Trainee programme

You have goals – we’ll take you further.

Do you think in a joined-up way and enjoy responsibility? Like pursuing and committing to bold, innovative solutions? Then you’ve come to the right place! Our trainee programme will help you attain your goals. Launch your career at PostFinance and gain an extensive insight into one of Switzerland’s leading financial service providers over a 12-month period.

An overview of our trainee programme

Duration
12 months
Start
Always in March
Level of employment
80%–100%
Salary
CHF 78,000 per annum
Application period
3 to 30 October 2022 for a start in March 2023
October 2023 for a start in March 2024

Programme schedule

One year, two exciting placements and many different projects. Our trainee programme lays the foundation for your career and helps you to discover which direction you’d like to develop in.

During your trainee programme, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of two departments, spending six months in each. Your application determines the first placement. You then decide on the second one. You also have the opportunity to spend 20 percent of your time working on and driving forward projects outside of your placements. Here you can choose between exciting projects from the entire PostFinance world, giving you the chance to find out what you’re really interested in.

Targeted workshops and your personal training budget will help you to continue developing, both professionally and personally. By completing a wide range of tasks, you’ll have the best opportunities to network with others and to benefit from the knowledge of many different employees from various departments. You decide what your year at PostFinance will look like – based entirely on your interests.

Placements starting in March 2023

  • The Digital Assets department is tasked with taking PostFinance into the Web 3.0 era. In an initial step, we’re doing this on the market with a solution for the trading and safekeeping of crypto-currencies. Various other projects are currently under way. As a trainee, you’ll perform exciting tasks related to these projects, gaining an insight into a future-oriented market and a major growth area for PostFinance.

    Recruitment contact person:

    Alexander Thoma, Value Stream Lead & Head Digital Assets, tel. +41 76 346 73 46

  • Interested in strategic issues in the Retail Banking, Payment Solutions, Digital First Banking and Platform Business units? Looking to apply the methods and expert skills you’ve acquired on your degree programme and for the chance to shape the future of PostFinance in its entirety? Then you’ve come to the right place! Help us to define the strategy for the next strategy period for all of PostFinance. As a trainee, you’ll work closely with our team, as well as with the top management and representatives of various units, including on setting the strategic priorities for the coming years. You’ll have the ideal opportunity to prepare for your future career by working on projects in different areas, and also to develop a wide network.

    Recruitment contact person:

    Lorena Fankhauser, Strategy Specialist, tel. +41 76 817 29 28

  • Join our “in-house law firm” where you and your team will support the various organizational units in dealing with legal issues. Here you’ll answer the various legal questions of the line concerning PostFinance products and services or projects. You’ll also deal with challenging customer responses and provide advice while taking account of the legal risks. Our field of practice is very wide-ranging, but we mainly focus on private law (Swiss Civil Code, Swiss Code of Obligations) where we come into contact with (almost) all other areas of law.

    Recruitment contact person:

    Marie-Géraldine Binder, Legal Counsel, tel. +41 58 341 48 89

  • The “Operations Services” unit is the backbone of PostFinance. We handle a wide range of customer requests – including account opening, the reconciliation of payments, the assessment and approval of loan and mortgage applications. As part of efficiency-improvement measures, you’ll support various digitization, automation and sourcing projects. You’ll learn about the various facets and roles of PostFinance’s innovation process – and about the profiles of project managers, business analysts, architects, customer journey owners and many more too.

    Recruitment contact person:

    Partner & Performance Management:
    Remo Gygax, tel. +41 76 411 06 33, remo.gygax@postfinance.ch
    Kevin Lehmann, tel. +41 79 426 85 92

  • Want to make a contribution to financial management at PostFinance with your head for figures? Then you’re in just the right place at Controlling. Together with the planning team, you’ll support the planning and forecasting process and combine the planning of the units to provide a fuller overall picture. Reporting duties and monthly processing concerning interest rates also fall within your remit. You’ll also help to digitize our reporting procedures.

    Recruitment contact persons:

    Res Willener, Planning Team Leader, tel. +41 79 576 35 05
    Sandro Walker, Senior Controller Planning and Practice Supervisor, tel. +41 76 309 44 37

  • Interested in all aspects of a bank – finance, IT, analytics, sales, projects, strategy, HR, and much more. Do you find rigid, analogue working methods old fashioned? Then you’re in the right place at Internal Auditing. This is where you can gain an insight into all the workings of PostFinance. Experienced colleagues will introduce you to the modern and agile skills required in auditing and consulting. You can also generate added value using R, Python, SQL, Tableau and Co. But don’t worry: you don’t need to be a professional in these languages and tools, as you can acquire them during your time with us.

    Recruitment contact person:

    Hanspeter Baumann, hanspeter.baumann@postfinance.ch, tel. +41 79 253 22 08

  • Work with us to create the marketing of the future! Marketing and customer needs are more than just buzzwords to you, but instead a key element of your professional (or daily) motivation? Would you like to understand customers and use new methods to evaluate their needs? Is providing the right PostFinance solution important to you and are you motivated to ensure it is aligned and marketed in the best possible way? Then show us your enthusiasm and help us to steer our retail business and define the right mix for our marketing plan.

    Recruitment contact person:

    Adrian Marti, Market Manager Retail, tel. +41 76 466 36 81

  • Together with the Corporate Responsibility (CR) team, you’ll tackle the major sustainability challenges. Smart, and with a lot of courage and commitment, you’ll help us to impress our clients with sustainable and innovative solutions, while also having a positive impact on the environment and society. After all, this is the only way to make banking truly meaningful and enjoyable. Sustainability is a diverse area. You’ll have the opportunity to support projects related to gender equality, as well as measures to reduce our carbon footprint. You’ll also take responsibility for setting up and managing an internal corporate responsibility community and will support its active commitments. You’ll always be focused on making a lasting impact.

    Recruitment contact person:

    Stefanie Haag, Corporate Responsibility Specialist, tel. +41 76 561 39 18

  • Help us to drive forward customer centricity at PostFinance. We want to gain a better understanding of our customers’ requirements and to satisfy them with innovative products and services. We’ll involve you directly in our solution-finding activities.

    Interested in which solutions might appeal to our private and business customers? Want to take on responsibility for leading a project with plenty of flexibility? Then get started and help us to optimize our customer community for private customers, while at the same time developing a customer community for SMEs. You’ll have the chance to influence how we interact with these two communities in future. Help us to get even closer to our customers in future by improving our customer journeys so that we can involve them in our decision-making consistently and easily.

    Recruitment contact person:

    Nicole Marchon Besson, Customer Journey Owner,  tel. +41 76 423 08 34

What you should bring as a trainee

Different skills are needed to meet requirements depending on the specialist unit. We’re looking for people who think and act boldly, i.e. doers, for our trainee programme.

What you’ll bring:

  • You’ll have graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree (traditional university/university of applied sciences) within two years of the start of the programme.
  • You have already gained initial work experience in internships or part-time jobs.
  • You have a strong command of German.
  • You think and act in a joined-up way, display initiative and enthusiasm for progress, your decision-making is based on data and facts and you’re a great team player.

Your benefits as a trainee

Professional and personal development

  • You’ll assume responsibility early on and will be involved in operational and conceptual tasks and projects.
  • You’ll have a CHF 3,000 training and development budget available to acquire the specific skills you need.
  • Regular development and feedback meetings throughout the traineeship will help you to constantly improve.
  • In addition to your work in this specialist unit, you’ll have the chance to undertake mini-internships at our Customer Center, a branch and the accounting department so you get to know our business inside out.

Developing your network at PostFinance

  • You’ll gain an insight into various departments within PostFinance.
  • The close contact and networking events with other trainees and graduate interns means you’ll develop an extensive network.
  • Even during your trainee programme, you can take part in the regular trainee-alumni meetings of Swiss Post and PostFinance to benefit from the experiences of (former) trainees.

Apply now as a trainee – here’s how

  • Apply online for the traineeship via our vacancies page. For a full application, we just need your CV and references. Tell us about your placement preferences when you send your application. Optionally, you can tell us about why you’d like to join our programme. You’ll receive an automatic confirmation of receipt after sending your application.

  • We’ll take the time to look at your documents. You can follow the status of your application at any time via your The link will open in a new window candidate profile.

    • If your application matches the profile we’re looking for, we’ll let you know about the next stages in the process.
    • If we’re unable to consider your application, you’ll receive a written rejection letter.

    Due to the large number of applications, we are unable to provide individual feedback for every rejected candidate. We appreciate your understanding. Maybe you’ll be successful next time? Find out about current exciting job opportunities via our Jobmail  or join our PostFinance Talent Community  to be the first to know as soon as we have traineeships available.

  • We look forward to getting to know the person behind the application better. You’ll be invited to a time-saving video interview. We want to get to know you better as a person to decide whether we’re a good fit.

    After reviewing all the video interviews, we’ll invite you to our trainee selection day. If we’re unable to consider your application any further, you’ll receive a written rejection letter. If you require detailed feedback, please get in touch with the contact person indicated in the advertisement.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to ask current trainees questions at our trainee selection day. Interviews and a case study will also take place. Our selection day allows you to find out more about PostFinance, your tasks and the general conditions.

    We advise you to take the opportunity to ask lots of questions so you can make the best decision for you and your career.

  • After a thorough assessment of candidates, we’ll inform you verbally whether or not you’ve been offered the job.

    If you’re offered the job, we’ll send you confirmation of employment and then your personal individual employment contract. You’ve done it! Congratulations and welcome to PostFinance. We look forward to working with you.

    Even if you’re unsuccessful, make sure to keep in touch with us and subscribe to our Jobmail. We’d be delighted if you applied again.

  • In the first few weeks you’ll get to know your team, your tasks and the relevant tools. You’ll also attend your first information and networking event with the other interns and the entry programme managers. At the “Welcome to PostFinance” event, you’ll meet many other new employees, expand your network and find out about our strategy, vision and the various units.

Our current and former trainees

Want to know what trainees do at PostFinance? Or what they thought of their individual training programme and which placements they did? Or do you simply want to chat and ask burning questions? Get to know our trainees and alumni and gain exclusive insights into our trainee programme.

  • Trainee Corporate Responsibility & HR Solutions

    “When completing my master’s degree at the University of St. Gallen in Marketing Management, I focused heavily on the issue of sustainability. But simply attending courses on the topic wasn’t really enough for me. That’s why I decided to focus on this issue professionally. The traineeship in corporate responsibility allowed me to gain hands-on experience in this field and to play a part in implementing PostFinance’s corporate responsibility measures. I had the opportunity to work on exciting projects for a six-month period. I was also highly impressed by PostFinance’s open culture. I got a warm welcome from my team right from the outset. Workshops and courses I attended as part of my trainee programme really helped me to develop as a person. I recently started my second placement at the HR Solution Team where I’m now working on staff development. In addition to my main placement, I was also able to spend 20 percent of my time working on a Digital Assets project. This combination makes the PostFinance trainee programme absolutely unique and it enables graduates with wide-ranging interests to find the position that suits them best at PostFinance.”

    Contact: debora.arnold@postfinance.ch

  • Risk Management expert

    Having been instantly captivated by the openness and friendliness of the PostFinance staff at a graduate job fair in autumn 2018, I actually ended up becoming a trainee in risk management a few months later in Bern. From the very first day, I was able to give my own opinion on a number of really interesting finance-related topics, and even take on some responsibility for individual sub-projects. I was both challenged and encouraged in equal measure and was able to acquire the specialist and personal skills required for my current position as an interest-rate risk manager. In this role, my colleagues and I monitor the interest differential business on a daily basis and look for ways in which PostFinance can profitably invest the customer deposits entrusted to it on the capital markets. The trainee programme was the perfect preparation for this challenging job.”

    Contact: samuel.wuethrich@postfinance.ch

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