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					           Welcome to the Financial Services Opportunities booklet




contents   Chartered and Management Accountancy
           ASM Horwath
           Baker Tilly Mooney Moore*
           BDO Stoy Hayward*
           Cavanagh Kelly*
           Deloitte*
           Deloitte (ROI)*
           Ernst & Young*
           FGS McClure Watters*
           Flynn and Company
           FPM Chartered Accountants LLP*
           Grant Thornton LLP (NI/UK)*
           Grant Thornton (ROI)*
           Harbinson Mulholland
           John MacMahon & Co
           Jones Peters*
           Kerry Group*
           Kingspan
           KPMG*
           Maneely McCann Ireland Ltd
           Mazars
           Moore & Grimley*
           PricewaterhouseCoopers (NI & GB)*
           PricewaterhouseCoopers (ROI)
           Stevenson & Wilson
           Viridian Group/NIE*
           Please note: Early Closing Dates – *Indicates an early closing date in October 2008

           Actuarial
           Kerr Henderson Hewitt Ltd
           Standard Life Assurance Co
           Towers Perrin
           Watson Wyatt

           Insurance
           AXA
           Norwich Union
           Swiss Re

           Investment Management
           Fidelity
           M&G Investments
           Schroders

           Financial Services
           Anglo Irish Bank
           American Express
           Bank of England
           Capital One
           Citi
           Financial Services Authority
           HSBC
           IIB Bank
           Lloyds TSB
           Mercer
           The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
           Ulster Bank Group

           Financial Data and Information Systems
           Factset

           Appendix 1
           The Institute of Chartered Accountants Code of Practice 2008
           Appendix 2
           The Financial Services Sector in a Nutshell including details of useful publications and websites
Welcome to the Financial Services Opportunities booklet

This booklet provides a selection of graduate vacancies across a range of sectors within the Financial Services Industry in
Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.



Apply online

The opportunities included are merely a ‘snap-shot’ sample of the current vacancies which are already available online for you to start
applying to. Many more opportunities will come online throughout the year and it is important for you to regularly check the websites
of those companies you are most interested in. Careers, Employability and Skills maintains a database of vacancies across the UK, Ireland
and further afield. To access these vacancies visit the database at www.qub.ac.uk/careers > Graduate Opportunities – Work, Study and
Training > Search Vacancy Database. There are also various directories of graduate recruiters available in the Careers and Employability
information area in the Student Guidance Centre.


Early closing dates

Be careful not to miss out on some very early closing dates. Note: 31 October is the closing date for over 100 training contracts for the
Northern Ireland Chartered Accountancy Recruitment Programme and even earlier, 23 October for similar opportunities in the Republic of
Ireland.

Even though some organisations will not specify a closing date it is recommended to apply early. Applications will be processed on an
ongoing basis and the limited places will be allocated to successful candidates which means you could visit the website at any time and
find that no further applications can be accepted.


Help is at hand

If you would like feedback from a Careers Adviser on your application form before you send it, call into Careers, Employability and Skills
in the Student Guidance Centre any day between 9am – 5pm

For further support with recruitment selection challenges such as interviews, aptitude tests or assessment centre (group work and case
studies), check Events and Fairs > Events Diary of the Careers, Employability and Skills website at www.qub.ac.uk/careers



Workshops to help you


Financial Services and Accountancy                                     Position yourself for a Career in the City
Monday 13 October                                                      Wednesday 15 October
12.00pm – 2.00pm                                                       6.00pm
Conference Room 1, Student Guidance Centre                             Foyer, Student Guidance Centre
Gain increased understanding of the financial services sector          For students applying to City firms
provided by The Bank of England’s Northern Ireland Regional
representative. A representative from The Institute of Chartered
Accountants in Ireland will provide the overview in Accountancy.



New Graduate Jobs in Northern Ireland                                  Northern Ireland Accountancy Recruitment
from Emerging Sectors
                                                                       Thursday 23 October
Wednesday 15 October                                                   1.00pm – 2.00pm
2.00pm – 3.30pm                                                        Conference Room 1, Student Guidance Centre
Room 212 Peter Froggatt Centre
Presented by Invest NI and the Department for Employment and           Workshop on how to make an effective application
Learning.


Places are limited. To reserve a place register on the Events Diary of the Careers, Employability and Skills website
www.qub.ac.uk/careers
Section One
Chartered and Management Accountancy


ASM HORWATH
www.asmhorwath.com


Chartered Accountants

Vacancies
5 Trainee Accountants

Entry Requirements
Accountancy, Finance, Non-relevant disciplines with strong academic backgrounds

Locations
Belfast and Magherafelt

Application Process
Application forms for positions in the Belfast office available from David King on 028 90 249222 or david.king@asmhorwath.com
For the Magherafelt office please contact Mary McKenna on 028 79 301777 or mary.mckenna@asmmfelt.co.uk.

Closing Date
Friday 27 February 2009

Important Dates
Interviews
Mid March 2009




BAKER TILLY MOONEY MOORE
www.bakertillymooneymoore.co.uk


We are one of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of accountancy and business services.
Our clients comprise of some of the most dynamic and ambitious companies and people
in Northern Ireland, working in areas ranging from construction to education, medical to legal
services. With five Partners and 40 staff the firm is part of an all-island practice with the Republic of Ireland’s Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon.
Both firms are independent members of Baker Tilly International, the eighth largest network in the world. Baker Tilly Mooney Moore has
a long history of success in professional exams and an excellent reputation for the quality of its training programme. As part of Baker Tilly
International there are opportunities for staff to be seconded to offices throughout the world.

Vacancies
Each year there are normally four trainee accountancy and one trainee tax positions available, in addition to positions for qualified,
part-qualified and support staff. As part of Baker Tilly International there are opportunities for staff to be seconded to offices throughout
the world.

Entry Requirements
We’re looking for people with a strong academic record at A-level and a 2:1 degree or above in any discipline.

Application Process
On line at www.bakertillymooneymoore.co.uk

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Baker Tilly Mooney Moore will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from
11.00am – 3.30pm.
Interviews
Interviews will be held on 18, 19, 25 and 26 November
BDO STOY HAYWARD
www.bdoni.com/careers




BDO Stoy Hayward is the leading firm of business advisers, accountants and management consultants in Northern Ireland focused on
growing businesses and the people behind them. Internationally, BDO is the world’s fifth largest accounting organisation, with more than
19,000 partners and staff who specialise in advising growing businesses in over 90 countries. BDO Stoy Hayward works successfully with
clients throughout Northern Ireland in sectors as diverse as ICT, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, professional services, public sector and
local government, inward investment, export, property development and economic development. Clients benefit from our fresh thinking,
constructive challenge and practical understanding of the issues they face. Developing strong, personal relationships with our clients is at
the forefront of our service approach. We share their entrepreneurial spirit and growth aspirations and work hard to help them achieve
their full potential.

Vacancies
15 Trainee Chartered Accountants

Entry Requirements
Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline considered. Applicants should have numerical ability, an entrepreneurial spirit and energy.

Location
Belfast

Application Process
Apply online at www.bdoni.com/careers

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
BDO will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from 11.00am – 3.30pm.
Presentation
Tuesday 18 November, time and venue to be confirmed FOR PRE-SELECTED CANDIDATES ONLY.
Interviews
Thursday 20 November and Friday 21 November – time and venue to be confirmed.




CAVANAGH KELLY
www.cavanaghkelly.com



Cavanagh Kelly is a professional and progressive firm specialising in tax and commercial solutions for business. At Cavanagh Kelly we
believe in providing our clients a quality personal service that delivers strategy and vision for business development. Our dedicated team
of professional staff have extensive experience across many disciplines together with a wide-ranging breadth of commercial knowledge
ensuring we offer advice which adds value to all our clients.

Vacances
3 Training Chartered Accountants

Entry Requirements
Minimum of 2:1 in any discipline and strong interest in Accountancy.

Application Process
CV and covering letter to Staff Partner, Cavanagh Kelly, 38 Northland Row, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, BT71 6AP.

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Cavanagh Kelly will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October 2008, Whitla Hall from
11.00am – 3.30pm.
Interviews
First interview – Thursday 13 November 2008.
DELOITTE
www.deloitte.co.uk


Deloitte is the UK’s fastest growing Professional services firm based in 21 UK locations, with over 10,000 staff nationwide. Employing
more than 170 people locally, Deloitte Belfast provides fully integrated services that include Accounting/Business Advising/Audit/Tax/
Management Consulting/Corporate Finance and Reorganisation Services. We are proud to be ranked No.2 for the second year running,
in the Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters. We now recruit 1400 graduates and undergraduates nationally, making us one of the largest
graduate recruiters in the private sector.

Vacancies
Trainee Accountants and Trainee Consultants (Analyst Programme).

Entry Requirements
Any discipline expecting a 2:1 degree with 300 UCAS points for Audit and 320 UCAS points for Consulting applications. You must also
have obtained either an A or B in GCES Maths and an A, B, or C in GCSE English.

Locations
Belfast

Application Process
Apply online at www.deloitte.co.uk > Careers

Audit Process
The application – The first step is to fill out our on-line application form. Each application received is reviewed and candidates with skills
matching our needs are invited to sit our on line psychometric test.
Psychometric test – The two-part on line psychometric test lasts approximately 70 minutes. This test assesses your verbal and numerical
reasoning, both of which are vital skills for any graduate joining our firm. Each candidate’s test scores are thoroughly reviewed and
candidates who are successful at this round are invited in for a competency based interview.
Competency based Interview (1 day process) – The competency based interview will normally be held at one of our offices. The first
interview asks you to think of examples from your personal history, which are measured against our competency framework. Candidates
who are successful at this round are invited back to attend the final stage of the recruitment process later the same day were you will
have an interview with a partner and also complete the E Tray exercise. You will also get the chance to meet some recent recruits over
lunch.

Consulting Process
The application – The first step is to fill out our on-line application form. Each application received is reviewed and candidates with skills
matching our needs are invited to sit our on line psychometric test.
Psychometric test – The two-part on line psychometric test lasts approximately 70 minutes. This test assesses your verbal and numerical
reasoning, both of which are vital skills for any graduate joining our firm. Each candidate’s test scores are thoroughly reviewed and
candidates who are successful at this round are invited in for a first interview.
First Interview – This will be held in the Belfast Office. This will last approximately one hour and will be based on your application form
and a number of competencies (eg communication skills), that we deem to be important traits.
Final Assessment Day – The final day usually consists of a group case study and presentation and also a short report writing exercise,
followed by a final interview with a partner. Half way through the final day recent graduates from the office will come and meet for an
informal session over lunch to provide the opportunity for questions and also an opportunity to meet potential future colleagues.

Closing Date
Audit: Friday 31 October 2008* Online psychometric tests to be submitted by Friday 31 October 2008
Consulting: Friday 30 January 2009

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Representatives from Audit and Consulting departments will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday
21 October and Consulting representatives will be attending the Engineering, Science and IT Fair on Wednesday 22 October, Whitla Hall
from 11.00am – 3.30pm.
Presentation
Audit only: Monday 17 November in Deloitte office, Belfast at 6.30pm FOR PRE-SELECTED CANDIDATES ONLY.
Consulting: Tuesday 4 November, Radisson Hotel, Gasworks. Time to be confirmed.
Interviews
Audit: Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 November – Interview will take place at our offices in Bedford Street.
Consulting: Ongoing interviews in line with successful applications. Final interviews February 2009 – Interviews take place at our offices
in Bedford Street.

On Campus for Sector and Skills Week
Consulting: Sector Workshop – Tuesday 14 October 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Student Guidance Centre
Audit:      Skills Workshop – Monday 27 October 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Student Guidance Centre
            Skills Workshop – Wednesday 29 October 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Student Guidance Centre
DELOITTE (REPUBLIC OF IRELAND)
www.deloitte.com/ie/graduate


Deloitte’s 1,000 people in Dublin, Cork and Limerick provide audit, tax, consulting, and corporate finance to public and private clients
spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in 140 countries, Deloitte brings world class capabilities
and deep local expertise to help clients succeed wherever they operate. Deloitte’s 165,000 professionals are committed to becoming the
standard of excellence. Deloitte’s professionals are unified by a collaborative culture that fosters integrity, outstanding value to markets and
clients, commitment to each other, and strength from diversity. They enjoy an environment of continuous learning, challenging experiences,
and enriching career opportunities. Deloitte’s professionals are dedicated to strengthening corporate responsibility, building public trust,
and making a positive impact in their communities.

Vacancies
Deloitte have opportunities for graduates in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.
For information regarding our current opportunities please visit our website www.deloitte.com/ie/graduate

Entry Requirements
All disciplines

Locations
Dublin, Cork, Limerick

Application Process
Apply online through our application form www.deloitte.com/ie/graduate

Closing Date
NUI Galway – Friday 17 October 2008* All other colleges – Thursday 23 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Deloitte Ireland will be attending the Administration, Finance & Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October and the Engineering, Science & IT
Fair, Wednesday 22 October 2008, 11.00am – 3.30pm, Whitla Hall.
Interviews
November 2008




ERNST & YOUNG (BELFAST, GB AND ROI)
www.eyuk.com

Ernst & Young LLP is one of the ‘Big Four’ professional services firms in the world offering business
solutions to thousands of small, medium and large companies. It has an international presence in over 120 countries worldwide. The
Belfast office of Ernst & Young LLP is part of the UK firm, and offers services in audit, taxation and transaction advisory (corporate finance).

Vacancies
Trainee Chartered Accountants in Audit Department and Tax Department.

Entry Requirements
Any discipline expecting a 2:1 honours, plus 300 UCAS points and a B in GCSE English and Maths.

Locations
Belfast, Great Britain and Republic of Ireland

Application Process
On-line at www.ey.com/uk/graduate

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008 for Belfast and Great Britain*
Friday 10 October for Galway and Thursday 16 October for all other Republic of Ireland*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Ernst & Young will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from 11.00am to
3.30 pm
Presentation
Thursday 27 November, time and venue to be confirmed - FOR PRE-SELECTED CANDIDATES ONLY
Interviews
First interviews – Thursday 20 and Friday 21 November in Ernst & Young, 16 Bedford Street, Belfast
Second interviews – Friday 28 November at Ernst & Young, 16 Bedford Street, Belfast
FGS MCCLURE WATTERS
www.fgspartnership.com

FGS McClure Watters was formed in September 2006 following a merger of McClure Watters with Dublin based
Farrell Grant Sparks (FGS). With 30 Partners and over 300 staff across Ireland, the firm ranks as one of the largest
all-island multi-disciplinary professional services firms in Ireland, offering specialist advice in the areas of Audit,
Risk Management Taxation, Consultancy, Insolvency, Financial Services and on Public Private Partnerships
and Strategic Property matters. FGS McClure Watters is a member firm of Praxity, an international alliance of
independent accounting firms.

Vacancies
We are now accepting applications for trainee ACA positions for intake in September 2009 for the Belfast office. There will be
approximately 7 vacancies.

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirement of a 2:1 honours degree in Accounting OR a 2:1 honours degree in any other discipline provided that you also
have a Post-graduate Diploma in Accounting.

Location
Belfast

Application Process
To apply, please send your CV and covering letter by post or email to David Gray, Staff Partner, FGS McClure Watters, Number One,
Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, e-mail address: glenda.hemphill@fgspartnership.com

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
FGS McClure Watters will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from
11.00am – 3.30pm.
Presentation
Wednesday 26th November at 6.00pm at Number One, Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG.
Interviews
First interview – Thursday 27 and Friday 28 November at Lanyon Quay. Second interview – Wednesday 3 December at Lanyon Quay.




FLYNN AND COMPANY
www.flynnandcompany.co.uk


Flynn & Company is a firm of Chartered Accountants providing services principally to small and medium enterprises. We provide Audit,
Accounting, Consultancy, Tax, Business Finance and other services to our clients. We are a growing firm that will provide opportunity to
our employees not available elsewhere.

Vacancies
2 Trainee Chartered Accountants.

Entry Requirements
All graduates with a 2:2 or better will be considered.

Location
Portadown, Co. Armagh

Application Process
Applications available on www.flynnandcompany.co.uk or alternatively forward a CV and covering letter to:
Staff Partner, Flynn & Company, 30 Carleton Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh, BT62 3EP.

Closing Date
Applications considered at any time.
FPM CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS LLP
www.fpmca.com


FPM was established in Newry in August 1991 and is a client focused, euro friendly chartered accountancy and business consultancy,
partnership practice with offices in Newry, Belfast Dungannon and Dundalk. A member of Polaris Independent Accountants International
network with offices located throughout the world, FPM has specialist skills in accounts preparation, audit, tax planning, cross border
business and tax advice, business consultancy, strategic planning, corporate finance, financial management, project management, wealth
management and public sector consultancy including economic appraisals and evaluations.

Vacancies
Trainee Chartered Accountants

Entry Requirements
Minimum 2:1 degree

Locations
Northern Ireland

Application Process
Please send CV to Brenda O’Hare, Training Manager, at b.ohare@fpmca.com

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*




GRANT THORNTON
www.graduates.grant-thornton.co.uk


We are the UK’s fifth largest accountancy firm, with 29 UK offices and 4,400 staff, providing advice to clients of every description. We
have a presence in over 100 different countries, so there is the potential for international exposure and scope to realise your ambitions.

Vacancies
We are looking for graduates to join the following business areas across the UK:
       - Audit/assurance
       - Tax
       - Business risk services
       - Recovery and Reorganisation
       - Actuarial

Entry Requirements
Any discipline expecting honours.

Locations
We recruit across our nationwide locations including: Birmingham, Belfast, Bristol, Bury-St-Edmunds, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh,
Fareham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Hemel Hempstead, Ipswich, Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham,
Northamptonshire, Norwich, Oxford, Sheffield, Slough, Southampton.

Application Process
Online application form via our website.

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Grant Thornton will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from 11.00am –
3.30pm.
Presentation
Monday 24 November 2008, Waters Edge, Clarendon Dock, Belfast at 7.00pm.
Interviews
First interviews – Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 November 2008.
Second Interviews – Tuesday 2 December 2008.
GRANT THORNTON – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
www.grantthornton.ie


For over a century we have been looking after Ireland’s entrepreneurial businesses providing a range of financial and business advisory
services across a broad spectrum of industries. All these years of experience place us at the top of our field. We have three offices in
Ireland, Dublin, Limerick and Kildare employing over 400 partners and staff who are dedicated to helping business owners achieve
success and realise their ambitions. Staff numbers are increasing at a remarkable rate as the firm continues to grow and expand.

Grant Thornton International is a leading international organisation of independently-owned and managed accounting and consulting
member firms providing assurance, tax and specialist advice to businesses and their owners.

Member firms help business owners reach their personal and commercial goals by providing practical, customised solutions. They identify
and pursue business opportunities domestically and internationally. Firms operate in 113 countries in 521 offices worldwide bringing
together 24,600 staff. They share a commitment to providing the same high quality service to their clients wherever they do business.

Vacancies
We have a number of graduate opportunities available nationally this year to train as Chartered Accountants.

Entry Requirements
2:1 or higher across all disciplines.

Locations
Dublin and Limerick

Application Process
Apply on line at www.grantthornton.ie

Closing Date
Friday 24 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Grant Thornton will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from 11.00am –
3.30pm.
Interviews
Tuesday 28 October 2008.




HARBINSON MULHOLLAND
www.harbinson-mulholland.com/about/careers.html


Accountancy & Business Consultancy Firm

Vacancies
2 Trainee Accountant positions

Entry Requirements
Graduate with any degree discipline.

Locations
Belfast

Application Process
The recruitment drive will take place in October 2008. Application forms can be obtained from the Website (see above), at our stand at
the QUB Autumn Recruitment Fair or by contacting Zarah Akilagun on 028 9044 5100 or email zakilagun@harbinson-mulholland.com.

Closing Date
To be confirmed

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Harbinson Mulholland will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from
11.00am – 3.30pm.
JOHN MacMAHON & CO
www.johnmacmahon.com


Chartered Accountancy practice with offices in both Northern and Southern Ireland. Specialising in Business and Taxation advice to small
and medium enterprises and cross border business.

Vacancies
Trainee Chartered Accountants

Entry Requirements
Degree in Accounting or Business related expecting 2:1

Locations
Newry and Dundalk

Application Process
CV and covering letter email to info@johnmacmahon.com or post to John McGinn, Partner, 112 Camlough Road, Newry, Co Down.

Closing Date
No closing date but apply as early as possible




JONES PETERS
www.jonespeters.co.uk


Based in Banbridge, we have four partners overseeing large General Practice and Tax teams whose sole aim is to provide services to
clients in the public and private sectors We also have an office in Belfast and international, associated, offices in the Republic of Ireland,
England, Scotland and throughout the world. We provide Audit, Assurance, Accounting, Consultancy, Taxation, Corporate Finance,
Litigation Support, Recruitment and Investment Business services to a wide range of owner managed and public sector clients throughout
Ireland and also in England and abroad.

Vacancies
Trainee Chartered Accountants – 4 positions

Entry Requirements
All degree disciplines at 2:2 degree or better will be considered, however graduates from Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science
with Accounting as a core element and those taking Economics, Finance and Management courses will be preferred.

Locations
Banbridge, Northern Ireland

Application Process
Apply by using Employer Application Form available at Queen’s Careers, Employability and Skills and RETURN TO Paul Cummings, Staff
Partner, Jones Peters, 6 Church Street, Banbridge, Co Down, BT32 4AA

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008 at 5:30pm*

Important Dates
Interviews
Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 November at Banbridge Office.
KERRY GROUP PLC
www.kerrygroup.com/careers


Kerry Group is a leading international food ingredients, flavours and consumer foods company. Our brands are household names in
Ireland and the UK and include Denny, Dawn, Coleraine, Freshways Cheestrings and Low-Low to name but a few. Finance graduates
recruited by Kerry receive a job with real responsibility from the outset, are fully supported throughout their professional exams and
participate in leading management development programme.

Vacancies
7–8 roles – CIMA, ACCA & ACA trainees.

Entry Requirements
Accounting, Finance, or related disciplines – 2:1 honours degree. Applicants should be ambitious, flexible and commercial.

Locations
Armagh, Derry, Dublin, Wicklow, Kerry and Cork

Application Process
Apply online at www.kerrygroup.com/careers

Closing Date
Friday 24 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fairs
Kerry Group will be attending the Engineering, Science and IT Fair on Tuesday 22 October, Whitla Hall, 11.00am – 3.30pm. We will also
be participating in a number of Graduate Opportunities presentations on campus. Please check out our website for more information.




KINGSPAN
www.kingspan.com


The Kingspan Group is a key player in the construction industry, providing a diverse range of insulation,
structural and environmental products, access floors, timber framed houses, building systems and off-site
products.

Vacancies
Among its intake in 2009, The Group is looking for graduates in Finance to join its Graduate Management Development Programme,
train initially as Accountants and become part of the talent pool from which the organization’s future managers will emerge.

Entry Requirements
Finance

Locations
Ireland, UK, mainland Europe, USA, Canada

Application Process
Application Form available from the company website

Closing Date
Friday 21 November 2008

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Kingspan will be attending the Engineering & IT Fair on Wednesday 22 October, Whitla Hall from 11.00am – 3.30pm.
KPMG (NORTHERN IRELAND AND REPUBLIC OF IRELAND)
www.kpmg.ie


KPMG is a global network of professional service firms whose aim is to turn understanding of information, industries and business trends
into value. With more than 103,700 people worldwide, KPMG member firms provide Audit, Tax and Advisory services from more than
760 cities in 155 countries. KPMG is one of Ireland’s leading professional advisory firms with offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway.
KPMG works with a wide range of companies, both Irish and International. KPMG are auditors to many of the top 1,000 companies and
publicly quoted companies in Ireland.

Vacancies
Trainee Chartered Accountants: Audit, Tax and Advisory Services.

Entry Requirements
Any discipline expecting at least a 2:1 degree

Locations
Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Application Process
Apply on-line at www.kpmg.ie/grad2008

Closing Date
On-line closing date Friday 31 October 2008 for NI Universities*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
KPMG will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from 11.00am – 3.30pm.
Presentation
Wednesday 19 November in the Wellington Park Hotel at 6.00pm FOR PRE-SELECTED CANDIDATES ONLY.

Interviews
Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 November in Jury’s Inn, Belfast.




MANEELY Mc CANN
www.maneelymccann.co.uk/


Maneely Mc Cann Ireland Limited is a small to medium-sized accountancy firm carrying out routine accountancy and taxation work but
also specialises in tax investigations, corporate finance transactions, tax planning and forensic accounting. We are a young and growing
organisation with the majority of our clients based in Ireland and a small number throughout Europe and beyond and during the recent
past staff have found themselves on secondment in England, Germany and the USA.

Vacancies
2 – 3 ACCA Trainees

Entry Requirements
Any discipline, 2:1 or higher.

Locations
Belfast

Application Process
Apply by CV with two passport-sized photographs and covering letter by post or email to accounts@maneelymccann.ie

Closing Date
Friday 14 November 2008

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Maneely McCann Ireland Limited will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October 2008,
Whitla Hall from11.00am – 3.30pm.
MAZARS
www.mazars.co.uk


Whether you’re in auditing, accounting, tax or business services, imagine your future in a profession with 8,000 colleagues in 46
countries. You will address today’s key business issues in collaboration with our clients, who range from large corporations to small-to-
medium sized companies in banking, insurance, manufacturing, the media and other sectors.

Vacancies
Chartered Accountancy, Actuarial, Financial Planning, Tax Training and placement schemes.

Entry Requirements
Chartered Accountancy, Financial Planning, Tax Training and placement schemes: GCSE Maths and English Language – B or above, 280
UCAS points, 2:1 degree class in any degree discipline.

Actuarial training scheme: GCSE Maths & English Language – B or above, 320 UCAS points, 2:1 degree class in a mathematical degree
discipline.

Locations
17 offices nationwide

Application Process
To find out more visit our website at www.mazars.co.uk where you can apply on line. If you would like to speak to someone call the
graduate recruitment team on 01582 700700.

Closing Date
On-going recruitment

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Mazars will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October in Whitla Hall, 11.00am – 3.30pm.




MOORE & GRIMLEY
www.mooregrimley.com


Moore & Grimley is a 2 partner firm operating in Portadown, Co Armagh. The office has a staff
compliment of 17 and has a wide client base engaged in all business and professional sectors.
Student training is hands on with key emphasis and focus on students passing professional examinations.

Vacancies
2 Trainee Chartered Accountants.

Entry Requirements
Any discipline – 2:1 degree.

Locations
Portadown

Application Process
To apply please send a detailed CV and covering letter to Martin Grimley, Moore & Grimley Chartered Accountants, 26 Carleton Street,
Portadown, Co. Armagh BT62 3EP.

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*

Important Dates:
Interviews
Week commencing 17 November 2008.
PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS
NORTHERN IRELAND AND GREAT BRITAIN
www.pwc.com


PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) is the one firm for all talented graduates. As one of the world’s largest professional services firms
we have a lot to offer. With an enviable range of clients and career opportunities, we believe this makes PwC the ideal employer for any
budding business professional. Whether your degree is art or science related, we offer breadth of career opportunity where you can build
on the skills and experience you’ve gained at university within a supportive business environment. To find out more about the firm that
is proud to have been voted the UK’s number one employer in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers survey for the last five years, visit
www.pwc.com/uk/careers/

Vacancies
Trainee Chartered Accountants

Entry Requirements
Any discipline expecting 2:1 honours degree with 280 UCAS points.

Locations
Belfast, Derry, Dungannon, Omagh, Portadown and UK wide.

Application Process
Apply on line at www.pwc.com/uk/careers

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
PwC will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall from 11.00am – 3.30pm.
Presentation
Tuesday 28 October – presentation open to all students interested in applying to PricewaterhouseCoopers, 6.30pm, Hilton Hotel, Belfast.
Candidates will be invited to attend when they register an account to complete the application.
Thursday 20 November, PricewaterhouseCoopers office, time to be confirmed FOR PRE-SELECTED CANDIDATES ONLY.
Interviews
Testing sessions will take place on Monday 17 November, Interviews will be held on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 November,
Waterfront Plaza, 8 Laganbank Place, Belfast, BT1 3LR.
On campus for Skills Week
Skills workshop – Tuesday 28 October 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Student Guidance Centre.




PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
http://www.pwc.com/ie/graduate


As the leading professional services firm in Ireland, our work is hugely diverse. It’s a remarkable business that employs over 146,000
people worldwide, and over 2,000 people working for us in Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford and Galway. Our
graduate positions are within our Assurance, Tax, Advisory and Actuarial practices.

Vacancies
Assurance, Tax, Advisory and Actuarial.

Entry Requirements
Any discipline, minimum requirement 2:1 honours degree.

Locations
Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford and Galway

Application Process
Apply on line at www.pwc.com/ie/graduate

Closing Date
Thursday 23 October 2008*
STEVENSON & WILSON

Stevenson & Wilson is a medium-sized independent Chartered Accountancy Practice, providing audit, accountancy, tax, consultancy,
corporate finance and other specialist services to small and medium-sized enterprises

Vacancies
Trainee Accountant

Entry Requirements
Any discipline but preferably Accounting

Locations
Northern Ireland

Application Process
Please send your CV to emiline.mcdowell@stevensonandwilson.co.uk

Closing Date
Not stated.




VIRIDIAN GROUP/
NORTHERN IRELAND ELECTRICITY
www.niecareers.co.uk
www.nie.co.uk
www.viridian.co.uk
www.viridianenergia.co.uk


Viridian Group, the Irish energy business, owns Northern Ireland Electricity, Powerteam Electrical Services, Energia and Huntstown Power.
The Group has a turnover of circa £1billion and employs around 1,500 staff. Viridian has played a leading role in promoting an all-island
electricity market in Ireland. Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) owns and manages the Northern Ireland electricity infrastructure, which
connects over 790,000 customers.

Vacancies
Graduate Trainee Chartered Accountants

Entry Requirements
Minimum 2:1 – Finance, Accountancy or other Business related discipline

Locations
Greater Belfast

Application Process
Send CV’s to gillian.simpson@nie.co.uk

Closing Date
Friday 31 October 2008*

Important Dates
Careers Fair
NIE will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October and the Engineering, Science and IT Fair
on Wednesday 22 October, Whitla Hall from 11.00am – 3.30pm.
Interviews
Between Monday10 November and Friday 28 November 2008.
Section Two
Actuarial


KERR HENDERSON HEWITT LTD
www.kerrhendersonhewitt.com


Kerr Henderson Hewitt Limited is a joint venture company established in 1998 to specialise in
providing bespoke pension and actuarial services to corporate and trustee clients. The company brings
together the strengths and experience of the Kerr Henderson Group and Hewitt Associates Limited.

Vacancies
Trainee Pensions Administrator

Entry Requirements
Applicants should be IT literate and you will be encouraged to study for professional qualifications

Locations
Northern Ireland

Application Process
Please contact recruit@kerrhendersonhewitt.com for an application form.

Closing Date
You are advised to check with the company and apply as soon as possible as no closing date has been specified.




STANDARD LIFE ASSURANCE CO
ukgroup.standardlife.com/html/careers/graduate.html



Employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide, we offer a wide range of products from life
assurance and pensions to health insurance, investments and banking. The heart of our group was founded in
Edinburgh, Scotland in 1825. We now have over 7 million customers around the world, and look after over £140 billion of their money.
Standard Life has operations in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, India, Hong Kong and mainland China.

Vacancies
Actuarial Trainees

Entry Requirements
You should have a strong academic record, expecting or have a 2:1 degree or Postgraduate qualification in an Analytically-based subject
with an A at A-level Maths or equivalent and B at GCSE English or equivalent.

Locations
Scotland

Application Process
Please apply online and for further details at ukgroup.standardlife.com/html/careers/graduate.html where you will apply online, the next
stage being Assessment Centre which includes Line Manager interview, Case Study, Group Exercise, Aptitude Test, lasting a full day and
also invited to attend an informal meal the night before.

Closing Date
Not stated – see website
TOWERS PERRIN
www.towersperrin.com



Towers Perrin is a global professional services firm that helps organizations improve their performance through innovative human capital
and risk and financial services solutions.

Vacancies
Actuarial Analysts in Employee Benefit Services, Life and General Insurance.

Entry Requirements
You should have 340 UCAS points including a B in Maths and a 2:1 in any numerate/ scientific discipline and committed towards
qualifying as an actuary.

Locations
London

Application Process
Please apply online at www.towersperrin.com

Closing Date
Wednesday 31 December 2008




WATSON WYATT
www.watsonwyattgraduates.com



Watson Wyatt is a global Financial Management and Human capital Consultancy. They are a trusted business partner to the world’s
leading organizations on people and financial issues. They advise over 70% of Fortune 500 Global companies headquartered in Britain
and have 6,300 associates across 90 cities.

Vacancies
The majority of our trainee positions are consulting roles and these roles fall into two categories – general (non-actuarial) and technical
(actuarial) – and align to our three broad areas of focus: Investment, Total Reward and Insurance.

Entry Requirements
Generally 320 UCAS points and a 2:1 but we are genuinely flexible.

Locations
UK/Republic of Ireland

Application Process
Online application, online tests (numerical/verbal), first round interview, assessment centre (written exercise, group exercise, interview,
presentation).

Closing Date
Not stated
Section Three
Insurance


AXA UK
www.axa.co.uk/graduates


The foundations of AXA’s success can be found in four separate business units: -

    •	   AXA	Insurance	underwrites	a	broad	range	of	personal	and	commercial	products	
    •	   AXA	PPP	healthcare	provides	healthcare	cover	for	individuals	and	companies
    •	   AXA	Sun	Life	covers	groups	and	personal	pensions,	life	assurance,	as	well	as	onshore	and	offshore	investment	bonds
    •	   AXA	Ireland	is	one	of	Ireland’s	largest	general	insurers

Vacancies
Graduate programmes for 2009 include:
Actuarial Student Programme; Actuarial Student Sandwich Placement; Business Graduate Programme; HR Graduate Programme;
IT Graduate Programme; Marketing Graduate Programme; Finance Graduate Programme.

Entry Requirements
Dependant on programme.

Locations
UK

Application Process
Please apply online for all of our graduate programmes at www.axa.co.uk/graduates

Closing Date
Not stated

Important Dates:
December 2008 – Online testing commences
January to March 2009 – First interviews
February to May 2009 – Assessment centres, with offers following shortly after attending assessment centres.




NORWICH UNION
www.norwichuniongrads.jobs


Norwich Union is famous for being one of Europe’s biggest providers of life and pensions products, specializing in long-term savings
fund management and general insurance. From RAC and BSM to Norwich Union Insurance, there are a host of companies in the UK and
beyond where you can develop your career. And the diversity doesn’t stop there. So much more than an insurance company, we currently
run graduate schemes across a range of different sectors within the business.

Vacancies
Graduate schemes in HR, Marketing, Business Management, Chartered Accountancy, Actuarial and IT.

Entry Requirements
2:1 in any degree discipline.

Locations
Great Britain

Application Process
Online at www.norwichuniongrads.jobs

Closing Date
We will be accepting applications in mid September 2008 for our 2009 intake. Applications are accepted on a “first come first served”
basis.
SWISS RE
www.swissre.com/graduates


Swiss Re is a leading and highly diversified global reinsurer. The company operates through offices in more
than 25 countries. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re offers financial services products that enable risk-taking essential to
enterprise and progress. The company’s traditional reinsurance products and
related services for property and casualty as well as the life and health business, are complemented by
insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services for comprehensive risk management.

Vacancies
The 18 month graduates@swissre programme combines general business learning modules and specific technical modules offering a
unique and well rounded curriculum. There are two main training paths available. Path 1 involves roles linked to products, client markets
and risk management, giving a good understanding of the underlying business and including work in Property and Casualty of Life and
Health. Path 2 is a finance path with training geared to roles in Asset Management, Credit Solutions, Capital Management and Advisory
and Finance.

Entry Requirements
Given the diversity of our business and our international reach, we are interested in a whole variety of educational backgrounds. Whether
applicants have a degree in mathematics, medicine, economics or another discipline, career opportunities at Swiss Re are manifold.

Locations
Worldwide

Application Process
On-line via www.swissre.com/careers

Closing Date
Closing date for Europe application is January 2009.
Section Four
Investment Management


FIDELITY INTERNATIONAL
www.fidelityrecruitment.com


At Fidelity International we provide leading investment capabilities to a diverse range of clients around the world. Private and institutional
investors around the world trust us to invest some $299 billion wisely – and make it grow.

Vacancies
We have a range of opportunities available within Accounting & Finance, Investment, Operations, Risk Management & Compliance,
Sales & Marketing and Systems. Whichever area you decide on, you’ll be given excellent on-the-job training, all the responsibility you
can handle and all the guidance you could hope for to make your career a success. Most of our programmes also offer an international
assignment as one of your rotations. Our training is designed to give you an excellent grounding in your chosen business area, and propel
you towards a bright future.

Entry Requirements
Minimum of a 2:1 degree classification or above. Good A Level grades but no UCAS cut-off.

Locations
UK

Application Process
Online application form at www.fidelityrecruitment.com
- First round telephone interviews, Online ability tests, second round assessment centre.

Closing Date
Monday 1 December 2008 for Investment programme, Wednesday 31 December 2008 for all other programmes.




M&G INVESTMENTS
www.mandg.co.uk


M&G is the third largest fund manager in the UK and the investment arm of the Prudential with £165 billion under
management. We have the largest Fixed income team in the city, and probably in Europe, together with industry leading teams in a
number of aspects of Private Finance, including Project and Infrastructures Finance, CDOs and Leveraged Finance. We also have highly
focused Equities teams specializing in UK and continental European stocks for both retail and institutional funds.

Vacancies
M&G run a 12–18 month training programme specialising in Fixed Income, Equity or Group Operations. During this time you will gain
in-depth exposure to all of the areas within each specialism as well as the wider business. Comprehensive training is provided, both
technical and professional, for example the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme.
The accountancy scheme will also provide support towards the CIMA or ACCA qualifications.

Entry Requirements
Investment Scheme (Fixed Income and Equities):
     •	 Minimum	2:1	degree	or	an	expectation	thereof	or	equivalent
     •	 Minimum	of	340	UCAS	points	or	equivalent
     •	 Grade	A	in	GCSE	Maths	and	English	or	equivalent
Group Operations Scheme:
    •	 Minimum	2:1	degree	or	an	expectation	thereof	or	equivalent
    •	 Minimum	of	280	UCAS	points	or	equivalent

Locations
UK


Application Process
Apply on-line at www.mandg.co.uk
Closing Date
Not stated.
SCHRODERS
www.schroders.com/graduates


We are one of the largest publicly quoted asset management companies in the world, with around £137 billion of funds under
management, for a diverse range of clients including corporations, insurance companies, public authorities, charities, pension funds and
high net worth individuals. We have around 2,800 employees across 28 countries that drive our success and future growth.

Vacancies
We have graduate and internship vacancies in the following business areas: Investment (Investment Analysis) Distribution (Roles including
Sales, Marketing, Product Development) IT (Business Analyst or Project Manager roles) Finance (roles include accountants and financial
analysts). We also offer 12 month Industrial Placement opportunities in our Operations/IT teams.

Entry Requirements
2:1 or higher

Locations
UK

Application Process
Online at www.schroders.com/graduates

Closing Date
Not stated.
Section Five
Financial Services


ANGLO IRISH BANK
www.angloirishbank.com/graduates


Anglo Irish Bank isn’t just any business bank. Thanks to the clear-cut differences between Anglo
and other organisations, we believe that a career at Anglo is more satisfying, more dynamic and
ultimately more rewarding. These differences can be found in our culture and our relationship
approach to clients and employees alike. Our teamwork and ‘can do’ attitude sets us apart.

Our business focuses on three core markets: Commercial Lending, Treasury and Wealth Management.

Vacancies
2 Programmes:
Graduate Development Programme Ireland – Location: Dublin Head Office – Duration: 15 months
Graduate Programme UK – Location: London – Duration: 12 months

Entry Requirements
Applications from all disciplines welcome.

Locations
Dublin and area offices/London with one placement in one of our regional offices.

Application Process
Our live online application form is available from Monday 1 September for the UK programme and from
Wednesday 1 October for the Irish programme (http://www.angloirishbank.com/graduates).

Closing Date
Sunday 30 November 2008

Important Dates:
Assessment Days in Ireland will take place in January 2009/Ongoing Assessment days in the UK
All Programmes begin in October 2008.




AMERICAN EXPRESS
www.americanexpress.com/jobs

American Express brand delivers travel, financial and network services that span 85 global markets. As well as charge and credit cards,
we provide travellers’ cheques and other stored value products; making travel, entertainment and purchasing simple for thousands of
companies.

Vacancies
At American Express we run two different programmes:

The UK Graduate Programme – is based around five career streams – Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Customer Service and
Finance. Graduates undertake an 18 or 24 month Graduate training programme, with either six or nine month rotations in different
business groups starting in September.
Technology Masters Programme – Graduates will join us on a fixed term, part-time contract, working (30 hours per week) and studying
(approximately 20 hours per week) at the American Express offices in the Innovation Centre on the University campus. All fees for the
MSc course will be paid by American Express.

Entry Requirements
Minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent)

Locations
Worldwide

Application Process
Apply via website www.americanexpress.com/jobs

Closing Date
Not stated
BANK OF ENGLAND
www.bankofengland.co.uk/jobs


The Bank of England is the central bank of the United Kingdom. Sometimes known as the ‘Old Lady’ of Threadneedle Street, the Bank
was founded in 1694, nationalised on 1 March 1946, and gained independence in 1997. Standing at the centre of the UK’s financial
system, the Bank is committed to promoting and maintaining monetary and financial stability as its contribution to a healthy economy.

Vacancies
Analyst Careers Training Programme.

Entry Requirements
300 UCAS Points (excluding General Studies) & Minimum 2:1 degree in any Numerate or Analytical Discipline.

Locations
London

Application Process
Apply online at www.bankofengland.co.uk/jobs

Closing Date
Friday 28 November 2008

Important Dates:
On campus for Sector Week
Sector workshop – Monday 13 October 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Student Guidance Centre




CAPITAL ONE
www.capitalone.co.uk


Based in central Nottingham, Capital One is a somewhat unconventional company in the financial services industry creating products and
concepts that transform the business models of even its most established competitors. Through its on-the-job training and development
programme, employees are given the structures and frameworks to solve highly complex problems, and are encouraged to challenge and
innovate.

Vacancies
Business Analyst Roles – As a business analyst at Capital One you’ll apply the theory you’ve learnt at university to real business challenges.
You’ll be responsible for identifying and exploiting opportunities and devising innovative new ways to attract and retain customers. This
role combines many of the best elements of consulting, finance and general management.

Entry Requirements
2:1 or above in an analytical, business, engineering or scientific field and A, B, B at A-Level or equivalent.

Locations
Nottingham

Application Process
Please apply online at www.capitalone.co.uk. Phone screen, numerical testing, then on campus or on-site assessment day.

Closing Date
Not stated
CITI
www.oncampus.citi.com


Citi meets the financial needs of millions of clients, including individuals, businesses and governments.
With operations in over 100 countries, we’re one of the world’s most diverse companies. Our international outlook
has seen us enter markets such as Pakistan, Dubai and Kazakhstan before they emerged, and in every jurisdiction
we match global thinking with local knowledge to deliver superior levels of service. Find out more about our
opportunities at www.oncampus.citi.com

Vacancies
We offer full-time Analyst positions across the following business areas:
    •	   Investment	Banking
    •	   Corporate	Banking
    •	   Capital	Markets	Origination
    •	   Sales	&	Trading	–	Equities	and	Fixed	Income
    •	   Global	Transaction	Services
    •	   Technology
    •	   Operations
    •	   Human	Resources

We also offer 10-week Summer Internships in these areas.

Entry Requirements
We’re the ideal company for anyone who is seriously interested in a career in financial services.

The business area you join us in won’t necessarily define your future career path. The global economy moves at a rapid pace, and so
do we. Our business is constantly evolving, and you will too. What is certain is that you will enjoy a career unparalleled in the depth
and breadth of its variety and rewards. Our commitment to your ongoing development is demonstrated through a world-class training
programme. It’s designed to ensure you make the most of the many opportunities that will come your way.

You don’t need a degree in finance, economics or mathematics to join us – our training will take care of that – but you do need to be
genuinely fascinated by the world of finance. Just as important, will be the strength of your personality – your ability to thrive as part of
a team, your enthusiasm and your desire to learn. Of course, we do expect academic excellence, but the details of your subject are less
important than your record of achievement.

Locations
Please take a look at www.oncampus.citi.com for further information on locations.

Application Process
For our Analyst and Summer Internship opportunities, please apply online via www.oncampus.citi.com

Closing Date
The full-time Analyst deadline is Sunday 2 November 2008. The Summer Internship deadline is Sunday 11 January 2009.

Important Dates:
Careers Fairs
Citi will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October, Whitla Hall, 11.00am – 3.30pm.
FSA
www.fsagraduates.com


In these days of the credit crunch the whole financial sector becomes volatile and the FSA’s role takes on even
greater importance – from protecting and educating consumers, to ensuring the stability of the entire financial system.
The Graduate Development Programme will see graduates move around three core areas of finance and they’ll also
enjoy a six-month external secondment, giving them a fascinating overview of the financial world.

Vacancies
FSA have five programmes on offer for our 2009 intake:

    •	   Graduate	Development	Programme	(40	vacancies)
    •	   Legal	Development	Programme	(sponsored	legal	training	contract	–	2	vacancies)
    •	   Finance	Development	Programme	(Sponsored	legal	training	contract	–	2	vacancies)
    •	   Finance	Development	Programme	(sponsored	CIMA	-2	vacancies)
    •	   Actuarial	Development	Programme	(Sponsored	Institute	of	Actuaries	–	1	vacancy)
    •	   Economics	Development	Programme	(Sponsored	MSc	Economics	–	1	vacancy)

Entry Requirements
A predicted 2:1 or above; 300 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent) excluding General studies; and the right to live and work in the UK
without restriction.

Locations
UK

Application Process
On-line application form, telephone interview, assessment centre. Apply on-line and find out more at www.fsagraduates.com

Closing Date
See website.




HSBC
www.hsbc.com/studentcareers – Global recruitment
www.hsbc.com/imcareers – International Management
www.hsbc.co.uk/graduatecareers – UK graduate programmes
www.hsbcnet.com/ibcareers – Global Banking & Markets


Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world. HSBC’s international
network comprises over 10,000 offices in 83 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, The Americas, The Middle East
and Africa.

Vacancies
Our graduate programmes include International Management, Global Banking & Markets, Executive Management, Retail Management,
Commercial Management, Operations Management, Marketing, IT, HR, Insurance Broking, Corporate Broking.

Entry Requirements
Varies by programme – please see websites.

Locations
Worldwide

Application Process
Apply online – see website

Closing Date
Not stated
IIB Bank
www.iibbank.ie


IIB Bank is one of Ireland’s leading financial services providers and is a wholly owned subsidiary of KBC
Bank. We provide a broad range of personal and business banking services and operate across a variety of
business areas including lending, treasury and capital markets, wealth management and homeloans,
as well as group and support services including human resources, finance, internal audit and marketing.

Vacancies
Graduate opportunities exist in:
Lending, KBC Bank NV Dublin Branch, Treasury and Capital Markets, KBC Finance Ireland

Entry Requirements
Successful candidates will have an honours degree or equivalent in business, commerce, finance, accountancy or economics with a
minimum grade of 2:1 or higher.

Locations
Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

Application Process
If you feel you have what it takes and like us expect more then apply to our Graduate Programme by emailing your CV and cover letter
to graduates@iibbank.ie

Closing Date
Our Graduate Programme starts in September each year and runs for 18 months. The closing date for applications is 31 December each
year with psychometric tests and interviews taking place in February and March.

Important Dates
Careers Fair
IIB Bank will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October in the Whitla Hall from 11.00am –
3.30pm.




LLOYDS TSB
www.lloydstsbjobs.com/talent


Lloyds TSB is a large Financial Services organization providing financial products and services to individuals, small businesses and
multinational organizations.

Vacancies
A range of specialist and generalist programmes developing leadership, customer and commercial skills across a range of business
areas. Programmes will offer extensive training and development opportunities, support from mentors as well as hands on experience
in the different divisions of the business. With the focus on leadership, these schemes will offer a range of challenging environments for
our graduates to have a real responsibility from day one as well as a core understanding about how the organisation works. Whether
it is developing technical expertise or great leadership skills, our programmes will offer a holistic view of Lloyds TSB and real career
opportunities.

We also offer Industrial Placements and summer Internships. Please check website for details.

Entry Requirements
2:1 for all programmes

Locations
Not stated.

Application Process
Online Application, Numerical Test, Telephone Interview and Selection Centre.

Closing Date
Not stated – see website www.lloydstsbjobs.com/talent
MERCER
www.mercer.com/ukgrads



In the constantly evolving world of work, standard solutions are no longer enough. That’s why as the world’s leading global provider of
consulting, outsourcing and investment services we specialise in helping global organisations stay one step ahead. Operating in over 180
cities and 41 countries we’re providing expert advice to over 60% of FTSE 100 companies on everything from pension schemes
and investments to salaries, rewards and benefits. Along with our professional excellence, it’s the breadth and depth of our services that
make us an undisputed market leader.

Vacancies
Our graduate roles encompass actuarial, retirement, investment consulting, benefits outsourcing and human capital analysis. To succeed,
you must be highly perceptive, communicative and organised. You’ll be looking to be challenged – by genuine responsibility, intellectual
stimulation and ever-changing client priorities.

Entry Requirements
You’ll need at least 300 UCAS points and a 2:1 honours degree (2:2 to join our Retirement Service Centres) in any degree discipline.
Our more technical roles require A-level Mathematics at grade B or above (or an equivalent qualification).

Locations
Belfast, Birmingham, Brentwood, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leatherhead, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Windsor.

Application Process:
Apply online at www.mercer.com/ukgrads

Closing Date:
December 2008

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Mercer will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October in the Whitla Hall from 11.00am –
3.30pm.




THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND GROUP
www.makeitrbs.com



The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is one of the largest financial institutions in the world. We offer careers that span many different
businesses, sectors and disciplines – and countries. With over 40 brands, including NatWest, RBS, Mint, Ulster Bank Group, Coutts & Co,
Citizens Bank and RBS Greenwich Capital, we make things happen for more than 40 million customers in over 50 countries and 170,000
employees worldwide. We have the people and the culture to act with speed, innovation, enterprise and creativity.

Vacancies
With over 30 different graduate programmes in everything from Retail Business Leadership, Property and Purchasing to Global Markets,
Technology Services and Audit, there’s something for everyone, whatever degree discipline and career aspiration.

Entry Requirements
Varies for each programme

Locations
UK, Europe, Asia, USA and rest of the world

Application Process
Apply online www.makeitrbs.com

Closing Date
Depends on programme

Important Dates
Presentation
Tuesday 25 November, Conference Room 1, Student Guidance Centre, 5.00pm
ULSTER BANK GROUP
(part of The Royal Bank of Scotland)
www.makeitrbs.com/ulsterbank


More than 6,000 employees and 1.7 million customers already mark us out as one of the largest and most successful banks in Ireland.
Our positive and progressive approach to the industry has helped us win the KPMG Business Banking Excellence Award for four years
running. For ambitious graduates, this same ethos is what makes Ulster Bank Group such a fantastic place to develop a long-term career.
It’s invigorating. It’s inspiring. And there are a number of different starting points to choose from.

Vacancies
Graduate Programmes in Retail Banking, Risk Management, Corporate Banking and Operations Management.

Entry Requirements
2:1 degree (any discipline) or 2:2 degree and a Masters (any discipline).

Locations
Belfast & Dublin (also Branches and Business Centres across the country).

Application Process
Online at www.makeitrbs.com/ulsterbank

Closing Date
End of February 2009

Important Dates
Careers Fair
Ulster Bank will be attending the Administration, Finance and Management Fair on Tuesday 21 October in the Whitla Hall from 11.00am
– 3.30pm.

Presentation
Royal Bank of Scotland Group – Tuesday 25 November, Conference Room 1, Student Guidance Centre, 5.00pm

On Campus for Skills Week
Skills Workshop – Tuesday 28 October 4.00 – 6.00pm, Student Guidance Centre.
Section Six
Financial Data and Information Systems



FACTSET
www.factset.com/europecareers


FactSet is a leading provider of online financial and economic information and analytical tolls to the financial investment community.
The top 10 global investment banks and 95 of the top 100 asset managers use FactSet.

Vacancies
Support Consultants play a critical role in client relationships: undertaking project work to optimise client workflows, visiting in their
offices to provide on-site consultation and advice and providing solutions to clients’ queries through telephone support and training
clients on FactSet software.

Entry Requirements
Graduates should be numerate with a minimum 2:2 in any subject, and an interest in working in Finance.

Locations
UK

Application Process
Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to recruiting_uk@factset.com

Closing Date
Not stated.
                                                                                                    Appendix 1
Appendix 1




                To:     Staff Partners                                   11 June 2008

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT - CODE OF PRACTICE 2008

The Code of Practice has been developed in relation to recruitment of students from The Queen’s
University of Belfast and The University of Ulster. The Code is designed to apply to all member firms in
Northern Ireland recruiting from these universities. Where necessary, please ensure your respective
offices in RoI are aware of the Code. The Code does not apply where students are being recruited from
universities outside of Northern Ireland.

TIMESCALE
No presentation or encouragement to students should be made prior to the suggested presentation and
interview timetable.

        Closing date for applications                    31 October 2008
        Interviews and presentations to commence         17 November 2008
        Closing date for offer acceptance/rejection       1 January 2009
        Offers to be issued no earlier than               1 December 2008

RECRUITMENT DURING MILKROUND
It is encouraging to note that there are an increasing number of Member firms (as well as a growing
number of other employers) seeking to recruit within the “accountancy milkround”. As a consequence,
instances of students having to decide between two presentations on the one evening have occurred. I
would encourage member firms to make their own arrangements as a matter of priority for their
presentations and interviews with the Careers and Appointments Officers at QUB and UU. All offers of
appointment following the presentation and interview period should give students a minimum of 2 weeks
in which to accept or decline the offer and no offer should require a student to accept earlier than 1
January 2009. Where it has been decided not to make an offer to a student, this should be
communicated to the student at the same time as offer letters are being issued to other students.

ON-LINE AND DIRECT APPLICATIONS
It is accepted that the on-line method is becoming a more popular form of application. Firms should
ensure that procedures are in place to consider on-line and hard copy applications in an equitable
manner. Closing dates for all methods should be advertised clearly. Technology should support easy
access and use of the on-line method.

RECRUITMENT OTHER THAN DURING MILKROUND
It is open to firms to interview and make offers to students who approach them on an individual basis at
any time. Any offers, which arise from such interviews, should also give students a minimum of 2 weeks
in which to accept or decline the offer.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
All firms should demonstrate commitment to equality of opportunity in employment as required by the
Equality Commission and the Commission for Racial Equality.

FORM OF OFFER
All offers of appointment should be made in writing and should clearly state the terms of engagement and
any conditions attached to the offer. After an offer has been made, firms should not initiate or encourage
any further contact with the students until the offer has been accepted or declined. This includes any
correspondence regarding the firm itself, acceptance of the offer or the proposed terms of employment.
Students are being advised by the universities to reply promptly to all offers.

Darren McDowell
Convenor
Training, Education & Careers (TEC) Sub Committee
Appendix 2

The Financial Services Sector in a nutshell




Accounting and Financial Management

The business
Every business, whether a huge multinational or one-man band, needs an accountant to ensure all the figures add up. Managing cash
flow and monitoring profit and loss are key areas of work, but this is increasingly joined by the supply of financial information that could
influence the strategic development of organisations.

The jobs
‘Accountant’ is the name given to any professional with a relevant, nationally recognised finance qualification. The term ‘financial
management’ describes the work carried out by accountants working within a organisation such as a company or the public sector. In
small organisations the work is diverse and multi-tasking is essential. In larger organisations there is a greater division of labour providing
the opportunity for specialisation. Training contracts usually last three years and include undertaking professional exams.

The employers
Public Practice - firms of accountants, usually run as partnerships, that provide accounting services to many companies and individuals.
The Big Four (KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers) are full-service providers with offices throughout Great
Britain, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. The rest of the market is made up of small and medium-sized firms across the UK and
Republic of Ireland that usually specialise in a particular type of work or local area.
Commerce & Industry – most organisations employ accountants to carry out day-to-day financial management.
Opportunities are nationwide
Public Sector – public sector organisations such as the National Health Service and Inland Revenue need accountants to manage the
public’s money and invest it in public services. In the UK a cluster of jobs are available at Westminster with other available nationwide.

Applying
Any degree discipline is accepted. You’ll usually need good English and Maths GCSE grades plus an expected honours degree
(see details of requirements in Accountancy Section 1). Traditionally, public practice firms recruit throughout the autumn with some
closing dates in October and interviews in November. This timetable is now more flexible with some employers inviting applications all
year round.




Banking and Investment

The business
The banking and investment business is all about making money work as hard as possible. It’s borrowed and invested in a whole host
of different ways – the very last thing it’s allowed to do is sit idle. The financial markets are open 24 hours a day, straddle different time
zones and have major centres in Hong Kong, New York, London,Tokyo and Frankfurt. London is important because its working day
bridges that of America and the Far East.

The jobs
The ‘front office’ refers to the fee-earning areas of the business. Jobs in this area include advising on and implementing ways for client
companies to grow, in addition to trading financial products. Support services such as finance, human resources and operations ensure
the right people and the right money are in the right place at the right time. The technology division straddles the whole organisation
and provides the infrastructure within which business takes place

The employers
Investment banks – global firms that carry out the full range of banking and investment services. The biggest players are sometimes
known as ‘bulge bracket’ companies and include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan (who are at Queen’s Careers Fair and
giving a Presentation at Queen’s).
Specialist finance houses – smaller organisations that specialise in a particular area of work such as corporate finance (eg Cazenove,
Lazard and Broadview) or investment management (eg Fidelity Investments).
Employers are often also classified by their country of origin. For instance, ‘American’ banks include Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch,
Goldman Sachs and Citi, while ‘European’ banks include ABN AMRO, Credit Suisse and Dresdner Kleinwort.

Applying
Typical entry requirements are A grade GCSE maths, a minimum of 24 (300) UCAS points and at least a predicted 2:1. Completion of
an internship is also rated highly by recruiters. Most employers in this sector use online application systems. They are renowned for their
early closing application dates.
City Alternatives (Commercial Law, Management Consultants, Chartered Surveyors)

The business
Hotbed of international finance that it is, the City offers many roles linked directly, or tenuously, to the investment business. Broad areas
of work that consume graduates include law, management consulting, property and quantity surveying (QS).

The jobs
Commercial lawyers work with the investment bankers to get the best possible deal for their clients and ensure the contract complies
with the appropriate investment-related regulations. To qualify, law graduates are required to complete a one year full-time (or two year
part-time) legal practice course before starting a two-year training contract. Non-law graduates must also complete a conversion course.
Management consultants provide organisations with strategies to improve their business. They identify problems then suggest and
implement solutions.

Chartered surveyors advise clients on ways to maximise the value of their property while quantity surveyors manage the cost of
construction projects. To gain professional status you’ll need to complete the assessment of professional competence (APC) which is a
two-year training scheme. If you didn’t study property or quantity surveying for your first degree you’ll also need to take a one-year full-
time (or two years part-time) conversion course.


The employers
Law – in London the scene is dominated by large firms handling high value, often international, commercial transactions. Further afield
sole practitioners and high street firms handle work for small businesses.
Management consulting – employers range from the consultancy divisions of the Big Four accountancy firms, to specialist organisations
providing advice on specific areas, such as strategy or IT.
Property and Quantity Surveying – dominated by a small number of international firms based in London and regional centres. Additional
jobs are available at a large number of smaller firms.

Applying
Competition for management consulting and law is fierce. Both sectors welcome graduates from any degree discipline but you’ll need
top class academic qualifications from a good university, usually at least 24 (300) UCAS points and a 2:1 or first.




Insurance and Financial Services

The business
Includes day-to-day financial management products for individuals, such as bank accounts, loans, pensions, credit cards and insurance.
Some products and services, such as insurance and regulation, are also needed by companies. Recently the retail business has focused on
improving accessibility to these products through the internet and over the telephone. Financial regulators ensure a safe and fair service
for all.

The jobs
A range of professional roles covering the development, marketing, sales and management of financial products. Actuaries work away in
the background calculating the probability a certain thing will happen so that premiums can be set for insurance-related products.
It’s common to work on a specific product (eg credit cards), or in a business management function (eg marketing).

The employers
Financial services providers – big employers offering a range of financial services such as retail banking and savings accounts, etc. Tend to
be international groups, such as Abbey National or Halifax, with a network of branches across the UK. Call centres tend to be based on
the outskirts of regional towns and cities.
Large international corporates – businesses that have built their name in a different sector but have then diversified into financial services.
Examples include Morgan Stanley, Tesco and Marks & Spencer.
Niche firms – offer specialist services such as actuarial consulting, risk management, underwriting and reinsurance. This group of
employers recruits a relatively small number of graduates in the south east, particularly in the City.

Applying
For the majority of positions applications are welcomed from graduates with a 2:2 or above in any discipline. There is high demand for
graduates to enter a wide range of roles and to train for the appropriate finance qualification.
Further Sources of Information

Publications/websites

Queen’s Careers Guide
Your essential guide to what’s on offer at Careers, Employability and Skills, including finding the right career for you, employers targeting
Queen’s students, your further study options, essential job hunting and advice.

Queen’s Careers, Employability and Skills website – www.qub.ac.uk/careers


Publications available on reference from Careers and Employability information section, Student Guidance Centre

All you need to know about the City
Who does what and why in London’s financial markets

Vault Guide to the Top European Banking Employers
Provides the lowdown on Europe’s leading banks and surveys their employees to get the inside scoop on top employers.

Accountancy Uncovered
Provides the hard facts on a profession in accountancy

Vault Guide to the Top European Consulting Firms
Provides the lowdown on Europe’s leading consulting firms and surveys their employees to get the inside scoop on top employers.




Other publications available on a take away basis in the Careers and Employability information section of the
Student Guidance Centre

Careers in Financial Markets
Your guide to finding a job in banking and finance

Gradireland and Postgradireland – the official careers directory for students and graduates in Ireland, North and South. It includes
information on 7000+ job opportunities along with advice on your job search, plus information on specific sectors e.g. Gradireland
Finance Sector and Gradireland Law Sector. www.gradireland.com is the website associated to these directories.

Other useful guides on the Financial sector are Target City and Finance, Target Conversion and Vocational Law, Target Law, Graduate
City Management, Graduate Law, Inside Careers Guide to Banking, Securities and Investments and Inside Careers Guide to Chartered
Accountancy. These guides have useful contacts, graduate profiles, information on what employers want and useful information on
opportunities in these sectors.


Prospects – the UK’s official graduate careers website – www.prospects.ac.uk


Professional Accountancy websites

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) – www.cipfa.org.uk

The Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) – www.cpaireland.ie

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – www.cimaglobal.com

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland – www.icai.ie

The Ulster Society of Chartered Accountants – www.uscai.com

				
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