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UK Operational Leadership Programme

Graduate programmes - HSBC

The UK Operational Leadership Programme is for graduates looking for a career in Operations, Technology and Services with a leading global bank. The programme provides opportunities to develop your business analysis and project management skills. Upon completion, you will progress quickly into your first management role within one of our operational functions, such as technology, service delivery, procurement or even corporate real estate.

Who can apply?

To be considered for this programme, you will:

  • Have a minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent (predicted or gained in any discipline)
  • Have a grade A or higher in both Mathematics and English at GCSE or equivalent
  • Be nationally mobile

Please note:
The start dates for 2014 are April and October. You only need to make one application to your preferred start date. Duplicate applications will be declined.

Should your first choice no longer be available we will make contact with you to discuss available alternative options.

Apply now - October 2014 start

What to expect

Supported by experienced managers, colleagues and a wide network of diverse peers, you will be encouraged to take on responsibility and bring new ideas to the table. You will be valued as an individual and for the contribution you make.

This two-year programme will provide you with experience of how HSBC’s back-office functions support our UK business. Through four six-month placements, you will learn about our complex operational functions.

Initially, you will gain experience of the 'frontline', perhaps in a retail branch, to fully understand the impact that implementing improvements has on customers and stakeholders in our business. You will then be provided with exposure to project methodologies, as well as planning and implementing a business change. During your third placement, you will gain an understanding of longer-term strategic planning and direction. In your final placement, you will have the responsibility of leading a team to deliver a process, change or service.

Whatever you are involved in, you will learn how to apply your leadership and analytical skills to drive business improvements.

Learning, development and support

Our programme will equip you with the skills and experience required to start a successful career with HSBC, as well as the opportunity to develop your professional network with colleagues around the world.

Over the course of the programme, we typically offer:

  • A residential induction course at one of our training centres
  • Intensive on-the-job learning
  • Formal training courses
  • Specialist project management training
  • Support (including study leave) to study for a relevant qualification, such as the IFS School of Finance Professional Diploma in Banking Practice and Management
  • Support of a dedicated Graduate Development Manager and your own mentor/buddy
  • Regular events to help you build a vital network of business contacts
  • Additional projects, such as working on community action initiatives, fundraising for a nominated charity or planning promotional events to further your development

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