2019 Technology & Data Comeback Programme

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We're offering opportunities to join the 2019 Technology & Data Comeback Programme in Edinburgh

  • If you've been taking time out of your career, our 2019 Comeback Programme is a chance to take on a paid work placement in our Technology or Data & Analytics business, giving you useful coaching and an array of networking opportunities while bringing your experience right up to date
  • The five month paid returnships start in September 2019 in partnership with Women Returners, and are part of the cross company Returners to Financial Services Scotland programme
  • Technology and Data & Analytics are both incredibly varied and busy areas of our business, and being here will highlight a wealth of potential opportunities, and may lead to the opportunity to apply for a permanent role
  • The placements are designed to provide a work environment that enables you to balance a successful career and life balance, and are based at our prestigious Gogarburn campus close to Edinburgh airport

What you'll do

We're offering hands-on experience, in a business area responsible for transforming the way we work across the bank. Depending on your background there three possible returnships available, across agile, technology, and data.

Your experiences on the programme might include:

  • Undergoing training to become a leading scrum master as one of our agile returners
  • Driving continuous improvement, making sure the development team understands agile practices, and the scrum framework and values
  • Coaching and developing a team, increasing productivity, and delivering frequency and quality
  • Joining one of the most innovative areas of the bank as one of our technology or data returners, supporting one of our many exciting programmes from day one
  • Once up and running, leading and contribute to best practice for application and software development lifecycles, defining technical strategy and advising on product roadmaps to achieve goals
  • Refreshing your skills to work in data engineering or data lineage, if you have a background working in data

As part of the Comeback Programme you’ll be supported with a range of training opportunities, as well as personalised and group coaching and seminars. You’ll have a dedicated mentor during the programme, and will have the opportunity to join networking events with our employee-led networks to gain exposure to senior leaders, and broaden your internal connections. Coaching is delivered centrally, so you'll benefit from a large supportive peer network.

Alongside the technical training specific to your placement, you'll also receive coaching support from Women Returners to help you to transition successfully back into the workplace.

The skills you'll need

To be eligible to apply you'll need to have been out of work for at least 18 months by the time the programme starts in September 2019, and we're looking for people who worked as a functional expert or as a manager at a senior level in a technology, data or IT environment.

For the agile returnship, you’ll have:

  • Project management, change or transformation experience in a technology or IT environment, with a qualification such as Prince 2, Lean, or ideally agile
  • Excellent people skills and a passion for continuous improvement
  • Strong stakeholder management skills with a proven history of working collaboratively with stakeholders, particularly in senior management

A basic understanding of the agile manifesto and principles, scrum adoption, and modern development practices and tools would also be welcome.

Technical returners will bring:

  • A software engineering background, with experience in developing applications, and an understanding of the development lifecycle, including design, test and build stages
  • Or a data background, with a good understanding of data analytics, data engineering, or data architecture
  • Knowledge of using industry recognised frameworks and development tools

Experience in project working and commercial development processes would also be a bonus, particularly if you've worked with agile methodologies.

How we'll reward you

In return, we offer a competitive salary and you'll also join our retirement savings plan. You can also choose from a selection of protection, healthcare or lifestyle extras from RBSelect, our fully flexible reward programme.

Visit our reward and benefits page for more information on the benefit packages we offer.


At RBS, we want everyone to feel welcome, regardless of your background or needs. If you need adjustments making to your working environment, we’ll do everything we can to support you. As part of this commitment, we offer flexible working options for some of our roles - find out more.

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