Transactions Diligence Graduate Programme

Help companies understand the opportunities and risks of deals, while you progress towards achieving a professional qualification.

Register your interest to our 2022 opportunities

What is Transactions Diligence at EY?

When corporations, private equity, FinTech, or Financial Services clients prepare to do big deals, they need to know there won’t be any surprises. Whether a company is selling a part of or all its business or acquiring a new business, our team specialises in financial due diligence – assessing risks and opportunities – and reporting on these to our clients, their banks, investors and others. 


Applications to our 2021 programme are now closed.


Register your interest to our 2022 opportunities.

What will you be doing?

  • Analysing financial information and identifying key trends and developing an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of each business
  • Communicating with client or target management, either face to face or remotely, to understand deal issues
  • Working in project teams, to produce reports summarising the key findings of our financial due diligence
  • Studying for ICAS Chartered Accountancy qualification
  • If you join the team in Edinburgh, during your first two years you will also complete Assurance training and split your time between Transaction Diligence and Assurance
    • Are you eligible to apply?

      We operate an open access policy, meaning we don’t screen out applications on your academic performance alone. You will, however, need to be working towards an honours degree in any subject, have a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and three A-levels/Five Highers (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply. 

      We welcome applications from all academic backgrounds and are looking for individuals who will succeed at EY in the desired role and future qualifications, therefore throughout our recruitment process your academic performance will be considered against your online assessment scores to determine your suitability for an EY role. We are also proud to partner with RARE recruitment, so that your application can be processed in the context of your socio-economic background. This allows us to give you the maximum credit for your achievements, assessing whether you have overachieved in light of your personal circumstances. Read more on our approach here.

    Professional qualifications

    With ICAS

    Three-year programme

    Level 7 Apprenticeship*

    In Accountancy and Taxation (equivalent to a master’s degree). Learn more here.
    *Please note: Level 7 apprenticeships do not apply to EY offices in Scotland.


    Dependent on location, salaries start from £22,000 per year

    How’s it structured?

    There are lots of choices for where your career can develop during our programme, so we’ll give you all the help you need to decide which path is right for you. First things first, we’ll bring you up-to-speed through a company induction and then you’ll join your team. As well as working on real client projects across a range of sectors, you will start studying for a professional qualification with ICAS, and may also get the chance to travel for projects and take part in internal training sessions.

    As you progress through the programme, you’ll take on more responsibilities within you project teams, broadening your transactions knowledge, sector understanding and professional skills. And, if you’ve done a good job, you will find yourself promoted by the time the programme’s finished.

    If you join our Financial Services team in Edinburgh, during the first two years of your Graduate programme you will also complete Assurance training and split your time between Transaction Diligence and Assurance. This will enhance your skill set right at the start of your career and give you an even broader network than most Graduates have access to.

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    What about the extras?

    Discounted gym memberships, interest-free loans, generous pension plans – there are lots of perks to being a graduate at EY.

    See rewards and benefits