Accountancy Summer Internship 2020

Standard Life Aberdeen · Competitive · Scotland
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Company Overview

At Standard Life Aberdeen, our purpose is to invest for a better future. We do it to make a difference to the lives of our clients, customers, employees and shareholders. As an ambitious global investment company with more than 6,000 employees across 54 global locations, we need people who can play to their strengths. If you want to be part of our exciting global journey to become a world-class investment company and are motivated by where we are going, then invest in your career with us.

We invest in our employee’s development because we know that engaged people are central to achieving our vision. We’ll continue to attract the best talent from around the world to make our ambitions a reality.


About the Role

We look for people with excellent analytical skills, and the drive to make those skills count. An ability to see the bigger picture is important too – to help you to make balanced decisions, and communicate clearly with whomever you’re working with. From day one, you’ll contribute to our ambitions whilst developing your skills and knowledge in the industry. Over the 10 week summer internship you will be given real work with tangible outputs within the Accountancy stream, allowing you to gain exposure to real business situations, with real responsibility.

Regardless of which team you join within the Accountancy stream you will gain a depth of experience; getting the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals across our business and engage in development activities with your peers. You will be based with the same team throughout the summer internship placement. On completion of your summer internship you will be considered for a position on our 36 month  rotational graduate programme starting in 2021. 

This programme gives graduates the chance to start their career in a highly supportive team environment, whilst gaining skills, experience along with support through further qualifications. The variety in the programme can really help your professional development. It’s tailored to help you play to your strengths. That’s as well as the study support on offer, towards a qualification from one of two professional bodies – The Institute of Chartered Accountants for Scotland (ICAS) or the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). And throughout your three-year programme, you’ll have the support of your mentor, placement manager, and the big community of fellow graduates across the company.

  • Duration: Three year graduate programme
  • Structure: Five to six placements
  • Development: A series of professional exams to become a member of either ICAS or CIMA
  • Location: Edinburgh


About You

We are looking for undergraduates and graduates in their penultimate or final year of studies to join our summer internship programme. We are looking for motivated candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Communication skills: Can clearly and effectively communicate both written and verbally.
  • Team Work: Encourages team work, collaboration and breaking down boundaries when working with others.
  • Trust & Integrity: Demonstrates the organisations’ values to deliver work with integrity and to high ethical standards.
  • Planning & Prioritising: Organises and priorities to efficiently accomplish tasks and meet objectives based on relative value, importance, and urgency.
  • Attention to detail: Demonstrates attention to detail, accuracy and organisation in work.
  • Analytical : Effective in collecting and analysing information to facilitate and support decisions.

 We value diversity in our workforce and welcome enquiries from everyone.


Application process

 The summer internship application is made up of four easy to follow stages.

CV & online application - If you’re serious about a role with us, it’s worth taking the time at this stage to get your CV and application right.

Online tests - When doing the tests, it is always best to choose a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed.

Telephone interview - This is your chance to have a conversation with us and to re-affirm your motivation for applying and interest in the stream you have applied to.

Assessment Centre- This is the final stage in the process, where we get to meet you face to face and you have the chance to really make an impression.

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