Internal Audit Graduate Pathway

Location: Edinburgh, London and Belfast Qualifications: 2:1 or equivalent Start date: September 2018

Starting your career with Internal Audit will give you a unique opportunity to quickly gain experience and insight into the financial services industry, its products and its operations. You’ll also interact with and learn from respected industry leaders.

Internal Audit is an independent area of our organisation, integral to us meeting our ambitions, and protecting the interests of our customers. We provide assurance by calling out risks, asking the tough questions, and challenging where we need to.

We ensure effective controls are always in place to manage our risks, keeping the bank and our customers safe.

Emma Watson

Hear from Emma, a graduate on our Internal Audit programme.

You can watch a short film, read more about the business area, or listen to a podcast where Emma talks about her experience so far.

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About the programme

During this three year programme you’ll develop a deep understanding of how the bank is run, while completing your accountancy qualification.

You’ll gain up to date knowledge when it comes to the impact of the changing financial services environment, and relevant changes for the bank. You’ll also be working with our business stakeholders to support them in effectively managing risks in their business areas.

You’ll be rewarded with a starting salary of £27,000, depending on location. On top of your salary you’ll also have access to our flexible benefits package, more information can be found here.

After a full induction, you’ll begin your placement based in Internal Audit. This programme will develop your knowledge and experience in risk management, project management and sharpen your interpersonal skills.

Over the three years, you can expect to gain:

  • A Chartered Accountancy qualification
  • An understanding of how different parts of the bank operate from ‘front to back’
  • Thorough knowledge of the business risk environment and the controls used to mitigate those risks
  • Excellent relationship management skills, honed by managing multiple stakeholders from a range of different businesses
  • The chance to help stakeholders improve their risk and control frameworks

At the end of the three years, we hope to see you join us in a permanent role.

As your experience grows, you’ll be developing the skills that could lead you into roles including:

  • Senior Auditor, Audit Manager and Senior Audit Manager
  • Managerial roles in Risk and Control functions
  • Control roles within our front-line business

Supporting you

We pride ourselves on the professional support we offer our graduates, and the friendly, down to earth community our graduates have shaped themselves.

Before you start, you’ll be paired with a ‘buddy’ (a graduate already on the programme) who’ll be there to help you get settled, answer any questions, and share their experiences.

You’ll also be assigned a Graduate Coach. Your Graduate Coach will be there to provide support throughout the programme, and will work with you to create a personal Capability Plan. They will help you reflect on your progress, develop your career, and build your professional network.

For a fuller picture of how you’ll progress through the programme and the support you’ll receive at each stage, check out the Learning Journey below.

Learning Journey

  1. Induction

    This will include meeting your buddy and support team, getting to know your fellow graduates, and taking part in an in-depth induction period, which will give you a broad understanding of how RBS works, our values, and our goals.

    You’ll hear from leaders across our business and be brought up to speed on key topics like our customers, bank structure, entrepreneurship, risk and control, technology and digital innovation.

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  2. Placement

    After the induction, you’ll begin your placement across three years, where you’ll hit the ground running and go straight into your role.

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  3. Qualifications

    As you progress through the programme you’ll be able to take advantage of a comprehensive suite of learning and training options to develop the technical and business expertise you’ll need.

    You’ll be able to undertake the Chartered Accountancy qualification.

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  4. Community Project

    During the programme you’ll take part in a community project with a team of fellow graduates. This involves linking up with a charitable organisation and developing and delivering a solution to support their work.

    You’ll have the chance to participate in a fund raising competition with other teams, and present your project to a panel of senior managers. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to a valuable cause and put your entrepreneurial skills to the test!

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  5. Future capability plan

    In your final placement stages, you’ll discuss career plans with your support team, so you’ll be ready for the transition to a permanent role. The decisions you make here won’t be spur of the moment – they’ll be the result of long standing discussion, and a carefully crafted Future Capability Plan that runs throughout the entire programme.

    From start to finish, this plan will empower you to develop your talents and tailor your own learning journey, while covering the core themes which are central to our business’ success. It will form the basis of discussions with your support team, and incorporate formal and self-led learning.

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About you

To be eligible for our Internal Audit programme, you’ll need to possess, or be on course to achieving a 2:1 in your degree.

We’re looking for people who are analytical thinkers, able to overcome a range of challenges. You’ll have first class communication skills both written and verbal, and the interpersonal skills to negotiate and challenge as appropriate.

You’ll also have real initiative and resourcefulness when it comes to your work, with a meticulous approach to problem solving and attention to detail.

Current openings

Take a look at programmes that are currently open for application below. You can also visit our application advice pages, where you’ll find details about the application process, as well as tips and advice to help you at every stage.

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