DE&S Finance Apprenticeship Scheme

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 11 Mar 2019

Reference number





Level 1

Contract type


Length of employment

3 Years Fixed Term

Business area

Defence Equipment & Support - Finance

Type of role

Corporate Finance

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Abbey Wood, Filton, Bristol, BS34 8JH

About the job

Job description

We are seeking highly committed and competent Apprentices for our 2019 DE&S Finance Apprenticeship Scheme.

If you’re considering a career in Finance, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) offers an opportunity like no other. There are in excess of 900 Finance staff working in DE&S, with the majority being based at MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol. Day-to-day most DE&S Finance officers work within teams that procure and support the equipment that our armed forces require. This could be anything from army boots to warships, or ration packs to aircraft.

Our Finance and Accounting function helps DE&S meet its financial management responsibilities whilst ensuring we provide the maximum capability and capacity to our Armed Forces from the funding provided by every taxpayer.

Finance officers work alongside Project Managers, Commercial Officers, Inventory Managers, Technical experts, Risk Managers and Military colleagues to ensure that the equipment purchased and the support provided is fit for purpose and achieves the best possible value for money.

The DE&S Finance Apprenticeship Scheme offers an excellent opportunity to develop your skills through hands on learning and training, including working towards attaining professional qualification.

The Programme:
The DE&S Finance Apprenticeship Scheme is a three year development programme focused around finance and accountancy roles across different areas of DE&S.

You will rotate through a number of placements within DE&S. You may also have opportunities to work in other finance roles supporting the MOD’s vast estate and Front Line Commands.

Day to day, your placements will provide you with the opportunity to learn about aspects of finance and accounting. You will be provided with real experience in:

• Forecasting the future budget
• Reviewing & creating accruals
• Providing financial analysis to support decision making
• Involvement in developing costing for business cases
• Tracking costs to contracts & ensuring recorded in correct place
• Using Financial Systems

Your hands on experience will be underpinned by MOD/DE&S specific training as well as study towards achieving Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualification (Levels 3 & 4) over a three year period. Training will be delivered by a Bristol based AAT training provider.

In addition to formal training, you will receive:
• A dedicated scheme manager who will be responsible for co-ordinating your professional training and development
• A placement delivery manager who will over see your day to day management and provide on the job development opportunities
• Access to an experienced mentor to assist you in your professional studies
• Excellent professional AAT training package
• Generous study leave
Where there are vacancies available, on successful completion of the apprenticeship scheme you will be offered permanent employment in an appropriate finance role profile within the Finance & Accounting Function.
See attached FAQs for further information about the scheme.

About you:

We are seeking individuals who:

• Enjoy solving complex problems and can deliver clear and effective solutions
• Can understand the bigger picture whilst dealing with the essential detail
• Have high standards of written and verbal communication
• Are keen on embracing change
• Are willing to share information, knowledge and skills
• Have a strong focus on internal and external customers
• Have a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
• Are keen to seek out new opportunities for learning, personal and career development
• Are prepared to commit to a 3 year training programme
• Are pro-active and willing to take responsibility for their own development and career progression

We’ll offer you challenging opportunities that will develop your career and offer you great rewards and an environment where results are recognised. In return you’ll ‘own’ your career, driving your own development and embracing the opportunities that come along. We’ll expect you to work hard and deliver exceptional results.

Join us and you’ll find this is a very supportive and inclusive place to work.
Please Note: If applying to be employed on a Part-Time basis, please be aware that there is substantial study and training commitment on the programme which you will be required to complete.


We can only accept applicants who have not already completed a finance degree (or comparable qualification) or apprenticeship at level 4.

5 GCSE grades 4 – 9 (A* to C) including English and Maths Grade 6 (B) or above), or equivalent.

2 A Levels grades 56 – 16 (A to E) in any subject or equivalent.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


DE&S headquarters are located in MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol and boasts an impressive range of facilities including a fully equipped gym, an on-site nursery, a range of restaurants, coffee bistros and a hairdressers. We understand the commitments our staff have, both inside and outside of the office and our aim is to provide you with a place of work which allows you the flexibility you require to maintain a great work/life balance. We also provide first rate benefits for all of our employees which include flexible working, excellent study and annual leave entitlements, maternity and paternity allowances and very competitive pension schemes.


The post does not offer any assistance with Relocation Expenses. The majority of the scheme is based at the MOD Abbey Wood site in Filton, Bristol. Therefore, scheme members would be expected to live within commuting distance of this location.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Selection process details

Candidates will be required to complete an online Situational Judgement test. YOU MUST COMPLETE BOTH THE APPLICATION AND ON-LINE TEST BY MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE. Details will be provided by e-mail following submission of your application.

Please note the online application process requires you to include a CV which must include details of your educational qualifications (and predicted grades if relevant), key achievements, employment history and applied skills, knowledge and experience. You will be required to provide proof of your qualifications prior to receiving a contract of employment. Individuals with predicted grades are to submit this by August 2019.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Grade entry qualifications

We can only accept applicants who have not already completed a finance degree (or comparable qualification) or apprenticeship at level 4.

5 GCSE grades 4 – 9 (A* to C) including English and Maths Grade 6 (B) or above), or equivalent.

2 A Levels grades 56 – 16 (A to E) in any subject or equivalent.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift will be completed March 2019, interviews will take place at Abbey Wood in April 2019.

Applicants will be able to claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage of the vacancy. Details will be provided on invitation.

Please note offers of employment are subject to achieving satisfactory pre-employment and security checks. These include an Occupational Health Assessment and a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS). As part of this you will need to confirm your identity, employment/education history, nationality and any criminal record (unspent convictions only). The level of security needed is Security Check (SC) and you should usually have been continuously resident in the UK for 5 years immediately before clearance action commences. If you have lived overseas or travelled extensively during this period, it may affect the length of time to obtain full security clearance and this may affect your offer of employment. It is essential that ALL requests for information are completed fully and timely, as incomplete information may result in significant delays. Offers of employment are also subject to candidates achieving acceptable grades where predicted.

Further information

Please see the MOD Privacy Notice which describes how we will use your personal data, explains your rights and gives you information you are entitled to under Data Protection legislation.

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by E Mailing: or alternatively by writing to DBS at the following address:
DBS Civilian Personnel
Oak Building #6030
MOD Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH

Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.

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