International Trainee

Job title: International Trainee

Company: SEB

Contract type: Full-time

Location: Helsinki/Nordics

Application deadline: 02/01/2019

Published: 04/12/2018

SEB’s International Trainee Programme is here and they are now looking for two soon-to- or recent graduates to seize this unique opportunity! During the nine-month programme in 2019-2020 there are going to be several rotations and special training periods abroad on top of the job training in the home team. This year’s placements in Helsinki are in Export Finance and Markets. After the trainee period you’ll find your career path somewhere within the SEB group. Find out more and apply before 2.1.2019!

As a trainee in SEB’s International Trainee Programme you will have a unique opportunity to develop an extensive network and a deep understanding of banking and finance as well as being professionally and personally challenged.

During the Trainee Programme your home base will be the Export Finance team or Markets team in Helsinki. Export Finance is part of Transaction Services within Large Corporates & Financial Institutions – a cornerstone of SEB’s offerings to large corporates, where we daily deliver a world class service to our clients. Markets is a part of the Large Corporates & Financial Institutions division consisting of about 600 employees in 14 countries. You will get an in-depth knowledge of SEB, as well as an option to expand your programme with a one month international internship abroad. You will also have the opportunity to influence the content of your trainee programme based on your ambitions and role. Sounds great, right?

Welcome with your application!


We offer:

  • A nine months trainee programme, designed for professional and personal challenges
  • Opportunity to work for SEB abroad in connection with the programme (personal option)
  • Full-time, permanent employment with market salary and access to SEB´s employee benefits


Export Finance Trainee Position:

As an Export Finance Trainee, you will get hands-on experience in a team that supports customers export business’ by providing finance in a form of structured loans on a global basis. You get to work with international customers which means meetings around the world. Right from the start you will be working with experienced colleagues in global sales processes as well as executing the projects. Your responsibilities include for example market research, financial analysis, credit modelling, contract preparations and support in sales negotiations. You will collaborate with multiple stakeholders including customers, export agencies such as Finnvera, legal offices and colleagues from other departments at SEB.

If you are excited about a versatile role where you can combine your interest in finance, international business and working with clients, this is your opportunity to shine!

Markets Trainee Position:

As a Markets Trainee you will deepen your knowledge in the financial markets in general and in the FICC asset classes (fixed income, currencies and commodities). In Markets we support our corporate and institutional clients in capital markets investing by providing in-depth analysis, advisory and execution. Your responsibilities include for example following the financial markets and trends and modelling different scenarios with statistical methods. You will work with diverse tasks to get a good overview of the various products and roles within Markets and get to learn from experienced colleagues.

If you are passionate about the financial markets, enjoy quantitative analysis and follow the global economy, this is your spot!

About the International Trainee Programme:

  • The trainee programme consists of three main parts: common SEB courses, individual development, cross collaboration activities and on-the-job training.
  • The common courses are divided into blocks and include communication & negotiation skills, agile way of working and personal development & self-awareness.
  • Exchanges with other units in and outside your home country will be a natural part of the trainee programme.
  • You also have the option to add a month´s internship abroad after the main programme.
  • You will start the programme in September 2019 together with around twenty other trainees in the Nordics, Baltics and Germany. In the Export Finance Trainee position, we hope that you can start your SEB journey already during spring 2019 (start date negotiable).


There are many new players in the field of banking and we need to be quick on our feet and challenge ourselves daily. Here you have a great opportunity to make a difference!

To enjoy working at SEB you are passionate, humble and possess a potential and desire to lead yourself and others. Our vision is to deliver world class service and therefore we look for committed and customer driven people who collaborate and strive for simplicity.

Your future manager, Tommi Kuhanen, describes the work in Export Finance“When you help a client to close a deal with their customer, you have provided a true value add and that is what we do in Export Finance.”

Your future manager, Jussi Lepistö, describes the work in Markets“In Markets we work in a constantly fluctuating and evolving market where we need to be able to provide our clients with insight into current affairs and market events. In order to do this, we emphasize a pro-active, analytical and collaborative approach to our work. What this requires is a genuine interest in the financial markets combined with strong analytical skills combined with the ability to adapt one’s way of working to the needs of the client. While challenging, this environment provides people with a platform that supports continuous learning and personal development.”


We will provide you with everything we can for you to get a kick-start career in SEB. In return, we ask for this:

  • An academic degree in business, engineering, social sciences or equivalent – We appreciate diversity in backgrounds, therefore your motivation, attitude and career goals are more important than your study major
  • You are, or soon to be, graduated and have some work experience
  • You are fluent in written and spoken Finnish and English
  • You are eager to pursue a career at SEB after graduation/traineeship

It is not a requirement but a plus if you have experience acquired through leading projects, have worked within customer service or other service areas and have studied/worked abroad.

As an Export Finance Trainee you will be working in a customer facing role and therefore the ability to build relations and drive to take ownership of your own work are crucial. We hope that you have a can-do attitude and a strong drive forward. You also have excellent communication skills. You are a fast learner and continuously seek to develop your competence with an entrepreneurial mind-set. You work accurately with numbers and documentation and are a proficient user with Microsoft Office tools. In this role it is important that you are willing to spend time abroad.

As a Markets Trainee you need to stay updated on current topics in the global economy, and therefore a curious mind and an urge to deepen your knowledge are important. You are a person with strong analytical skills, mathematical problem-solving capacity and data analysis capability (excel/VBA, Python, R and other similar tools/languages). You approach the big picture as well as smaller details in a structured way and strive to simplify what is complex. As we work with customers and in a close team, you believe in collaboration and have great social skills.


Ever since founded in the service of enterprise over 160 years ago, we have played an active part in the development of the societies and markets in which we operate. We have long been the bank of choice for large corporate customers and institutions in the Nordic countries. We strive to create a workplace for people who want to grow and develop, and who are committed to supporting our customers to reach their goals. We provide scope for development and we always want our employees to feel valued, included and engaged.

We are 320 colleagues in Finland, working at our brand-new activity-based office in the centre of Helsinki. Our office is designed for us – to support good collaboration and wellbeing at work. We are proud of our high engagement and job satisfaction. At SEB you can combine the opportunities of an international organisation with the responsibility, flexibility and variety of tasks enabled by our relatively small and thus agile teams in Helsinki.

Learn more about our organization, how we see our role in the society and our vision on Curious to hear more about the programme from previous trainees? Learn more from this video:


Please submit your application documents at the latest on 2nd of January 2019 for the Export Finance Trainee position here: and for the Markets Trainee position here: that your application documents should include 1) your cover letter, 2) your CV and 3) your latest Degree certificate or Transcript of records of your studies in English (or in Finnish). For the Export Finance Trainee position, please indicate your possible starting date in the cover letter. Please submit your documents in PDF form.

In your cover letter please answer these two questions:

  • Why are you interested in building your career at SEB?
  • What motivates you in the Export Finance Trainee / Markets Trainee role?

The recruitment process includes first-round phone interviews with selected candidates facilitated by aTalent Recruiting and for top candidates who pass the first selection the next round will include aptitude tests and an all-day recruitment day called SEB Day (please reserve already all day on Tuesday 22nd of January). In order to promote diversity and equality, part of the recruitment process will be done anonymously. In practice we will remove your personal identification details from the application documents to facilitate unbiased selection. Please note that the whole recruitment process is not anonymous.

For more information about the Trainee Programme see: If you have questions about the recruitment process contact our recruitment partner aTalent Recruiting’s Recruitment Manager Vilma Järvinen (+358 50 513 4740, vilma.jarvinen[at] during 4.-20.12.2018, 30.12.2018 and 2.1.2019.