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Finance Graduate Programme – Assistant Accountant positions


Contract typeGraduate


Job Role Posted 30th May 2019

Finance Graduate Programme – Assistant Accountant positions


Our graduate programme has been successfully placing graduates for 4 years now at Hastings Direct, and helped us to promote, support and celebrate some fantastic talent that has helped to grow and evolve our Finance department.


Each year we recruit a few talented graduates into positions that will rotate across our Finance department, affording our ambitious, bright graduates, the opportunity to really understand which path will suit them best at the end of the programme, whilst also offering a rounded and commercial view of how our department adds value. We will support you with funding and time to gain your ACCA qualification, via a Level 7 Accountancy apprenticeship. 


Programme overview;

This is a three-year programme, where you will take on four challenging placements, each lasting nine months. The programme spans across the whole of Finance, supporting key accounting teams, and within these placements you will develop the core competencies expected of a leading finance professional. We will also support and develop you to give you the skills to be one of our future Finance leaders.


 The placements could be within the following areas, more details will be shared at assessment;
·Financial Accounts
·Financial Reporting
· Business Partnership (Analyst)
· Management Reporting and Planning


By the end of the programme we would hope you secure a mid-level position within our function and become a mentor to future graduates, and importantly, make a significant contribution towards the value and performance of our department.

Hastings graduate scheme has been highly successful, and 1 in 7 of all our finance team are either current or former members of our graduate scheme.  We are very proud of our ability to provide long term progression to our alumni.


About us

Hastings Direct is a fast growing, agile, digitally focused general insurance provider of products and services to over 2.7 million customers in the UK. We've significantly grown our customer base over the last three years and we now employ over 3,400 colleagues

It's our attitude and the way we run our business that makes us different. We focus on getting it right for our colleagues, customers, company and community. It's a dynamic, flexible, fun and constantly changing environment. You'll enjoy the scope to make a real difference for our customers, influence our company, benefit the communities we work in and have fun along the way.


Required experience

· University degree, minimum 2:1 – relevant degrees preferred but not essential, several of our brightest graduates have graduated with unrelated degrees

·Ability to take the lead – great initiative and driver to deliver

·Self-aware – you are clear on your strengths and development areas and able to build a well-recognised brand around your strengths

· Ability to contribute to the conversation – comfortable with varying stakeholders

· Able to challenge the norm, consider a range of views and drive and embed change

·  Sound understanding of how the business works – absorbs knowledge and applies it in a meaningful way

· Agility and ability to move from task to task quickly and handle many things at once


Interview Process & timeline in brief
·Shortlisted applications can expect to have a conversation with a member of the Recruitment team within 2 weeks of their application
· Candidates who have successfully passed the telephone interview stage will then be invited to present either via SKYPE or at the Bexhill HQ  – candidates preference
· Assessments will take place in June 2019, dates will be discussed during the process


Benefits for you

You will have ample support and guidance from our graduate community and rotational managers, coupled with ACCA funding and dedicated study time to help you succeed! Your success is our success.


Please find some of the great benefits we offer here at Hastings Direct;
· Competitive basic salary which we will share with you upon shortlisting, but do feel free to email the Recruitment team for more details in advance of your application –
· Investment in your funded ACCA exam with dedicated study time (via an apprenticeship)
·  Flexibility to work from home
·  Bonus earning potential
· Pension scheme
·  25 days holiday
·Flexible benefits – buy or sell holidays, cycle to work scheme, healthcare cash plan, childcare vouchers, life assurance, health screening and assessments, Share incentive plan – after 6 months service
·Discounted Hastings Direct products
· Employee discount scheme for large UK and online retailers



Hastings Group is an equal opportunities employer which means we treat people fairly. We welcome applications from all suitably skilled persons regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, ethnic background, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or marital/family status. Please also note that we have a thorough referencing process, which includes credit and criminal record checks. 

Job Role will close on 28th June 2019


Conquest House,
Collington Avenue,
TN39 3LW
About Bexhill-on-Sea


The shifts in customer service teams are quite colleague friendly. There is free tea and coffee in the call centre, and a subsidised Costa Coffee and canteen. There are lots of incentives to earn more, and a decent social life.

It has a really positive environment with everyone who works there being very helpful. The managers really do go out of their way to assist you. There are a lot of benefits and rewards at Hastings Direct which if you are doing well are quite easy to achieve.

There is a well-rounded approach to the wellbeing of all colleagues, including an inclusive approach to wellbeing activities. Hastings Direct aims to roundly develop colleagues and set them up for future careers within the company.

There is a wonderful work environment, with a strong sense of team work which purveys throughout the business. And there is a sense of friendly competition which works to heighten this.


As an employer, Hastings Direct offers a lot of company benefits to all employees which are fantastic and I feel this is quite unique. The company culture is inclusive and encourages everyone to participate in local causes.

All employees are well looked after, respected and recognised for the hard work we do for the company. It is a great experience to be working with such amazing team. It much easier for me to balance my work and personal life.

It’s a great place to work with amazing benefits, support and colleagues. Lots of hands on support. Amazing rewards for achieving targets and also plenty of time to get together as a team outside of work and bond with your colleagues.

The company culture, management structure and general atmosphere is really good. The share scheme and Hastings Direct rewards are also fantastic for staff.