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Graduate Programmes

This is your springboard to a successful long-term career in banking. Your chance to achieve your ambitions as part of the Santander family. This could be your first step into retail banking, so now take a look at what our Graduate Schemes have to offer.

Take time to look around and explore the programmes below. We’ve gathered together practical information about our business and the part you could play.


What it’s all about

Our graduate scheme is a rotational programme, designed to provide a broad overview of how the Finance division operates. You can expect placements in a number of different areas including budgeting and planning, financial reporting and technical accounting. You will receive ‘on-the-job’ training from some of the most experienced and qualified professionals in the Finance industry. You will be expected to qualify for membership of a respected professional institute so you will be fully funded and supported in gaining your CIMA or ACCA qualification. You will also develop your technical and people skills through a variety of training approaches.

Where you’ll work

Most of the graduates on our Finance programme are based at our London Head Office but you could be placed in Milton Keynes or Leicester. It is essential, therefore, that you are willing to be flexible and be able to travel.

Who we’re looking for

You will need, or be expected to achieve, a minimum 2:1 degree in any academic discipline and hold 280 UCAS points, or their equivalent. You must be highly numerate and literate and be able to demonstrate the energy and determination to succeed in our progressive organisation. You will be an excellent communicator and be able to work both on your own initiative and in a team. A positive approach and a desire for self-development are also vital.

You should be keen to become a qualified accountant and must, therefore, satisfy the entrance requirements of CIMA or the ACCA. Additionally we shall be looking for evidence of a keen interest in the financial industry.

Due to the high volume of applications received for this role, the graduate Finance programme will be closed at midnight on Wednesday 24th September 2014. To avoid any disappointment, make sure you get your applications in before this time.


What it’s all about

The careful consideration of risk versus reward is at the heart of banking. This programme gives you the foundation and breadth of experience you need to become a knowledgeable, credible risk professional. You’ll join us as a Risk Analyst, working across four rotations in different risk departments. If you’re not afraid to put yourself out there, you’re the kind of person we’re looking for.

We want you to be exceptional. So we’ll support you with a two-year development plan that’s tailored to your needs. Then we’ll track your progress 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 while you work with various risk teams to increase your knowledge.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll need to have, or expect to get, a 2:1 level degree and 280 UCAS points or equivalent. We’ll also expect you to have a good record of academic achievement, particularly in English and mathematics. In fact, when it comes to numerical reasoning, you’ll be exceptional. It’s also important that you’re able to communicate complex information to a non-technical audience.


What it’s all about

Compliance is about making sure we do the right thing and follow the latest regulations. It’s fast-paced, always evolving and there’s a real future in this area. Our teams work out of various locations, each with their own style. But you’ll find all are welcoming, supportive and eager to give you the best possible start.

On this two-year programme, you’ll join our Special Projects & Reporting unit. From here you’ll cover compliance in the retail, wholesale and corporate side of banking. And you’ll explore everything from monitoring, data protection and financial promotions, to anti-money laundering, anti-bribery & corruption, and quality assurance.

Where you’ll work

You’ll be based at our office in Milton Keynes. But when necessary, you’ll also need to travel to other offices across the UK.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for people who have or will soon hold a 2:1 level degree in business, law or economics and hold 280 UCAS points, or their equivalent. Compliance is fast-paced and often demanding, so you’ll also need the ability to keep up with challenging targets and ever-evolving regulations. Along with your organised, adaptable approach, you’ll need an analytical mind and a keen eye for detail.

People and Talent (HR)

What it’s all about

More than anything else, it’s our people and our unique culture that will shape our future success. By joining our People & Talent division, you’ll be part of the team that supports every one of our colleagues to work to their full potential. You’ll work closely with us as we help develop skills, attract new talent, coach managers and help everyone find smarter ways to work.

Supported by a line manager, you’ll work on real business projects and gain exposure to a range of HR disciplines: which could include People & Talent Business Partnering, Reward, Talent, Learning, Policy, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement and Pensions. You’ll also spend time with business leaders and managers from areas such as Retail, Finance, Risk, Operations and Global Businesses – to gain a rounded understanding our industry, our markets and the environment in which we operate.

Where you’ll work

The placements are usually based in Milton Keynes and Leicester, so you’ll need to be within commuting distance of one of them.

Who we’re looking for

You need to have obtained or be expecting to gain a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) ideally in an HR related discipline or similar. You’ll also need 280 UCAS points or equivalent. Most importantly you’ll need to be passionate about the role HR plays in a successful organisation, and have excellent problem-solving and communication skills. You’ll also be willing to undertake CIPD study, if you haven’t embarked on this journey already.

UK Banking

What it’s all about

The UK Banking scheme has been designed specifically to help contribute towards finding future leaders of our business. Through a series of rotational placements you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of UK banking and the Santander business.

The two-year programme starts with a foundation placement in a customer facing role. Then, you’ll gain exposure to other key parts of the business such as digital and customer contact, while learning about areas such as Risk, Compliance and Control - and the importance of how the different departments interact. There’s real responsibility from the start, including the opportunity to work on important upcoming projects. You may be at the start of your career, but we’re very interested in the innovative ideas you can bring to the business. By the end of the two-year scheme, you’ll be ready to follow a specialist career path and start working your way to the top.

Where you’ll work

Our rotations could take you anywhere in the UK. So, you’ll need to be fully mobile during the two-year programme.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll need to have, or expect to get, a 2:1 level degree and 280 UCAS points or equivalent. We’ll expect you to have a good record of academic achievement, particularly in English and mathematics.  You should also be able to demonstrate initiative, proactivity, imaginative thinking and leadership potential.

Technology and Operations

What it’s all about

Technology and Operations provides the broadest selection of support, ranging from customer service delivery and complaints, procurement and technology, to managing, overseeing and controlling IT, operational risk, structure and productivity for a number of the UK-based global businesses. So this is an unrivalled, all-round insight into how one of the world’s leading banks actually works. We’ll place you on several rotations, where you’ll be involved in major change projects – which could include everything from business acquisitions to the launch of new products and services. If you’ve a keen interest in banking and operations, there couldn’t be a better place to start.

Expect to play a hands-on role. We want you to share your own ideas on how we can use innovative processes and technology to improve our business. At the same time, you’ll build relationships with colleagues across all areas of the bank. And at the end of the programme, you could have the opportunity to move into a professional role with us.

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. Generally, these usually include London, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Leicester, Liverpool 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 need to have, or expect to get, a 2:1 level degree in business, economics, technology (IT) or another subject with numerical content. You’ll also need 280 UCAS points or equivalent. We’re looking for people who can absorb large volumes of information and then present it in a user-friendly, pragmatic way. Able to solve complex problems and work to tight deadlines, you’ll be computer literate and competent in Powerpoint, Word and Excel.

Corporate and Commercial Banking

What’s it all about?

You’re good with people. And you like nothing better than exceeding their expectations. Which means Corporate and Commercial Banking could be the ideal scheme for you. The team’s work is all about relationships and relationship management. It's how we set ourselves apart from our competitors. And it’s how we're driving the industry forward.

The scheme features four six-month placements that will prepare you for a pivotal role in the team. Over two years, we’ll equip you with the technical knowledge and skills to help shape the future of this growing business. Just as importantly, we’ll show you the softer skills that will help you earn the trust of your customers, and maintain that trust for years to come.

Where you’ll work

The primary locations for the Corporate & Commercial Banking programme include Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Greater London. However, with banking centres and head office sites all across the UK, you could be based in any major city, with moves every six months.

Who we’re looking for

To join, you'll need a keen interest in commercial banking and the sort of natural credibility that inspires confidence in whoever you come across. You must be driven to succeed, focussed on results and be resilient in an ever growing and developing business. You’ll also have at least 280 UCAS points, and you’ll have or expect a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Business, Commercial Banking, Finance or a related discipline.


What it’s all about

We are Marketing. And it’s our aim to help customers understand how our variety of products and services could benefit them. As a Marketing graduate, you’ll see just how diverse, challenging and creative this can be. You’ll do this by working across four teams over two years. 

One day you could be analysing how customers think, behave and feel. The next you could be developing a proposition for a new product. Our rotations will test you like never before. But they’ll also give you the tools you need to make a name for yourself. Ultimately, you’ll be in a position to mould Santander and the future of our industry.

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 whenever it’s necessary.

Who we’re looking for

You’ll need to have – or expect to gain – a 2:1 level degree in marketing, finance, accounting, business or another subject that’s strong on numerical content. We’ll expect you to hold 280 UCAS points, or their equivalent. Strong business sense, sharp analytical skills and the ability to think about problems creatively all matter here. And, of course, you’ll need exceptional communication skills.

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 People and Talent 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

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

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

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

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

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