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 assignment: the Finance basics

Your talent manager 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 with trainees from other tracks on a group assignment. This helps you to learn more about the various aspects of ING and Finance’s role within them.

    Your second assignment: the chance to work abroad

    It’s up to you to arrange your second assignment, in consultation with your talent manager. Now it’s a matter of using your network and your own initiative. Many of our trainees take this opportunity to spend six months gaining international experience, such as by working in Brussels, Milan, Istanbul or Sydney.

    Your second year as a trainee: furthering your development in a permanent role

    Your first permanent role, which lasts approximately two years, supports your further development by expanding your knowledge and honing your skills. You can choose to work for a specific business line such as Management Accounting or Financial Accounting, or alternatively at corporate level in Capital Management, Regulatory Reporting, Policies & Procedures or Finance Bank Treasury.

    Global events

    The point of being a trainee is to learn a lot, and we offer you every opportunity to do so... such as during our global events. These are attended by all trainees – across all tracks – from around the world. The training events are very intensive. They last for up to two-and-a-half weeks, including the weekends. You work on core banking skills and personal skills as well as skills that you need for your specific track: Finance.

    More training opportunities

    What do you need in order to grow? Your manager helps you to decide which kind of training you need. The opportunities include personal development, competency development and leadership development as well as training courses related to finance, data or technology. A CFA, ACCA or CIMA qualification is also a fixed part of the programme.

    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.

    We will be holding two selection rounds for the starting date of 1 October 2020:


    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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