HSBC South Africa Graduate Programme

Our Graduate Programme identifies and develops talented graduates who will aspire to be the future leaders of our business. We are looking for academically successful individuals who possess excellent interpersonal skills and are passionate about pursuing a career in banking within one of the world’s most successful financial institutions.

This programme offers a variety of exciting opportunities within our organisation to work alongside and learn from extremely successful, talented individuals. The overall objective of the programme is to provide you with a solid foundation to develop your career as a well-rounded, professional banker through a structured, specialised development programme.

Overview of business areas

Global Banking

The Global Banking team is responsible for initiating, developing and managing HSBC's relationships with corporate and institutional banking clients in South and Sub-Saharan Africa. This team is the initial point of contact between the client and the Group's full range of products and services delivered globally.

Global Markets

The Global Markets team offers a full treasury and capital markets service to a wide range of corporate and institutional clients. The products offered cover all asset classes, including the full spectrum of Rand-based facilities, foreign exchange, money markets and fixed income and securities finance, which includes a leading stock borrowing and lending operation bolstered by a hedge fund service that provides full risk management and execution to these funds.

Investment Banking

The Investment Banking team is responsible for developing and maintaining senior relationships with clients of the bank, through strategic discussions including mergers and acquisitions, strategic partner introductions, capital markets (debt and equity), project finance, privatisation, and strategic advisory services.

The team, in conjunction with HSBC’s international Investment Banking Product Specialists and Investment Banking Sector Specialists, generates ideas for clients in relation to the above mentioned services, provides transaction support to our international Investment Banking colleagues, and executes transactions in South Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa, for our clients.


Support areas consist of Compliance, Credit Risk Management, Finance, HTS Service Delivery and Research, Human Resources, Information Technology, Internal Control, Legal and Marketing.

How it works

Programme structure

Our programme runs for 18 months. A graduate will be placed in a specific department for the duration of the programme. There will be no rotation.

As a graduate you will be provided with specific objectives that need to be achieved and provided with performance feedback every three months.

We have an informal mentoring programme in place and you will have the opportunity to select your own mentor within three months on the programme. It is then your responsibility to build and maintain the relationship with your mentor.

Training and development

At HSBC we encourage and support continuous professional development through a variety of training initiatives. Throughout this programme, a combination of formal and on-the-job training will stretch and develop your capabilities.

You will benefit from:

  • An induction programme that includes an introduction to the bank, an overview of the programme, and a chance to network with other graduates and business managers
  • Essential regulatory training and exam study support
  • Business and role-specific training, to extend your technical understanding of the business
  • Support to study for a relevant professional qualification, and access to the best learning materials available

How to apply

Listed below are the minimum requirements that you are required to meet:

  • South African citizen and Non-South African citizens with permanent residence
  • A relevant degree in finance, engineering, sciences, business or economics
  • Completion of post-graduate studies would be advantageous
  • High levels of ambition and self-motivation, supported by a strong desire for a career in banking, within the HSBC Group
  • Leadership and team working capabilities
  • Start or completion towards a CFA qualification


Global Graduate and Internship Programmes

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