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Bank manager

Alternative titles for this job include Building society manager, financial institution manager or director

Bank managers oversee the day-to-day operations of their branch, supervise staff and work to attract new customers.

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter


£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become a bank manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You could take a degree before applying for a management trainee scheme. Although a specific subject is not needed particularly relevant degree subjects include:

  • management
  • accounting
  • economics
  • finance
  • law
  • marketing
  • maths

You could do a retail banking vacation scheme, internship or year placement during your degree. This will give you a head start when applying for trainee manager jobs when you graduate.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You could do a course at college that may give you some of the skills and knowledge to apply for trainee bank manager positions.

Courses include:

  • T Level in Finance

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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You could join a bank as an apprentice and work your way up to management positions. Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • Level 3 Financial services administrator
  • Level 3 Senior financial services customer adviser
  • Level 6 Financial services professional
  • Level 6 Chartered manager degree apprenticeship

If you want to work in commercial or investment banking you could do a Level 7 Senior investment and commercial banking professional higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You could apply to join a bank in a customer service job and work your way up.

You'll usually need a least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, or equivalent qualifications.

You could take further training on the job while you study for management qualifications.

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Further information

You can find more advice about training and working in banking from the London Institute of Banking and Finance and Chartered Banker Institute.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • business management skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • leadership skills
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of your branch or a number of branches. You could:

  • communicate and put into practice, business, marketing and sales plans
  • monitor sales targets and budgets, and produce figures and reports
  • assess lending risk
  • motivate staff to meet targets
  • learn about the needs of individual and business customers
  • make sure that staff follow rules and procedures
  • develop relationships with the local community and businesses
  • deal with customer complaints

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could work towards chartered banker status with the Chartered Banker Institute. This could help broaden your career options at senior management level.

With experience, you could take on responsibility for several branches in a local area or region. You could move into head office operations, or work with the bank's overseas division.

You could also work in corporate or investment banking.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Wealth Management Administration Apprentice

  • Wage: £250.00 - £300.00 Weekly
  • Location: Milton Keynes

Financial Services Administration Apprentice

  • Wage: £281.25 Weekly
  • Location: Cirencester

Courses In England

Business Management (Financial Management) - Foundation Degree

  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Blackpool

ACCA F9 Financial management

  • Start date: 07 January 2022
  • Location: Chichester

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