If you want to blaze trails in the financial industry, this is the place to start. We’ll give you unparalleled accounting experience, including everything from core financial accounting to complex modelling. We’ll sharpen your analytical and presentation abilities. And we’ll show you how to manage colleagues and clients in a way that will set an example for others to follow.
This programme is at the heart of our dynamic and progressive business. It offers outstanding career development opportunities, hands-on work experience and a training programme like no other – one that will make you both technically astute and commercially aware. The programme itself is a path to your first promotion and the onus will be on you to make the right impression along the way.
Join us here, and you’ll undertake four rotations, giving you a broad and varied experience of Santander. You'll obtain and analyse data for modelling, test assumptions, or investigate technical problems. You'll also provide technical support and advice to the business, helping to implement new standards in low risk areas and acting as the reference point for queries. You’ll help to ensure our financial control framework is always followed, and that well-informed business decisions are made. In the process, you’ll develop your relationship building skills. In your final year, you’ll concentrate on developing in-depth experience in a more specialised area.
During the programme you’ll also have access to leadership training and a series of personal development modules that will build on your potential and help transform you into a leader or technical expert. We’ll even support and sponsor you to complete your ACCA or CIMA qualification.
Most of the placements are based at our Head Office in London with one placement in Milton Keynes Head Office.
To be considered here, you’ll need to have – or expect to gain – a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Finance, Accounting, Business or another subject with significant financial or accounting content. We also encourage those with degrees in numerical subjects to apply, though we’ll need to see evidence of your business acumen.
To give you an idea of the areas in which you'll gain exceptional experience, here are the business areas you could find yourself working in during the programme:
You'll produce consolidated income reports for Santander management, reviewing and challenging monthly income numbers. We’ll expect you to produce business monthly Profit & Loss accounts, develop financial models to review, and forecast product non-interest income and net interest income. In this role, you’ll develop an understanding of how banks generate and calculate income, as well as developing your analytical skills.
You’ll be joining the team that’s the central collection point for all statutory financial data. This role involves planning and coordinating Profit & Loss, balance sheets, off balance sheets and supplementary data, along with subsequent reporting to Santander and UK regulators. You’ll also be involved in collecting financial data disclosed in the quarterly, half yearly and annual reports, gaining a good understanding of our group accounting systems and statutory reporting requirements.
This team manages the reporting of all statutory financial results for treasury subsidiaries to Group Reporting. You’ll be assisting with the detailed review of all accounting entries, providing commentary to explain significant activity and variances, as well as supporting analysis for the annual accounts. You’ll develop your technical/statutory reporting skills, gain an understanding of our intercompany processes and build relationships with people in the business, as well as external audit staff.
This team plays a vital role in ensuring that we meet all our regulatory requirements. You’ll be helping to produce and distribute daily, weekly and monthly reports as well as undertaking a range of ad hoc analyses to reconcile differences, answer queries, and identify and implement improvements to our reports and processes. It’s an opportunity to develop your analytical skills and gain an understanding of regulatory capital reporting, credit and market risk.
This business area will provide you with a high level overview of the type of reports and presentations that are viewed by the most senior executives in our organisation. You'll learn the key disciplines required to consolidate, understand and communicate information from a large number of sources - often to tight deadlines. This is an exciting area of finance given that all output is reviewed in detail by the Financial Controller and CEO. In this role you’ll develop a good overall understanding of our financial and business performance, and how retail banking works.
Budgeting and Forecasting:
This team is responsible for the consolidation, reporting and analysis of the 5-year plan and monthly forecast for the whole of Santander. You will need to work alongside all divisions in the bank, including Retail, Corporate or Global Banking Markets, playing a vital role in helping to improve and develop the process. It will give you a good insight into all areas of the business and the budgeting and planning process.