The RMB Class Of Programme is a unique Programme founded by Paul Harris (one of the founders and former CEO of the FirstRand Group) to bring street-smart mavericks and lateral thinkers with at least three years’ working experience  into the bank. These recruits are placed on a rotational programme to learn more about Corporate and Investment Banking, while the bank in turn uses the opportunity to learn from these inquiring, unconventional minds.

Who should apply?

At RMB we believe that great minds do not always have to think alike. That’s why we are looking for people with a unique ability to view the world differently to join the RMB Class Of Programme. These candidates are smart, driven and have excelled in all aspects of their lives, from academics to culture and sport. They are also Solutionist Thinkers and have the ability to question the norm and disrupt the status quo by applying the functional skills they’ve learnt in their lives to the world of Corporate and Investment Banking. Are you that person who will shape the future of banking??

The Class

At RMB it is not unusual to run into engineers, data scientists and even software developers. These diverse individuals have all ‘graduated’ from RMB’s Class Of Programme and are challenging the boundaries to create new opportunities that benefit our business, clients and society.


For the past 25 years, the RMB Class Ofs helped RMB grow into the success story it is today. In 2018 the Class Of 2018 made a 20-hour trip across the Atlantic to attend Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway AGM in Omaha. The Class Ofs motivated their trip to learn from one of the most influential businessmen in the world as part of their rotations at RMB. See what other alumni had to say about their time spent on the RMB Class Of Programme.


What does a traditional investment banker look like? Definitely a person with a head for numbers and a few financial degrees, you may think. True, but at RMB you are also likely to run into engineers, data scientists and even software developers who have ‘graduated’ from RMB’s Class Of Programme. The RMB Class Of Programme boasts an impressive alumni of over 125 members who would’ve been otherwise lost to the bank.

Who qualifies?

RMB Class Ofs are dynamic and unconventional. They have at least three years’ working experience and have excelled in all aspects of their lives. And they possess the types of skills that will define the future of Corporate and Investment Banking. In fact, the more future-shaping their work experience and degrees are, the better.

Characteristics of a Class Of

Must haves:

  • Have skills that are likely to modernise the world of Corporate and Investment Banking: data scientists, process engineers, software engineers, etc.
  • At least three years’ experience - banking experience or other, equally applicable
  • Intelligence
  • Highly-driven, self-starter
  • Excel in all aspect of their lives
  • Comfortable with change, adaptable
  • Thinks beyond the status quo
  • Opportunity seeker

Nice to haves:

  • Background in technology
  • Business skillset eg. MBA
  • Top academic record
  • Entrepreneurial flair
  • Curious about finance and Corporate and Investment Banking
  • Strong numbers acumen

More about Class Of?

What Class Ofs have to say

Apply to the Class Of Programme


Are you in a Class Of your own? Please apply on FirstRand Jobs, we would love to hear from you.