Risk, Conduct & RestructuringGraduate Pathway

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

If you’re interested in the world of finance, and enjoy thinking strategically and challenging assumptions, then this could be the perfect place to start your career.

On our Risk, Conduct and Restructuring pathway, you’ll discover how risk is managed across our business, and help us to embed controls that are robust and responsive to change.

Your integrity and inquisitive mind-set will be crucial when it comes to providing the assurance and challenge that will keep our business secure and our customers safe.

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Hear from Olasunkanmi, a graduate on our Risk, Conduct and Restructuring programme.

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

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About the programme

The aim of this two year programme is to equip you with the skills and experiences you’ll need to become a leading risk and conduct professional.

It’s crucial that we understand the risks we face and manage them responsibly. You’ll learn how we do this through our three lines of defence model, and gain experience in areas like credit risk, stress testing, regulatory affairs and operational risk. You’ll be putting our core values into practice, and working with others to shape a robust and proactive culture of risk management.

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, the programme is structured around four, six month rotations, each based in different areas of Risk, Conduct and Restructuring. Throughout, the focus will be on promoting the spirit of challenge and intellectual curiosity, which will be crucial to your development as a future risk management expert.

Over the course of the programme, you can look forward to:

  • Helping us to shape risk appetite and policies right across our business
  • Building your understanding of how to identify, analyse and report on risk
  • Delving into the world of credit risk and financial modelling
  • Supporting on change and restructure projects
  • Building excellent advisory and stakeholder management skills
  • Developing the confidence and influencing skills to raise ideas and challenge the status quo
  • Working towards a professional qualification, such as FRM, Chartered Banker, CISI or ICA

At the end of the two years, we hope to see you join us in a permanent role. We’ll be supporting your career development throughout, but particularly during your last rotation we’ll focus on what roles you could step into next.

This programme would be excellent preparation for a whole range of career paths, and some of the possible next roles to move into would include:

  • Conduct Advisor
  • Operational Risk Manager
  • Credit Risk Analyst

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 and a Placement Manager. Your Graduate Coach will be there to provide support throughout the programme, and will work with you to create a personal Capability Plan; your Placement Manager will provide rotation specific support, and will change with each placement. Together, they’ll 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. Rotations

    After the induction, you’ll begin your first rotation. You’ll be assigned a business area, placement manager and team in our Risk function and be immersed in their work for 6 months.

    For the remaining rotations you’ll have time to discuss options with your support team and apply to the areas that interest you. The final selection will depend on both your motivations and the business’ needs.

    The scale and diversity of RBS means you’ll benefit from an excellent range of placement options. The overall aim of the rotation system is to give you exposure to the full breadth of work we do. So, wherever you go, variety is key.

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  3. Qualifications

    As you progress through each rotation 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.

    This will involve undertaking a formal qualification, which could be the ICA diploma, Financial Risk Manager Certification or CISI.

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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 rotation 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

You’ll need to be on course for, or already have achieved, a 2:1 in your degree.

We’re a varied function, and you don’t need to be studying a particular subject to succeed here. But we will be looking out for people who can demonstrate:

  • An inquisitive and independent mind-set, with the desire to bring new ideas forward
  • Strong analytic and problem solving skills
  • The ability to build great working relationships and give professional challenge
  • A meticulous eye for detail and a good sense of judgement
  • The ability to learn quickly and adapt to new challenges

If you’re interested in the changing world of finance and how it’s regulated and controlled, this would be an excellent programme to apply to.

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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