Graduate scheme

Greater London


Shape your future at Close Brothers

Is expertise, service, relationships, and teamwork important to you?

Are you committed to becoming an expert in your field of interest?

Our graduate programme offers you the opportunity to gain an in depth knowledge of the teams specific to your chosen career path, whilst gaining exposure across our business division within Banking.

Join Close Brothers and shape your future.

In this rotational programme you will develop your skills and knowledge through working with high-performing teams and will be supported through a comprehensive induction programme, tailored training and dedicated mentoring.

Working alongside subject matter experts, you will receive guidance and encouragement in a collaborative environment to grow professionally and reach your potential.

You’ll be joining a network of graduates to learn and have fun with, whilst gaining the best practical experience with an opportunity to study towards a professional qualification or accreditation.

Risk & Compliance Graduate Programme

The Risk Function in Close Brothers provides oversight of the risk management framework across the diverse divisions of Close Brothers Group. The function is responsible for assisting the Businesses in delivering their strategic objectives, within a defined risk appetite, and achieve an appropriate balance between risk and reward.

Compliance works closely with the risk team and is responsible for ensuring that the Group understand and follow all applicable regulatory and legal requirements relating to the Group’s conduct of business with its clients, and employees. We do this through liaison with our regulators, tracking changes to relevant rules, development of policies to meet these, provision of regulatory advice, delivery of training and monitoring adherence to regulatory or internal requirements, and this forms an essential part of the Group.

Both programmes offer four rotations of six months across our Risk, Credit Risk and Compliance teams. On our risk programme, as a graduate trainee, you will be introduced to the overall risk framework and gain understanding around the key risks we face and how we manage our risk appetite. This will involve risk analysis and reporting, creating outputs used by senior stakeholders to make key decisions, root cause analysis of risk events, partnering with operational colleagues to ensure actions are taken to prevent recurrence.

On our compliance programme, you will be introduced to the overall compliance framework including the rules and regulations within the bank and the practical challenges of implementing regulatory requirements. This will involve KYC Client Onboarding, Client due diligence, AML investigations and Transaction monitoring screening.

Exposure to various risk and compliance committees will help you develop excellent relationship management skills, honed by exposure to multiple stakeholders from a range of businesses. Alongside this, you will be encouraged and financially supported to undertake professional qualifications relevant to your aspirations and role. For example, ACCA or CIMA, CFA or ALMA or FRM/CRM.

Salary and Benefits

£31,500 in year one with an increase to £33,000 in year two. Close Brothers have a competitive benefits package including eligibility for an annual discretionary bonus, season ticket loan, a cycle to work scheme, pension and life assurance.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and have the flexibility for occasional business travel in the UK where required.

Who Thrives Here?

We’re proud of our people whose expertise, passion and willingness to go the extra mile really set us apart. It’s what builds our long-term relationships with clients and customers that stand the test of time.

We are committed to creating an environment where our colleagues feel motivated, proud to work for us and can thrive in an inclusive workplace where we can all reach our full potential.

If you care about delivering excellent service, enjoy building relationships, always act with integrity, and are eager to make an impact in a commercial environment within financial services, we’d love to welcome you onto our 2022/23 programme.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and have the flexibility for occasional business travel in the UK where required.

About You

  • You will have a degree (or will have completed your degree by September 2022)
  • Be a good communicator with the ability to build strong and lasting working relationships
  • You are comfortable navigating change and managing ambiguity
  • You are a quick learner, inquisitive, solution focused with the tenacity to make things happen
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication abilities, with high attention to detail
  • You are confident to articulate well thought out opinions and views
  • You’re able to work on your own initiative with well-developed organisation and time management skills
  • Good knowledge of software applications such as Microsoft Office Suite
  • An analytical and problem-solving approach.

Diversity & Inclusion

Here at Close Brothers we look to recruit individuals from all different backgrounds. We celebrate diversity, promote inclusivity and are open to discuss flexible work options to help you balance your work and home life. We can offer a collaborative environment with exposure to various working groups, committees, and networks for you to add value to outside of your working role.

Charity & Sustainable work

At Close Brothers, we are committed to supporting charities that are close to our employee’s hearts. Our donations increase year on year thanks to our employee’s fundraising efforts. We continue to seek out new ways to give back as a group and to care for our communities.

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