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Graduate Programmes

Our Graduate Programmes are the perfect springboard to a successful long-term career in banking. We offer opportunities across a range of business areas all with a development curriculum and skills coaching for the duration of the programme you will be challenged but rewarded with a career in our Global bank

Contributing to live projects and taking on exciting new challenges as you progress, you’ll develop the skills, experience and relationships that will help you grow and enable you to play a major part in our future success.

Santander UK recognises the ongoing importance of digital activity to ensure we provide customers with the very best customer service and the right digital platforms. Some of our graduates continue to be heavily involved in creating enhancements and building new platforms thus ensuring we can provide competitive advantage.

If you are interested, please look at the specific graduate job adverts with details of which programmes might be most suitable for you.

To make things as simple, personal and fair as possible, we process entries as soon as they come in, so it’s worth submitting your application as soon as possible.

Applications are usually open October to December.

Technology & Operations
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Salary: £30k

What it’s all about

We’re looking for motivated people to join our high-performing Technology & Operations Graduate Programme. You'll play a critical and exciting role within the organisation as part of the division that has a 360° understanding of how one of the world’s leading banks actually works. You’ll be working on live projects right from the start; during your four six-month placements you could be involved with launching new products, interacting with senior stakeholders, tackling complex server issues or analysing fraud trends.

From developing innovative digital products with leading technology company partners to designing new processes to ensure frictionless customer service, you'll get a central view of the core operations and systems that keep us running 24 hours a day. So if you’ve got big ideas, this is your opportunity to share them!

This year, for the first time, we are planning to develop a group of specialist IT graduates. If your interest is focussed on IT then this is the programme for you. Your placements will give you exposure to information security, technology risk within the bank as well as roles within IT infrastructure, hardware, software and user support.

Where you’ll work

This year, for the first time, we are planning to develop a group of specialist IT graduates. If your interest is focussed on IT then this is the programme for you. Your placements will give you exposure to information security, technology risk within the bank as well as roles within IT infrastructure, hardware, software and user support.

Who we're looking for

You’ll have, or expect to get, a 2:1 level degree and 280 UCAS points or equivalent. We're also looking for the ability to absorb large volumes of information and then present it in a user-friendly, pragmatic way, and will be comfortable working to tight deadlines. Computer literacy and competency in PowerPoint, Word and Excel will be indispensable too.

For the IT specialist programme your Degree should be in a relevant subject.

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Finance
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What it’s all about

Our graduate scheme is a three-year rotational programme, designed to give you a broad understanding of how a high-performing Finance division operates. You can expect placements in a range of areas, including Budgeting and Planning, Financial Reporting and Technical Accounting. As you take on new challenges, expand your technical skills and build new relationships, you’ll receive on the job training from some of the most experienced finance professionals in the industry, who’ll give you the expert guidance and feedback you need to go further. What’s more, you’ll be fully funded and supported in earning your place in a globally recognised professional institute, through a CIMA or ACCA qualification.

Where you’ll work

Most of our Finance graduates are based at our London Head Office but you could be placed in Milton Keynes or Leicester during the programme. It’s important to be flexible when applying, so bear in mind that you may need to travel or relocate if you’re accepted.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll need a 2:1 degree (or predicted grade) in any academic discipline, as well as 280 UCAS points, or their equivalent. You’ll also be highly numerate and literate, but what we’re most interested in is your genuine passion for finance. Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential, as well as the motivation to thrive under your own initiative. We believe in supporting our people to be the best they can be, so if you’re looking to develop an incredible career in Finance, we’ve got room to grow.

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Risk
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What it’s all about

Managing risk truly is at the heart of modern banking, and our graduate programme is designed to give you the skills and experience you need to become a credible risk professional. You’ll join us as a Risk analyst, supported in playing a vital role in your team. Across four six-month rotations, each in a different Risk department, you’ll take on a diverse range of challenges. So if you’re ready to take ownership of real responsibilities, we’ll give you room to grow.

We want you to be exceptional. So we’ll support you with a two-year development plan that’s tailored to your needs. Your progress will be tracked through regular one-to-one meetings, and every six months, we’ll assess your performance, give you a rating and, if you’re ready, give you greater responsibilities.

Where you’ll work

Our rotations could take you anywhere in the UK including Milton Keynes, London and Leicester, so you’ll need to be fully mobile during the two-year programme.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll have, or expect to get, a 2:1 level degree, as well as 280 UCAS points or equivalent. What we’re most interested in is a genuine passion for numbers and reasoning, and the ability to turn statistics and trends into meaningful insights. It’s also important that you’re able to communicate complex information to a non-technical audience.

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Internal Audit
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Salary: £30k

What it’s all about

We're looking for talented graduates to join our Internal Audit division, which provides independent assurance to the Santander UK Board Audit Committee and Executive Management. This is crucial to the protection of the organisation and its reputation. Our ambition is to become a leading Internal Audit function in the UK by adopting best practice, being innovative and having the best people. We are working continuously to improve what we do and how we do it.

Our graduate programme in Internal Audit is an excellent introduction to a career in the Financial Services industry. As third line of defence, Internal Audit plays a vital role in our dynamic and progressive business, and touches every part of the organisation. Our programme lasts for two years, during which you'll gain exposure and experience across the department by working in a number of specialist Internal Audit teams on a rotation programme.

Where you’ll work

You will be based in London at either our Ludgate Hill, or Triton Square offices. There may be some UK travel involved as we are responsible for auditing all areas of the bank.

Who we’re looking for

You'll need a 2:1 level degree and 280 UCAS points or the equivalent. We're also looking for a good record of academic achievement, particularly in English and Mathematics, and the ability to be independently minded, while working closely with our stakeholders and providing added value to our colleagues.

Closes 23:59 on 20/11/15. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

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Human Resources
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Salary: £30k

What it’s all about

More than anything else, it’s our people and our unique culture that are shaping our journey to become one of the best banks in the world to work for. On our HR Graduate programme, you’ll be part of the team that helps turn ideas into action across the business, driving an environment where everyone counts. It’s all about helping our people reach their full potential, and finding smarter ways to work - and as they progress, so will you.

You’ll be supported in working on real business projects in a wide range of HR disciplines, including Business Partnering, Rewards, Talent, Learning, Employee Relations and Engagement, and Pensions. By the time you’ve completed the two-year scheme, you’ll have developed a rounded understanding of the industry, built relationships with colleagues across the business, and learned all the skills and tools you need for an incredible career.

Where you’ll work

The placements are usually based in Milton Keynes and Leicester, but you’ll need to be flexible, as you may be required to travel or relocate to any of our major UK offices.

Who we’re looking for

You’ve a 2:1 degree (or predicted), ideally in an HR-related discipline. You’ll also require 280 UCAS points or equivalent. Most importantly you’ll be passionate about the role HR plays in a successful organisation, and have excellent problem-solving and communication skills. If you’ve not already completed your CIPD, we’ll consider this as you progress your career in Santander.

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UK Banking
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Salary: £30k

What it’s all about

Our UK Banking Graduate programme is all about finding the future leaders of our business. Through a series of four placements, each lasting up to six months, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of UK banking, and a genuine insight into the inner workings of our business.

You’ll start with a foundation placement, building an understanding of what really drives our business in a customer-facing role, normally based in-branch, or at one of our dedicated contact centres. Then, you’ll gain exposure to other key parts of the business such as Digital and Customer Contact, while learning about Risk, Compliance and Control - and coming to appreciate the importance of collaboration and communication. You’ll experience real responsibility right from the start, working on important, live projects.

You may be at the start of your career, but we believe everyone counts, and we’re genuinely interested in turning your big ideas into action. By the end of the two-year scheme, you’ll be a reliable business professional, ready to follow your own career path and work your way to the top.

Where you’ll work

We have a strong presence across the UK, and we’ll look to you to support us in maintaining that, so your rotations could take you anywhere. You’ll need to be flexible, as it’s likely you’ll have to relocate.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll have a 2:1 degree (or predicted grade) in any academic discipline, as well as 280 UCAS points, or their equivalent. You’ll also be highly numerate and literate - but what we’re most interested in is your genuine passion for leadership, your initiative, and your creativity.

Closes 23:59 on 04/12/15. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

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Corporate and Commercial Banking & Global Corporate Banking
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Salary: Competitive

What’s it all about?

If you are good with people and as passionate as we are about making banking simple, personal and fair, our graduate programme could be perfect for you. It’s all about building meaningful relationships with our Corporate, SME and Institutional clients, to identify and deliver exactly what works for our customers.

Working within the Non-Ring-fenced Bank; which is being created in line with banking reform, we will provide you with a challenging and diverse opportunity which will enable you to gain insight & experience across a broad range of business and product areas. Working with client facing teams and product specialists, you will obtain a diverse knowledge base built around helping people and businesses prosper. This is how we set ourselves apart from our competitors and it is how we are driving the industry forward.

Over four six-month placements, you will develop the skills and experience you need to become a key part of your team, with the technical expertise to shape our constantly evolving future. Not only that, but we will support you in developing the influencing skills you need to develop and maintain the trust and support of the customers and colleagues that will shape your career.

Where you’ll work

Our main locations include Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Greater London, but with sites all across the UK, you could be based in any major city, with moves every six months.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll need a 2:1 degree (or predicted grade) in a Business, Commercial Banking or Finance-related discipline, as well as 280 UCAS points, or their equivalent. You will be highly numerate and literate however what we are most interested in; is your natural credibility, and ability to inspire confidence in whoever you come across.

Excellent communication and collaboration skills are essential, as well as the motivation to thrive under your own initiative and collaborate with colleagues. Flexibility combined with the ability to embrace change in a dynamic environment are essential for success.

We believe in supporting our people to be the best they can be, so if you’re looking to develop an incredible career, we have got room for you to grow.

Closes 23:59 on 23/11/15. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

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Marketing
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Salary: £30k

What it’s all about

Our dynamic Marketing team is all about helping our customers understand what our products and services could do for them. Join our Graduate Programme and you’ll be exposed to a diverse range of creative challenges over a two-year period. No two days will be the same. One day you could be analysing how our customers think and behave, the next you could be developing a proposition for an innovative new product. Moving around the business, you’ll put your skills to the test, like never before, but with the support of some of the most experienced colleagues in the industry, you’ll develop the tools you need to mould our future.

We want to give you room to grow. That’s why we’ll support you with a two-year development plan that’s tailored to your needs. Your progress will be tracked through regular one-to-one meetings, and every six months, we’ll assess your performance, give you a rating and, if you’re ready, give you greater responsibilities.

Where you’ll work

Most of our graduates are based in Milton Keynes, which is home to one of our biggest UK offices. But you’ll need the flexibility to travel/relocate to any of our other locations throughout the programme.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll have a 2:1 level degree (or predicted grade) in Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Business or another subject that’s strong on numerical content. We’ll also expect you to hold 280 UCAS points, or the equivalent. We’re looking for a strong business sense, sharp analytical skills and the ability to think about problems creatively. And, of course, you’ll need exceptional communication skills.

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Geoban
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Salary: £30k

What it’s all about

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to join the Geoban UK graduate programme. Geoban UK is a service company owned by Santander Group, and is the backbone of the bank’s operations, playing a critical role in keeping the bank running. We’re always looking for new ways to deliver consistent, high-quality services as cost efficiently as possible.

The diversity of roles, and skills development within Geoban UK, will ensure that the two year Geoban Graduate Programme provides you with a challenging and rewarding experience.

Where you’ll work

You’ll need to be flexible. We’ll post you at a number of different sites across the UK during your rotations. These include Newcastle, Teesside, Bootle and Bradford. But you could find yourself working in other locations too. And occasionally we’ll ask you to work outside the usual 9 to 5, Monday to Friday shifts.

Who we’re looking for

You'll have a minimum of a 2:1 degree and 280 UCAS points, or the equivalent. We are particularly interested in business management, accounting, finance, economics, IT or a process engineering disciplines. You'll also need to be highly organised, good under pressure, and quick to adapt to different environments, with a great customer service ethos and a practical, hands-on approach to management.

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Welcoming you aboard

To start you off, we will welcome you by inviting you to a special event. We strive to inspire, motivate and prepare you for your journey ahead.

This is your personal opportunity to meet fellow graduate colleagues as well as key members of our Human Resources team. Not to mention you’ll be introduced to development partners, who you will get to know during the scheme.


All kinds of learning and development

Here at Santander we have a range of learning opportunities from formal to more informal, self-directed learning designed to meet your own career goals and aspirations.  Along with specific events and development on your programme, you will meet regularly with graduates and have a chance to discuss topics through our community forums.

Developing personal skills

You’ll be able to take advantage of our e-learning resources that can help you develop personal skills online. Not only that but also make a difference and share your new skills by taking part in a Corporate Social Responsibility project.

Tracking your progress

We need your voice and opinions on your experience! Tell us how you found your time and how we could make it better.  Along with the review from your manager we’ll ask you to review your graduate experience too in order for us to make the process much better in the future.

Final months and beyond

Take a moment to reflect on your progress! Santander will support you through your final months on the scheme. As it comes to an end, you’ll attend an event that focuses on how far you’ve come – and how you can make the most of your future career.


Hear from our graduates

“If you come to Santander with an open mind and willingness to learn, you will go far.”

Carl Robson
Technology & Operations Graduate
Financial Management MA,
Durham University

“It’s a fast-paced, energetic organisation where you have the opportunity to gain a world of experience.”

Liana Schiesaro
Retail Distribution
BA (Hons) Spanish, University of Leeds

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