Internal Audit Graduate Programme

RBS Group
Competitive Salary
22 Sep 2019
13 Nov 2019
Approved employers
Approved employer
Job role
Audit, Internal audit
Starting your career with Internal Audit will give you a unique opportunity to quickly gain experience and insight into the financial services industry, its products and its operations. You'll also interact with and learn from respected industry leaders.

Internal Audit is an independent area of our organisation, integral to us meeting our ambitions, and protecting the interests of our customers. We provide assurance by calling out risks, asking the tough questions, and challenging where we need to.

We ensure effective controls are always in place to manage our risks, keeping the bank and our customers safe.

About the programme

During this three year programme you'll develop a deep understanding of how the bank operates, while completing a professional qualification.

As a graduate trainee you'll gain up to date knowledge when it comes to the impact of the changing financial services environment, and relevant changes for the bank. You'll also be working with our business stakeholders to support them in effectively managing risks in their areas.

We'll reward you with a starting salary of £31,850. On top of your salary you'll also have access to our flexible benefits package.

After a full induction, you'll begin your placement based in Internal Audit. This programme will develop your knowledge and experience in risk management, project management and sharpen your interpersonal skills.

Over the three years, you can expect to:
  • Gain a relevant professional qualification
  • Develop an understanding of how different parts of the bank operate from 'front to back'
  • Build thorough knowledge of the business risk environment and the controls used to mitigate those risks
  • Develop excellent relationship management skills, honed by managing multiple stakeholders from a range of different businesses
  • Help your stakeholders improve their risk and control frameworks
  • Contribute to delivering the audit plan, providing assurance to the bank's audit committee
  • Support continuous risk monitoring and help to evolve the control framework

At the end of the three years, we hope to see you join us in a permanent role.

As your experience grows, you'll be developing the skills that could lead you into roles including:
  • Senior Auditor, Audit Manager and Senior Audit Manager
  • Managerial roles in Risk and Control functions
  • Control roles within our front-line business

Supporting you

We pride ourselves on the professional support we offer our graduates, and the friendly, down to earth community our graduates have shaped themselves.

Before you start, we'll pair you with a 'buddy' who'll be a graduate already on the programme, and who'll be there to help you get settled, answer any questions, and share their experiences.

We'll also assign you a Graduate Coach. Your Graduate Coach will be there to provide support throughout the programme, and will work with you to create a personal development plan. They'll help you reflect on your progress, develop your career, and build your professional network.

For a fuller picture of how you'll progress through the programme and the support you'll receive at each stage, check out the Graduate Professional Development journey below.

Graduate Professional Development


If we offer you a role, one of the first things we'll do is invite you to join our onboarding portal for successful graduates. It's a great way for us to communicate key messages and to make sure you're all ready for your first day. We'll pair you up with your buddy who'll be able to answer your questions before starting and who'll help you settle in. We'll also introduce you to your line manager before you start too, because we want to make sure you hit the ground running.

Banking, RBS is a programme we've designed to help you get ready for day one and beyond by building your knowledge. It's training that all our graduates take part in and it'll help you understand how our entire business operates.

The training focuses on:
  • How our business is structured
  • Who our customers are
  • How we manage risk
  • How we're innovating and the external business climate
  • Networking with other business areas
  • Seeing the front to back and back to front of our whole operation

The training's delivered in lots of different ways, including:
  • Live virtual sessions using our internal social network, Workplace
  • Workshops with our Entrepreneurial Development Academy
  • Simulations
  • Shadowing colleagues
  • Sessions with mentors

We start your training before your first day where you'll complete some short, bite sized activities that we'll then build on when you join. After you start, you'll have the chance to take part in a series of learning activities to improve your understanding of our whole business, how we're connected with each other and how we drive successful customer outcomes.


You'll hear from leaders across our business and be brought up to speed on key topics like our customers, bank structure, entrepreneurship, risk and control, technology and digital innovation.


After the induction, you'll begin your placement across three years, where you'll hit the ground running and go straight into your role.


As you progress through the programme you'll be able to take advantage of a comprehensive suite of learning and training options to develop the technical and business expertise you'll need.

You'll also be able to undertake a relevant professional qualification

Community project

During the programme you'll take part in a community project with a team of fellow graduates. This involves linking up with a charitable organisation and developing and delivering a solution to support its work.

You'll have the chance to participate in a fund raising competition with other teams, and present your project to a panel of senior managers. It's a great opportunity to contribute to a valuable cause and put your entrepreneurial skills to the test!

About you

To be eligible for our Internal Audit programme, you'll need to have, or be on course to achieving a 2:1 in your degree.

We're looking for people who are analytical thinkers, able to overcome a range of challenges. You'll have first class communication skills both written and verbal, and the interpersonal skills to negotiate and challenge as appropriate.

You'll also have real initiative and resourcefulness when it comes to your work, with a meticulous approach to problem solving and attention to detail.

Current openings

Take a look at our programmes that are currently open for application on our website. You can also visit our application advice pages, where you'll find details about the application process, as well as tips and advice to help you at every stage.

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