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The Placement Programme is an immersive experience, with a curated development programme and a hands-on learning opportunity, for UK university students undertaking a year in industry as part of their undergraduate degree.

What does SMBC have to Offer?

  • Be immersed in a culturally diverse environment with a unique Japanese heritage
  • Gain insight to financial services and build a professional network of colleagues
  • Learn how to effectively collaborate across an organisation
  • Work alongside a cohort of students from other universities across the UK
  • Participate in a curated development programme that will build your professional and technical capability
  • Gain valuable support throughout your placement through dedicated mentors and buddies

About SMBC Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Bank International plc (SMBC BI) is headquartered in London and is a wholly owned subsidiary of SMBC - a top-tier Japanese bank with a history spanning over 400 years. SMBC BI has become one of the most respected and trusted names in global banking.

We are united by a sense of purpose towards our customers - to be a trusted partner for the long-term - and our universal banking platform in EMEA delivers a full suite of corporate finance products and solutions to our customers, including corporate, structured and trade finance, leveraged finance, loan market and treasury products. Through SMBC Group companies we also provide a range of capital markets, securities and leasing products, thereby providing a strong portfolio of global financial services.

At SMBC Group, we recognise that diversity of background, opinions and perspectives is vital for the sustainable growth of our organisation and benefits our customers and stakeholders. Our aim is to build an inclusive work environment where each employee feels able to be their authentic self. DRIVE is the umbrella for our employee-led diversity networks and stands for diversity, respect, inclusion, value, and equality. These are the values we strive towards in everything we do. For more information on diversity and inclusion please visit our Diversity & Inclusion webpage.

Important Details for Applicants

  1. Who can apply? Undergraduate university students who are completing a degree with a year in industry. The placement year would constitute the third year of an undergraduate degree followed by a final year back at university.
  2. How do I apply? Follow the link above, select one placement of interest and submit your CV and cover letter through our recruitment portal. Please note that by applying for several roles or not submitting both your CV and cover letter you may be disqualified from being considered for a placement.
  3. Will you have the right to work in the UK? The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK.

To see a full list of all 2022  placements opportunities available, follow the apply link and search for “48 Week Placement”.

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