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Bank of Ireland - Graduate Programme

Applications are currently open for two positions on Bank of Ireland's Graduate Programme.

The two streams, IT and Group Risk will be for a period of 2 years (consisting of 3 rotations of 8 months each).  Candidates who are interested in applying do not have to have a background in IT or Risk but should have a minimum of a Level 8 qualification in any discipline to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Programme.

The closing date for applications is 12pm,  Wednesday 21st April 2021. 

Overview of Group Risk Graduate Programme

Group Risk leads the processes by which the Group determines our Risk capacity, establishes our Risk appetite and oversees Risk taking, within appetite, across all Key Risks. Group Risk ensures there are frameworks in place to identify, assess, measure and monitor risks against established limits.

Group Risk develops the Risk appetite which acts as a boundary consideration to our business strategy and supports an appropriate risk culture in pursuit of our business objectives. It deploys and maintains risk frameworks, policies, controls, methodologies and standards. It provides 'second line defence' challenge within business decision processes employing domain expertise and technical models. Group Risk is an independent central function within the Group.

The people in Group Risk are not just bankers; we’re also statisticians, mathematicians, engineers, data scientists, accountants, economists, negotiators and real estate experts.

The Opportunity

The Group Risk Graduate Programme offers roles with real responsibilities and deliverables, working alongside some of our most talented Risk leaders. We will develop your capability, provide you with new skills and challenge you to bring a new perspective to our business.

 What you can expect in return

Over the two year programme, you will be provided with three different Risk roles with market-leading specialists, on and off the job training to build the necessary knowledge, skills and experience and a contact network to develop a very successful career.


Fiona McGonigle, BA Mathematics & Education from NUIG

The rotations help you to quickly expand your network. I have been exposed to different areas of the Bank through my rotations. Throughout my first rotation, I gained great insights into Global Markets which I found really interesting. I’m now in a completely different area, doing reporting and analysis on the Bank’s mortgage books. These experiences have given me a much better idea of which area I want to work in when I finish the Graduate Programme.

Download the full job description here (MS Word) (PDF)

 Overview of IT Graduate Programme

The IT Division is responsible for managing the strategic IT landscape across all businesses within Bank of Ireland, enabling and improving the customer experience through technology. IT is accountable for the provision and maintenance of consistent and reliable systems to support superior and profitable products, services, innovative solutions and technological advice that will ensure the Bank can sustain and build the organisation.

 The Opportunity

As part of this two year Programme, you will learn more about the overall Bank of Ireland Group and will be afforded the opportunity to spend time with one of the main business areas that we support to gain an invaluable insight and understanding of key business drivers and priorities.  You will also partner with our third party providers such as Accenture, Dell and IBM to deliver on IT solutions for the business.

The IT Graduate Programme will provide you with first hand practical experience in supporting all our businesses through Process Automation (Design and Implementation) and Infrastructure Design (Architects & Strategists) working across a broad suite of systems, emerging technologies and programmes.

 What you can expect in return

As part of your time on the programme you will manage a number of projects to support the Working Together agenda, collaborating with stakeholders at all levels. Working Together is our people framework to deliver on the division’s key priority areas.

As well as this, all of our IT Graduate Programme participants get the chance to undertake our Diploma in Banking, Operations & Digital which is in conjunction with UCD and the Institute of Banking.

Download the full job description here (MS Word) (PDF)



  1. Log into your WAMWorks account.
  2. Tick the box which says 'Bank of Ireland - Graduate Programme and upload your CV directly underneath. 
  3. Apply before 12pm, Wednesday 21st April 2021
  4. You will then receive a follow up email from the WAM Team requesting details of which stream you wish to be put forward for and details of your interview accommodations. 

To make enquiries or to request this information in an alternative format please contact WAM directly by phoning 01 716 8844 or email wam@ahead.ie.


For more opportunities, please see our Current Opportunities page.

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