Business Banking traineeship

Business Banking traineeship

Business Banking: Helping to make hopes and dreams come true

Entrepreneurs have a right to expect that their bank understands their world. They should be able to depend on a bank that knows where their priorities and challenges lie. Working in Business Banking means helping to make entrepeneurs’ hopes and dreams come true.

In Business Banking, we advise, facilitate and finance more than 600,000 entrepreneurs in the Netherlands... from sole traders and SMEs to internationally active companies – including family businesses – as well as public-sector and healthcare institutions. They can choose how they want to bank with us: a fully digital experience based on self-service, the guidance and advice of a dedicated relationship manager, or a combination of the two.

The Business Banking traineeship: the route to a pivotal position within the bank

The Business Banking track of the ING traineeship prepares you for a broad and varied career within the bank. Are you keen to tackle a variety of roles in the deal driven environment of the Business Banking domain Whether as an advisor, a relationship manager, a lending, real estate or transaction services specialist, an analyst or in a different role – you ensure that entrepreneurs can flourish. The Business Banking traineeship enables you to take your career in all kinds of directions. One thing is for sure: it’s a fast track to a pivotal role within the bank. Your work has a big societal impact because the results of your actions are highly visible.

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 retail banking-related challenge. 

Just some examples of assignments include: 

  • Assistant relationship manager: you develop commercial insights and get an overview of client requirements and front office procedures
  • Helping to organise our biggest business event of the year: ‘Business Boost’
  • Customer Journey Expert in the digital Tribe: you help creating a new FX-conversion tool. And your new network helps your team to organize product workshops
  • Optimising the customer screening process to support our ‘Know Your Customer’ activities
  • Helping to simplify the business loans process so that more customers can gain access to finance.

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.

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 a Business Banking trainee you can gain experience as a Risk Officer or learn about one of our products or processes within the Wholesale Bank. As a Business Banking trainee, you can also do a rotation within Risk or Operations & Change.  

A permanent role lets you go deeper into the field of Business Banking right from the start. You expand your knowledge and hone your skills, while working on your further development as a Customer Journey Expert, for example. Alternatively, you could work as a CX analyst, Junior Relationship Manager or Corporate Lending Specialist.


The world needs to transition to a low-carbon economy and the financial sector has an important role to play in this. At ING we take that role seriously and want to be a banking leader in driving that transition. Our integrated approach to climate action* covers four priorities, for example steering the most carbon-intensive parts of our portfolio towards reaching net zero by 2050.

As a trainee, you will also contribute to ING’s sustainability goals. How? There are two ways to do this:

  1. One of your three rotations will be sustainability related. There are many options! You can join a Sustainable Finance team, work on financial health topics or join a Green Tech initiative.
  2. The other option is to do a (group) assignment, next to your rotation, on a sustainability related topic. The choice is yours.
* Society is transitioning to a low-carbon economy. So are our clients, and so is ING. We finance a lot of sustainable activities, but we still finance more that’s not. See how we’re progressing on

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 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.

Shaping the future of financial services

Are you looking for a springboard to a pivotal role within ING? Does the dynamic and challenging world of Business Banking appeal to you? Do you have an analytical mind, a skill for strategic thinking and commercial feeling? Do you want to make a real contribution to achieving our objectives and help to shape the future of financial services? If so, the Business Banking traineeship at ING is ideal for you!


Choose the Finance traineeship at ING and allow your talent to flourish. Apply for the vacancy of Business Banking 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 this track. Do you have any questions about this traineeship? Don’t hesitate to contact Joëlle Wursten:

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