Communications and Marketing Graduate programme

By joining our Communications and Marketing graduate programme, you’ll be part of a team that is customer focussed, meeting our businesses’ needs, building pride and improving the reputation of our brands through our communication with colleagues, customers, the media, and external stakeholders.

We’ll help you develop the knowledge and skills to become a well rounded Communications and Marketing professional, whether in a business partnering, strategy, or delivery role.

About the programme

Communications and Marketing partner with the bank’s franchises and functions to champion the voice of the customer across the bank, grow our businesses, build pride with our colleagues and improve our reputation with external stakeholders. This graduate programme will take you to the heart of our businesses and brands.

We’ll support you to develop your knowledge and skills around strategy, execution, understanding our customers and specialist communications and marketing disciplines. You’ll have the opportunity to work across our teams, supporting the bank in being brand-led and customer focussed.

We'll reward you with a starting salary of £31,850. On top of your salary you’ll also have access to our flexible benefits package.

After a full induction, the programme’s structured around four, six month rotations, each based in different areas of Communications and Marketing. You can expect to develop skills and attributes that’ll put you at the forefront of the industry and prepare you for further progression. You’ll work towards a recognised formal qualification as part of your development. It’s important that it’s the right qualification for you, so you’ll have a choice from a range of accredited qualifications from leading industry bodies.

During this programme, you can expect to:

  • Gain insight into the strategy of the bank’s franchises and functions
  • Help to deliver both internal and external campaigns
  • Gain experience consulting on specialist disciplines such as corporate affairs or sustainable banking
  • Build essential influencing and stakeholder management skills
  • Conduct research to understand our customers, performance, and competitors
  • Write reports, proposals, briefs and articles
  • Work with our third party agencies and suppliers on projects and campaigns
  • Respond to internal and external stakeholder queries

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

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 development 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 complete picture of how you’ll progress through the programme and the support we offer at each stage, check out the Graduate Professional Development journey below.

About you

To be eligible for this graduate programme, you’ll need to have, or be on course to achieving a 2:1 in your degree.

We’re looking for creative and passionate people, with excellent communication skills. You’ll also be confident dealing with people, able to build strong relationships and networks.

It’s essential you can demonstrate a customer focus, as well as an interest in current affairs. You’ll be open to learning how digital can change and enhance the way that we work and in taking ownership and initiative when it comes to your own work.

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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