Welcome aboard the SMBC Aviation Capital Graduate Programme. Every year, we select a small number of high-flying graduates looking for opportunities in the fast-paced, global and dynamic business of aircraft leasing.

Our graduates are given real responsibility and direct involvement on major projects as well as the opportunity to work with transaction team members. As you learn about the different parts of our organisation, you will also develop important relationships and build career enhancing skills all of which will allow you to make a real and immediate impact on our business.

A programme for high fliers

We are looking for natural leaders who are also team players, with a determination to succeed.

Applications are open to postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students. Your particular academic focus is not important, but it would help to have an interest in financial markets and to share our enthusiasm for aviation.

What we offer at a glance

In addition to a first class opportunity to work with one of the leading aircraft leasing companies in the world, our core benefits include:
  • Buddy and Mentor support
  • Learning and development programme
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Active CSR programme
  • Sports and Social Committee
  • 24 annual leave days
  • Ultra-modern offices in the heart of the IFSC

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Hear more on the graduate programme directly from our team

"There's a big focus on you."

Diana Galeriu | Analyst Transaction Execution

Diana joined the Graduate Programme in 2017 in the Legal & Compliance team, having completed a Masters in Aviation & Space Law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Diana comes from Romania originally and moved to Ireland to join our Graduate Programme. Following the successful completion of the Graduate Programme, Diana joined our Transaction Execution team.

"The potential career paths and avenues my first year alone have opened up has exceed what I had expected."

Anthony Boland | Graduate

Anthony is a Business & Law graduate from UCD. He is in his 2nd year of the Graduate Programme working as part of the Strategic Market Analysis Team.

"Our graduates make valuable contributions to the business by bringing their fresh insights and can do attitude."

Aoife Hafner | SVP Commercial Analysis

Aoife is the SVP Commercial Analysis & Execution and Sponsor of the graduate programme. She joined the company in 2017 and has over 13 years's experience in Aircraft leasing. Aoife is part of our Management group and is responsible for the analysis of all the transactions within our business.

"I would recommend the graduate programme because of the opportunities you are given across the company."

Breifne Ryan | VP Aircraft Trading

Following the successful completion of the graduate programme, Breifne joined the Commercial Analysis and Execution team and subsequently moved to the Aircraft Trading team. After a year working in the Dublin office, he had the opportunity to relocate to Tokyo where he has been based for the past 12 months.

Key dates for application

Applications for our 2020 Graduate Programme are now closed.

November 2019 - January 2020: If your application is successful, you will be invited to participate in some or all of the following - online assessments, telephone/video interviews, face to face interviews, assessment centres

February 2020-March 2020: Offers made to candidates

September 2020: Successful graduates begin programme