Finance Graduate

Leonardo UK
Basildon, Edinburgh, Yeovil (UK)
Competitive + Benefits
Closing date
Mar 13, 2022

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Job Role
Finance Graduate
Defence & Military
Contract Type
Contract, Graduate
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Job Details

The Role:

Finance is of critical importance to all companies and no less so at Leonardo. In our programme there are 3 areas of Finance where you will gain experience as you work towards your CIMA or ACCA qualification.

  • Central Finance
  • Project Finance
  • Management Accounting & Reporting

We would also like you to gain this experience in our different businesses and geographical locations in the UK eg. Helicopters, Electronics, Cyber and our Corporate office, so full mobility flexibility to take advantage of this opportunity is important.

The Graduate Programme includes a placement at each of our Edinburgh, Basildon and Yeovil sites, plus one placement at one of our other UK sites.

During your placement, we will expect you to study towards your CIMA or ACCA qualification. The company will support you in distance learning and revision courses. We are looking to develop business partners who specialise in finance, who can apply their skills to a wide variety of situations

All of the above should allow you to successfully complete your record of experience (logbook) and achieve Chartered status. 

Our 2-year Graduate Programme

On joining the Leonardo graduate programme, you will be provided with a wealth of development opportunities in both virtual and applied working environments.  On our programme you will engage with challenging and exciting project work, and deliver innovative business or technical solutions as part of a team of subject matter experts.  Throughout the programme you will receive coaching and support from your team to achieve your objectives as well as your personal development goals. 

You will gain a wide array of experience in your day to day role, however as part of the programme you will also complete a number of development modules and activities over a two year period.  These modules and activities are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to realise your full potential.  Leonardo is committed to developing our graduates into leading technical or business professionals, and as such we will also support you through your preferred route for chartership. 

At Leonardo we value individuals who continuously demonstrate a dedication to their personal development, and this is no different for our graduates completing our Graduate Development Programme.  We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are willing to take on a challenge to fill our graduate roles, and we will demand a high degree of customer focus and work performance from you in order to meet our operational challenges.  If you are willing able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work!  

How this role fits in

The central finance placement will give you experience working in the financial accounting, taxation and treasury departments.

You will learn about the fundamental accounting principles, application of accounting standards and governance in financial accounting. In the tax department you will gain experience in UK & overseas tax, employee tax, VAT, Corporation tax, R&D / patent box claims, tax credits and transfer pricing. While in treasury you will learn about foreign exchange, bonds/guarantees, export finance, banking relationships and cash management

The Project finance role is instrumental in the business decision-making and execution process. You will work in the Integrated Project Team (IPT) as an objective business partner.

In this role you will work in a Line of Business (LoB) as part of a Project or Business area IPT. Within the IPT you will work with the programme managers and their functional teams (commercial, engineering, manufacturing, procurement, planning, sales & marketing). Projects are responsible for delivery and execution. They create value for us and our customers as we seek to provide not just products but services and integrated solutions to our existing and prospective client base. Each “Line of Business” in Leonardo has their own project finance team.

Key Responsibility Areas

Role responsibilities will be assigned and you will be expected to contribute and add value to the business and finance department in each of your placements. These responsibilities, outcomes and objectives will be agreed with you as you start each placement.

It is your responsibility to pass all of your exams, complete your logbook and gain the CIMA qualification at the end of the 3 year time period. We will assign you a mentor, support you with distance learning and revision courses, but it is your responsibility to invest your personal time in gaining the qualification.

How will we support you?

We want to support you and encourage you to fulfil your potential through:

  • Competitive starting salary & relocation allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • Accelerated graduate performance reviews
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare options
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers (including gym membership)
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site
  • Free on-site parking


Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business.”


All of our roles require (a) a minimum of an upper Second class Bachelors/Integrated Masters degree, or (b) a higher degree, such as a MSc or PhD.  In all cases the subject should be finance or business related subjects, but not essential.

  • Desire to continue to train to obtain a professional Accountancy qualification.
  • Interest in business and/or defence industry beneficial.
  • Demonstrated skill & experience in data analysis and interpretation.
  • Proven ability to manage own time and meet deadlines.
  • IT Literacy beneficial especially Excel skills.

There are 4 positions and one person will be based in each of the following sites:

Basildon, Edinburgh, Yeovil with the remaining position based at any of the UK sites.

What are you waiting for?

Leonardo is one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MoD,  come and be a part of a community and work with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around!

Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.


Leonardo is a global high-tech player in Aerospace, Defence and Security. 

We are inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, a universally recognised symbol of creativity and innovation. Our new name follows our business rationalisation in which we absorbed the activities of AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi, OTO Melara, Selex ES and WASS into one company. 

With headquarters in Italy and over 46,000 employees, Leonardo operates across 15 countries with offices and industrial plants across five continents. It has a consolidated industrial presence in four main markets, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and Poland, and an important network of strategic partnerships in the main high potential markets worldwide. 

Leonardo offers a wide range of defence and security solutions to Governments, Institutions, and citizens that includes every possible intervention scenario: aerial and terrestrial, naval and maritime, space and cyberspace. We work closely with local customers and partners to strengthen global security, provide essential physical protection and cybersecurity services for people, territories and infrastructure networks and support scientific and technological research. 

Leonardo operates through five Divisions: 

  • Aerostructures 
  • Aircraft 
  • Electronics
  • Helicopters 
  • Cyber Security

We also maintain Parent Company and Corporate Centre functions for the following subsidiaries and joint ventures: 

  • Leonardo DRS (defence products, services and integrated support) 
  • Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space (satellite services and space manufacture) 
  • MBDA (missile systems) 
  • ATR (regional aircraft) 
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+44 (0)20 7340 6100
8-10 Great George St.
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