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2019 Graduate Programme (Banking and Risk Management)

Office location: Basel
Department: Banking
Unit: Financial Analysis
Employment - Duration: Up to 11 months
Contract type: Fixed-term
FTE%: 100%
Application Deadline: 30/11/2018


2019 Graduate Programme (Banking and Risk Management)

Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate of a bachelor's or master's programme in mathematics, financial engineering, computer science or a related quantitative field? Do you have an interest in the practical application of advanced analytics (eg machine learning and artificial intelligence) or other fields of fintech such as blockchain technology? Would you like to conduct a research project looking into their potential application in our investment or risk management processes?

The Banking and Risk Management graduate programme offers the opportunity to undertake a largely self-directed project for up to 11 months. It allows you to innovate and bring fresh perspectives and new ideas into our business. Specifically, you will look at how emerging technologies can be used to solve complex analytical and quantitative business problems, or to help us develop new business opportunities or products. Your output will directly contribute to BIS banking and risk management activities.

Together we will scope, define and agree on the project, which will depend on your skills and interest/expertise. You will be assigned to work in one of these two units:

  • Financial Analysis - the central point of reference within our Banking Department for knowledge, information and intelligence in reserve/investment management techniques and products. The unit provides services in the form of analytical, technical and advisory support and contributes to the development of our Banking activities.
  • Risk Management – ensures that risks which BIS and its clients are exposed to are identified, appropriately measured, controlled, monitored and reported. The unit develops corresponding policies and proposals, and monitors adherence to defined rules and trading limits.


You will collaborate with leading banking and risk management professionals from around the world, and be part of a stimulating organisational culture characterised by analytical rigour, challenging debate and high-quality output. You will enjoy exposure to ideas and projects beyond your immediate speciality and will play a valuable part in supporting the wider central banking community.

Joining us is not just about launching your international career, it is about doing meaningful work for the public good and serving the global community.

Programme duration:   Up to 11 months
Programme location:   Basel, Switzerland
Programme start date:   October 2019


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree completed between 2017 and 2019
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Interest in banking, risk management and the application of new technologies relevant for the financial sector
  • Experience in fintech applications (machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology) gained, for example, in the context of the master’s thesis
  • Practical experience of coding in Python, Matlab, Microsoft or similar

What we offer:

Working as part of a highly skilled and multidisciplinary team in either the Banking Department or Risk Management, we offer a uniquely rewarding, international work environment that gives you exposure to a range of quantitative and technology-driven projects. And because of our status as an international organisation, we are able to hire globally and welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities. This is your opportunity to work in an international environment alongside colleagues from more than 60 countries.

If you are selected, you will receive a contract for up to 11 months (non-renewable). You will receive a competitive salary net of Swiss income tax, health insurance, return travel and assistance in finding accommodation in Basel.


Application process:

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter setting out your motivation for joining and your specific areas of interest that may be relevant for the programme. Please either attach two letters of reference or provide us with the names and email addresses of two referees that we may contact at the appropriate time.

The application deadline is 5pm CET on Friday 30 November 2018. Interviews will be conducted in December, with employment offers being extended in January 2019.


The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff.


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