Introducing Aviva

We’re here to protect our 34 million customers from life’s unexpected twists and turns. Our purpose is to free them from fear of uncertainty. Providing first-class insurance, retirement health and investment products, we make a difference to people, businesses and communities around the world. That gives us a unique competitive advantage too – we are one of only a few in the world to offer this. And we’ve got big ambitions for the future.

Global Graduate Leadership Programme

We’ve got big plans for our future. We want to build a stronger, more sustainable business and become the most recommended name in the market. To do that, we need ambitious and determined leaders. Leaders who inspire us to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. Future leaders like you. And that’s where our Global Graduate Leadership Programme comes in.

About the programme

Aviva’s Global Graduate Leadership Programme will give you a broad experience of our whole business as you move across projects, teams and functional areas, locally, regionally and globally through three 12 month assignments. Getting to grips with our products and how they’re distributed, learning how our global markets operate, leading your own team under the guidance of a mentor; the exposure you gain throughout the three rotations will allow you to do more, learn more and become more. It’s a chance to discover your strengths too, because after each rotation, your line manager will measure your performance against objectives, who alongside your business champion will offer you guidance and advice, and determine your next 12 month project to ensure you continue to develop.

The rotations

On your first rotation, you’ll get to grips with market based functions like Sales, Distribution and Product in your home country, discovering how we deliver the products and services that have helped to make us industry leaders. On rotation two and three you’ll join either a central team, possibly in your home country or overseas, and take on real responsibility in everything from HR to IT to Marketing, or prove your leadership skills as you head up a local or international team under the guidance of a senior mentor. Each year your performance will be assessed against your peers and once you’ve successfully completed the full three years of the programme, you’ll be offered a leadership role.

About you

With opportunities in all areas of the business, you don’t need a specific degree. Whatever you’re studying and wherever your passions lie, as long as you’re expecting a 2.1 or above (or the equivalent, for example GPA 2.5 and above), have the ambition to lead at the highest levels and the drive to make an impact on the future of a growing business, we’d like to hear from you. You will need the propensity to work with different cultures and the flexibility to move globally, though. And if you’re multi-lingual, then that’s all the better. Joining us, your future is in good hands.


We’re looking for enthusiastic, ambitious, dynamic graduates to join our Global Graduate Leadership Programme. Graduates with the genuine aspiration to develop the skills that will equip you for leadership roles. If you’re a curious and open-minded graduate who’s up for a new challenge and the chance to unleash your potential, visit graduates.aviva.com

Training & Profiles

When you join the programme, you’ll take part in our global induction event which will give you a chance to meet other graduates and gain a better understanding of what we do and how we do it. You’ll be given an introduction to Aviva, our strategy, markets and business, and we’ll tell you what we’re expecting from you as a graduate. We’ll also give you an overview of our culture and business etiquette so that you know what to expect.

Throughout the programme we’ll give you all the support you need to continuously learn, develop and apply your expertise. You’ll have access to a wide range of learning including technical training, personal effectiveness and leadership courses, corporate responsibility opportunities and industry recognised qualifications to support your development. The specifics of your training will depend on which business area you are assigned, you can read more about this on each of the business area pages on graduates.aviva.com

Throughout the programme we’ll provide you with all the support you need to achieve your potential and set your ambitions free. That means there will always be someone you can go to with any queries you may have, and you’ll also be provided with ongoing feedback which will help you to develop further.


We know how daunting it can be to join a new company. And we also know that you’ll probably have lots of questions. So when you start with us, you’ll be allocated a buddy who will show you the basics and get you to grips with how we do things. Your buddy will be your go-to person for all of your initial queries. And they’ll inform you of everything you need to know - from the best place to get lunch to how to use the photocopier.

Line manager

You’ll also be assigned a line manager for each rotation who will manage you from a work perspective and drive your development.


In addition to your line managers, you’ll also be mentored throughout the programme by an assigned business champion. Your mentor will advise you in terms of rotation and provide you with a fresh prospective about all areas of the programme.

Our people are integral to our success. That’s why we make sure we make the most of their talent, providing them with the support and training they need to reach their full potential and then surpass it. Because, like our people, we want to excel at what we do. We want to be the most recommended company in our market, and the most popular employer too.

Friendly. Supportive. Collaborative. Our culture is all of these things and more. We want our people to be proud to work here. And we want them to be proud to recommend us to their friends and family. It’s all part of our plan to become the leader of the industry.

We’ve put together a series of questions and scenarios that will help you get a sense of whether you share our values. You can take a look at these questions at graduates.aviva.com

What are the opening dates for your new Global Graduate Leadership Programme?

Most of our markets open their roles in September each year. We recommend you keep a regular eye on our careers page to see our latest and upcoming vacancies to get your application in early.

What are your application deadlines?

Deadlines do apply in some areas so check carefully in relation to the market that you are applying for. We advise you aim to get your application in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

What are your entry requirements?

2.1 degree classification or international equivalent (for example GPA 2.5).

What work experience opportunities do you offer for students and graduates?

Aviva is currently developing its internship and placement opportunities so please check our website for details.

I don't meet Aviva's minimum academic requirements, can I still apply?

Unfortunately, your application will not be considered if you don’t meet our academic requirements. However, if you feel that you have extenuating circumstances then please let us know.

If my previous application wasn't successful, how long do I have to wait before I can re-apply?

You’ll have to wait until the following academic year before re-applying.

Do you accept applications from graduates who require work permits?

You need to be eligible to work in the market that you are applying for without the need for sponsorship.

As part of my course I want to do a business placement, does Aviva offer these?

Aviva is currently developing its internship and placement opportunities so please keep checking our website for details.

Do I need a finance background to apply for Aviva?

Not at all. We have a diverse portfolio of markets, products and customers and so we welcome students from all degree disciplines. However you must have a good academic record, a flexible approach to where you will be working and be able to show how you’ve used your initiative and team-working skills before and at university.

I graduated a few years ago; can I still apply for a graduate position?

Yes of course, we welcome all students from all backgrounds. What’s important to us is that you have a good academic record, a flexible approach to where you will be working and commitment to our Global Graduate Leadership Programme.

What type of lead times should I expect?

Whilst we will process your application as efficiently as possible, lead times can vary dependent on market and the volume of applications. We will keep you fully up-to-date with your progress at regular intervals throughout the application process.

Will my travel expenses be reimbursed?

Our first stage interview is a video interview so you can take this from your home location, wherever it is in the world. Each market will have its own HR policy for this so please ask your local recruiter for further details.

The Programme

Which market should I apply to?

Our Global Graduate Leadership Programme (GGLP) spans our key markets: Aviva Investors, Canada, Asia (Hong Kong & Singapore), France, Poland and the UK. You will need to determine where you are eligible to work and then apply to the local market.

What is the salary for the Global Graduate Leadership Programme

Given the global nature of the programme, we will provide a salary aligned to the market you are recruited to and benchmarked to similar companies in that country. The GGLP will offer competitive benefits throughout the scheme and full support throughout any international placement too.

How often will I rotate?

Rotations are a year in length and you will complete three as part of the programme.

What support will I receive when I rotate?

You will be allocated a buddy and a business champion when they join. Our global mobility team and talent management team will work with you to ensure that you have the right support in place, enabling you to focus on your new role and the new exciting challenges you will experience, whether your rotation is regional, global or local.

Will I be able to choose where I rotate?

Each rotation is dependent on business needs and it is important that you are open and willing to rotate into any role or market within the programme.

The Application Process

What's the application process and how long does the process take?

Take a look at our application process here (link to infographic).

Can I practice psychometric testing?

If you’re invited to sit for our online test then you’ll also be sent a link to a practice test to complete. You can read more about psychometric testing here.

I'm concerned I won't be in the country for my interview, what shall I do?

Our first stage interviews are video interviews which can be conducted at a time which is convenient for you. When it comes to attending final stage assessment days, these will be held on specific dates within each local market and you will need to attend in person.

Will I receive any feedback if I am unsuccessful?

Due to the volumes of candidates we can only provide feedback to those who have attended an assessment day.


Will I be able to meet other people I am joining with before I start?

Because this is a Global Graduate Leadership Programme getting together face-to-face prior to joining can be challenging. However, we will ensure that you’re able to chat to other people joining the programme via social media. You will also be allocated a buddy prior to joining and receive further information about Aviva before you start.