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Graduate Leadership
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Help us rewrite the rules in financial services

New technologies, new ways of working and new goals. Lloyds Banking Group is changing the way we help 26 million personal customers, 1 million businesses, and communities across the UK, and Finance teams are at the heart of this change. They’re the trusted advisors to our businesses, sharing analyses and trends that guide our strategic decisions as we work to become the bank of the future. We’re searching for new talent to join them and help us grow. If you’re looking for a career with impact – we have a job for you. And the great news is you don’t need a business or finance degree to come and work with us.


About the programme

Over three years, you’ll complete four placements in a variety of areas from Treasury to Financial Planning that will help you develop a well-rounded skill set and equip you for life after the programme.

We also have a Finance Scotland Graduate Programme based solely in Edinburgh. Here, you’ll complete three placements over three years. To apply for this role, select Finance (Scotland) from the programme list on the application page.


During our Finance graduate programme you will work in:

  • Core Finance - Understand and contribute to the core purpose of the Finance function within Lloyds Banking Group
  • Customer - Develop an insight into Lloyds Banking Group’s customers and the products and services we provide (not part of Finance Scotland programme)
  • Insight & Analysis - Deliver analysis and insight, working independently and presenting information tailored to stakeholders
  • Business Partnering – Become a Finance Specialist and lead relationships with both the business and finance community with responsibility for local decisions


Day to day you could be:

  • Reviewing business decisions across Lloyds Banking Group – from finance to business improvement and contributing ideas about ways we can work more efficiently
  • Learning about regulatory frameworks and our businesses so you can start to provide high-quality financial advice and insights to internal customers
  • Performing core finance activities including forecasting, reporting, profitability modelling and business case development
  • Helping to prepare month end reports by providing various pieces of analysis to team members
  • Preparing key presentations such as strategic and financial updates or investor slides, that are backed by sound figures and which give insightful commentary on financial metrics
  • Performing deep-dives on specific elements of the business and building a solid understanding of product portfolios
  • Using new technology, models and data to improve the quality of our insights
  • Building strong and lasting relationships with colleagues across all levels of the business
  • Analysing the banking industry to understand the impact, risk and opportunity for Lloyds Banking Group.

Your development

People work best when they feel happy and valued. That’s why you’ll receive the tools you need to develop the career you want – from mentoring, volunteering initiatives, tailored learning and much more. During this graduate programme, you will undertake exams and train towards becoming a chartered accountant (you can choose from CIMA, ACA or ICAS) with first-class support and guidance along the way. Throughout studying for this qualification, educational support and study leave will be provided, but we expect you to ensure you’re suitably prepared for each exam.


Our Actuarial scheme

Lloyds Banking Group also offers an Actuarial scheme within our Insurance Finance team, under our insurance brand, Scottish Widows. This rotational programme offers graduates the opportunity to train as an actuary, working within the insurance business to deliver fair outcomes for customers, and ensure the company remains in strong financial health. For more information, including the specific criteria and the application process for this scheme, please visit our careers site and search for actuarial roles.


You’ll need…

A 2:2 degree or above in any discipline from any university and an open mind.


The way we work

Everyone comes to Lloyds Banking group with different experiences, skills and knowledge, and these differences give us opportunities to learn and grow. It’s what makes our workplace unique and we encourage people from every kind of background to apply. It’s important for us, and it shows. Recently, we were named as one of The Times’ Top 50 Employers for Women for the 8th consecutive year, the Top Financial Employer and seventh overall in the 2019 Stonewall Top 100 employers list, and one of The Times’ Top 100 Graduate Employers.



Our Graduate Programmes are rotational and our Finance roles are based around the UK, so you’re likely to work in a number of different locations, in order to develop the skills you need. The Finance Scotland programme is based in solely in Edinburgh, though some travel may be required.

Why LBG?

As the largest digital bank in the UK we’re dedicated to helping Britain prosper. Working as part of our Group, you’ll not only represent Lloyds Bank but our other brands too, including Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows and Halifax. Our strategy is based around transforming the bank for success in a digital world. With 15.9 million digitally active customers and nearly 10 million mobile users, we’re constantly exploring how to bring new digital solutions to the people who rely on us.



Plus a great range of benefits




11th November - role closes

Your Application and Online Tests must have been fully completed and submitted by this point.  A couple of days after taking your tests you will receive a feedback report based on your answers to the Situational Strengths tests – this is personal feedback for you regarding your own strengths, as a ‘thanks’ from us for the time you’ve put in to making your application.  This feedback report is not connected to whether or not you will be taken forward to the next stage.

Your Online Test results and Application details will be reviewed alongside other applications, in line with our assessment criteria.


By 28th November 2019

Should you be a top performer at the Online Testing stage and your Application meets the minimum requirement, you’ll be invited, by email, to participate in a Video Interview.  You will have 5 days from the date of the invitation to find a suitable time to complete and submit your Video interview.  Please ensure our emails are not going to your junk folder, and please avoid leaving it until the last minute to complete the Video Interview as we will not be able to consider any submissions which are late.

All of the completed Video Interviews will be reviewed and carefully assessed.


From 16th December 2019

We’ll get in touch with you to confirm your Video Interview outcome.  Only the highest performing applicants will be invited to our Assessment Centre.  We have limited spaces available at each assessment centre, so please ensure you’re available so that we can quickly and easily book you into an assessment centre. 



Week commencing 20th January 2020

Assessment Centres take place in Solihull.  

You’ll need to bring the relevant documentation along with you. We’ll let you know exactly what we need alongside your invitation - please prepare this in advance.

After the Assessment Centre, we will be in touch within 2 weeks to let you know if we are able to offer you a place on the Graduate Scheme.


Finance Scotland:

Week commencing 13th January 2020

Assessment Centre takes place in Edinburgh.  

You’ll need to bring the relevant documentation along with you, we’ll let you know exactly what we need alongside your invitation - please prepare this in advance.


After the Assessment Centre, we will be in touch within 2 weeks to let you know if we are able to offer you a place on the Graduate Scheme.

We recommend you read the information available on the 'How to Apply' page here.

Please click here if you are interested in any other graduate roles within Lloyds Banking Group.