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DE&S Finance Graduate Scheme

Ministry of Defence

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 27th January 2020

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MOD - Defence Equipment & Support, Finance & Accounting

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Abbey Wood, Bristol

About the job


We are seeking up to 30 highly committed and competent Finance Graduates for our DE&S Finance Graduate Scheme 2020 intake.

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 Officer’s work within Finance 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 Finance Graduate Scheme offers an excellent opportunity to develop your skills through hands on learning and training, including working towards attaining professional finance qualification.
DE&S headquarters is 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 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 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.

Job description

The DE&S Finance Graduate Scheme is a two 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 and creating accruals
• Providing financial analysis to support decision making
• Involvement in developing costings for business cases
• Tracking costs to contracts and ensuring they are recorded in the correct place
• Using financial systems

Your hands on experience will be underpinned by MOD and DE&S specific training as well as study towards achieving a Level 7 professional finance qualification (equivalent to Master's Degree).
In addition to formal training, you will receive:

• A dedicated scheme manager who will be responsible for coordinating your professional training and development
• A placement delivery manager who will oversee 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 qualification training with tutor support provided by a reputable external training provider
• A generous study leave package

At the end of year two, provided you have met the required performance standard, you will get the opportunity to progress to a more senior level within the Finance & Accounting function.
See attached FAQs for further information about the scheme.


Candidates should have a minimum of a 2:1 Degree (or equivalent) in any discipline obtained or predicted.
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 to embrace 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 two year training programme
• Are pro-active and willing to take responsibility for their own development and career progression
We ask a lot of our people and in return, we give them the training and development the job demands and the respect and rewards that it deserves.
Join us and you’ll find this is a very supportive and inclusive place to work.


Candidates should have a minimum of a 2:1 Degree (or equivalent) in any discipline obtained or predicted.



• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
25 days Annual leave
Flexible working after 6 months in the business

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Ability and Experience.
Initial online application and CV via Civil Service Jobs tool
You are also required to undertake an online situational judgement test.
If successful, applicants will then be required to complete a Numerical Reasoning Test (NRT).
If you are successful at the application and online test stages, your application will then be taken forward to a further sift process which will finalise the number of candidates who are to be invited to an Assessment Centre taking place February 2020 in Bristol.
You must complete the application and online tests by midnight on the closing date. More details will be provided by email following submission of your application.
Because of the classification in some areas of the organisation, applicants who hold a dual nationality may be restricted in where they can be placed in the organisation.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  DE&S Finance Scheme Team
Email :
Telephone :  030679 84894
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.

Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014.

All employees joining MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

Following the introduction of the new Government scheme Tax Free Childcare, the Childcare Voucher scheme has now closed to new entrants. Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You can find out more about Tax Free Childcare at


Please be aware that the selection and interviewing of applicants is the responsibility of the Recruiting Line Manager (RLM) and not the Defence Business Services (DBS) Resourcing team. DBS do not play any part in the selection and interview process.

Therefore, if you wish to discuss your feedback, or you are dissatisfied with your markings, you should in the first instance raise this with the Recruiting Line Manager of the vacancy.

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint. by writing to DBS at the following address:

Complaints Management Team, Defence Business Services, Oak Building Mail Point #6109, MOD Abbey Wood North, Bristol, BS34 8QW

If after raising your complaint with DBS you remain dissatisfied you can complain directly to the Civil Service Commission at the following address:

Civil Service commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ

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Cabinet Office Fraud Checks

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment

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