Acceleration into Financial Professional Program (AFP)

Paid30-40 hoursMalvern, PAYear Round


Acceleration into Financial Professional Program (AFP)
Vanguard has a long-standing reputation of integrity – we always put clients’ interests first. A key driver of our brand is our high-performing crew. Vanguard’s Acceleration into Financial Professional Program (AFP) serves as a way to accelerate our identification and development of future professionals and leaders for our Finance Division. We want the next generation of financial experts to be integral parts of actualizing our principles of:
- Serving as a Partner and Value Creator to Vanguard’s businesses in management decision making through financial accountability
- Stewardship of Risk and Control Foundations through quality control environments and common data standards
- Achieving Transactional Excellence through efficiency, timeliness and accuracy across corporate and mutual fund financial operations
If you are a knowledgeable, motivated college senior, who shares our enthusiasm for finance, AFP can support your career through a well-defined, hands-on rotational program.
By rotating through various departments, participants will deepen their understanding of the role of finance in the enterprise through on-the-job practical learning. Participants in the AFP program will experience direct 1:1 career coaching and development, mentorship, as well as a robust training curriculum offering soft-skill and technical-skill development to equip them to take on the most challenging and ambiguous finance situations an industry leading firm such as Vanguard can present.
About the program:
AFP immerses participants in multiple, key finance functions of a mutual fund company during a two-year time frame. You and your colleagues will learn about managing projects, combating business objective impediments, and using analytical skills for decision making and risk mitigation.
The rotations you'll complete will include functions in such areas as:
• Financial Planning and Analysis, which provides analytical support for business decision-making. Assignments can include business fiscal planning, financial modeling for new projects or corporate initiatives and internal reporting on Vanguard business unit performance.
• Corporate Accounting, Treasury and Controllers, which prepares Vanguard's financial statements, oversees the organization’s fulfillment of financial obligations, and application of accounting policy. Assignments can include support of reporting corporate financial performance, cash management, liquidity management functions and accounting controls.
• Fund Financial Services, which provides the middle-office, back-office, and information management support for all of Vanguard's investment products. Assignments could include fund accounting, trade support and reconciliation, treasury operations, corporate actions, and pricing functions for Vanguard's domestic and international fund and ETF products.
• Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk Management, which seeks to safeguard the company by working with clients to manage business risk as either independent auditors or embedded business support. Assignments could include SAS 70 auditing, risk-based audits, and risk-control consulting within any Vanguard department and divisions.
• Global Tax, which serves as a center of excellence for enterprise tax policy implementation and execution. Rotations would provide exposure to global tax considerations across Vanguard operations including fund operations and business unit operations globally.
• Strategic Services, a divisional hub which offers strategic shared service functions in supplier management, corporate and real estate facilities management, Finance technology implementation and leads transformation efforts in the division. Assignments span functional and specific project management in support of the evolving nature of Finance.

Upon successful completion of the program, you'll be launched into a full-time position in one of the areas listed above based on your strengths, our business needs, and your long-term professional goals. Common placements include roles such as:
• Corporate financial analyst
• Fund financial analyst
• Auditor
• Fund financial supervisor
• Project lead or specialist

Program support
To ensure your success, you will receive the following support:
• Intensive training on the financial industry and Vanguard's investment philosophy, products, and services.
• Developmental partnerships with professionals in the Finance Division who are committed to your growth and success.
• Exposure to diverse departments and challenging assignments.
• Periodic training at Vanguard University®, our on-site educational facility.
• Mentoring relationships with members of senior management.
• Opportunities to build strategic working relationships and a strong network with program participants and Vanguard colleagues.
• Performance reviews and constructive feedback throughout.


• Passion for Finance as an enabling function in an organization.
• Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher preferred.
• A bachelor's degree. All majors are considered, majors in finance, accounting, economics, mathematics, data analytics, or statistics are preferred.
• Effective communication, analytical, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work well independently and as a part of a high-performing team.
• Professional presence and demeanor working with colleagues and management.
• Adaptability, the ability to learn quickly, and take initiative.
• Effective communication, analytical, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
• Results oriented with the ability to manage multiple priorities.

Sound like you? Apply now!
Note: Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position. Additionally, employment is contingent on a successful drug-screening result
The start date for this program will be in Summer of 2019.