Our accounting team plays a big part in how our business performs. It provides the analysis and information to allow accurate budgeting, forecasting and reporting. It also offers expertise to support and inform the business decisions we take.

“I am proud that I have been able to pick up an extensive amount of knowledge relating to the ICAS qualification despite having no existing background in accountancy. I am proud of this because alongside starting a new job, studying for a qualification can seem daunting!”
Abbie McCulloch

We look for people with excellent analytical skills, and the drive to make those skills count. An ability to see the bigger picture is important too – to help you to make balanced decisions, and communicate clearly with whomever you’re working with.


Our intern programme will see you immersed in a specialist team within our function for ten weeks.  This allows you a unique insight into what we do, how we do it while also providing an opportunity to deliver a project that enables you develop professionally.

Applications for summer internships within Accountancy are now closed.


You’ll have rotational placements across different teams in our finance department – all with important projects and real responsibilities. This could include financial analysis, corporate transaction accounting, or helping to deliver the financial results of a FTSE 100 company to the market. And you’ll have the chance to put your project management and presentation skills into practice.

The variety in the programme can really help your professional development. It’s tailored to help you play to your strengths. That’s as well as the study support on offer, towards a qualification from one of two professional bodies – The Institute of Chartered Accountants for Scotland (ICAS) or the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

And throughout your three-year programme, you’ll have the support of your mentor, placement manager, and the big community of fellow graduates across the company.

  • Duration: Three years
  • Structure: Five to six different placements
  • Development: A series of professional exams to become a member of either ICAS or CIMA.

All graduate positions for this programme in 2019 have been filled. Follow our journey on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for early careers updates in 2019.

“Having worked in a number of different business areas throughout the group I have always found that people are willing to help if you need their expertise or advice. I also like to think that we are receptive to change at Standard Life Aberdeen, if you have a new idea or a better way of doing something then people are eager to hear you out.”
Stewart Kinghorn