Finance Graduate Scheme

Our Finance Graduate Scheme gives you the opportunity to work cross-functionally across Nissan. Based at our Cranfield site, you’ll be working within the R&D Finance team supporting Spain, Russia, Belgium and Germany.

£30,000 Nissan Cranfield 24 MONTHS Apply Now

Whether working in our Plant Finance, Shared Service Centre or European Controlling teams, the work is highly varied, challenging and rewarding. You will be given real exposure, real challenges and real responsibility – all from day one.

As one of our finance and accounting professionals, you will play a key role not only in local operations – but have opportunities for involvement in regional and global matters. The pace will be fast and the expectations will be high, but prove yourself here and you could secure an exciting future with an industry leader.

Beginning with several weeks exposure to each area of the department, you’ll get a broad feel for what we do and gain an understanding of our business, before taking responsibility for £million budgets in key areas of the business.

Salary: £30,000

Company pension programme

Company share scheme

Fitness centre

Paid overtime and time in lieu

Private healthcare

26 days annual leave plus bank holidays

Travel opportunities (dependent on role)

  • Must have or expect to achieve a 2.1 in a finance related degree
  • You must have permission to live and work in the UK without restriction at the time of hire
  • Ability to present data in a clear and structured manner
  • Energetic, flexible and committed to supporting the team in achieving tight deadlines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Challenging and flexible mind-set
  • Proactive nature, reliable and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Articulate and ability to influence beyond authority

We are looking for sufficiently flexible individuals who can assume responsibility for any aspects of the following:

  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Inventory reporting and control
  • Product costing and logistics
  • Business planning and forecasting
  • Financial and process control
  • Treasury and Corporate Governance
  • Tax and Customs

Online application 

Once you have decided which department you would like to apply for, you will need to complete a short online application form through clicking apply on the job page. You will need to upload a CV and covering letter and will answer some questions confirming your suitability for the role. Your application should be concise but showcase your relevant skills and experience. Don’t forget to research us in more detail to enhance your online application.

Values Based assessment 

You will receive a link to complete an online assessment. Here, you just need to be honest, it is important that our values are aligned with each other and this is how we assess your fit with the organisation. There are no trick questions so please just be authentic and true to yourself in your answers, we need to ensure that we take graduates that are going to be happy and thrive in our working environment at Nissan, Cranfield.

Pre-recorded video interview 

Following the values based assessment, you will be invited to answer a few questions through our Cloud-based video interviewing partners, Shine. Don’t be alarmed by this, it is a very quick and easy process which helps us make the right decision, saving both ourselves and you time. You will be required to answer 2-3 questions set by the hiring manager. First question will be a practice, so you will have plenty of time to prepare before you answer the real questions. Make sure you are in a quiet room with plenty of lighting and appropriate interview attire.

Assessment centre

If your initial application is successful, we will then invite you to an assessment centre either on-site at Nissan Cranfield or at a neighbouring venue. During the assessment there are various activities where we will be able to learn more about you and how you deal with different scenarios. Either on the day or a week later, you may be asked to deliver a short presentation and prepare for a competency based interview. Your interview will be with a select panel from our recruitment team. During the interview we will give you a chance to really showcase what you can do and understand your motivations for the job. At the end of the interview you will get the chance to ask us any questions that you may have too. We understand that this stage can be daunting but it is a great way for you to meet other candidates and Nissan Cranfield employees. We all know how you’re feeling but try to relax and enjoy yourself!

Final interview

Sometimes you will be asked back for a second interview, this will be dependent on department and is normally an informal interview to discuss your specific organisational fit. Throughout all of this stage, we want you to feel as relaxed as possible. We know that interviews can be nerve-wracking but just be yourself and try not to worry about getting anything wrong.

Job offer and medical

Well done, you’ve got the job! You will now receive a job offer from us. Once you have accepted you will receive a medical questionnaire to complete online and a contract will then be sent to you in the post, which you will need to sign and send back to us. Now the pressure is off, you’ve done it! Try relax and give yourself time to prepare for your new adventure. 

Email communication

We will keep you up-to-date with your application via email. Of course, we try to progress applications as quickly as we can but we have lots of graduates applying so don’t panic if you haven’t heard from us straight away!