Graduate positions available for September 2019 are listed below where you will also find more detail about each role. Please apply for the role that interests you, we can only accept one application per person.

  • Applications closed: Asset Management - Investments
  • Applications closed: Compliance
  • Applications closed: Property Finance
  • Business Change and Technology
  • Risk
  • Asset Management - Advice
  • Asset Management - Change Management

About the department

Welcome to Close Brothers. It’s an interesting time to be working within Business Change and Banking Technology. We are leading a large transformation programme that is driving the way forward for the Bank and through collaboration with the business we are improving the customer journey and customer experience across every industry. We’re also building new tools and capability while improving our existing platforms to set us up for a successful future.

We are small enough that you can grow relationships and big enough to collaborate across different areas of technology and the business. We are an open and diverse team always on the lookout for great talent to join us on our transformational journey.

What will I be doing?

We offer a tailored graduate scheme throughout your programme. You’ll be mentored, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in your chosen field. You’ll be working with experts on every rotation (a six-month work placement) to help you understand new parts of the business.

In previous years, graduates have taken advantage of training and development opportunities in our Infrastructure and Support, Business Change (including project management) and Cyber Security teams.

Rotations could include:

  • Project Management: Manage and govern the portfolio of projects across the bank. A placement here will equip the graduate with knowledge of how projects are managed, run, and how infrastructure and software development project lifecycles work.
  • The Service Desk team: Troubleshoots quick fixes, manage IT procurement as well as manning the Service Bar. Team members use their logical abilities to resolve in-depth technical issues, building hardware and supporting applications.
  • Business Analysis: This team works across all areas of the business, and with our clients, to capture requirements for new IT systems, or changes to existing ones, and communicate them to the technical teams for implementation. This rotation will facilitate further development of your analytical and communication skills.
  • The Data Centre Operation teams: Supports all the servers and hardware that process the millions of transactions running through the bank each day. Roles includes network engineers, database administrators and many more. This rotation will provide you with an understanding of how enterprise data centres are run whilst developing technical skills.
  • Systems Development teams: Write codes and configure the software that are used to deliver digital services across the bank. You will benefit from developing technical coding skills, software development practices in addition to majoring in problem solving during this placement.
  • Testing: The changes made by our other teams are tested here before they are implemented for users of the service. This rotation will give further insight into how systems are used providing an opportunity for you to develop skills in quality assurance and analytics.
  • Previous rotations have also included Information Security, Business Intelligence, Unified Service Desk and Robotics Automation

The exact rotation plan will be tailored for each graduate based on their individual learning and development needs combined with career aspirations.

Key skills and behaviours

Are you a problem solver? Do you like delivering the best outcomes for customers? Are you a technologist wanting to work in financial services? Do you like looking at detailed requirements and translating them into simple and easy to use project plans? If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, we’d like to hear from you.

We are an inclusive company and open to graduates with different degree subjects (2.1 and above desirable). We’d like you to have an understanding of financial services and its opportunities (as well as challenges). You’ll also have experience working in a technical or project-led environment. If you’re curious and looking to shape the future of Close Brothers, then you do have what it takes to be part of our graduate scheme.

Applications

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Start date

9 September 2019

About the department

Close Brothers Compliance is responsible for ensuring that the Group and in particular its regulated businesses, understand and follow all applicable regulatory and legal requirements and relevant Codes of Conduct which relate to the Group’s conduct of business with its clients and to the personal regulatory obligations of its officers 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.

What will I be doing?

You will undertake four rotations of six months each through the different divisions, gaining grounding in regulatory risks as they apply to the Bank, Asset Management, Securities and Group functions.

Much of the training will be on the job, but participation in relevant technical seminars is encouraged, whether these are internal or external.

You will learn about each of our businesses, the rules and regulations which apply to them and the practical challenges of implementing regulatory requirements and ensuring that these are followed.

Key skills and behaviours

You will need to show us that you are results driven and self-motivated. Whilst the role will be London-based, you must be willing to travel to our other. offices when required.

We are looking for applicants with at least a 2:1 degree in an academic discipline.

We look for intelligent people, with curiosity and an eagerness to learn. We are keen to hear from people who are commercially aware, and that have a genuine interest in working in the financial industry. We’d also like to see evidence of personal drive and ambition; people who have the resilience to excel within a challenging and fast paced environment will enjoy working at Close Brothers.

Applications

Applications are now closed

Start date

9 September 2019

About the department

Close Brothers has over 40 years of expertise in the property finance market. During that time we’ve developed an excellent reputation for the quality and speed of our service, the expertise of our people and the consistency of our approach, regardless of the prevailing market conditions.

Our Property Finance and Commercial Acceptances businesses have over 700 customers throughout the UK, providing senior debt facilities from £100,000 to £20m+. Whilst our customers are predominantly small regional house builders, we finance a wide range of projects from small residential developments to complex commercial investment portfolios. We also offer shorter-term bridging funding.

What will I be doing?

This role is a long term career opportunity. You will start with rotations in each of the different business functions to get an understanding of the loan cycle, with a view to progressing to a front office role.

Initially training will be in-house as there is no better way to learn than following a loan from the first customer meeting through the due diligence process, the building work and then sale and repayment. There will also be opportunities to take external courses as progress is made and you will be financially supported to achieve relevant Banking qualifications. We would be particularly interested in graduates from banking, business, finance or surveying degree backgrounds.

Key skills and behaviours

Academically we are looking for applicants with at least a 2:1 degree. We are open to degrees in all disciplines. We look for passionate people, with curiosity and an eagerness to learn. We are keen to hear from people who are commercially aware, and that have a genuine interest in working in the financial industry.

We’d also like to see evidence of personal drive and ambition; people who have the resilience to excel within a challenging and fast paced environment will enjoy working at Close Brothers.

Applications

Applications are now closed

Start date

9 September 2019

About the department

The Risk Function in Close Brothers is part of the second line of defence, providing oversight of the risk management framework across all businesses in Close Brothers Group.

It is responsible for assisting the Businesses in delivering their strategic objectives, within a defined risk appetite.

The key objective of Risk is to achieve an appropriate balance between risk and reward, enabled through well governed decision making process.

The function interacts with management at all levels providing independent check and challenge on all risk types, including credit, operational, funding and liquidity risks.

What will I be doing?

The candidate would be involved in all aspects of risk management, including:

  • Introduction to the overall risk framework
  • Key risks and their definitions
  • Risk appetite management
  • Key risk activities e.g. Risk Assurance work, Incident Reporting and Analysis
  • Risk analysis

Training would be provided on risk management as well as core skills (e.g. stakeholder management). The candidate would be encouraged and supported to take industry relevant exams (e.g. CFA or FRM).

The candidate would rotate across the Group and different teams (e.g. credit risk and operational risk) to gain a wide experience. This may involve working from both our Wimbledon and London offices.

Key skills and behaviours

  • Strong analytical skills and an ability to identify pragmatic solutions
  • Confident in managing and analysing data sets.
  • Resilience and flexibility to deal with new topics and a regularly changing workload
  • Good knowledge and practical use of Microsoft IT applications (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint)

Applications

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Start date

9 September 2019

About the department

Close Brothers Asset Management provides holistic financial planning and investment management services to business owners, professionals, retirees and high net worth individuals. We help our clients plan for their own and their families’ futures.

The Advice business focuses on offering high quality holistic financial planning advice to our clients. This includes:

  • Pension and Retirement Planning
  • Inheritance Tax Planning
  • Investment Planning
  • Mortgage Advice

What will I be doing?

This role will sit within our team in London (Exchange Square), but the candidate will be expected to be willing to travel to our other UK locations as and when required. These office locations are Gatwick, Northwich, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to experience a rotation around the Advice business, so that they gain a full understanding of the different aspects of the wider operations and be in a strong position to develop the foundations of their future career.

They will support Financial Planners, and ultimately clients, in the advice giving process. This will also include working on operational processes and procedures, creation of suitability reports, product research and technical analysis.

Finally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to attain qualifications and progress towards becoming a fully qualified Financial Planner.

Key skills and behaviours

  • A 2:1 degree in an academic discipline
  • Ability to multi-task, take initiative and prioritise and plan own workload
  • A “can do” approach
  • Good report writing and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong Microsoft Word and Excel skills

Applications

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Start date

9 September 2019

About the department

Close Brothers Asset Management provides holistic financial planning and investment management services to business owners, professionals, retirees and high net worth individuals. We help our clients plan for their own and their families’ futures.

Change Management comprises of over 30 professionals across disciplines including; Project Management, Business Analysis, IT development and Testing. We are accountable for ensuring business change is implemented successfully across the division from small enhancements to division wide transformational change.

Project Managers initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control and deliver projects. Business Analysts provide conceptual solutions to often complicated business problems and outline associated opportunities, risks, costs and timescales. Meanwhile, Test Managers ensure our solutions are fit for purpose from business and technical perspectives. Each discipline requires highly effective relationships with suppliers and stakeholders at all organisational levels.

We deliver tangible benefits to client experience, distribution of our products and services, operational efficiency and ongoing regulatory adherence.

What will I be doing?

This role sits with our team in London (Exchange Square), but the candidate will be expected to be willing to travel to our other UK offices as and when required. These office locations are Gatwick, Northwich, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Working alongside our professionals you will have the opportunity to learn and apply best practice Change Management methodology, tools and techniques. You will gain valuable experience in Business Analysis, Project Management & Test Management across a variety of projects, with exposure to a number of key people, products and systems across the division.

The candidate will have the opportunity to attain qualifications in a relevant industry standard.

Key skills and behaviours

  • A 2:1 degree in an academic discipline
  • Strong organisational and planning skills
  • Analytical mindset
  • Numeracy
  • Developed communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
  • Team working skills

Applications

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Start date

9 September 2019

About the department

Close Brothers Asset Management provides holistic financial planning and investment management services to business owners, professionals, retirees and high net worth individuals. We help our clients plan for their own and their families’ futures.

We have approximately 55 investment professionals comprising of investment managers, fund analysts, sector specialists, and research. We provide clients with actively managed, well diversified portfolios which are managed in a disciplined environment and can be tailored to their needs.

Our investment expertise is based on institutional disciplines, a firm belief in the value of active management, a strong and principled culture and a diversified, multi-asset approach. We are always focused on client objectives – whether that’s growing capital, generating income or planning for the next generation.

What will I be doing?

This role sits in a very dynamic and fast paced team and will be based in London (Exchange Square), but the candidate will be expected to be willing to travel to our other UK offices as and when required. These office locations are Gatwick, Northwich and Edinburgh.

The successful candidate will assist in a range of equity and manager research and also be exposed to investment discussion and presentations. Candidates may be asked to engage in either stock or sector research projects and review and help prepare performance or risk data, amongst other responsibilities.

The candidate will provide coherent, conclusive and well thought out monitoring and oversight, to senior members of the investment team as and when required.

They will also assist in the development of Performance and Risk systems. In addition, the role will involve providing suitable, useful, timely and appropriate information for the providers of the products and services offered by Close Brothers Asset Management.

The candidate will have the opportunity to attain qualifications in a relevant industry standard.

Key skills and behaviours

  • A 2:1 degree in an academic discipline
  • Fundamental understanding of statistical mathematics
  • Experience and knowledge using Microsoft Excel
  • Hard working, motivated individual, with the ability to exercise lateral thinking and take an active role in helping to move the team forward
  • Enthusiasm and a healthy work ethic, coupled with integrity and attention to detail
  • Developed interpersonal skills

Applications

Applications are now closed

Start date

9 September 2019