Graduate positions available for September 2018 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.

  • Technology - Position filled
  • Risk - Position filled
  • Finance - Position filled
  • Operational and Performance Excellence - Position filled
  • Winterflood - Equity Analyst - Position filled

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About the department

The graduate will join as a member of the Technology department within Bank. The Technology department is a fast paced and exciting place to work with multiple teams that deliver solutions for clients across all business lines, as well as designing, building and running IT services that support all Close Brothers employees.

What will I be doing?

The graduate will rotate throughout the Technology department, typically on a 6 monthly basis, throughout the first two years.

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.
  • Systems Development: Write codes and configure the software that is used to deliver digital services across the bank. The graduate will benefit from developing technical coding skills, software development practices in addition to majoring in problem solving during this placement.
  • Application Support: Troubleshooting business user issues and servicing requests, trend and root cause analysis. Team members use their logical abilities to resolve in-depth technical issues and support applications.
  • Data Centre Operations: Supports all the servers and hardware that process the millions of transactions running through the bank each day. Roles include: network engineers, DC Ops, database administrators and many more. This rotation will provide the graduate with an understanding of how enterprise data centres are run whilst developing their technical skills.
  • 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 the graduate’s analytical and communication skills.
  • Quality Assurance (Testing): The changes made by our other teams are tested and validated 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 the graduate 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

Academically applicants need to have obtained/predicted at a minimum 2:1 degree. Degrees in all disciplines are considered, however the following subjects are desirable: IT, Computer Science, Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Maths and Science. Candidates must have also obtained GCSE grade B in Maths and English Language, and at least 280 UCAS points at A-level/AS Level (not inclusive of general studies).

The graduate will need to be resourceful in identifying solutions and alternative ways of looking at issues and problems. They must be committed and eager to learn, demonstrating initiative and logical thinking when posed with an issue, whilst using their knowledge and networks to find solutions. The ability to gather and understand information to ensure the requirements of the customer are met and the business is well informed is essential. The graduate must be confident to establish excellent working relationships and relate well to people at all levels, whilst utilising the skills and expertise of the teams to deliver excellent customer service and achieve business goals.

Rapidly learning new tasks and quickly committing information to memory is essential; as is the ability to develop their own capability to ensure their knowledge and expertise is continually expanding. They must also be able to communicate clearly and effectively. Achieving excellence; striving for the best whilst continually delivering and improving excellence for customers and stakeholders is essential to be successful in this role.

Position filled

About the department

The Risk function is responsible for assisting the business in delivering their strategic objectives within the defined risk appetite.

Risk is the second line of defence, it supports the risk management framework across the Group and assists in achieving the right balance between risk and reward.

Risk interacts at all levels across the Group 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. assurance work
  • Risk analysis
  • Regulatory requirements

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
  • 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)

Position filled

About the department

Finance plays a key role in Close Brothers strategy by focusing on achieving sustainable growth, developing commercial insight and responding to the ever changing regulatory and economic environment.

The Finance department has approximately 80 employees and is based on a shared services model with Bank Financial Control (‘BFC’) and Financial Planning and Analysis teams (FP&A). BFC are based in Wimbledon and are responsible for core processes, including accounting policy, statutory and regulatory reporting, tax, accounts payable and finance systems. The FP&A teams are located with the local business and are responsible for supporting decision making through management reporting, deal pricing, forecasting, budgeting and planning.

What will I be doing?

This is a three year placement scheme involving three challenging one year placements. These are designed to build the graduates expertise across the broad scope of the Finance department, from planning and forecasting, to management and statutory reporting. At the same time the graduate will be enrolled and supported in training towards an accounting qualification. The goal is to deliver a well-rounded, experienced and fully qualified finance professional at the end of three years ready to tackle their first management position.

Key skills and behaviours

An ideal graduate would have strong academic performance with an analytical degree. They must be proactive and driven, with strong numerical, analytical and team working skills. A willingness to continue studying and eagerness to learn are must have.

Position filled

About the department

At Close Brothers, we constantly strive to anticipate the rapidly changing needs of our customers and to develop new services to meet those needs. Our goal is to provide superior returns to our stakeholders and we stress creativity and imagination in everything we do.

The Operational and Performance Excellence team is a high performing consulting team involving frequent interaction with senior management, with a great amount of responsibility and visibility across all business divisions.

Our team focuses in constantly evolving the Bank’s operating strategy, continuously re-engineering customer and non-customer facing processes and ensure the appropriate performance measures are designed and are available to drive best outcomes for our customers.

We also operate the Bank’s Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Centre of Excellence which aims at smart automation of business processes, enabling our colleagues work more efficiently than our competitors in the market and drive the smoothest experience for our customers. In return, our businesses continue to grow and new exciting opportunities created for our people as we acquire more customers and business. Our employees are also able to invest time in developing their skills for the future.

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 gain an understanding of how the business operates and identify opportunities for improvements.

Both our Operational Excellence Lean Six Sigma training and Robotics Automation Practitioner training will be provided in-house. You will be responsible in applying the skills to solve a real life business challenge. All our trainings are industry recognised and there will also be opportunities to get externally certified as progress is made and you will be financially supported to achieve relevant qualifications.

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 but the following subjects are desirable: IT, Computer Science, Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Maths and Science.

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.

Position filled

About the department

Winterflood provides sellside research coverage of the London listed investment trust sector. Its research team is one of the highest rated teams in the UK. It works closely with the firm’s sales & market making teams covering the trust sector as well as its corporate team.

The research service is for the use of clients of Winterflood, which include institutional investors and wealth managers.

What will I be doing?

The graduate will work closely with existing members of the investment trust team, including sales, trading and corporate and assist in the production of data and written reports.

They will attend analyst meetings and investment conferences, meeting fund managers across a range of asset classes, in order to identify investment opportunities.

Key skills and behaviours

The role is suited to a graduate with a keen interest in economic trends and current affairs and understanding of the challenges facing investment managers across a range of assets classes that includes equities, bonds, infrastructure and commercial property.

The graduate will be required to develop relationships with the wider investment trust team, an understanding of the roles of the wider team and an understanding of the equity markets.

Communication is a key element of the role and the successful candidate is likely to have both strong numeracy and literacy skills. The ability to interpret data and write fluently and succinctly are crucial elements of the role. Experience with Excel, Word and PowerPoint would also be useful.

We would support the candidate to study for the CFA qualification through study leave and participation in training courses. In addition, training would be made available for other relevant skill sets, such as presenting and media interaction.

Position filled