Bank manager

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Financial services

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would run a branch of a bank or building society and lead the team of customer advisers.

You’d make sure that people who come into the branch to manage their money get a good service. Your team would advise them about the best options for them and their circumstances.

You’d attract new customers and increase the sales of your bank’s financial products and services. These could include savings schemes, mortgages, loans, insurance and credit cards.

You would:

  • Understand the needs of individual and business customers
  • Develop a business plan for your branch
  • Oversee sales targets and budgets and produce figures and reports
  • Assess the risks of lending money to customers
  • Tell your team about business, marketing and sales plans and explain how to make them work
  • Motivate your staff to meet the sales targets
  • Maintain the brand image and corporate policies
  • Take responsibility for staff supervision and training
  • Make sure that staff follow rules and procedures to prevent fraud
  • Deal with any customer complaints
  • Go to meetings and conferences
  • Promote the bank’s services in the local community

You might run one or several retail (high street) branches.

You would need a thorough understanding of financial product regulations and the legal aspects of banking.

Working conditions


In a retail bank branch you would usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You would also work some Saturday mornings, although some larger high street branches are now opening for longer hours on a Saturday. Some out of hours work can be involved, and you may also be on a rota for security callouts. Part-time work and job sharing may be available


You would be based in an office at your branch.


If you were responsible for several branches in an area, you would need to travel regularly between them.

UK employment status





Self employed


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An honours degree (SCQF level 10) at 2:1 or above for entry to most graduate training programmes. You can apply to this job with a degree in any subject (SCQF level 9/10) but business, economics, accounting, finance or management subjects are recommended.

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  • Accounts
  • Economics
  • Statistics
  • Business
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