Risk traineeship

Risk traineeship

Risk management: essential to ING’s future

Risk management is essential to safeguard ING’s future. The Risk traineeship at ING has a broad scope and covers the management of credit risk, market risk, operational risk, model risk and compliance risk. The importance of modelling and data analysis is growing all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities for development in these areas too. As a Risk trainee, you help to do the groundwork for decisions about which risks the bank is – and isn’t – prepared to take.

The Risk traineeship: the route to a pivotal role within risk management

ING’s Risk traineeship prepares you for a future role as a Risk Management Specialist, with the potential to later progress to become a Manager of Risk Specialists, Senior Quantitative Analyst or Manager of Risk Analysis, for example. During this track, you develop a wide range of knowledge and skills related to risk management.

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 risk-related challenge.

Just some examples of assignments include:

  • Analysing annual reports, external reports, financial news and company publications from a risk perspective.
  • Experimenting with big data in a predictive risk model.
  • Providing risk management support to a loans team within ING. Advising colleagues on the structure of contracts and the limiting factors.
  • Making use of innovative technology such as machine learning in predictive analysis for consumer loans.
  • Working for Wholesale Banking in the Environmental and Social Risk team, which is focused on the bank’s risk preparedness in terms of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
  • Building dashboards that provide data-driven insights into non-financial risks.
  • Helping to set up internal processes so as to minimise the risk of fraud.
  • Contributing to a Know Your Customer project in the Compliance department.

During your first rotation you also work together with fellow trainees 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 Risk trainees have worked in London, Madrid or Singapore.
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 risk within the bank in a different team. That experience can come in very useful!

A permanent role lets you go deeper into the risk discipline right from the start. You expand your knowledge and hone your skills, while working on your further development as a Junior Market Risk Manager, Quantitative Analyst or Junior Credit Risk Modelling, for example.

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 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.

Contributing to risk management at ING

Are you curious to find out what risk management entails at ING and how you can support it? Do you understand the huge significance of Risk for the bank? Are you eager to help us achieve our risk management-related strategy and objectives? Does the challenge of striking the right balance between risks, investments and capital fascinate you? Do you love experimenting with data and models, aided by innovative technology? If so, the Risk traineeship at ING is ideal for you!


Choose the Risk traineeship at ING and allow your talent to flourish. Apply for the vacancy of Risk 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: adinda.lapre@ing.com

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