Kick-start your career at Europe’s biggest online bank and one of the biggest IT companies in the Netherlands.
IT is the beating heart if ING. It touches every aspect of the bank and forms the basis for many of our innovations. As a result, you will learn about lots of those aspects and parts of the bank as an IT trainee. We are the midst of a revolutionary transformation from a traditional bank into an IT company with a banking licence. We’re leading the way in terms of mobile applications based on various operating systems. The large majority of our customer contact takes place online. Every day, millions of customers use the ING mobile banking app and numerous transactions are performed.
Today’s IT decisions influence how our company will look in five years’ time. That’s why we invest not only in things like DBaaS, APIs and cloud solutions, but also innovative fintech initiatives and other start-ups. We implement the very best IT solutions and develop our own software. We do much of our work in line with the continuous delivery method and in DevOps teams. We are working on very complex material in a global world, which makes working in IT at ING even more challenging and exciting.
The IT traineeship: use your talents to the fullest
ING’s IT traineeship prepares high potentials for a future role as a Development Engineer, (Cyber) Security Specialist or IT Chapter Lead, for example. The exact route you take depends on your preferences and how you want to make use of your competencies in the future, but there’s no question that you will learn a huge amount and have every opportunity to use your talents to the fullest. You will also receive a lot of support from your manager, fellow trainees and your HR trainee manager to help you make the right move.
Your first year: two challenging projects
Your HR trainee manager helps you to choose your first rotation, which lasts for six months. You set to work on a concrete IT-related challenge.
- Just some examples of assignments include:
- Setting to work as a back-end developer for one of ING’s internal start-ups
- Working on the front-end development of ING’s mobile banking or ING’s investment app
Creating or automating various scenarios that are used to measure the impact of potential cyber security attacks.
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 IT trainees have worked in Bucharest, Manila or Katowice.
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: your third assignment and starting in a permanent role
You’re still in charge, your third rotation is arranged by you. Your HR trainee manager will help you in the decision making; will this last rotation be done to deepen knowledge of your business (within your track), of do you decide to do this rotation within a different track? Imagine: as an Analytics trainee you can gain experience as IT Engineer, or learn about one of our products or processes within the Wholesale Bank. Or as Retail Banking trainee, you can do a rotation within Risk or Operations & Change.
A permanent role lets you go deeper into the IT discipline right from the start. You expand your knowledge and hone your skills, while working on your further development as a DevOps Engineer, Python Developer, Enterprise Architect or Security Specialist, for example.
Training and coaching
The point of being a trainee is to develop yourself and learn a lot, and we offer you every opportunity to do so. Your HR trainee manager coaches you during your three rotations and helps you to get the maximum benefit from your traineeship. During your traineeship, you participate in two Global Trainee events together with all ING’s trainees – across all tracks – from around the world. The first event is at the start of your traineeship, the second event is towards the end of your two-year traineeship. The events will be held live once circumstances allow this, and are focused on developing your professional and personal skills.
During your traineeship you follow a flexible training programme. For every traineeship we set one mandatory training, with content which is very relevant to your part of the bank. On top of this, you can follow two training courses that you’ll choose, which match with your rotation or permanent role.
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 methodology 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.
Help to build a new type of bank
Are you keen to join a company with a real engineering culture? To work with the best of the best people and state-of-the-art software? And to continuously contribute to IT-related innovations to enable us to offer our customers better, faster and more efficient service? In other words: are you keen to help us build a new type of bank? If so, the IT traineeship at ING is ideal for you!
Choose the IT traineeship at ING and allow your talent to flourish. Apply for the vacancy of IT 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.
We are currently redesigning our traineeship, but we promise it remains an international, challenging and a (soft) skills development journey.