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Our People

Who better to tell you what Santander is really like than the people who live it every day? We asked some of our recent graduates to take some time out to share their experiences. In this section you can find out what they had to say.

Choose to watch our films or read the transcripts.

You can also get a good feel for what it’s like to work here by looking at the rewards we offer, and the CSR initiatives our teams take part in.

Click on one of the video profiles to gain a real insight into life at Santander. Find out about our recruitment process, what it’s like to be part of an ambitious business like ours, how we put our customers first and the career aspirations of people who have recently joined us.

Transcripts

Ceris

Hi, my name’s Ceris and I’m a graduate working in Santander Universities – an independent global division that supports Higher Education through partnerships in the UK.

As Operations Coordinator I make sure that our donations are paid to our universities and that we stay within budget. I also organise our annual entrepreneurial awards and support events that promote our activity internally and externally.

This year I’ll be taking on other exciting projects as our division continues to grow.

In any of the central functions it’s important to be organised. In Operations we have to manage costs by keeping track of budgets and the latest initiatives. Communication skills are also vital. In my role I have to be in constant contact with the key people at our partner universities.

You also have to be able to manage your own time. If you can show real commitment to the role you’ll be rewarded with real responsibilities.

My best project so far? That was working on the pilot to the Entrepreneurial Awards in 2011. This was a first for our division – we’d never done it in the UK before.

I’ve been here for three years now and I want to continue developing my career.

If you don’t want to wait for responsibility, it’s time to think Santander.

Andre

Hi, I’m Andre and I’m currently a Branch Manager working in the Retail Division.

As frontline members of staff, we are the face of the bank.

The retail environment is very fast paced. Things change on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

I lead a team to deliver the best level of service on the high street. It’s down to me to train and motivate my staff.

As a retail graduate you have to be ready to accept early responsibility. You need to have exceptional leadership and communication skills.

At Santander, we want to become the UK’s best commercial bank and to do that we need the best people to drive our vision.

The work environment throughout Santander is very challenging yet cooperative. Everyone’s always willing to help out by sharing their experience or expertise.

The culture within my team is best described as work hard, play hard. We socialise a lot to ensure we have a great atmosphere both in and out of work.

CSR is really encouraged here at Santander. I organised a trek to Mount Kilimanjaro to raise loads of money for our chosen charity of the year – Alzheimer’s Society.

As a group we managed to raise almost £55,000. This wouldn’t have been possible without the Matched Donation Scheme and fantastic support from our CSR Team.

If you’re looking for a challenge from day one, it’s time to think Santander.

Kirsty

Hi, my name is Kirsty and I’m on the Finance Graduate Scheme based in London.

We rotate every six months around different departments in Finance. At the moment I’m working in the Income Analysis Team. In this part of the business it’s really important that you’re comfortable working with numbers and that you have a sharp, analytical mind.

The learning curve is steep so it definitely helps if you’re motivated and curious - the more questions you ask, the better.

No matter what your background, you’re encouraged to learn and to keep on learning.

You’re given responsibility from the very beginning. On my first day I had to go round the Income Analysis Team and find out about the products that we dealt with. I then had to present my findings back. It really taught me to take ownership of my learning.

My team works really well together to overcome any obstacles. In my experience, everyone’s really willing to help you.

There’s a really strong commitment to CSR throughout the company. Last year I ran a 6km Santa Run to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

My biggest challenge so far has been juggling my role and studying for my ACCA qualification. This requires a lot of self discipline but my manager is really supportive.

So, if you want to reach your potential and achieve your goals, it’s time to think Santander.