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.

A programme for high fliers

Our graduates are given real responsibility and direct involvement in 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. 
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.

In addition to our standard 2 year programme, we also offer graduates the opportunity to specialise in the areas of Accountancy or Law. These 3 year programmes are delivered in partnership with ACCA and The Law Society giving you the opportunity to gain your professional qualification whilst working in the exciting world of aircraft leasing.

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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


To learn more about our Graduate Programme please view the brochure below:

SMBC Aviation Capital Graduate Brochure 22-23.pdf

Key stages of the application process:

26th September 2022

Stage 1: Candidates asked to complete online application form and assessment.

2nd November 2022 – Applications Close

November 2022 – January 2023: If your application is successful, you will be invited to participate in some or all of the following –

Stage 2: Online assessment and video interview

Stage 3: Assessment centre

Stage 4: Face to face interview

February 2023 - March 2023: Offers made to candidates

September 2023: Successful graduates begin programme