Change & Business Solutions Graduate Pathway

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

As a Graduate trainee you’ll be building the skills to make sure we develop leading-edge, innovative solutions to serve our customers in the best way we can.

Our change teams focus on keeping us competitive and commercially successful as a bank. We utilise key resources such as customer experiences, data and the latest technology, to develop cutting edge insight to influence and drive change effectively.

Ultimately, we’re enabling RBS and our businesses to be more agile, keeping us ahead of the curve when meeting our customers’ needs.

David Stoddart

Hear from David, a graduate on our Change and Business Solutions programme.

You can watch a short film, read more about his story, or listen to a podcast where David talks about his experience so far.

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About the programme

During this two year graduate programme you’ll be working hands-on across several areas of the bank. You’ll be developing relationships across the organisation, where you can influence and drive effective change, and take on more complex situations as you progress.

You’ll be rewarded with a starting salary of £28,000. On top of your salary you’ll also have access to our flexible benefits package.

As a Graduate trainee on this programme, you can expect to:

  • Interpret objectives and data in order to develop meaningful, innovative solutions
  • Build an awareness of emerging technologies and concepts across the industry
  • Gain business analysis and change management expertise
  • Identify, define and manage specific stages of projects
  • Investigate and identify innovative ways to improve business systems and processes
  • Develop strong business relationships built across our organisation, matched with influencing abilities to drive change
  • Gain an understanding of agile methodologies and systems thinking
  • Have the opportunity to choose the type of qualification you study, and where you would like to develop further

After a full induction, you’ll begin your rotational placements based in Change and Business Solutions. You’ll go through four, six month rotations across different areas of our business.

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.

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.

  2. Rotations

    After your induction, you’ll begin your first rotation. You’ll be assigned a business area, placement manager and team.

    You’ll go through four, six month rotations across different areas of our business. Through these placements, you’ll gain experience of various aspects of transformational change within the bank – from business analysis, through to creative problem solving and customer led design.

  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.

    You’ll also be able to work towards a recognised formal qualification as part of your development.

  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!

  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.

About you

To be considered for this graduate scheme, you’ll need to possess, or be on course to achieving a 2:1 in your degree.

We’re looking for customer-focused people who have a real passion for innovation: people who can work effectively within a team and openly challenge the status quo to develop effective business solutions. You’ll need to have excellent communication skills, and an inquisitive nature, paired with a technical mind-set and analytical abilities.

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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