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Together, our Finance team keep our FTSE 100 company on the move, making sure we have the resources we need to build our network, create new infrastructure and drive change. You can help us make a difference to people and places, across the UK.

Thank you for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications for this programme, with the last date for applications submitted on Sunday 21st March 2021.

Finance - Apprenticeship 

Finance is a trusted advisor, providing accurate and timely information that is integral to all key investment, operational, and strategic decisions. We play a vital role in supporting our businesses to provide clean water and wastewater services, and our non-regulated business.

Assistant Accountant Level 3 + Level 4

Location: Coventry

Apprenticeship Programme: Assistant Accountant

Apprenticeship Level: 3 + 4 Advanced + Higher

Equivalent to: Level 3 - 2 A Levels and Level 4 - Foundation Degree

Programme Duration: 3 years

What you'll be doing

As an Apprentice on our Finance scheme, you’ll be based at our main office in Coventry. Where you'll train for a nationally-recognised accounting qualification, as well as putting your knowledge into practice by working on live projects. Rotating regularly around different roles, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about all of the things that make our business flow. That could include spending time in any one of the following departments:

Capital Accounting

Our Capital Accounting team works alongside Project Managers and Engineers in-the-field, helping them to manage and oversee the financing of all sorts of building projects, from underground pipes to water treatment works.

Management Accounting

This department sits at the heart of our finance function, and accounts for all of the essential things a FTSE 100 business needs to run, like salaries, cash management, insurance and rates.

Financial Operations

Financial Operations deal with accounts receivable and accounts payable or, to put it simply, all of the money we owe and all of the money we’re due.

Finance and Performance

Our Finance and Performance team help us to decide where to direct our spending next, for example, reinforcing flood defences in high-risk areas or preparing to comply with new regulatory standards.


The starting salary for this programme is £16,807.

How we'll support you

Training and Development

Your rotation placements will allow you to develop the skills and experience that you’ll require to become an expert in Finance. During this time, you’ll combine on-the-job learning with formal, nationally recognised development training modules at level 3 and then go onto the Level 4 AAT qualification.

To help you drive and own your career progression, we’ll provide you with a Personal Development Plan. This will be set and agreed with your line manager and reviewed regularly in performance reviews.

This apprenticeship follows the apprenticeship standards set out by the Institute of Apprenticeships.

The skills applicants need

We’re looking for people who’ll demonstrate curiosity. You’ll be able to grasp and learn things quickly, learning from your own and others experience, to improve performance in the future. You’ll be someone who is motivated by a strong desire to succeed and excel in each of your placements, taking pride and ownership of appropriate tasks and actions, knowing that what you do, makes a difference to our customers. 

With a variety of placements and experiences during your apprenticeship, you’ll be someone who enjoys taking an analytical approach to analysing information from various sources, using this knowledge to inform robust solutions and decisions, demonstrating courage to see tasks through in their entirety. We show care to our colleagues and customers alike and you'll be someone who is able to successfully build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, drawing on these relationships to understand their drivers, needs and expectations.

Wonderful for all

We’re building an inclusive company. We’ve created a culture that encourages all of our people to think of every single day as an opportunity to do something better.

Our most ambitious goals depend on forward-thinking ideas, no matter who they come from. As employers, we welcome people from all walks of life and promote diversity and inclusion.