Starting your career with Finance will give you a unique opportunity to quickly gain experience and insight into the financial services industry, its products and its operations – giving you valuable insight into how we manage risk across our business.
Finance ties together all the financial activity across RBS through exceptional analysis, insight and reporting – it’s our job to manage the bank’s balance sheet, report on our financial performance and to make sure we’re making the right decisions for our customers.
Our customers expect their money to be well managed. We provide the right information to help our colleagues make clear decisions about customers, costs and capital so we’re developing the right long-term financial strategy.
About the programme
During this three year programme you’ll develop a deep understanding of how the bank is run, while completing an industry recognised qualification. There will be a requirement to complete at least one rotation in an alternative location, i.e. London graduates will spend at least one rotation in Edinburgh and vice versa.
As a Graduate trainee 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 develop an equally diverse set of skills. From preparing key documentation for regulatory or management reporting, to providing your financial or commercial insight to business executives, we want you to bring your fresh approach and enthusiasm to the table.
You’ll be rewarded with a starting salary of £30,700. On top of your salary you’ll also have access to our flexible benefits package.
After a full induction, you’ll begin your placement based in Finance. Over the three years in this programme you’ll develop your knowledge and experience and expect to:
- Gain a Chartered Accountancy qualification
- Build thorough knowledge of the Finance functions service offerings delivered through control, expertise, advisory and transactional servicesDevelop an understanding of our core activities:
- Manage the bank's balance sheet to make sure we have the capital we need to operate every day
- Report on the bank's performance, providing an accurate picture of our financial position
- Achieve our business goals in a sustainable, profitable way, developing the right long-term financial strategy
- Understand our customers’ needs to make the right decisions
- Help our customer franchises to serve their customers well whilst remaining cost efficient
- Provide a consistent service, as one, functionalised Finance team
- Develop excellent relationship management skills, honed by managing multiple stakeholders from a range of different businesses
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:
- Specialist roles in Treasury, Strategy and Corporate Development
- Managerial roles in Financial Control
- Business Partner roles in our customer facing businesses
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 who will be there to provide you with support throughout the programme, and will work with you to create a personal Capability Plan. Your Graduate Coach will help you to 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 Graduate Professional Development journey below.
If we offer you a role, one of the first things we’ll do is invite you to join our website for successful graduates – our onboarding portal. It’s a great way for us to communicate key messages and to make sure you’re all ready for your first day. We’ll pair you up with your buddy who’ll be able to answer your questions before starting and who’ll help you settle in. We’ll introduce you to your line manager before you start too, because we want to make sure you hit the ground running.
#Banking, #RBS is a programme we’ve designed to help you get ready for day one and to give you the key skills that’ll take you through your first six months. It’s a series of modules all our graduates take part in and it’ll help you understand how our entire business operates.
The training focuses on:
- How our business is structured
- Who your customers are going to be
- How we judge risk
- How we’re innovating and the external business climate
- Networking with other business areas
- Seeing the front to back and back to front of our whole operation
We kick off your training before your first day where you’ll complete some short, bite size activities that we’ll build on when you join. After you start, you’ll have the chance to take part in a series of learning modules to improve your understanding of our whole business, how we’re connected with each other and how we drive successful customer outcomes.
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.
After the induction, you’ll begin your first rotation. You’ll be assigned a business area, placement manager and team in our Finance function and be immersed in their work for nine months.
For the remaining rotations you’ll have time to discuss options with your graduate coach, and you’ll move across various teams to build a diverse skill set that supports the business and our customers. You’ll have an opportunity to tell us your preferences for the final placement, but 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.
As you progress through the programme you’ll also 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 CIMA or ICAS qualification.
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!
To be eligible for our Finance 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.
Starting your career with Finance will give you a unique opportunity to quickly gain experience and insight into the financial services industry, its products and operations. You’ll also interact with and learn from respected industry leaders.
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