

The Individual

Impact & Influence

Is able to express themselves effectively with stakeholders at all levels Is able to influence and persuade using well thought through positions

Recognises the agendas of others and tailors own response to increase leverage

Actively contributes to discussions

Builds effective working relationships and makes some use of networks

Leads by example and recognises high performance


Demonstrates high integrity and self-confidence

Demonstrates some awareness of risk management

Invests time in own self-development/builds new skills and seeks new learning

Thinking Agility

Able to think conceptually and over the longer term

Able to evaluate and solve complex problems

Thinks through plans and interventions to avoid surprises

Is comfortable in ambiguous situations

Delivering Results

Meets expectations in terms of quality, timescales and budget

Recognises the need for urgency/pace, when required

Can demonstrate competent team leadership by making decisions and talking accountability

Is able to demonstrate effective project management skills

Monitors own performance and seeks feedback

Shows competence in basic IT applications to deliver solutions

Seeks to develop others when given the opportunity

Business Mastery

Displays understanding of business performance and can identify trends and issues

Can name competitors and define their competitive position in comparison to the business

Is able to define the key risks associated with the business

Leadership Behaviours

Effective Communication

Communicates in an open and honest way that builds trust

Actively listens and enables people to share their ideas or concerns

Engages people through clear communications that are tailored to suit the audience


Provides clear vision, gives direction, agrees accountabilities and takes responsibility for delivering what that they have promised

Works collaboratively with other teams, departments and stakeholders to achieve shared goals

Explores different perspectives, keeps an open mind and builds on the ideas of others

Motivating and Inspiring

Treats everyone as an individual so that people feel respected and valued

Demonstrates leadership, resilience and composure under pressure

Empowers high performance by delegating effectively and clear, constructive feedback to teams. and colleagues about their strengths and development areas.

Application Process

To apply, you will need to successfully complete a series of online questions. These questions form part of the selection process and your responses will be assessed. This includes the following questions (please note the system has a time-out security setting so we advise you prepare these offline before submitting).

1) What is it that attracts you to the Finance graduate programme at British Airways? Please describe what you think you will enjoy most and why you would be an excellent fit for this programme. (max 250 words)

2) Describe how you typically influence others. Please give a specific example of when you have influenced in this way. (max 250 words)

3) What steps have you taken to prepare yourself for your future career? Please describe what you have done and why. (max 250 words)

If successful at the application stage you will then be invited to take part in further assessments, the details of which will be provided to you.

The face to face assessments will be held at Waterside, our head office near Heathrow.

Once assessments have been completed, we will make offers subject to references, confirmation of qualifications and medical requirements. We anticipate that the programme will start in September 2014.

We encourage you to submit your application at the earliest opportunity to avoid any disappointment.

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