Shape a unique career in Finance or Procurement
Heathrow is like a small city – dynamic, diverse, forward thinking – right at the heart of the nation’s global connections and with a world of opportunity. It takes great people and great teamwork to welcome 200,000 passengers every day and to achieve our vision of providing the best airport service in the world.
On our Finance Future Leaders programme, you’ll learn what it takes for our diverse business to deliver annual revenues of £3bn and ensure a sustainable future through effective supply chain management. You’ll see how we manage a cost base of over £1bn, working with internal business stakeholders and over 2,000 suppliers as we enable Heathrow to realise our value potential. Our Finance and Procurement teams touch every area of the business, driving multi-million-pound decisions, acting as trusted advisors and influencing how we run our business.
Join us as one of our Finance Future Leaders at this crucial time of growth for our business. Be part of a team that drives efficiency, innovation and growth.
This is a two-year leadership development programme. You will have the unique opportunity to rotate around different areas of Finance and Procurement, including Reporting and Planning, Expansion Procurement, Business Partnering, Treasury, Contract Services, and more. You will get involved in a fascinating range of projects and tasks, growing your skill set every step of the way. With opportunities to gain experience across the department, from delivering month-end to negotiating new commercial partnerships, you will be adding real value to the business and building the relationships that will set you up to be a finance leader of the future.
There are two streams to this programme:
- Accounting stream: This stream will set you up for success through two, one-year rotations within different teams in Finance. You will develop your technical capabilities, such as cost accounting, tax strategy and risk management, as well as building core leadership skills. During the programme, you will be working towards your CIMA or ACCA qualification.
- Procurement stream: This stream will open your eyes to the world of procurement at Heathrow through four, three-month rotations in your first year, followed by a longer specialised placement in your second year. Having built your skills across the function, the 12-month placement will challenge you to apply your contract management capability to a chosen specialist area. Throughout the programme, you’ll be working towards a CIPS or RICS qualification.
Your programme will be tailored to ensure you develop core skills and competencies as well as meeting the practical experience requirements for your chosen professional qualification. The aim of the programme is to set you up for leadership roles, unlocking your potential through real-life projects and learning from experienced leaders.
Supporting you for success
Throughout the programme, you will enjoy the support of a senior sponsor from our executive team. They will be there to help you build your networks, challenge your thinking and unlock opportunities. You will also meet regularly with a dedicated mentor who can answer any questions you may have about the organisation and help you find solutions to any challenges you may face. Plus, you will have a ‘buddy’ to show you the ropes until you find your feet.
Your professional development
You’ll be completing real work, with real responsibility, whilst also studying to achieve a professional qualification in CIMA, ACCA, CIPS or RICS. You will have the opportunity to choose which qualification you undertake based on your career aspirations and conversations with your line managers, to ensure that we really tailor your programme to set you up for the future. We’ll support you with study leave and the funding you require to successfully complete your qualification. What could you achieve?
What we’re looking for
We are looking for graduates with a real interest in developing a breadth of understanding in Finance or Procurement, who aspire to become our leaders of the future. You may have studied a degree in a finance-related discipline or completed your qualifications in another area. What is important is your passion to build a career in Finance or Procurement.
You will need to have an analytical mind with strong numerical ability to help you work through challenges within the role. You will have the opportunity to build upon your excellent communication skills, and we will show you how you can use these to effectively influence and negotiate through your career. We are looking for our future leaders in Finance and Procurement so you need a flair for problem solving as well as demonstrating drive and ambition. If you think you have the potential to be a Finance Future Leader, why not see your career take off here at Heathrow?