Kenexa, a global provider of business solutions for human resources, is helping Standard Chartered Bank, to recruit 500 graduates per year in 30 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The multi-language, multi-location recruitment initiative will help the bank to select candidates for two graduate intake programmes: a two-year international management programme, for the future leaders of six business functions in the bank, and a one-year fast-track programme for relationship managers in local countries.

“To help us become the world’s best international bank, we want to recruit graduates from different backgrounds who have the potential to be great future people, product and thought leaders and who can deliver great customer service,” said Eden Britt, Head of Talent Acquisition for Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered.

Greg Barber, Head of MA and Graduate Talent Acquisition at Standard Chartered, said: “Kenexa’s global capability will help us to reduce our hiring costs, improve our recruitment process and ensure that we achieve greater consistency over the quality of the candidates we hire. Through their research and leadership work in emerging markets, they have a great understanding of which applicants are likely to be the best fit for our business. Their service will also help us to provide an improved recruitment experience for candidates.”

“Our strategic focus is to continue our growth in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.” “Kenexa will help us to appoint top level graduates who can work in international teams in these exciting and high growth markets. This programme is a springboard to becoming a future leader of the bank.”