Milton Keynes Delivery Centre, Finance
Where your inexperience is gold dust
So you think you’ve got potential? We do too. We know that smart, curious people like you, with little or no professional experience, add real value to our business. A fresh supply of ideas, and new ways of looking at the world, are how we make an impact for our clients. That’s why our doors are wide open to school leavers, gap year returners, second jobbers, those-who-don’t-quite-fit-the-mould-ers and anyone else who’s ready to dive into an exciting career with real prospects and live projects from the get-go.
What happens at Shared Service Organisation, Milton Keynes Delivery Centre
In short: support. Our people are here to backup Deloitte’s client-facing staff in the UK and Switzerland, making sure we bill for their work, track money in and out, and pay our taxes. It’s all essential work and includes:
Purchase to Pay
Buying goods and services, and making sure that our suppliers are paid accurately and on time.
Contact to Cash
Making sure our client information is accurate, so we can bill them and collect payment.
Record to Report
Providing management with data and insight to track the financial position of the business.
Helping the business comply with the necessary tax filing requirements at home and abroad.
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What does an apprenticeship involve?
This is not about serving your time at the bottom of the heap, this is about exposure – to talented, generous people and to genuine opportunity.
Our apprentices are here to shape their careers, as well as gain on-the-job experience. You’ll do the same work as your colleagues and be treated with the same respect from day one. But you’ll also get extra time and support to help you progress your professional education.
Your Deloitte apprenticeship experience will leave you with skills you’ll rely on throughout your entire career, whatever you end up achieving.
What about learning and development opportunities?
Deloitte apprenticeships are all about leaning and developing. You’ll get everything you need to thrive and grow. Study time is factored in to your working week, so you can get your professional finance qualification (AAT). You’ll get an NUS card too.
But the formal qualification is only part of the story; we take a more rounded approach to apprenticeship. As well as classroom study and e-learning, you’ll have 1:1 coaching, a designated Deloitte mentor to support you at work, and the technical and skills training you need to move your career on further down the line. Not to mention the invaluable experience of working on live projects from the off.
Our rotation scheme means you’ll get to experience all areas of Finance in the Shared Service Organisation / Delivery Centre.
Will there be a permanent job at the end of my apprenticeship?
Yes. Once you’ve shown us how good you are and successfully completed your apprenticeship, you can join us at the Milton Keynes Shared Service Organisation / Delivery Centre team for as long as you like. You’ll get many opportunities to develop your career onwards too.
If you’re yearning for an accountancy career, you won’t automatically move on to accountancy training, but you’re welcome to apply for our BrightStart scheme and work towards a professional qualification. It’s really up to you.
Where does Milton Keynes Delivery Centre fit in to Deloitte?
Our client-facing people are spread across the country, working from a number of regional offices and in Switzerland. At Milton Keynes, we look after them all. This centralised support, from highly skilled teams, means consultants and their clients can be sure of the best possible help, whenever they need it, wherever they might be.
What does a typical day look like for a Finance Apprentice?
There’s not really an average day for our apprentices, as each working week brings new challenges. And you’ll get involved in all kinds of tasks, so you get the most out of your apprenticeship experience. Some of the key things Finance apprentices do at Milton Keynes include:
- Producing reports, including month end reporting and analysis.
- Providing financial insight and support for the Shared Service Organisation (SSO) and firm-wide projects.
- Financial support and information for your client-facing colleagues.
- Tracking financial activity to closure, making sure it’s accurately recorded and maintained.
- Working with other areas of the SSO, including IT, HR, Tax, Pensions and Procurement.
- Producing and posting client bills.
- Admin and ad hoc duties as necessary.
Life at Deloitte Milton Keynes
How can I make an impact beyond my work?
Being part of Deloitte means being part of the world around us. We positively encourage you to volunteer and get involved in the local community.
Through the Deloitte Employability Programme, we work with the nearby Academy school advising sixth form students on their career paths. We offer school mentoring too, supporting with job applications and CV writing for year 10 and 11 students. All of which means there’s always a volunteering and personal development opportunity for you.
Unified Football also brings the community and Deloitte together every last Thursday of the month. All abilities play each other, including those with and without learning difficulties.
All of which means there’s all kinds of volunteering and personal development opportunities for you here.
Deloitte volunteers manage these activities. We even have a day a year – our Corporate Responsibility Day – dedicated to helping in the local community. It’s your chance to get out of the office and make a difference.
Back in the office, our Green Team make sure we’re as energy efficient, recycled and carbon neutral as we can be.
What’s great about the office location?
We’re very central. Close to great shops and restaurants and just two minutes walk from the train station, where frequent trains will whisk you to London in 35 minutes and to Birmingham in 40.
And how’s the social side?
Thriving. We consider ourselves open and friendly at Milton Keynes and have an official social team here. They organise all kinds of events, from the Winter Dinner & Dance, to summer BBQ’s, to Quiz Nights, and even an Apprentice Dinner to celebrate our brilliant newbies.
Hear from our people
I am from Bedford and I studied Business, Travel & Tourism and Media A levels at Mark Rutherford Upper School, before gaining work experience in the retail sector and then joining Deloitte in September of 2014.
During my studies I developed a keen interest in Business and in particular how the financial functions within various businesses were operated. This was the initial fuel which drove me to wanting to start a career within Deloitte.
I started working at Deloitte, Milton Keynes in October 2014 under the Apprenticeship scheme. I came straight from Year 12, as a 17-year-old, from The Royal Latin School. My job includes running accurate, meaningful, and timely reports for individuals and teams in Deloitte. I found myself choosing to join Deloitte by talking to the Manager of the Recruitment team at a local job-fair in the shopping centre.
The main attraction for the apprenticeship programme was that there was an opportunity to be able to gain qualifications (as if I were at university) whilst getting hands on experience within such a big firm. Whilst at 6th Form, there was a great emphasis and push on individuals going to University once they have finished their A levels.
During my time at sixth form there was a strong push towards going to university and studying degrees. From the age of 15 I knew I wanted to go into accountancy and so applied to my university choices.