Central England Co-Operative Careers

Finance Apprentice
Full Time

Contract Term
Fixed Term

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Shared Services - Staffordshire

Job Description

As one of the UK’s largest Co-operative societies our colleagues are the key to our success, which is why we want the very best people as part of our team.

Are you curious with a thirst for finance and have the drive to take ownership of your own training and development? The Central England Co-Operative Finance Shared Service apprenticeship could be just what you are looking for!

We are offering the right candidate a chance to contribute to gain experience across a wide range of finance functions in our diverse business, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

As an apprentice on our programme you will have the opportunity to spend 3 months in each of the teams, including Invoice Processing, Payments and Controls, Credit Control, Funeral Bonds, Finance Master Data, Banking, Accounts Receivable and Record to Report.

Throughout your apprenticeship you will be assigned a mentor to support you with your personal development and your course tutor who will offer you whatever support you need to be successful.

What you will be doing:

Day to day operation financial admin support across all areas of the Finance Shared Services department, as part of providing a world class standard transactional operation.

Completion of relevant Finance apprenticeship standard relevant to your role

Working towards individual goals and objectives which are aligned to those of Finance Shared Services, the wider Shared Services functions and the Society as a whole

Regular communication with key internal customers

Delivery of all services within service levels agreed with the business

Escalation of business critical issues to Team Lead

Support other colleagues in the delivery of their work as well as contributing to the continuous improvement of processes.

About you:

A team Player with a strong customer service focus & problem solving skills

Ability to use own initiative

Adaptable and flexible approach

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Attention to detail , with an ability to plan and organise work

Whilst a permanent role cannot be guaranteed at this stage, there may be opportunities beyond the initial 18 months This will be assessed throughout the programme.

Minimum Requirements:

Applicants need to have 5 GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths. A level 2 AAT qualification would be an advantage.

Qualification Duration:

18 months

Qualification Title:

Assistant Accountant

Upon completion, you will receive a Level 3 AAT Qualification.

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Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the most successful independent co-operatives in the UK with gross sales in excess of £1bn and over 8,800 colleagues operating across 16 counties from the heart of England to its eastern shores.

Central England Co-operative colleague enjoy a wide range of benefits, including Society Membership, colleague discount on purchases, pension and health scheme.

Our main business activities include retail food and funeral services, although our diverse retail interests range from coffin manufacture to florist shops and travel agents, as well as the management of a significant property portfolio.

At Central England Co-operative Society we are all individual, like you. We value your individuality and welcome applications from all members of society regardless of personal characteristics.

We have an ambitious growth strategy centered on new site development to deliver continued success. In 2013 we were proud to be named UK Co-operative of the Year in recognition of the contribution we make to our members, local communities, the environment and wider society, as well as our strong business performance.