Assurance, Risk and Compliance Graduate Programme

Our Assurance, Risk and Compliance teams play a crucial role in protecting our business. Join this two-year rotational graduate programme and you’ll gain a unique insight into how our business operates.

We’re involved in every aspect of the business, ensuring that we maintain our competitive advantage. From helping it to capitalise on trends and market forces to listening and adapting to customers’ needs. Always ensuring it delivers its strategy in line with rules and expectations.

We’re very much at the sharp end of all key business projects, which means your projects could involve exposure to senior executives,and helping to shape our strategic vision and the future of the business.

Where you’ll be based

We’re committed to hybrid working, so you’ll need to be able to work in our Bexhill office at least twice a week, with the option and flexibility of working from home on other days.

Starting your career with us

Starting your career at Hastings Direct gives you the chance to make your mark in an ambitious, rapidly growing and digitally driven business. A company that genuinely cares about you as an individual, respects your opinions and listens to your ideas. One where you can make a positive difference, because you’re encouraged to look for growth opportunities and achieve your full potential.

Most of all, you’ll find all the support you need, from people at every level, so you can fulfil your ambitions. From managers who are approachable and supportive, to colleagues who are always ready to help each other out. In short, you’ll have all you need to launch a successful career.

Your rotations

This two-year programme’s designed to give you a variety of exposure to all aspects of our work. On a series of project-based rotations, you’ll start to build specialist knowledge and expertise. And on each rotation, you’ll own your own project, giving you real opportunities to influence our business.

Your projects may cover anything from anti-money laundering to horizon scanning, risk management and analysis to FCA regulatory frameworks, supporting business continuity to advising on data protection, reviewing information security to analysing products or processes. In short, the scope of your work will be wide-ranging, so you’ll develop all the skills you need to contribute to our future success and become a real expert in your field.

Your professional development

Throughout the programme, we’ll make sure you have access to all the training and tools you need, such as our risk management tool, Microsoft Power Apps and general insurance tools. So, by the end of the programme, you’ll be ready to take a leading role as a subject matter expert in one of our teams.

Our inclusive, supportive culture means you’ll have a strong support network around you. From line managers to mentors, buddies to our Early Careers team, you’ll always have someone you can talk to about anything. From your future career at Hastings Direct, to where to get a coffee!

Meet some of the team

Helen, Internal Assurance Manager

Hastings is a fast moving, rapidly growing company. There’s a great sense of community and of people supporting and helping each other, whether it’s a request for information or just listening. It’s exciting to be part of such an agile company with solid plans around growth, and where colleague wellbeing is such a priority. There are lots of opportunities for colleagues to develop and learn about other parts of the business. Hastings also recognises colleagues’ achievements and celebrates success, and there’s a strong belief in helping our local communities, with everyone being encouraged to take part in community days.

Our recruitment process

After each stage, we’ll let you know if you’ve made it to the next one and what to expect. If you haven’t, we’ll be happy to give you feedback.


Choose the right programme for you, then just answer a couple of basic application questions and attach your CV.

Reviewing your application

We’ll review your application to see if you have what we’re looking in for your chosen programme.

Online assessment

Your chance to show us how you evaluate, reason and conceptualise, spot patterns, solve problems and use your numerical skills to draw conclusions.

Video interview

An interview covering why you want to join us, with some technical questions.

Meet us

From producing case studies and giving presentations, to group and role-specific tasks, this is your chance to shine.


If you’re successful, we’ll offer you a place on one of our programmes and call you to talk through the details.

Frequently asked questions

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Ready to apply?

Are you ready for a graduate programme with a fast growing, digitally-focused insurance company? A business with huge ambitions to be the UK’s best and biggest digital insurer?

An organisation that focuses on profitable growth that’s truly sustainable, by doing the right thing for colleagues, customers, the community and the company – our 4Cs? Somewhere that celebrates openness and diversity by encouraging you to be yourself – and was ranked 29th in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2021/22?

Are you ready for a future with Hastings Direct?

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