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FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR GRADUATE AND PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES 2011-2012


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CONTENTS Welcome to the Financial Services sector – Graduate and Placement recruitment 2012 Section A: Accountancy Part 1: NI Chartered Accountancy Milkround (see code of practice Chartered Accountants Ireland Ulster Society) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore..............................................................................................................................................................5 BDO Northern Ireland......................................................................................................................................................................5 Bombardier ....................................................................................................................................................................................6 Cavanagh Kelly...............................................................................................................................................................................6 Deloitte..........................................................................................................................................................................................7 Ernst & Young LLP............................................................................................................................................................................7 Grant Thornton..............................................................................................................................................................................8 Jones Peters ..................................................................................................................................................................................8 Kerry Group Plc ..............................................................................................................................................................................9 KPMG............................................................................................................................................................................................9 Maneely McCann Ireland Ltd .......................................................................................................................................................10 Moore Stephens...........................................................................................................................................................................10 PWC ...........................................................................................................................................................................................11 RSM McClure Watters .................................................................................................................................................................11

Part 2: Non NI Milkround Opportunties – sample of varied closing dates 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

ASM ............................................................................................................................................................................................12 BDO - GB .....................................................................................................................................................................................12 Goldblatt McGuigan ...................................................................................................................................................................13 Harbinson Mulholland..................................................................................................................................................................13 Moore Stephens – GB...................................................................................................................................................................14

Section B: Financial Services Actuarial, Banking, Insurance and Finance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

AON ............................................................................................................................................................................................16 AXA.............................................................................................................................................................................................16 Bank of England...........................................................................................................................................................................17 Barclays Corporate .......................................................................................................................................................................18 Citi ..............................................................................................................................................................................................19 Factset .........................................................................................................................................................................................19 Fidelity Worldwide Investors .........................................................................................................................................................20 Financial Services Authority (FSA) .................................................................................................................................................20 First Derivatives. ...........................................................................................................................................................................21 Hymans Robertson.......................................................................................................................................................................22 Lloyds Banking Group ..................................................................................................................................................................22 Mercer.........................................................................................................................................................................................23 Standard Bank..............................................................................................................................................................................23 Standard Life................................................................................................................................................................................24 UBS..............................................................................................................................................................................................24

Resources • • • • • •

NI Milkround Code of Practice, Chartered Accountants Ireland Ulster Society ...............................................................................26 Additional recruiters websites........................................................................................................................................................27 An overview of the Financial Services Sector..................................................................................................................................28 Financial Services Partnership Directions High Street website.........................................................................................................30 Further sources of information in the Careers and Employability Information Area, SGC.................................................................31 City of London Study Tour of Financial Services Graduate Recruiters..............................................................................................32

Please note: These vacancies were accurate at time of going to print, however it is vital you check individual websites for verification.


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Welcome to the Financial Services sector: graduate and placement opportunities 2012 Careers, Employability and Skills (CES) have put together this resource to encourage students to engage with the early applications required for graduates and placement opportunities in the Financial Services sector. Each section provides an illustration of organisations who work closely with CES and contributed information before the print run. For additional organisations students should regularly monitor opportunities added to the CES online vacancy database at www.qub.ac.uk/careers and also go directly to organisations’ own websites. Some of these organisations will be attending the Administration, Finance & Management Fair, Tuesday 25 October 2011, 11am – 3pm, Whitla Hall.

Recruitment Process Many organisations in the Financial Services sector start the recruitment process a year in advance of the graduate start date. From as early as August, organisations will advertise opportunities on their website and ‘be open’ to receive applications for next summer/autumn start. What is the NI Accountancy Milkround? The Northern Ireland Accountancy Milkround is the recruitment term for the process of advertising and selecting graduates into training contracts supported by Chartered Accountants Ireland Ulster Society (www.charteredaccountants.ie). The NI organisations who participate in this milkround have all agreed to the process defined in the Graduate Recruitment - Code of Practice 2011 (see Resources section). Additional Chartered Accountant Ireland training contracts for NI are advertised after the NI Milkround has taken place and many of these vacancies will appear on the CES website from February. The NI Milkround should not be confused with the Milkround.com student website. Students from any degree discipline can apply for an accountancy training contract. A CES preparation workshop will be available to students on Tuesday 4 October 2011, 4-6pm in the Student Guidance Centre. To reserve a place on the workshop go to the Events section of the CES website www.qub.ac.uk/careers Training Contracts Great Britain and Republic Of Ireland Many organisations have ongoing year round recruitment however early application is advised. Check organisations and professional bodies websites for up-to-date vacancy information. See Resources section for Professional Accountancy publications and websites.

APPLY ONLINE The opportunities included are merely a ‘snap-shot’ sample of the current vacancies which are already available online for you to start applying to. Many more opportunities will come online throughout the year and it is important for you to regularly check the websites of those companies you are most interested in. Careers, Employability and Skills maintain a database of vacancies across the UK, Ireland and further afield. To access these vacancies visit the CES website www.qub.ac.uk/careers Vacancies database. There are also various directories of graduate recruiters available in Careers and Employability Information Area in the Student Guidance Centre

EARLY APPLICATIONS AND CLOSING DATES Be careful not to miss out on some very early closing dates. Note: Friday 28 October is the closing date for the Northern Ireland Chartered Accountancy Milkround and there are some even earlier deadlines for similar opportunities in the Republic of Ireland. Even though some organisations will not specify a closing date it is recommended to apply early. Applications will be processed on an ongoing basis and the limited places will be allocated to successful candidates which means you could visit the website at any time and find that no further applications can be accepted.


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Careers Employability and Skills support services Help is at hand The CES website has a range of guidance services, programmes and workshops advertised on the Events database. The grid below highlights some specific support you can avail of. To ensure maximum benefit for all, we would ask you to pre-book to secure a place, by clicking ‘sign-up’ on the CES website Events database:

CES Service

Date

Time

Venue

Career Development Learning programme From ‘where do I start’ to ‘getting the right job’

w/c 3 Oct

2hrs/wk

Student Guidance Centre, conference room 1

Workshops: CV & Applications Interviews Psychometric Tests

Every week

1-2pm

Student Guidance Centre, conference room 1

NI Chartered Accountancy Milkround preparation workshop

Tues 4 Oct

4-6pm

Student Guidance Centre, conference room 1

Skills for Success: Eight employer-led skills workshops, eg Commercial Awareness

w/c 10 Oct

4-6pm

Student Guidance Centre, conference room 1

Psychometric Tests practice session Employer led

Tue 13 or Thurs 18 Oct

4-6pm

Student Guidance Centre, conference room 1

City Event – Panel of Queen’s Alumni working in London Financial Services

Mon 24 Oct

6.308.30pm

Great Hall, Lanyon

Administration Finance & Management FAIR (see exhibitors on CES website)

Tues 25 Oct

11-3pm

Whitla Hall

Position yourself for a Career in the City of London- City Study Tour students disseminate experience of London Recruiters

Nov/Dec

tbc

Student Guidance Centre foyer

For further details on the above and more, go to www.qub.ac.uk/careers

Students who ‘sign-up’ early for events and find they are unable to attend, please cancel using show my diary or at the very least respond to the automated REMINDER email sent 2days before the event occurs. These spaces can then be offered to ‘stand-by’ students on the reserve list. Students who ‘turn-up’ to the event on the day without prior sign-up, will be admitted only if spaces are unfilled on the ‘signed-up’ list.


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Part 1: NI Chartered Accountancy Milkround (see code of practice Chartered Accountants Ireland Ulster Society)

Baker Tilly Mooney Moore

BDO Northern Ireland

www.bakertillymooneymoore.co.uk

www.bdoni.com

Based in Belfast, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore provides accountancy and business advisory services to clients in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Services include; Audit & Assurance, Taxation, Computer Consultancy, Business Services, Corporate Finance, Forensic Services, Corporate Recovery, Business Planning, HR Management Consultancy and Marketing Services. The five Partner firm is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, the eight largest network in the world and employs over 40 staff.

BDO is one of the leading firms of business advisers, accountants and management consultants in Northern Ireland, focused on growing businesses and the people behind them. Internationally, BDO is the world’s fifth largest accounting organisation operating in over 119 countries. BDO works successfully across Northern Ireland in sectors as diverse as ICT, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, professional services, local government, inward investment, export, and property development. Developing strong, personal relationships with our clients is at the forefront of our service approach. We share their entrepreneurial spirit and growth aspirations and work hard to help them achieve their full potential.

Vacancies Each year we have opportunities for graduates to train in our Audit and Assurance Department, which involves studying towards membership of either the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI). We also have opportunities for Graduates to train as Tax Advisors in our Tax Department, this involves studying towards membership of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). Entry Requirements Strong academic record and the expectation of achieving a 2:1 degree in any discipline 300 UCAS points or equivalent Grade B in Maths and English at GCSE or equivalent Locations Northern Ireland - Belfast Application Process All applicants are asked to complete an application form which is available from our website, www.bakertillymooneymoore. co.uk or by contacting our Human Resources Department by emailing careers@mooneymoore.co.uk. Our application form is an opportunity for you to showcase yourself, by providing information on your academic success, work experience, writing skills and whatever else you have to offer. If you are successful, you will be invited to attend an interview. Closing Date/s 28 October 2011 Important Dates: Please refer to website

Vacancies Graduate Trainee Chartered Accountants – 12+ positions are available for October 2012 start across a number of Departments including Business Assurance, Taxation and Business Restructuring. Entry Requirements Minimum degree classification of 2:1 across any discipline 300 UCAS points or equivalent Grade B in Maths and English at GCSE or equivalent Locations Belfast Application Process BDO take part in the annual Accountancy Milkround. Applications can be made via our online application form process at www.bdoni.com Closing Date 28 October 2011 Important Dates: Presentation evening: Wednesday 16th November 2011 (by invitation only) Interviews: Thursday 17th and 18th November 2011


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Bombardier Aerospace www.belfast.aero.bombardier.com From design through manufacture to after-market support, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast specialises in major aircraft structures including fuselages, wings, engine nacelles and flight control surfaces in metal and advanced composites. With first-class capabilities and some 5,000 highly-skilled employees, our operation plays a pivotal role in all Bombardier’s families of commercial and business aircraft. We also produce nacelle components for Rolls-Royce, Airbus and General Electric. Vacancies Trainee Financial Analysts The Company, as both a CIMA Quality Partner and CAI recognised Training Organisation, offers an excellent accounting trainee programme studying towards a professional accountancy qualification and first class business and accounting experience. The training programme lasts 3 – 3.5 years, during which time trainees will work in each of the major accounting departments (including Treasury, Business Support, Financial Reporting and Contract Accounting). Entry Requirements An expected minimum 2:1 degree classification in any discipline, to be successfully completed by 31 July 2012. Locations Positions based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Opportunities for business travel to other global sites. Application Process Vacancies will be advertised during the normal milkround process, please visit our website www.belfast.aero.bombardier. com for up to date information. Closing Date/s 28 October 2011 Important Dates: Careers Fair: Representatives will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair at Queen’s University on Tuesday 25 October 2011. Presentation: Wednesday 23 November 2011 (by invitation only) Interviews: Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November 2011

Cavanagh Kelly Chartered Accountants www.cavanaghkelly.com Cavanagh Kelly is one of Northern Ireland’s leading accountancy and business advisory practices with offices in Dungannon, Belfast and Magherafelt. We deliver first-class quality business advice to clients across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. We service the needs of new and established businesses by providing real-time solutions to businesses as they grow and develop. We have specialist Corporate Finance, Management Consultancy, Tax and Insolvency divisions. Vacancies 5 Trainee Chartered Accountants Entry Requirements Minimum of 2:1 in any discipline and strong interest in accountancy Locations Dungannon / Belfast / Magherafelt Application Process Letter of application and CV via post or email to: Nicole Curran, Practice Manager, 36-38 Northland Row, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, BT71 6AP Email: nicole.curran@cavanaghkelly.com Closing Date/s 28 October 2011 Important Dates: Interview Commencement Date: 14 November 2011


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Deloitte

Ernst & Young

www.deloitte.co.uk/graduates

www.ey.com/uk/careers

Deloitte relies on the highest quality of fresh talent to provide innovative thinking, diverse insight and to help realise our one straightforward goal: to be recognised as the most trusted professional services firm. We believe in giving people real responsibility early on, so there is plenty of scope for rapid career progression in any one of our service areas. It’s your future. How far will you take it?

At Ernst & Young, we take our business and our people from strength to strength. Working with us, you’ll use your natural strengths to help solve complex problems for some of the world’s leading businesses. By ensuring that you make the most of your strengths we’ll help you excel in your role and go further, faster. Ernst & Young is a leading professional services organisation with 141,000 people, in 700 locations across 140 countries worldwide. We work closely with other organisations to improve how they work, make vital business decisions and explore opportunities. Anticipating and meeting their needs takes ingenuity, creativity and hard work. If you join us, you’ll work in one of our four main areas: Assurance, Tax, Transactions or Advisory. You’ll be working in borderless expert teams across Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). This structure helps us build the diverse teams that are needed to solve the global business issues our clients face. Playing a key role in our continued success and growth, you’ll get experience in a variety of industry sectors, giving you solid foundations for your career. From day one you’ll be stimulated, challenged at work– and dealing face-to-face with clients.

Vacancies Graduate and Summer Vacation Opportunities in Audit, Tax, Consulting, Corporate Finance Entry Requirements 2:1 honours degree from any discipline. 300 UCAS Tariff points or 320 for Consulting Grade B in GCSE Maths and Grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent Locations Audit and Management Consulting Graduate opportunities in Belfast with additional roles across 21 UK locations Application Process Complete online application form at www.deloitte.co.uk/ graduates Online verbal and numerical reasoning test First stage interview and case study Second stage interview Closing Date/s Belfast Audit opportunities: 28th October 2011 Belfast Consulting and all other UK Opportunities: Ongoing recruitment Important Dates: Belfast Audit: Presentations 17th November 2011, 6.30pm - By Invitation First Interviews 18th or 21st November 2011 Second Interviews 23rd November 2011

Vacancies We have graduate opportunities available across Ireland, in all areas of our business. And if you’re an undergraduate, our EY Undergraduate FastTracks programmes offer you the chance to discover what working for one of the world’s leading professional services firms is really like. They’ll also get you on track to secure a graduate job before your final year at university. To find out more and apply go to www.ey.com/ie/careers Entry Requirements NI 300 UCAS points 2.1 degree Maths & English minimum B grades ROI 425 Leaving Cert Points 2.1 degree C (or higher) in Honours level/A in Lower Level Maths C (or higher) in Honours level English Locations Across all Ireland (Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford) Application Process On-line application available on our website from 1st September Closing Date/s 28 October 2011 (NI) 19 October 2011 (ROI) Important Dates: Presentation evening: 14 November 2011, 6pm – 9pm 1st Interview and Assessment centre: 15 & 16November 2nd Interviews: 22 November 2011


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Grant Thornton UK LLP

JONES PETERS

www.grant-thornton.co.uk/graduates

www.jonespeters.co.uk

What makes Grant Thornton stand out as an accountancy firm? They are big enough to take on any challenge, but small enough to take a genuine and personal interest in their clients and people. They are agile enough to respond quickly, excited by business and all its possibilities. They are enthusiastic, down to earth and approachable.

Based in Banbridge, we are one of the leading Chartered Accountancy practices in Northern Ireland with a hard earned reputation for providing a quality and cost effective service to a wide range of clients, large and small, throughout Northern Ireland and abroad. We offer an excellent training programme including a wide range of work experience in various sectors. Because of the size of our office our partners and managers are not remote figures - instead they adopt a hands on approach, ensuring that all trainees maximise their potential.

Vacancies 300 nationwide across our four entry routes (graduates, summer interns, 12 month placements and school leavers). Entry Requirements 300 UCAS points and a 2:1 B at GCSE Maths and English Language Locations Nationwide Application Process

Vacancies Trainee Chartered Accountants Entry Requirements All degree disciplines at 2.2 degree or better will be considered, however graduates from Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with Accounting as a core element and those taking Economics, Finance and Management courses will be preferred.

Online application form Online verbal and numerical reasoning tests First round interview Assessment day

Locations

Closing Date/s

Apply by using Employer Application Form available from our website www.jonespeters.co.uk and return to Paul Cummings, Staff Partner, Jones Peters, 6 Church Street, Banbridge, Co Down, BT32 4AA

Belfast: 28 October 2011 National: 31 January 2012 All Interns and placements: 29 February 2012 Important Dates (Belfast): Presentation evening: Tuesday 22nd November 2011 (by invitation only) Interviews: Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November 2011

Banbridge, Northern Ireland Application Process

Closing Date Friday 28 October 2011 at 5.30 PM Important Dates Interviews to be held mid November 2011


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KERRY GROUP PLC

KPMG

http://www.kerrygraduates.com

www.kpmg.ie/gradcareers

Kerry Group is a world leader in the food and beverage industry, employing over 20,000 people in over 200 locations globally. Since 1972, our turnover has grown to approximately 5 billion.Our brands are household names and include leading brands such Denny, Cheestrings, Low-Low, Freshways, Walls, Coleraine and Mattessons to name but a few. We’re recruiting now, looking for exceptional graduates with the energy, ambition and vision to match ours.

KPMG brings together business advisors from many different disciplines – working together to provide our clients with the cutting edge business advice they need for their continued success. With 78 partners and over 1,700 people in offices in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, our firm is a leading provider of professional services in Ireland. We work with clients in all sectors of Irish business providing a range of Audit, Tax and Advisory services.

Vacancies

Vacancies

Each year we offer first class opportunities to final year students and recent graduates in Financial Accounting and Management Accounting roles. We support Graduates in undertaking their CIMA or ACCA qualification. We generally recruit approximately 25-30 Finance/Accounting Graduates each year across the group

At KPMG, we are looking to recruit approximately 250 graduates with the drive and determination to succeed in a fast-moving business environment. All of our trainees pursue the ACA qualification while training in our Audit, Tax, Business Performance and IT Advisory Services, Restructuring, Transaction Services or Corporate Finance practices. For more information on our current opportunities, please visit www.kpmg.ie/gradcareers

Entry Requirements An honours degree in Business Studies or related discipline. Strong academic track record. Drive and determination. Mobile. 6-12 months work experience in Finance/Accounts is desirable but not essential. Locations Ireland, UK, EMEA Application Process Candidates interested in being considered should apply online via www.kerrygraduates.gtios.com Closing Date

Entry Requirements KPMG are looking for ambitious and talented individuals to join our firm. In return, we can offer you the combination of exceptional training, an outstanding list of clients and exceptional colleagues to work and learn from. We are looking for graduates with the following criteria; Honours level Degree in any discipline (2:1 minimum) Excellent team building, interpersonal and communication skills. Excellent drive, enthusiasm and commitment.

Friday 28 October 2011

Locations

Important Dates:

Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway

Careers Fairs Kerry Group will be attending the Administration, Finance & Management Fair on Tuesday 25 October 2010, Whitla Hall. 11.00am – 3.00pm

Application Process Complete the online application form

Interviews

Other offices – Wednesday 19 October 2011 Belfast office – Friday 28 October 2011

First round interviews will be ongoing. Second round assessment centres in late November 2011/early December 2011.

Closing Date/s

Important Dates: Presentation Evening (for those invited to interview): Tuesday 15 November 2011 Interviews for Queens University students: Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November 2011


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Maneely Mc Cann Ireland Ltd

Moore Stephens - NI

www.maneelymccann.ie

www.moorestephens.co.uk/ni

Maneely Mc Cann Ireland Limited is a small to medium sized accountancy firm carrying out routine accountancy and taxation work but also specialises in tax investigations, corporate finance transactions, tax planning and forensic accounting. We are a young and growing organisation with the majority of our clients based in Ireland. Our accountancy trainees obtain work experience which is second to none. Trainees are not pigeon holed in audit for years but instead work on a variety of clients / work from their first day of employ.

We are the largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers in Northern Ireland with 150 personnel, including 8 partners, situated in five offices throughout the province and as a member of Moore Stephens International we are one of the top twenty accountancy practices in the world.

Vacancies Entry Requirements

Good 2:1 Degree or higher. You must also have obtained 5 GCSE O Levels at Grade A or above, to include English and Mathematics and two GCSE A Levels at Grade B or above or equivalent.

Any discipline 2.1 or higher

Locations

Locations

Belfast, Coleraine and Londonderry

Belfast

Application Process

Application Process

Application packs available from: Human Resources Department, Moore Stephens, 32 Lodge Road, Coleraine, BT52 1NB Telephone: 028 7035 2171 or Email nmegaughin@msca. co.uk Website: www.moorestephens.co.uk/ni

2-3 Trainees

Apply by CV with two passport sized photographs and covering letter by post to: Maneely Mc Cann Aisling House 50 Stranmillis Embankment Belfast BT9 5FL

Vacancies Trainee Chartered Accountants Entry Requirements

Closing Date

Closing Date

28th October 2011

28 October 2011

Important Dates: Interviews will be held in mid-November


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PwC

RSM McClure Watters

http://www.pwc.co.uk/

www.rsmmcw.com

We help our clients and our people create the value they want. We work alongside our clients to measure, protect and enhance the things that matter most to them. What’s more, we’ve been voted number one in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey for the last seven years. As well as training that helps you gain breadth as well as depth of knowledge, we’ll give you support to gain a professional qualification plus the chance to experience a range of clients and projects. If you have a 2:1 or above in any discipline, at least a 300 UCAS tariff or equivalent and the ability to make an impact, visit www. pwc.com/uk/careers

RSM McClure Watters ranks as one of the largest multidisciplinary professional services firms in Ireland, offering specialist advice in the areas of Audit, Risk Management, Taxation, Consultancy, Insolvency, and Wealth Management. The firm is part of the RSM network which is one of the top 10 Accounting and Advisory firms in the UK. RSM International is the 6th largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms worldwide, with over 730 offices in over 70 countries, and more than 30,000 people on hand to serve client needs.

Vacancies

We are now accepting applications for trainee ACA positions for intake in September 2012. We will have approximately 4 vacancies.

We have vacancies for graduates to undertake an accountancy training contract commencing in October 2012. All you need is a good academic background - a minimum of 300 UCAS points and be on course for a 2:1 or above in any degree discipline. The application process for the 2012 vacancies will open in October 2011. We will also have a number of vacancies for graduates wishing to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting at UUJ commencing in October 2012. You would then undertake an accountancy training contract with PwC in October 2013. You need to be graduating/or have completed an Accountancy degree, be on course for a 2:1 and have a minimum of 300 UCAS points. The application for the Postgraduate opportunities will open in October 2011. Entry Requirements 2:1 or above in any discipline and at least a 300 UCAS tariff Locations Belfast and NI regional offices. Application Process Online application via www.pwc.com/uk

Vacancies:

Entry Requirements: Minimum requirement of a 2:1 honours degree in any subject and full exemption from Chartered Accountants Ireland CAP1 exams. You must state clearly in your application how you will meet the required criteria. Closing Date: Friday 28 th October 2011 Application Process: An Application Form is available either by downloading from our website or by emailing the Human Resources Division on the email address below. NB: CVs will not be accepted. Completed Application Forms, together with a covering letter should be sent to David Gray, Staff Partner, RSM McClure Watters, Number One, Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, and will be accepted by email or post. The email address is: careers@ rsmmcw.com Important Dates:

28 October 2011

Presentation Thursday 24 November at 6.00 pm, RSM McClure Watters, Number One, Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG (by invitation only)

Important Dates

First Interviews

Written tests: 14/15 November 2011 Presentation : 21 November 2011, 7pm by invitation only Interviews: 22/23 November 2011

Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 November

Closing Date/s

Second Interviews Thursday 1 December


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ASM

BDO - GB

www.asmaccountants.com

www.bdo.co.uk/graduates

ASM is one of the leading Chartered Accountancy and Business Advisory practices in Northern Ireland. We are a member of Crowe Horwath International, a worldwide group of independent accountancy firms with over 560 offices and 26,250 partners and staff in more than 100 countries worldwide and which is ranked among the top international professional services firms. At ASM our most important asset is our people. Our greatest strengths are teamwork and individuality. As a trainee accountant working towards your professional qualification, we are committed to underpinning your technical knowledge with practical experience. You will learn the importance of teamwork and the requirement to think and work as an individual. You will be exposed to challenging situations that will test your ability to deliver the right solution, at the right time, to the right people. You will learn from our experience and our desire to be the best professional services firm in Northern Ireland.

Not all big accountancy firms are the same. At BDO we’re building a strikingly different business, focused on exceptional client service. We employ exceptional people – and help them get on with the job, without needless bureaucracy. Our systems work to support our people, not the other way around. We’re looking for graduates who don’t fit the conventional accountancy mould. Talented people with the imagination and initiative to make a real difference – to be the difference that matters so much to our clients. We don’t want clones. Our people are diverse as our clients. We want individuals who can think for themselves, appreciate and respect people whoever they are, build relationships and take personal responsibility. Our training is as exceptional and individual as the people we recruit. Most study for the ACA, but we also offer routes to other professional qualifications. Training is tailored their needs and centred on first-hand experience. That’s why they get such excellent results. We offer opportunities in a range of exciting areas from tax to forensic services, with the chance to take real responsibility on projects alongside partners and colleagues. Refreshingly, our partners are known for their hands-on involvements, and mutual support is an essential part of our culture. You could also spend time abroad: we’re a global accountancy network with more than 1,000 offices in over 100 countries.

Vacancies We are seeking to recruit up to 4 trainee chartered accountants and trainee internal auditors for our Belfast office. Entry Requirements Applications are invited from students studying for, or having obtained, business and non-business degrees and from students who are studying for, or having obtained, postgraduate accountancy qualifications.

Vacancies:

Locations

c. 200 Three year graduate schemes Six week summer internship programme

Belfast and Newry.

Entry Requirements

Application Process

2:1 degree in any discipline 280 UCAS points Grade B or above in GCSE Maths and English

For the Belfast office please email gillian.pentland@asmbelfast. com for an application form or call 028 9024 9222. Application packs will be available from 1 February 2012. Closing Date Completed application forms to be received no later than 5pm on Friday 2 March 2012. Important Dates: The first interviews will be held mid March 2012.

Application Process: Online application form at www.bdo.co.uk/graduates Online Numerical and Verbal testing Face to Face 1st Round Interview Full day Assessment Centre Closing Date: Ongoing, apply as soon as possible


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Harbinson Mulholland

GOLDBLATT MCGUIGAN

Not your usual bean counters!

www.goldblattmcguigan.com

We’re delighted that so many of our 50 strong team have been with us for quite some time. That should tell you something about the type of firm we are. Our people really matter to us. We invest heavily in them and surround ourselves with the best. As our next potential graduate trainee, you could really benefit from our personal one to one on the job training programme in a great working environment. Your role will principally be in the accounts and audit department. The key services of the firm include accounts and audit, forensic accounting, personal and corporate tax planning, corporate reconstruction, business recovery and insolvency, business advisory, marketing consultancy and financial services through our sister brand, HM Wealth Management. Our clients include some of Northern Ireland’s leading SME’s and this is our true focus offering them professional services with practical solutions. Our renowned Forensic Accounting Department works very closely with the legal profession across Northern Ireland. You will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients and a wide range of experts during your time with us and as a futures thinking firm, our approach is to use the preparation of accounts as the foundation to improve and grow our client’s businesses.You should have bags of enthusiasm and a desire for total success in everything you do; in return you would be welcomed to a firm where your contribution really matters. Find out more about us at -www.harbinson-mulholland.com

Goldblatt McGuigan is a leading independent professional services firm, providing a wide range of strategic and practical Accounting, Audit, Taxation, Business Advisory, Corporate Finance, Management Consultancy and Forensic Investigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. As well as our Belfast office, Goldblatt McGuigan has two regional offices who operate under their own name: Hanna Thompson Ltd. in Lisburn and Robinson & Co. Ltd. in Portadown.

Vacancies

Closing Date/s

2 Trainee Chartered Accountant Positions

Completed applications must be received by Friday 18th November 2011

Entry Requirements An expected minimum 2:1 degree classification in any discipline Minimum grade B in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent Location IBM House, Bruce Street, Belfast BT2 Application Process Application forms can be obtained by contacting Catherine Byrne on 028 9044 5100 or by email – cbyrne@harbinsonmulholland.com. Completed applications must be returned to Catherine by email. Closing Date 27th February 2012 Important Dates Interviews scheduled for mid March 2012.

Vacancies We are seeking to recruit a number of Graduate Trainee Chartered Accountants for positions available in September 2012 at Goldblatt McGuigan and our other regional offices. Entry Requirements Minimum degree classification of 2:1 across any discipline by September 2012 Minimum Grade B in both Maths and English at GCSE or equivalent Excellent communication and analytical skills Locations Belfast, Lisburn and Portadown Application Process Applications can be made by submitting an Employer Application form, available from our HR Manager. Contact Gary Jackson on 028 9031 1113 or email jacksong@goldmac.com

Important Dates: First Interviews: Week commencing 28th November 2011 Second Interviews: Week commencing 5th December 2011


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Part 2: Non NI Milkround Opportunties

Moores Stephens - GB www.moorestephens.co.uk/graduates Moore Stephens is one of the largest national and international accounting and consulting groups. Our services include audit and accounting, business and personal tax planning, corporate finance, corporate recovery, information technology, business planning, management consultancy and litigation support. With over 600 staff and 65 partners in the South-East firm and over 1,400 staff and partners in the UK association, we service a broad client portfolio in the public, private and notfor-profit sectors, ranging from international organisations with worldwide operations to small family firms and individuals. Our business strategy is to be the best in our chosen markets, which include shipping, insurance, private clients, property and construction and the financial and public sectors. Vacancies We recruit around 45 graduates across the UK to train as chartered accountants, with approximately half based in our London, North London and Guildford offices. We provide the best financial and moral support we can to help trainees pass their ICAEW or ICAS exams first time. In addition to their external exam training there is a programme of internal courses to develop their business, personal and technical skills. Topics range from money laundering to presentation skills and from business simulations to corporate law. After successfully completing their training contract, we encourage trainees to pursue senior management or partnership and offer secondments and further training on the way. Entry Requirements 2:1 degree classification (or international equivalent) in any subject. Minimum 300 UCAS points Locations UK Application Process Moore Stephens LLP – London and Guildford Applicants must initially apply using our online form for the offices - www. moorestephens.co.uk/graduates Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an assessment centre from which a final decision is made. Other Moore Stephens offices Other members of the Moore Stephens network manage their own recruitment needs. Graduates interested in these firms should apply directly to their office of interest. Information about our locations is available at www.moorestephens.co.uk Closing Date/s London and Guildford – recruitment will close when all position are filled so early application is advised Other offices – check with individual offices


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SECTION B: Financial Services


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AON

AXA UK

www.aon.co.uk

www.axa.co.uk/graduates

What do we do? You might not be too familiar with our name but Aon is an organisation of incredible size and scope. Our business is professional services, we are the world’s #1 insurance brokers, the #1 leader in human capital consulting. Worldwide, Aon employers 50,000 people who use their specialist knowledge and industry expertise to help our clients grow. Across the UK, we have 7,000 employees in 30 offices.

AXA is a global leader in financial protection employing 210,000 employees and distributors in over 50 countries worldwide making it the world’s 9th largest company by revenue. Over 90 million customers trust AXA to insure their property, provide health and personal protection for their families and employees, and to manage their personal or corporate assets.

Vacancies

Vacancies

Our UK Graduate Programme has been designed to identify and develop the future stars of our business. At Aon you will get real responsibility far sooner than in many organizations. You’ll quickly become a technical specialist in your area, meeting clients and advising them on our market-leading products. Our training and networking opportunities will prepare you fully for this client-facing role, helping you to build business knowledge, develop professional skills and grow relationships. Our summer internships are designed to give you an understanding of our culture, as well as some experience of the profession that interests you. You will be fully supported by the people you meet to maximize your exposure to our business and help you get the most out of your time with us. Our internship programmes are viewed as high-potential pipeline for our graduate programmes.

Join our Business Graduate Programme and you will enjoy three eight-month placements across the Group over two years. Gaining experience in areas as diverse as Finance and Customer Service, you will quickly establish your potential as one of our future business leaders. Our IT Graduate Programme will develop your business and technical skills across the whole IT development cycle within AXA. Three eight-month placements in different parts of the business will allow you to develop into an IT Business Analyst or Project Manager that will help shape our IT solutions for the future. AXA’s Actuarial Student Programme aims to produce actuaries who can thrive in our rapidly evolving environment. We’ll support you in becoming a qualified actuary with generous study leave, ongoing development, and regular performance reviews and feedback.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

We want graduates who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and potential, and are looking to graduate with a minimum 2.1 degree or equivalent.

Dependent on programme – please visit website www.axa. co.uk/graduates for full details

Application Process

UK wide

See website www.aon.co.uk

Application Process

Locations

Online application via website – www.axa.co.uk/graduates The selection process varies per programme but typically involves online aptitude tests, interviews and assessment centres. Closing Date/s See website for details – www.axa.co.uk/graduates


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Bank of England www.bankofengland.co.uk The Bank of England exists to ensure monetary stability and to contribute to financial stability. We are involved in a range of high-profile and complex activities – from setting interest rates and meeting the liquidity needs of the banking system, to managing the circulation of notes and mitigating threats to the whole financial system. Because our work is demanding, we look for people with high levels of intellectual ability. However, not everyone has a background in economics, because the most important requirement for us is strong analytical ability and people at the Bank come from a broad range of academic backgrounds. Vacancies Graduate Analyst Few organisations play a more influential role in the UK’s economy than the Bank of England. As the country’s central bank, we are involved in activities that underpin the monetary and financial stability of the country - from setting interest rates, meeting the liquidity needs of the banking system, managing the circulation of notes, to mitigating threats to the whole financial system. Because our work is demanding and often high profile, we look for graduates with high levels of intellectual ability who can also demonstrate strong analytical and numeracy skills. The area of the Bank you will join as a graduate depends on your academic background and skills. Some areas of the Bank require specialist economics or technology knowledge, for example, but others are open to people from a broad range of academic backgrounds including maths, finance, history, science and engineering subjects. IT Graduate If you’re looking for a career with genuine intellectual challenge, here’s your chance to join the high-calibre team that creates business-focused technology solutions for the Bank of England. Supported by the Bank’s award-winning graduate development programme, you’ll be contributing to a wide range of projects as part of our 200-strong Information Systems and Technology Division. It¹s a role that will see you working closely with internal customers across the organisation first gaining in-depth understanding of their often complex business needs, and then developing solutions that meet them as intelligently and effectively as possible.

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Summer internships We offer 6-8 week undergraduate internships during the summer for first degree students in their penultimate year. We pay £65 per day for the internship duration. The main focus of your summer will be an individual research project. The range of projects is broad but will involve collecting and analysing data and working closely with economists and analysts. Previous projects have included: the relationship between the housing market and consumption; and alternative trading systems in equity markets. In addition you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of high-profile meetings and you may observe the pre-Monetary Policy Committee and pre-Financial Stability board. Seminars are also often given by prestigious academic speakers. Postgraduate Sponsorship Scheme We offer postgraduate internships and sponsorship to students who are looking to undertake postgraduate study in economics and/or finance, before joining the Bank. Students who are successful during the selection process will be offered: a 6-8 week internship during the summer after graduation for which they will be paid £85 per day; and sponsorship of MSc/MPhil fees for 1 year (or 1 year of a 2 year course) in either economics and/or finance, to be studied in the UK. Postgraduate job offers to join the Bank (after completion of postgraduate studies) and payment of £11,250 living expenses (paid in three installments) will be made to outstanding performers at the end of the summer internship. This scheme is subject to a number of conditions. Entry Requirements At least 300 UCAS points from three A-levels or equivalent (excluding General Studies). We are happy to accept mitigating circumstances and/or work experience in lieu of UCAS points. It is essential that candidates have, or are expected to achieve, a 2:1 classification. We accept applications from any degree discipline. Locations Head Office only – London based Application Process Applications should be submitted online at www.bankofenglandjobs.co.uk. Closing Date/s Monday 14th November 2011


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BARCLAYS CORPORATE http://www.barclayscorporate.com/graduate Meet Barclays Corporate. Together, we’re the future of business. What we do Barclays Corporate is a fully integrated part of the Barclays Group – providing banking solutions to organisations with an annual turnover of more than £5m; and facilitating the deals, decisions and developments that help shape the world around you. Worldwide, we serve around 35,000 corporate clients, including major multinational corporations, charities, government departments, professional sports teams, leading retailers, film & television production companies, hospitals, financial institutions, hotel chains and universities. In fact, our clients include almost every industrial, commercial and public sector you can think of. It’s all about the client At Barclays Corporate, corporate banking is all about building enduring relationships with our clients; relationships based on an expert understanding of their particular industry sector and a range of products and solutions that can be tailored to meet just about any requirement, from specialist asset finance and foreign exchange to risk management and money market deposits. We were the first bank to introduce industry specialisms to corporate banking, and can offer our clients access to expert teams that work across some 50 different sectors, covering: agriculture, oil and gas; business services; financial services; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; manufacturing and transport; professional services; property and project finance; public sector; and technology, media and telecommunications. An exciting future With 300 years of successful corporate banking already behind us, our focus is very much on continuing to build a world class, global, corporate bank; a dynamic business that exceeds client expectations, pursues exciting opportunities and creates new potential – all while meeting the broader needs of the communities we call home. Our commitment to responsible banking means playing a positive role in helping society address global challenges, such as climate change and healthcare, as well as in supporting the world’s businesses to realise the ambitions and ideas that drive economic growth and development.

Where do you fit in? As a bright, enthusiastic graduate, you’re no doubt as excited about the future as we are. At Barclays Corporate, it’s a future that starts with one of eight different graduate programmes – each tailored to a particular aspect of our business, and all designed with you in mind: Client Coverage; Product; Risk; Operations; Human Resources;Technology. If you share our sense of direction and are keen to develop a career at the forefront of corporate banking, then please visit our website to find out more and apply. Application Process Applications should be submitted online at www.barclayscorporate.com/graduate


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CITI

FactSet

www.oncampus.citi.com

www.factset.com/careers

Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

FactSet is a leading provider of integrated online financial and economic information to the global financial community and offers mission critical investment research and work flow solutions to analysts, portfolio managers, investment bankers and other financial professionals. If you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference while learning new skills, find your career at FactSet, one of the “UK’s 50 Best Workplaces” in 2010 and 2011.

Vacancies

Vacancies

We run Spring Insight Programmes for First Year students and offer Summer Internships, Placements and Full Time Graduate opportunities in the following business areas: Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Capital Markets Origination, Sales & Trading, Global Transaction Services, Private Bank, Consumer Banking, Operations & Technology, Risk Management and Human Resources.

We are currently recruiting for Graduate Consultants, January 2012 and July 2012 Applicants must have a genuine interest in Finance, as well as the desire to continually learn and develop in an ever-changing environment. In addition we require: Entry Requirements

All degrees considered Must have achieved a 2:1, or be predicted 2:1

A good bachelor’s degree or equivalent Strong numeric, analytical & problem solving skills Exceptional communication skills Experience in a client/customer facing role, or a desire to excel in this area A strong knowledge of PC applications, in particular Microsoft Excel A commercial attitude

Locations

Locations

Belfast, please visit website for more information on others

London, Milan, Paris and Frankfurt

Application Process

Application Process

Apply online at www.oncampus.citi.com by submitting your CV and Covering Letter

Applications should be sent by email, with a formal cover letter and current C.V. attached to recruiting_uk@factset.com.

Closing Date/s

Closing Date/s

Full Time Programme: 4th November 2011 Summer Internship: 6th January 2012 1st Year Programmes: 3rd February 2012

See website for details

Entry Requirements


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Fidelity Worldwide Investors

The Financial Services Authority

www.fidelityrecruitment.com/ukgrads

www.fsagraduates.com

Fidelity Worldwide Investment is a leading global Investment Management company, managing assets and resources on behalf of clients including corporations, governments, charities, advisors, financial institutions and individuals around the globe. Our thorough research of potential investments and our attention to detail set us apart. This thorough approach means we make considered judgements about which organisations to invest in to grow our clients’ money.

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) is currently the UK’s sole financial services regulator, but by the end of 2013 we will divide into two new regulatory bodies. The Prudential Regulation Authority will ensure the prudent operation of the financial system; the Financial Conduct Authority will regulate retail, wholesale and financial markets. The new bodies will continue our policy of robust regulation of the markets, which is so crucial to financial consumers and the stability of the UK economy in the present climate.

Vacancies We have a range of graduate opportunities, available in Business Management, Investment, European Sales & Marketing and Human Resources. We also have internship opportunities in Investment and across our European Business (covering Sales & Marketing and Operations, in the UK and Europe). Entry Requirements

Vacancies Graduate Programmes 50+ Undergraduate Internships 55 12 Month Placements 5 MBA Internships 20+ Entry Requirements In addition to a 2.1 in any subject, you’ll need to be a decisive, results-driven, highly analytical team player with excellent people skills and initiative.

You will need a genuine interest in investment, a forward thinking attitude and an ability to look at things from a different angle. With a commitment to acting with integrity, you’ll always keep our customers’ best interests in mind. We look for ambitious graduates with a strong academic record, including a 2:1 honours degree or above/equivalent.

Locations

Locations

November 2011

We have graduate vacancies across the UK and Europe. Our UK vacancies are in London, Kent and Surrey. Application Process Apply online at www.fidelityrecruitment.com/ukgrads Closing Date/s Graduate: 4th November 2011 for Investment 31st December 2011 for all other programmes Internship: 31st December 2011 for Investment 30th April 2012 for the European Business Internship Programme (with a rolling assessment)

London Application Process To Apply visit our website www.fsagraduates.com Closing Date/s


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First Derivatives Plc www.firstderivatives.com/careers_landingpage.asp First Derivatives is a leading provider of products and consulting services to the capital markets industry. Focused on financial institutions that work cross-asset, often with multi-system and/ or high volume trading activities, the Company scopes, designs, develops, implements and supports a broad range of mission critical data and trading systems across front, middle and backoffice operations. Vacancies Technology Trading This stream is a specialised Technology Trading option - Those chosen for this stream will fast track their careers and work on the leading edge of R+D in electronic trading and high performance computing. This stream is NOT exclusively for those with a computing science background – it is also suitable for graduates with exceptional mathematical or engineering and/or technical abilities. For exceptional candidates not willing or able to travel, there are a limited number of permanent positions based at our R & D centres in Dublin, Belfast and Newry. As part of this stream, your key activities will focus on financial institutions that work cross-asset, often with multisystem and/or high volume trading activities. You will scope, design, develop, and implement a broad range of mission critical data and trading systems across front, middle and backoffice operations. Financial Engineering This stream is a fast track Financial Engineering consultancy option for graduates with excellent mathematical and technical abilities. Those chosen for this stream will help us continue to provide tailor-made solutions, from consulting to support models to technology services. Roles will be based around the globe, therefore it is imperative that you are willing to travel extensively at short notice. As part of this stream, your multiple asset class knowledge and capital markets technical skills will be key. You will fill Support and Business Analyst roles across front, middle and back-office operations. This stream represents an ideal longer term opportunity for those with a Capital Markets Project Management career plan. Software Engineering This stream is a fast track Software Engineering option for highly technical graduates with an interest in cutting-edge technology and the capital markets sector. Those chosen for this stream will help us develop our Delta Product Suite and be based locally, or go work as a Software Engineer at our client sites around the world. Development is often in new areas of finance (e.g. exotic derivatives or in esoteric areas of curve building) and the developer will need an understanding of core financial concepts. The developer must be able to communicate effectively with other members of a small team and the end user, often a trader. The developer may in fact be responsible for all main post business analysis aspects of the software cycle including testing, documentation, integration, training and bug fixing.

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Entry Requirements Applicants will; Have already achieved or are on track to achieve a minimum of 2.1 degree classification; For Technology Trading have AAA (including maths) at A Level or 550 Leaving Cert Points For Financial Engineering, have 500 points in Leaving Cert. including a B3 in Higher Level Maths (Ireland) or AAA at ‘A’ Level, including an A in Maths (UK); For Software Engineering, have BBB at ‘A’ Level Be willing to travel at short notice to work on client assignments. Locations Initially based at Head Office in Newry Co. Down, our graduates will gain experience on client site in major financial centres around the world including London, New York, Toronto, and Stockholm. Application Process Please apply online via our website, http://www.firstderivatives. com/careers_landingpage.asp Closing Date/s Ongoing


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HYMANS ROBERTSON

Lloyds Banking Group

http://www.hymans.co.uk

www.lloydsbankinggrouptalent.com

Hymans Robertson is the UK’s leading independently owned investment and benefits consultancy, and one of the fastest growing, employing over 500 people across our 4 offices. Our core services include actuarial and investment consultancy, financial and risk management, benefits strategy and design, communications and engagement and third party pension administration - we advise many of the country’s biggest pension schemes and provide consultancy services to some of the UK’s leading organisations.

Lloyds Banking Group is proud to be one of the UK’s leading financial services companies. We formed on 19th January 2009 when Lloyds TSB Group acquired HBOS. In doing so, we now have an impressive number of high street and household names in our portfolio. Our goal is to be recognised as the best financial services provider in the UK. To do this we are building a leadership position not on the basis of scale, but on the foundations of reputation and recommendation. To Lloyds Banking Group, deep lasting relationships are key to our business and inform the way we deal with both our customers and how we work internally. People really are at the heart of everything we do.

Vacancies As part of the Hymans Robertson graduate recruitment programme, we look to recruit actuarial trainees who become our Actuarial Consultants of the future. To qualify as an actuary, trainees joining Hymans Robertson are required to master economics, probability, statistics, financial mathematics and more. They also have to be able to keep track of changing legislation, demographics and markets. In addition, trainees need to have a rare combination of problem-solving and communication skills and be able to analyse an issue from a technical point of view, devise a creative and coherent solution and help our clients understand and feel comfortable with our proposals. We have put in place a comprehensive study package and extensive in-house training and coaching to support our actuarial trainees in their development with the firm. Our approach is focused on giving trainees a fully-rounded understanding of our industry so that they can fulfil their potential and make their mark. We also run a summer intern programme. Entry Requirements A 2:1 Honours Degree Strong A Level, ‘Higher’ or equivalent results, including a Grade A in Mathematics We are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates with additional post graduate qualifications and work experience Locations UK (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London) Application Process Via our online application process at www.hymans.co.uk Closing Date/s Graduates : Monday 7 November 2011 Summer Interns : Monday 26 March 2012

Vacancies We offer opportunities for graduates to join our Graduate Leadership Programme in the following areas: General Management, Corporate Markets, Finance, Business Technology and Human Resources. We also offer penultimate year students the opportunity for a summer internship in the same areas as the Graduate Leadership Programme. Entry Requirements 260-320 UCAS points (or equivalent) depending on stream) and 2.1 degree (expected/obtained) Application Process Online application form Online testing Telephone interview Assessment centre Closing Date See website for details


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Mercer

Standard Bank

www.mercer.com/ukgrads

www.standardbank.com/graduates

Mercer is a global leader in human resource consulting, outsourcing and investment services, with more than 25,000 clients worldwide. Mercer consultants help clients design and manage health, retirement and other benefits and optimise human capital. The firm also provides customised administration, technology and total benefit outsourcing solutions. Mercer’s investment services include global leadership in investment consulting and multimanager investment management.

Standard Bank is a leading African banking group focused on emerging markets globally. It has been a mainstay of South Africa’s financial system for over 145 years and now spans 17 countries across the African continent. Its international expansion has taken it to 20 countries outside Africa, including Brazil, Russia and China. Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking division is a leading global emerging markets corporate and investment bank and offers its clients banking, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services in developing economies throughout the world. It has specific sector expertise in industries relevant to its global footprint, with strong sector value propositions in: mining & metals; oil, gas & renewables; telecommunications & media; power & infrastructure; agribusiness and Financial Institutions. Standard Bank Plc in London is the bank’s principal international subsidiary. It is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority, and is a member of the London Stock Exchange, the London Bullion Market Association, the London Metal Exchange, the London Platinum and Palladium Market and the New York Mercantile Exchange. Through its branch in Tokyo, it is also a member of the Tokyo Commodities Exchange. It has major trading affiliates in Brazil, Argentina, Russia, and Hong Kong.

Vacancies We offer a variety of roles, across the UK, at both a graduate and internship level. These include: Actuarial Trainee, Asset Transitions Coordinator, Financial Strategy Analyst, Investment Analyst, Retirement Analyst, Reward Analyst, Trainee Consultant (Retirement), Trainee Pensions Consultant. Entry Requirements All of our roles require a minimum of 300 UCAS points including a numerical or semi-numerical A level at grade B or above, with a minimum 2:1 honours degree expected or obtained in a numerical or semi- numerical degree. Equivalent qualifications are accepted. Locations We offer these roles in locations around the UK such as: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leatherhead, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Windsor. Application Process We accept all of our applications online via our graduate website at www.mercer.com/ukgrads.        Closing Date/s We do not have specific deadlines. We review all applications as we receive them so early application advised.

Vacancies We have 6 graduate programmes in Private Banking, Investment Banking & Coverage, Global Markets, Risk, Information Technology and Operations. They are all rotational programmes, varying from 12–24 months duration. Entry Requirements Dependent on the programme. Application Process All applications to be completed online – Applicants will be required to fill in an application form and provide a CV. A covering letter is optional. Closing Date See website for details.


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Standard Life PLC

UBS

www.standardlife.com/graduates

www.ubs.com/graduates

Standard Life is a leading long term savings, investment and pensions company. We’re based in the UK and operate across the world, with businesses offering various financial products and services to over 6 million customers. We have around 8,000 employees and have £198.4 billion assets under administration as at March 2011. At Standard Life we believe everyone should have a future to look forward to. You are just at the beginning of that future. We can offer you a structured and satisfying career that grows from your time on our internships and graduate programmes. The high quality experience and development we offer is the perfect launch pad for your career.

UBS draws on its 150-year heritage to serve private, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland. We combine our wealth management, investment banking and asset management businesses with our Swiss operations to deliver superior financial solutions. Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS has offices in more than 50 countries, including all major financial centers and employs approximately 65,000 people. You’ll also discover that what really sets us apart from other financial firms is the way we do business. We believe that we’re only as successful as our relationships – both with our clients and with each other. This approach makes our people great to work with and our firm the choice of clients the world over.

Vacancies Graduate programmes – Actuarial Accountancy Human Resources IT Legal Sales & Marketing Summer internships – Actuarial Accountancy Human Resources IT Sales & Marketing

Vacancies

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 300 UCAS points

2:1 or above – see our website for further details.

Locations

Locations

UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and the US

Edinburgh

Application Process

Application Process

www.ubs.com/graduates

On-line application On-line tests Telephone Interview Assessment Centre at our Headquarters in Edinburgh

Closing Date

Closing Date/s Actuarial – 15 November 2011 Accountancy – 31 October 2011 Human Resources – 9 December 2011 IT – 9 December 2011 Sales & Marketing – 9 December 2011 Legal – accepting applications from 4 January to 10 February 2012. **We encourage applicants to apply early as some programmes and internships may fill before the closing date.

700+ Graduate and Internship vacancies Entry Requirements

Varies by function. See website for full details.


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RESOURCES •

NI Milkround Code of Practice, Chartered Accountants Ireland Ulster Society

Additional Recruiters Websites

An overview of the Financial Services Sector

Financial Services Partnership Directions High Street website

Further sources of information in the Careers and Employability Information Area, SGC

City of London Study Tour of Financial Services Graduate Recruiters


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Resources

NI Accountancy Milkround, Chartered Accountants Ireland Ulster Society GRADUATE RECRUITMENT - CODE OF PRACTICE 2011 The Code of Practice has been developed in relation to recruitment of students from The Queen’s University of Belfast and The University of Ulster. The Code is designed to apply to all member firms in Northern Ireland recruiting from these universities. Where necessary, please ensure your respective offices in RoI are aware of the Code. The Code does not apply where students are being recruited from universities outside of Northern Ireland. For the avoidance of any doubt, if your firm is recruiting from the two local universities in the timescale below the Code of Practice applies and therefore the dates below must be adhered to.

TIMESCALE No presentation or encouragement to students should be made prior to the suggested presentation and interview timetable. Closing date for applications Interviews and presentations to commence Closing date for offer acceptance/rejection Offers to be issued no earlier than

28 October 2011 14 November 2011 2 January 2012 28 November 2011

NORTHERN IRELAND ACCOUNTANCY RECRUITMENT (MILKROUND) It is encouraging to note that there are an increasing number of Member firms (as well as a growing number of other employers) seeking to recruit within the Northern Ireland Accountancy Recruitment “(Milkround)”. As a consequence, instances of students having to decide between two presentations on the one evening have occurred. I would encourage member firms to make their own arrangements as a matter of priority for their presentations and interviews with the careers departments at QUB and UU. Please note the two universities cannot make arrangements until such times as this letter has been issued and firms will be booked in on a first come first e-mail basis. All offers of appointment following the presentation and interview period should give students a minimum of 2 weeks in which to accept or decline the offer and no offer should require a student to accept earlier than 3 January 2012. Where it has been decided not to make an offer to a student, this should be communicated to the student at the same time as offer letters are being issued to other students.

ON-LINE AND DIRECT APPLICATIONS It is accepted that the on-line method is becoming a more popular form of application. Firms should ensure that procedures are in place to consider on-line and hard copy applications in an equitable manner. Closing dates for all methods should be advertised clearly. Technology should support easy access and use of the on-line method.

RECRUITMENT OTHER THAN DURING THE “MILKROUND” It is open to firms to interview and make offers to students who approach them on an individual basis at any time. Any offers, which arise from such interviews, should also give students a minimum of 2 weeks in which to accept or decline the offer.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES All firms should demonstrate commitment to equality of opportunity in employment as required by the Equality Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality.

FORM OF OFFER All offers of appointment should be made in writing and should clearly state the terms of engagement and any conditions attached to the offer. After an offer has been made, firms should not initiate or encourage any further contact with the students until the offer has been accepted or declined. This includes any correspondence regarding the firm itself, acceptance of the offer or the proposed terms of employment. Students are being advised by the universities to reply promptly to all offers. Dawn Johnston, Convenor, Training, Education & Careers (TEC) Sub Committee


Resources

Additional Recruiters Websites The following organisations advertised with us in previous years. Check out their websites for 2012 recruitment details:

Audit Commission www.audit-commission.gov.uk Aviva www.aviva.co.uk/graduates Bank of America Merrill Lynch

www.bankofamerica.com/campusrecruiting

Commerzbank www.commerzbank.com Deloitte ROI www.deloitte.com/ie/graduate Dixon Wilson www.dixonwilson.com Goldman Sachs www.goldmansachs.com HISCOX www.hiscox.com HSBC www.hsbc.co.uk/graduates John MacMahon & Co

www.johnmacmahon.com

JP Morgan www.jpmorgan.com Mazars www.mazars.co.uk Morgan Stanley                              

www.morganstanley.com

National Audit Office www.nao.org.uk Nationwide www.nationwide-jobs.co.uk/graduates RBS www.makeitrbs.com The Co-operative Group

www.altogetherdifferent.com

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An Overview of the Financial Services Sector Accounting & Financial Management The Business Every business, whether a huge multinational or one-man band, needs an accountant to ensure all the figures add up. Managing cash flow and monitoring profit and loss are key areas of work, but this is increasingly joined by the supply of financial information that could influence the strategic development of organisations.

The jobs ‘Accountant’ is the name given to any professional with a relevant, nationally recognised finance qualification. The term ‘financial management’ describes the work carried out by accountants working within a organisation such as a company or the public sector. In small organisations the work is diverse and multi-tasking is essential. In larger organisations there is a greater division of labour providing the opportunity for specialisation. Training contracts usually last three years and include undertaking professional exams

The employers Public Practice - firms of accountants, usually run as partnerships, that provide accounting services to many companies and individuals. The Big Four (KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and PWC) are full-service providers with offices throughout Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and beyond. The rest of the market is made up of small and medium-sized firms across the UK and Republic of Ireland that usually specialise in a particular type of work or local area. Commerce & Industry - most organisations employ accountants to carry out day-to-day financial management. Opportunities are nationwide. Public Sector - public sector organisations such as the National Health Service and Inland Revenue need accountants to manage the public’s money and invest it in public services. In the UK a cluster of jobs are available at Westminster with other available nationwide

Applying Any degree discipline is accepted. You’ll usually need good English and Maths GCSE grades plus an expected honours degree. Traditionally, public practice firms recruit throughout the autumn with some closing dates in October and interviews in November. This timetable is becoming more flexible with some employers inviting applications all year round.

Banking & Investment The business The banking and investment business is all about making money work as hard as possible. It’s borrowed and invested in a whole host of different ways - the very last thing it’s allowed to do is sit idle. The financial markets are open 24 hours a day, straddle different time zones and have major centres in Hong Kong, New York, London,Tokyo and Frankfurt. London is important because its working day bridges that of America and the Far East.

The jobs The ‘front office’ refers to the fee-earning areas of the business. Jobs in this area include advising on and implementing ways for client companies to grow, in addition to trading financial products. Support services such as finance, human resources and operations ensure the right people and the right money are in the right place at the right time. The technology division straddles the whole organisation and provides the infrastructure within which business takes place.

The employers Investment banks - global firms that carry out the full range of banking and investment services. The biggest players are sometimes known as ‘bulge bracket’ companies. Specialist finance houses - smaller organisations that specialise in a particular area of work such as corporate finance. investment management eg Fidelity Investments. Employers are often also classified by their country of origin. For instance, ‘American’ banks include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Citi, while ‘European’ banks include Credit Suisse and Commerzbank

Applying Typical entry requirements are A grade GCSE maths, a minimum of 300 UCAS points and at least a predicted 2:1. Completion of an internship is also rated highly by recruiters. Most employers in this sector use online application systems. They are renowned for their early closing application dates.


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City Alternatives (Commercial Law, Management Consultants) The business Hotbed of international finance that it is, the City offers many roles linked directly, or tenuously, to the investment business. Broad areas of work that consume graduates include law, management consulting, property and quantity surveying.

The jobs Commercial lawyers work with the investment bankers to get the best possible deal for their clients and ensure the contract complies with the appropriate investment-related regulations. To qualify, law graduates are required to complete a one year full-time (or two year part-time) legal practice course before starting a two-year training contract. Non-law graduates must also complete a conversion course. Management consultants provide organisations with strategies to improve their business. They identify problems then suggest and implement solutions.

The employers Law - in London the scene is dominated by large firms handling high value, often international, commercial transactions. Further afield sole practitioners and high street firms handle work for small businesses. Management consulting - employers range from the consultancy divisions of some of the Big Four accountancy firms, to specialist organisations providing advice on specific areas, such as strategy or IT.

Applying Competition for management consulting and law is fierce. Both sectors welcome graduates from any degree discipline but you’ll need top class academic qualifications from a good university, usually at least 300 UCAS points and a 2:1 or first classification.

Insurance and Financial Services The business Includes day-to-day financial management products for individuals, such as bank accounts, loans, pensions, credit cards and insurance. Some products and services, such as insurance and regulation, are also needed by companies. Recently the retail business has focused on improving accessibility to these products through the internet and over the telephone. Financial regulators ensure a safe and fair service for all.

The jobs A range of professional roles covering the development, marketing, sales and management of financial products. Actuaries work away in the background calculating the probability a certain thing will happen so that premiums can be set for insurance-related products. It’s common to work on a specific product (eg credit cards), or in a business management function (eg marketing).

The employers Financial services providers - big employers offering a range of financial services such as retail banking and savings accounts, etc. tend to be international groups, such as Santander with a network of branches across the UK. Call centres tend to be based on the outskirts of regional towns and cities. Large international corporates - businesses that have built their name in a different sector but have then diversified into financial services. Examples include Tesco and Marks & Spencer. Niche firms - offer specialist services such as actuarial consulting, risk management, underwriting and reinsurance. This group of employers recruits increasingly larger numbers of graduates particularly in the City.

Applying For the majority of positions applications are welcomed from graduates with a 2:2 or above in any discipline. There is high demand for graduates to enter a wide range of roles and to train for the appropriate finance qualification.


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Further Sources of Information in the Careers and Employability Information Area, SGC Queen’s Careers Guide (pdf available at www.qub.ac.uk/careers) Your essential guide to what’s on offer at Careers, Employability and Skills, including finding the right career for you, employers targeting Queen’s students, your further study options, essential job hunting and advice.

Publications available on reference from Careers and Employability Information Area, Student Guidance Centre • All you need to know about the City Who does what and why in London’s financial markets • Vault Guide to Investment Banking Provides information about institutional investment management, hedge funds, retail funds and more. • Vault Guide to the Top 25 Banking Employers Access up-to-date, “insider” information on Europe’s leading banking employers.

Other publications available on a take away basis in the Careers and Employability Information Area, Student Guidance Centre • Prospects Employer Directory – www.prospects.ac.uk • Gradireland Finance Sector guide and Employer Directory – www.gradireland.com • Target City and Finance and also online at www.targetjobs.co.uk • Careers in Banking and Finance – www.efinancialcareers.com • Inside Careers publications e.g. City & Finance and online at www.insidecareers.co.uk

Professional Accountancy Publications and Websites: The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) – www.cipfa.org.uk The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) – www.cpaireland.ie The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – www.cimaglobal.com The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ACA) – www.charteredaccountants.ie The Chartered Accountants Ireland, Ulster Society (ACA) – http://ulster.charteredaccountants.ie The Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ACA) – www.icaew.com The Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ACA) – www.icas.org.uk The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – www.accaglobal.com

Insurance Careers Chartered Institute of Insurance – www.discoverrisk.co.uk

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City of London Study Tours Careers, Employability and Skills (CES) facilitates student workplace experience through structured visits to London graduate recruiters. Students spend a full 5-day week on employers’ premises in the City of London • Finance Study Tour normally the third week in September • Law Study Tour normally the last week in January Participating students should have either an interest in a graduate role in corporate and commercial law or corporate finance.

The aim is to: • encourage and support increased applications to City graduate roles • provide an active learning opportunity in City graduate workplaces • develop and share understanding of the skills/practices, people and environments Each group visits between 8-10 graduate employers over the course of the week and engages in a range of business games, case studies and related exercises reflecting recruitment selection practices. Students are also provided with a range of networking opportunities either during the employer visit or after working hours in the evenings. This allows students to make connections with recent graduate employees, Queen’s alumni and senior professionals who may become useful mentors and provide valuable help in the recruitment process. Through the weeklong event, students develop commercial awareness, experience graduate life in the world’s leading financial centre and practise the employability skills required of the City graduate workplace. Application deadlines are advertised in the CES events database. You can register interest at programmes@qub.ac.uk Applications are assessed on criteria such as career motivation, understanding of the Tour expectations and academic achievement. Selected students must attend half day pre and post tour briefings and complete a reflective learning portfolio. This is required for the certificate in Career Management and Employability Skills: Work Place Learning.

As the Study Tour is a route A activity, students who are awarded the certificate will also receive the Degree Plus accreditation. The dissemination event for City Finance Study Tour September 2011 Position yourself for a Career in the City of London will be advertised on the CES website events database this semester. All students welcome to attend. Previous Tour students will share their experience of what City graduate employers expect from student applicants. www.qub.ac.uk/careers

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