Data Science Graduate Programme

Graduate
London

1. ABOUT US

At the FCA, we’re creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We’re establishing more transparent relationships between financial services and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable customers.

Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator. We’re looking for individuals from all backgrounds who subscribe to our values and want to make a difference.

If our Data Science Graduate Programme sounds right for you, we’d be delighted to hear from you.


2. ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Programme Length: Two and a half years

Programme Type: Rotational

If you join our Data Science Graduate Programme you’ll be part of our Advanced Analytics function which leads the development and application of data science at the FCA. Its principle objective is delivering business value through the use of pioneering techniques.

You’ll be supporting our data scientists on projects from day one. You’ll help deliver innovative solutions to solve challenging problems, improve FCA operations and advance our ability to proactively identify harm. For example, you could be deploying machine learning to build classifiers to support decision making. Or, implementing natural language processing to automate document analysis and utilising network analytics to identify transaction patterns.

As you progress through the graduate programme, you’ll get the opportunity to rotate across the organisation. You’ll champion advanced analytics techniques and help departments understand how they can leverage their varied and unique data sets to unlock new insight. Working closely with stakeholders, you will shape and deliver data science projects to help resolve the department’s business problems in novel ways, delivering tangible and positive change.

At the end of the programme you’ll have gained experience in both data science and financial services, working with diverse groups of stakeholders to solve real-world business problems using data science techniques and setting you up for a future career as a data scientist.

We also offer an Economics Data Science track, for those who have some background or interest in economics. You will spend one year in the Economics Department, working alongside Economic Data Scientists. You will use data to understand how markets work and how to make them work better, and draw insights to support policy making and research.


3. WHAT WE LOOK FOR

If you:
- graduated or are on course for a 2.1 in a quantitative degree
- enjoy working with data
- have proven analytical and problem-solving skills
- are a team player
- can communicate complex information in a clear and simple manner

then we want to hear from you.


4. LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT

After our induction and initial training programme you’ll be benefit from working on a variety of projects, allowing you to put your skills into practice. Experimentation and continuous learning is at the heart of what it means to be a data scientist.

Throughout your time at the FCA, you will be able to advance your capabilities through training initiatives, such as e-learning, take part in various events such as hackathons, and attend regular seminars with academics and thought leaders. You’ll be supported by our experienced data scientists, who will mentor you throughout your time on the graduate programme.


5. WHAT WE OFFER
At the FCA you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference. We offer all our graduates a competitive range of benefits, including: a base salary of £34,000, career and family leave, a performance based bonus, flexible working options, a non-contributory pension, charity and volunteering initiatives, a minimum of 25 days’ holiday, sports and social clubs, private health care, a subsidised on-site fitness centre, free eye tests, a subsidised restaurant, and interest-free season ticket loans.

We’re proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 employer and we were recently awarded “Employer of the Year” at the Women in Finance awards. We’re also signatories of the #NoBystanders pledge and Disability Confident scheme, which guarantees disabled people an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for a job vacancy.
We value the views of our people and listening to them is central to our success. This is why our staff network groups play such a significant role. They shape the environment we work in, the way we interact with one another and the way that we make our decisions.

We want our people to be engaged and productive while at work, so we’re committed to creating an environment that enables you to do your best work while maintaining your other commitments. To support this, we offer flexible working arrangements, the opportunity to work from home, a number of career and family leave provisions, and generous annual leave so you can take time off when you need or want to.