Finance traineeship

Finance traineeship

Finance: vital for our company

Sound financial advice is vital to safeguard our company’s future. The ING Finance professionals are strategic business partners for the management team. You don’t need us to tell you how important it is to supply the right financial information at the right time. Confidentiality is crucial, because our work is inherently related to sensitive information.

The Finance traineeship: route to a future role as Chief Financial Officer

The Finance traineeship prepares you for a future role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). This track enables you to fine-tune your knowledge and skills in forecasting future results as well as analysing historical ones. You learn how to work with complex computational models and to report to the management team. Finance trainees are unique in having the opportunity to be mentored by one of our current CFOs.

Your first year: two challenging projects

Your trainee manager from HR helps you to choose your first assignment (‘rotation’), which lasts for six months. You set to work on a concrete finance-related challenge.

Just some examples of assignments include:

  • Preparing Wholesale Banking’s monthly reports for head office.
  • Supporting a Management Accounting team for ING in the Netherlands.
  • Getting involved in an ECB stress test.
  • Putting together the figures for the reports for shareholders and supervisory bodies.
  • Helping to prepare the annual accounts for a part of ING.

During your first rotation you also work together with fellow trainees from other tracks on a group assignment to tackle a challenge that is relevant to our business. This gives you the opportunity to expand your network within ING, fine-tune your stakeholder management skills and learn more about yourself at the same time. The group receives guidance from an external coach.

It’s up to you to arrange your second assignment. Now it’s a matter of using your network and your own initiative. We encourage you to gain international experience during this six-month rotation, if the circumstances allow it. For example, previous Finance trainees have worked in Brussels, Milan, Istanbul or Sydney.

Based on the applicable coronavirus restrictions at that time, we will help you to decide whether it is wise to go abroad. If your international project cannot go ahead, we offer you an alternative, such as working on an international project remotely or going on an in-depth extra training course instead.

Your second year: a third assignment or starting in a permanent role

The choice is yours: will you do a third assignment, or do you want to start in your first permanent role? If you decide on a third rotation, you get the opportunity to learn more about another aspect of finance within the bank in a different team. That experience can come in very useful!

A permanent role lets you go deeper into the finance discipline right from the start. You expand your knowledge and hone your skills, and work on your further development within a specific business line such as Management Accounting or Financial Accounting, or perhaps you prefer to work at corporate level in Capital Management, Regulatory Reporting, Policies & Procedures or Finance Bank Treasury.

Training and coaching

The point of being a trainee is to learn a lot, and we offer you every opportunity to do so. Your trainee manager from HR coaches you during your two (or three) rotations and helps you to get the maximum benefit from your traineeship. During your traineeship, you participate in training events together with all ING’s trainees – across all tracks – from around the world. The hybrid events are partly live and partly online, and are focused on developing your professional and personal skills.

During your traineeship you follow a comprehensive training programme. This includes not only training for your professional development but also courses aimed at improving your personal skills. Your traineeship is rounded off with a joint event for all the trainees from your intake year.

One Way of Working, taking everyone’s talent into account

For the past few years, ING has been working in line with the ‘One Way of Working’: agile and in self-managing teams. That enables us to get things done for our customers quickly, and to offer our employees challenging work with lots of autonomy. The self-managing teams are solely responsible for achieving their team objectives, from start to finish. Collaboration, helping one another to improve and continuous innovation are all key aspects of this way of working. The hierarchy is much flatter than in teams organised along traditional lines; everyone’s contribution based on their own expertise and experience is recognised and appreciated. At ING, we use our people’s talents as our starting point and are firmly convinced that team diversity is essential to our strategic success.

Contributing to achieving ING’s goals

Are you keen to help ING achieve its goals by supplying reliable financial information? Do you enjoy digging deep into historical data and are you able to interpret what it means for the future? Do you understand how important the figures are for the bank’s strategy? Would you like to become a valuable business partner for the management team in the future? If so, the Finance traineeship is ideal for you!


Choose the Finance traineeship at ING and allow your talent to flourish. Apply for the vacancy of Finance trainee and convince us of your potential. If you’re successful you’ll be invited to take an online assessment, which is step 2 of the selection procedure for the International Talent Programme.

You can find detailed information about the application and selection procedure here.

We can only accept complete applications, i.e. your CV and (provisional) transcripts of your bachelor and MSc grades at university level. It’s not necessary to upload a cover letter because you will be asked to answer questions about your motivation during the application process.


It’s currently not possible to apply for the traineeship starting in October anymore. After summer we will start with recruiting again for the April class in 2021. Do you have any questions in the meantime? Don’t hesitate to contact Adinda Lapré:

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