Finance stream

Applications are now closed.

The 2-year finance graduate programme provides exceptional opportunities for graduates who wish to work in the dynamic environment provided by local government finance.

The finance division forms a critical part of the Strategic and Corporate Services Directorate in Kent County Council.  It provides a range of in house finance services across all the council's operations supporting front line services, as well as to an extensive range of other public bodies in Kent. It supports the Corporate Director of Finance to deliver their responsibilities including providing strategic financial advice, supporting budget holders to manage their budgets, their statutory responsibilities to produce the financial accounts and to administer the Kent Pension Fund.

There are 3 core functions within the finance division:

  • Operations: statutory accounting and reporting, budget management support for revenue spending, systems analysis, pensions administration, insurance, client financial services for adult social care.
  • Policy, planning and strategy: revenue budget and medium term financial plan development, management of schools’ budget allocations, management of debt, cash balances and investments, oversight of the Kent Pension Fund.
  • Internal audit and counter fraud: reviewing the effectiveness of the council’s governance, risk management and controls, systematic reviews of plans and strategies, pro-active work to deter potential fraud and irregularities.

The division is also responsible for the operational management of the council’s extensive capital programme and the strategic development.

You will initially work closely with a senior member of the finance management team who will help you become acquainted with an area of service in the operations or policy, planning and strategy functions (we also have a future aspiration to extend graduate apprenticeships to the internal audit and counter fraud function).

Further opportunities will become available as you gain skills and experience within the division linked to completion of the Level 4 Accounting Apprenticeship Standard, which leads to membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

After successfully completing the Level 4 programme we’ll offer you a permanent position within the team. You will then also have the opportunity to develop further with a Level 7 Professional Accountant Apprenticeship that leads to membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the professional institute for accountants working in public services.


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £25,238 which will increase with progress.


Our main offices are in Maidstone, but travel may be required to other offices and Broadstairs.

Training and development

If you’re looking for a role in finance that’s more than simple ‘number crunching’ this pathway will give you a wealth of skills and knowledge that are applicable in a wide range of management and strategic roles. You will also have opportunities to develop the productive traits that will ‘set you out from the crowd’ such as creative and critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving for our clients.

We’ll ensure you have the support needed to flourish in this role. In addition to your line manager, we’ll provide a network of support including shadowing opportunities and peer mentoring support. Coaching support is also available if this is required.

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification
  • GCSE grade A - C or above in English language or equivalent (Level 2 qualification)
  • GCSE grade A - C or above in mathematics or equivalent (Level 2 qualification)
  • willingness to work towards the Professional Accounting/Taxation Technician apprenticeship (Level 4)

All overseas applicants must have the UK equivalent. See our equivalency table to check if you meet our academic requirements.

Additional information

We are an equal opportunities employer and we represent a diverse community, therefore we welcome applications from people of every race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation. There is no upper age limit for applications.

We are looking for candidates with the potential to become future senior managers. The selection process allows candidates to draw from experiences within their academic or working career so you may be a recent graduate, or you may have workplace experience already.

If you are due to graduate this summer, you are eligible to apply if you are predicted a 2:1 or higher but please state your predicted grade clearly on the application form.

Unfortunately, due to the vast numbers of applications we receive we are unable to accept applications from candidates who achieved a 2:2 or lower.

Closing date for applications

This post closed at midnight on Friday 31 January.

First sift activity

Candidates will be invited to complete a first sift activity between 3 and 14 February.

Assessment centre

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment on the 17 or 18 March in Maidstone.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview during the week of Monday 30 March.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 11 May.