Finance Apprentice

Exeter, England / Apprenticeships / Apprentice

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Finance Apprentice

At South West Water we believe that the strongest businesses are built on solid, stable foundations - with a vision and a culture that gives them the freedom to change, improve and innovate.
We’re proud to be responsible for providing reliable, efficient and high-quality drinking water and wastewater services for the beautiful South West area.
And we have huge ambitions.
Not only are we committed to reaching net-zero by 2030, but we’ve also partnered with wildlife charities, National Parks and local partners to help ensure a better future for generations to come.

We currently have an exciting opportunity available for a Finance Apprentice to join our team working in Exeter. We strongly value long-term professional development – you’ll have the chance to complete the AAT levels 2-4 (foundation degree equivalent). To help you achieve this, we’ll guarantee you one day a week to study the qualifications, and you’ll be supported by management with opportunities to showcase what you’ve learnt.
Once you’re AAT-qualified, there will be opportunities to apply for our Chartered Accountancy programme, as part of a competitive process, which works towards a level 7 apprenticeship (Master’s degree equivalent) to eventually achieve chartered accountant status.
You will join us on a full-time contract and in return, you will receive a starting salary of £17,065.

About the role:

  • You will have the opportunity to work within key areas of the Finance function within South West Water, Bristol Water and our parent company Pennon Group PLC, as part of a series of 6-month rotational posts alongside existing apprentices.
  • The areas you’ll rotate through are:
  • Internal Audit, who ensure we’re doing things in the right way, every time
  • Central Finance, who produce the company’s financial results and monthly statements
  •  Capital Finance, who manage the governance and reporting of our planned future spending
  •  Business Performance & Insight, who are responsible for monitoring expenditure within our business functions

  • Transactional Services, consisting of:
  • Payables, who ensure invoices are processed and payments made in a timely and accurate fashion;
  • Sales Ledger, who raise invoices and allocate income appropriately;
  • Procure to Pay (P2P) who ensure business rules are followed and financial control is appropriate

  • What you'll be doing:

  • Within the apprenticeship programme, you will train alongside skilled professionals, taking on their expertise to apply in your own career whilst also achieving nationally recognised qualifications. 
  • Whats in it for you:

  • This isn’t just a job, this is a career; the opportunities to develop and grow your career with us are endless. Alongside ongoing training and development opportunities we offer some great benefits:Generous holiday allowance plus bank holidays
  • A discretionary bonus scheme
  • Competitive contributory pension
  • Company Sharesave scheme
  • Various health benefits
  • Wellbeing support programmes
  • A range of Group Discounts via Perkbox
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Financial support services
  • And plenty more!
  • What we'd like from you:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 6/grade B or above, including Maths and English (essential)
  • 3 A Levels (Or Equivalent)
  • Good general IT skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Methodical and consistent approach to work
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Enthusiasm and desire to learn new skills
  • Eager to study and develop, both personally and professionally

  • Be yourself, we like it that way. Together, we will build a culture of belonging, where inclusion is instinctive. Diversity is our strength and a reflection of our communities. We care, we value everyone, we celebrate uniqueness.

    Our core values which are essential to our success are:
  • Be Rock Solid - Build trust and be trusted. Be the one we all look to and can depend on.
  • Be You - We want you to bring your best every day. Be yourself and make your mark in your individual way.
  • Be the Future - Embrace change. Drive Progress. Own the challenge.
  • Applications for these roles will close on Friday 19th July April.

    Please be aware we are expecting successful candidates to start with the business from September 2024.

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