Finance Graduate Programme

Join our three-year finance programme and you’ll experience four rotations, supporting different accounting teams and developing your core finance skills. It’s a great way to understand the commercial complexity of our work and gain a clear idea of which financial area you want to continue your career in.

You’ll gain a full range of experience on a series of high profile projects. These might include preparing financial information for the Board, working with senior managers to develop budgets and forecasts or supporting the delivery of Hastings’ project portfolio and business developments. At the same time, you’ll have all the support you need to gain your ACCA qualification and develop into one of our future financial leaders.

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 eight days a month with the option and flexibility of working from home on other days.

Starting your career with us

We understand that your first graduate role should be more than just a job. 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.

We aim to give you the experience and technical knowledge to progress your career. We’ll provide you with a nurturing and challenging environment to help expand your horizons, develop new skills and make new connections.

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

Your rotations On the Finance Graduate Programme you’ll build your specialist knowledge and expertise in four nine-month rotations across six accounting teams.

  • Financial Accounts. You’ll be helping to control the accounting ledger, balance sheet and P&L.
  • Financial Reporting. You may support the delivery of annual reports and accounts, or the maintenance of accounting policies.
  • Business Partnership. You’ll help generate budgets and forecasts and support decision making by providing insightful financial analysis.
  • Management Reporting and Planning. You’ll be helping to produce monthly board reports to support strategic forecasting and planning.
  • Tax. You’ll help ensure the Group’s tax compliant.
  • Financial Modelling. Modelling core financial outputs, scenarios and benefits cases

Your professional development

From the moment you join us, we’ll make sure you have access to a wide variety of opportunities for both personal and professional growth.

We’ll give you all the professional support you need to become ACCA qualified, including broad financial experience, paid study leave and a strong support network. 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!

By the end of the programme, you’ll be a fully qualified ACCA member, ready to move into a mid-level financial role at Hastings. So, you’ll be in a position to add value and make a major contribution to our business, and to become a mentor to future graduates.

You’ll also be enrolled on our early careers development programme, providing you, a suite of bespoke development which develops the strengths that we know graduates need to be successful at Hastings Direct. It also gives you the opportunity to network and meet others in similar programmes across the business.

Meet some of the team

Christopher, Assistant Accountant (first year)

This programme has enabled me to come out of my comfort zone in a protected and support environment. I’m currently working on board reporting, speaking to all areas of the business to show the board how each department is performing. It's been great that I’ve been able to learn about what each team does and how this fits into the broader company performance.

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 for.

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 9th in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2022/23?

Are you ready for a future with Hastings Direct?

Our 2023 early careers schemes are now closed for applications. Recruitment for next year’s scheme will open in early 2024.