London Borough of Waltham Forest

Why this Borough?

Waltham Forest is a richly diverse borough in the north-east of London, bordering Essex, stretching from Leyton in the south to Chingford in the North.


We are a pioneering borough supported by a dynamic workforce. Recent accolades include being London’s first Borough of Culture in 2019, Council of the Year 2019 and Public Finance’s Finance Team of the Year 2020. But we don’t stop there, we have an extensive regeneration programme across the borough; our capital programme is over £500m. We are renewing the Town Hall campus neighbourhood, investing in affordable homes, and developing our ambitious 15-minute city plans. All this ambition needs to be underpinned by a strong, agile finance team and Waltham Forest will be a great place to develop your skills and improve the lives of so many.


We have just undertaken a review and made several revisions to our Graduate Trainee Programme, to ensure that we can develop the leaders of tomorrow. In your four years with us, you will gain invaluable finance and wider leadership experience, through a programme of rotational work placements, of varying lengths each. The placements cover the eight Statement of Expertise areas in the CIPFA Portfolio:


  • Financial and performance reporting, including producing our annual accounts, statutory returns to central government and VAT;
  • Strategic and operational financial management, including budget setting and monitoring
  • Audit and accountability, including placements with Internal Audit and working closely with external audit
  • Partnership and stakeholder relations, including exposure to commercial accounts with our trading companies, and placements across the wider Finance and Governance directorate
  • Change, risk and project management, including involvement in exciting transformational projects
  • Procurement and contract management
  • Governance, ethics and values
  • Leadership and strategic management, including supervising staff, typically in year

The scheme offers a strong grounding in financial and management accounting, and first-hand knowledge of our core activities. With its variety and progression, by the end of the scheme, you’ll understand your strengths and interests, and in which direction you want your career to develop.


We are looking for talented, enthusiastic individuals to join our team and help drive forward improvements; people who will take ownership of their professional development and go the extra mile to succeed in their studies and realise their full potential.

Waltham Forest estimated residents

Flagship Programme

The Fellowship Square programme is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a new neighbourhood and cultural centre in the heart of the borough that will transform the way the Council operates and delivers services to Waltham Forest residents. We have a budget of £45m and you could provide key financial support to help project managers deliver on time and budget.

Ready to be the future of public finance ?

We are now closed for applications to our 2021 graduate opportunities.