The role

About Southwark:

Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a council, we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. We are committed to our ‘Fairer Futures for All’ promise which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do.
Southwark has a varied mix of cultural communities, where over 120 languages are spoken in Southwark. We have all the challenges you'd find in any inner city area.
Southwark Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Role:
We are looking to recruit a number of enthusiastic and talented individuals to join our graduate finance training programme. This programme offers the extraordinary opportunity for a rewarding career in public finance, allowing you to influence key local authority decisions and make a real difference for the benefit of our communities.
Southwark’s 3 year training programme has been designed to train and equip graduates with the practical and strategic skills required to become finance leaders, driving the progress and successes of the organisation. As a part of the scheme, you will attend classes at the internationally respected CIPFA and study to become a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. You will also gain practical experience through a rotation of specialist placements in departments around the council, allowing the opportunity for progression at the end of the scheme.
Based right in the heart of London bridge, Southwark’s graduate finance training programme also offers additional benefits such as a progressive pay scale based on completion of each exam stage, generous holiday allowance, the local government pension scheme, flexible working hours to promote a healthy work-life balance, free gym and swim in Southwark leisure centres and access to staff networks for BAME, LGBT, disabled and female staff.
About You:
We are looking for driven and self-motivated candidates who have strong numeric, written and analytical skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.
You will also have knowledge of the public sector (and local government in particular) and an awareness of key issues relating to the work of the public sector.
Additional Information:
1. GCSEs (or equivalent) in Mathematics and English (Grade C or above)
2. Have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1 degree (any discipline)
3. 300 UCAS Points (or equivalent) achieved.

Recruitment timetable

Advert closing date: 7th December 2021

Interview date: 16th December 2021


We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.