Future Leaders Programme
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 amazing people and great teamwork to welcome over 80 million passengers each year and to achieve our vision of providing the best airport service in the world.
On our Finance Future Leaders programme, you will 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 handle a cost base of over £1bn, working with internal business partners 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 rare opportunity to rotate around different areas, including:
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.
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 and practical capabilities, such as financial accounting, tax strategy and risk management. In addition to this, you will build core leadership skills through a business partnering role. During the programme, we will support you towards completing your CIMA or ACCA qualification.
Procurement stream: This pathway 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 in supplier relations, contract management and governance, the final 12-month placement will challenge you to apply your contract management capability to a chosen specialist area. Throughout the programme, we will guide you towards completing a CIPS or RICS qualification.
We will tailor your programme to ensure you develop core skills and behaviours as well as meeting the practical experience requirements for your chosen professional qualification. The aim of the programme is to unlock your potential through real-life experiences whilst learning from the experts in our teams.
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.
Whilst you are completing real work, with real responsibility, we will also support your studying to achieve a professional qualification as outlined above. We will provide you with the opportunity to choose which qualification you undertake based on your career aspirations and conversations with your line managers. We will support you with study leave and the funding you require to successfully complete your qualification. What could you achieve?
We are looking for graduates with a real interest in developing a breadth of understanding in Finance or Procurement, who seek to become our leaders of the future. You will need to have an analytical mind with strong numerical ability to help you work through challenges within the role. It’s important for you to demonstrate a ‘can-do’ attitude, integrity and a real passion for living our Heathrow values.
We will give you the scope to build upon your excellent communication skills, and show you how you can use these to effectively influence and negotiate through your career. We are seeking our future leaders in Finance and Procurement so you need a flair for problem solving as well as demonstrating drive and ambition.
As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals. We believe that diverse talent makes us stronger – not least because we welcome passengers from all corners of the globe, every single day. At Heathrow we’re an accessible place to work, driven by inclusivity and celebrating individuality. For more information, please visit our diversity & inclusion page.
There’s only one you, and therefore somewhere in the airport there likely exists a challenge or opportunity that can only be unlocked by your unique mix of skills and traits. Can you find it? – and more to the point, what will you do with it?
Our applications are set to close on Monday 25th November at midday.
It begins with an online application, including the opportunity to explore your responses to scenarios which you may come across at Heathrow.
The next step will allow you to demonstrate your numerical, verbal and abstract abilities through a game-based mobile application.
We will conduct a video interview to further explore your behaviours, building upon your online application.
A telephone coaching interview will be the penultimate step in the process, giving you a chance to discuss your experiences so far, explore the role in more detail and consider how to prepare for an assessment centre.
Finally, you will attend an assessment centre based at Heathrow, which will involve a range of activities to explore your strengths and behaviours.
We assess candidates at each stage, and invite those who are successful to the next phase of the process. Full details of each activity will be outlined in detail before each stage. We also make reasonable adjustments at each stage.
For our Finance and Procurement Future Leaders programme you need to have either graduated or be graduating from University by June 2020. 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 need to be eligible to work in the UK, either as a UK or EU citizen or as the holder of a UK work visa.
In addition, as part of your application you will need to provide references covering the past five years from your current or past employers, university, college or school, accounting for any gaps of two weeks or more, including times when you were out of work or on an extended holiday.
If you are successful in the process you will need to complete a criminal records check and you may need to complete a counter terrorism check, dependent on the nature of your rotations.
You will be primarily based at Heathrow in our operation or in our head office, the Compass Centre. In all roles you will get the opportunity to work across the airport campus.
Our Finance Future Leaders Graduate Programme will start in early September 2020.
We accept applications from all ages, so long as you have achieved your degree and show the behaviours we seek in a Future Leader.
We welcome applications from all candidates who have the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor international applicants.
We are looking to recruit four Finance and Procurement Future Leaders this year.
Heathrow offers a competitive salary package – for our Finance Future Leaders the starting salary is £28,505.42.
Once you have submitted your application, we will send you an email confirming this has been received. You can then keep track of the current status of your application through your online account area. We will update your account area and send you an email to advise you of the next steps for your application.
Our Assessment Centres are scheduled to take place during February/March 2020.Please ensure you’re able to attend if you’re selected.