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

SMBC Aviation Capital Graduate Programme Brochure 2022

Key dates for application

October 1st - Applications Open 

October 31st - Applications Close

November 2021 - January 2022: 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 2022-March 2022: Offers made to candidates

September 2022: Successful graduates begin programme

Hear more on the graduate programme directly from our team

"There's a big focus on you."

Diana Galeriu | Analyst Commercial Negotiation & 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 successful completion pf the Graduate Programme, Diana joined our Transaction Executive team.

"The opportunity to live and study in Japan is unique to the SMBC Aviation Capital graduate programme. This has provided me with fantastic life experience, and skills that I use everyday."

Sean Francis | Analyst

Seán joined the graduate programme in 2019, after graduating in International Commerce and Japanese from DCU, and is now a member of the Customer Management Team

As part of his graduate programme, he completed a 6 month language immersion programme in Japan. This included a 3 month stay in Tokyo, and a 3 month homestay experience in Fukuoka.

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

Aoife Hafner | Head of FPP, Executive sponsor for the Early Careers Group

Aoife is the head of FPP and the executive sponsor of the graduate programme. She joined the company in 2017 and has over 13 years 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.