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NN GroupFinance Traineeship (EN)

Application deadline 29-05-2016
Start date 01-09-2016


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Den Haag
29-05-2016 (For Past)


Den Haag
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You Matter

NN Group is an insurance and asset management company active in more than 18 countries,with a strong history that stretches back 170 years. NN Group includes Nationale-Nederlanden, NN and NN Investment Partners.

At NN we want to make financial services more personal and relevant for our customers. That is why we need people like you. People who tend to look after other people, are used to taking initiative and responsibility and don’t give up before they achieve something.

NN Group offers you a traineeship in which you can progress strongly in your personal development with the right support. Together we can build something that really matters. In a working environment where you can shape your own growth and your personality, talents and ideas really matter. 

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The program will last three years in which you will fulfill two positions of 1,5 years. Since you will start immediately in a position we are looking for talents that already know what they want and can be of value immediately. In the period of 1,5 years you will thoroughly develop your talents and expertise and learn a lot from your experience. After that you will take the next step and apply your talents in an even more challenging role. This 2nd role will preferably be in another department than where you have started so you will get a better understanding of NN Group as a whole.

Learning on the job will play a significant role in your development. For this you will be coached by a manager and/or an experienced senior. A talent manager will coach you in your personal and career development during the whole program.

During the 3 years you will build up a strong network with your fellow trainees. You will learn a lot from intensive cooperation with your fellow trainees due to the diversity in backgrounds and expertise. Together you will participate in a learning journey that will be centered around personal development, problem solving, insurance, change management, innovation and so on. You will get a lot of freedom and possibilities to shape the program with your peers. We expect you to take opportunities as they arise and solve problems that you encounter.

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Change leader

We challenge you to be a change leader within NN Group. This means that you will be involved with several initiatives to innovate products and processes, and also help other employees achieve this. As a change leader you will have an important role in our culture change and we expect you to apply your talents optimally for the organization.

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The Finance traineeship is one of the tracks in which you can start as a trainee within NN Group. This track is for students with a financial background who want to apply their talents in the field of Finance. As a Finance trainee you will work in a big financial services company and you can imagine that there is a wide variety of opportunities for you to make a difference. You will make financial plannings and analyses for management. You will collect data for the reports and convert these in business advice. Typical roles are as a management accountant or a financial accountant. This can be both in the business and at group level.

The Finance traineeship is open for both Dutch and international students with a sufficient level of the English language.

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Are you the new Finance trainee we are looking for?

  • You have your Masters-degree in Finance (or you expect to graduate in the coming months)
  • You like working with numbers and are able to understand Finance in a financial institution quickly and thoroughly.
  • You have a maximum of 2 years work experience from the moment you graduated.
  • You have significant experience in extracurricular activities. This can be in both a leadership role and in other roles. As long as you clearly show what added value you have had in various situations.
  • You are ambitious to get the best out of yourself and to develop yourself towards senior roles.
  • You have a strong self-awareness and you know what you want.
  • You have well developed communication skills.
  • You have a proactive attitude that shows from your extracurricular activities. (topsports, entrepreneurship, commitees, workexperience)
  • You are result driven (even when confronted with resistance)
  • You show personality.
  • You are fluently in English.
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Applying and want to know more?

Interested in this traineeship? Apply by sending your resume and motivation to Make sure to mention which direction of the traineeship has your preference in the subject line of your e-mail. In case you have any questions regarding the traineeship or the application procedure you can contact us through You can also call Business Talent Network and ask to speak to Annabel Clasing via +3120 6202144, NN Group recruits trainees in cooperation with Business Talent Network.

The application procedure

All new NN trainees will start on 1 september 2016. The registration has opened and the process will be divided in three stages, as stated in point 4. We value the personality of our applicants and find it very important to get to know you once you apply. We want to find out how you can be of added value for NN and especially our customers. Also, we want to make sure you get to know NN. This will help us decide if you are a suitable candidate and, equally important, it will help you decide if you want to continue your application with us. Apart from certain basic criteria such as a Masters degree, we will focus on you as an individual. We would like to invite you to do the same and to include this in your application. Additionaly, we are curious to hear about your vision on society, our part in society as an insurance company and how you want to contribute to that. 

Stage 1: Motivation letter and resume

As mentioned earlier, we value getting to know you as an individual very highly, please pay attention to this from the beginning onward! 

We would like to ask you to process the following questions in your motivation letter. NOTE: We understand that you might not have enough space to also tell something extra about yourself because of the questions, that is why you can expand your letter to two pages.

What is your vision on current, relevant developments in society?
What do you consider the appropriate way for NN to deal with these developments?
What would you personally like to contribute to these developments?
After the application deadline, we will get back to you within one week to tell you if you are invited to complete the online capability-test.

Stage 2: Online capability-test

Once you are invited to stage 2, we invite you to complete the online capability-test, executed by PiCompany. The test will consist of several components, such as series of numbers, series of figures and matrices. Within a few days after completing the test we will get back to inform you if you get to continue to stage 3.

Stage 3: Interview with two NN-employees.

In this stage we will invite you to the NN office to have an interview with two NN-employees. We find it very important that both the applicant and the NN-employees have an equal role in this interview. Please do not hesitate to ask questions and just be yourself!

Stage 4: Talent Selection Day

If you are through to the next stage, you will be invited to the Talent Selection Day. Please have a look below to see the three possible moments to apply for this internship.  During this day you will be invited to take part in a challenging programme with various assignments. These assignments are designed so that we can get an even clearer image of you and your motivation to come and work for NN. 
Please note: the spots won’t be divided evenly and we use a first-in, first-serve approach to the applications. The earlier you apply, the more spots will be available. We also hold ourselves to the right to cancel the last Talent Selection Day, if we have been able to  find enough suitable candidates earlier on in the process.

Application Deadline                         Talent Selection Day
3 April 2016                                       3 & 4 May 2016
1 May 2016                                        1 June 2016
29 May 2016                                      27 June 2016

Stage 5: Interview with two managers

In this last round you will have your last interview with two managers of the position you may possibly start. Again, also in this round we find it very important to get to know you as an individual and your personal motivation to work for NN. You will also be invited to share your opinion on the Insurance business and current relevant cases.

Experiences of a current trainee

My name is Benjamin van de Klundert and I’ve been working for NN Group since september 2011. I started working in Management Accounting for the damage department, where I was responsible for the monthly report processes. After 1,5 years I transferred to the Corporate Development team, to work on the position of NN Group on the stock market. My main task was to coördinate all (+/- 600) employees involved in Dataroom and the organization of the due dilligence sessions. After a succesfull stock market launch I started working for the business unit ING Re in november 2014, for which I was based in Tokyo for six months. From there, I worked on the transition project, where we’ve moved a team of specialists from Japan to The Netherlands.

I had several reasons to apply for the traineeship with NN. Apart from the interesting assignments and educational opportunities I felt at home between the other employees. Your co-workers are the people with whom you interact more than anyone else, which is why you have to make sure you can get along with them. Besides, this traineeship offered me an excellent opportunity to develop profesionally and even more personally. This has been of great value, and it is something I will never forget.


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Experiences of a current trainee

Within NN Group, several opportunities for improvement are available, which is the reason I thought of writing my letter of motivation for the Finance Traineeship of this organization. Whereas most companies advertise their company is the finest, NN indicated they are doing a very good job, but still much work remains to be done. As I was just graduated in my master Finance, I thought I could be of added value for further growth or improvement in this company. Also, during the in-house day, I noticed NN Group truly cares about your personality, and that people in the organization approach you in an open manner. These were for me the main reasons to decide to start writing that letter of motivation. At this moment, being for half a year within the company already, I did not regret that decision for a moment. I started at Finance Strategy, a department mainly driven on projects focusing on improvements in the finance function while linking between the Finance and Risk function. I get the opportunity to work on challenging projects, and I can also see what my colleagues in other projects are working on through the weekly stand-up meetings. For me personally, I really value the fact that you can be of added value within your department directly, while being in a traineeship at the same time. Every month, trainee business days and training days are organized for all trainees, to ensure we all get to know the company very well, but also to get to know ourselves even better by continue to develop ourselves. As every trainee starts at a different department, you will have a very broad network throughout the whole organization directly. So there is always someone you can ask for advice when needed, or with whom you can grab a coffee, or even start the Friday afternoon drinks with.

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Working at NN Group

Pension / Insurance
Headquarters Holland
Den Haag