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Financial Conduct Authority Overview

London, England
1001 to 5000 employees
Non-profit Organisation
National Agencies
Unknown / Non-Applicable
There are few organisations where you can make a real difference to the two million people who work in the UK financial services industry, the 40 million consumers of financial products, and the stability of our economy as a whole.

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  • This week Christopher Woolard, Chair of the FCA’s Executive Diversity Committee, spoke at the City and
    Financial LGBT event discussing why we care about diversity

    The art of thinking independently together - why the regulator cares about diversity

    Speaker: Christopher Woolard, Executive Director of Strategy and Competition Location: LGBT in the Financial Services Industry Summit, London Delivered on: 30 October 2017 True diversity is not tokenistic. It's about a broad group of people bringing their broad range of experiences to the table.

  • In 2018 we move to our new office in the Olympic Park in Stratford. To introduce our people to the area, our photography club is running a competition to encourage colleagues to explore and capture their new home. The results, like the below, are striking. Find out more about our culture here:


    Stratford is a major transport and business hub, with nine rail links and 200 trains an hour at peak times. Stratford Regional Station is served by the Central and Jubilee Lines, and provides regular Overground services to Liverpool Street, East Anglia and other routes around the southeast.

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Financial Conduct Authority – Why Work For Us?

We have a unique view of the industry that allows us to explore how markets and consumers interact, and to identify emerging trends or risks.

We aim to make markets work well, both for financial firms and their customers. We regulate the conduct of firms to ensure that the industry is run with integrity, that people have access to the products and services they need and that consumers can trust their providers.

Our staff come from many different backgrounds, but we all share a common goal. Our aim is to provide better financial services for everyone, by delivering effective regulation, providing valuable insight and improving competition. In doing so, we help shape domestic policy and play a key role on the global regulatory stage.

Whichever path you choose within the FCA, you’ll be part of ensuring that our work meets the needs of both consumers and industry.

We’re looking for people with the desire, skills and determination to make a real difference to the way financial services work.

That means you’ll need to demonstrate careful judgement and the drive to deliver change. You will have the skills to influence internal and external stakeholders, and the curiosity to seek out fresh insights and develop your own understanding.

As an Academy business, we'll give you the intellectual stimulation and confidence you need to progress. We'll provide you with the opportunity to enhance your skills and understanding through a combination of bespoke development programmes, on-the-job learning and self-directed training.

At the FCA we value your whole self, not just your work.

We know it’s important to balance work with the rest of our life. As a result, we offer flexible working hours wherever possible, as well as the opportunity to work from homeWe also know there may be occasions when you need or want to take time off, so we have a range of career and family leave provisions.

We have a number of active staff network groups, all of which help us provide an inclusive and welcoming working environment. These include:

  • InsideOut, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and non-binary network
  • Spectrum, our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic network
  • Embrace, our disability and mental health network
  • our Women’s Network
  • International, our network for staff from around the world
  • Carers Staff Network, which supports colleagues who have caring responsibilities
  • our multiple Faith Groups

Each network is open to everyone and has its own objectives, clearly defined strategies and goals, all of which contributes to a thriving, multicultural community.

Commitment and curiosity are central to how we work. These principles don’t only shape what we do, they also reflect who we are.

We have five cultural characteristics that describe how we try to do things, both internally and externally. If you share these values, you’re the kind of person we’re looking for:

  • We want people with backbone, who judge situations carefully, are confident communicators and challenge the status quo.
  • We promote professional excellence and we demonstrate it in everything we do, by setting high standards and delivering on our commitments.
  • We’re curious by nature. We want to learn and find out more, every day, and we explore the implications of our actions in detail.
  • We’re already on the case, thinking ahead and acting with confidence.
  • We are a strong team that celebrates our differences and successes, and we show trust in our colleagues.

With us you’ll find opportunities to make a difference on a national scale, and develop skills and insights that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

To give you the exposure you need to excel, our two-and-a-half year graduate programmes are made up of multiple rotations and an external secondment.

You’ll spend your first two years experiencing different parts of the FCA and growing your networks. At the same time, you’ll be collaborating with teams across your division, honing your skills and technical knowledge and developing a real insight into financial services. You’ll round out your experience with a final placement in industry.

Find out about the different programmes available to our graduates:

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    Everybody I have met in my time here is very helpful and wants you to succeed, which is quite different to the commercial world where it is often dog eat dog. Alongside that the work is meaningful, rewarding and makes a difference, what more could you want?


    There are few down sides unless you look very hard to try to find the negative.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Financial Conduct Authority (London, England).


    Pleasant experience, easy discussion about case study and personal experience. Discussed competency questions which were not onerous. Did not have sufficient knowledge for the role but would consider reapplying later once this is solved.

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Financial Conduct Authority Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Employers, Stonewall Top 100 Employers, 2017
  • Stonewall, Top 100 employers, 2015
  • UK 300, The Guardian, 2015
  • Top 100 Undergraduate Employers, Rate My Placement, 2015
  • The Top Companies For Graduates To Work For, The JobCrowd, 2016
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