Careers Programmes in the U.K.

As one of Lazard's principal locations, we have a wide variety of challenging and fulfilling positions in the United Kingdom across both our Financial Advisory and Asset Management businesses. These range from intern and analyst opportunities for students and graduates to leadership roles for seasoned professionals.


Analyst Programme

  • Analysts are a key contributor in all aspects of our advisory work, with direct exposure to our senior bankers and trusted advisors. You will be supporting our transaction teams by conducting financial analysis and modeling, company and industry sector research, creating and preparing client presentations, interacting with clients, and experiencing and contributing to real projects. 

  • Analysts are assigned to different sector or product teams according to the business need at the time of joining. All analysts are also assigned a buddy. As part of the Analyst programme, typically three years in length, you will have the opportunity to rotate through various teams to ensure you gain experience across a number of different disciplines and sectors, as well as gain exposure with a range of senior bankers This experience will be invaluable during your early years at Lazard.

  • Our new Analyst class will attend an extensive five-week European training programme, which will provide them with a sound understanding of the technical and business aspects of their role. As your career progresses, you will discuss your training and development needs with your managers semi-annually, as part of the firm's performance management process. As part of your ongoing development, you will have the opportunity to attend technical and business skills courses regularly, alongside other European colleagues. Analysts are expected to complete the compulsory Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulatory exams before starting work.

Lazard’s European Analyst Training Programme

Each summer our incoming European Analyst class gathers in London for a six-week training programme, which includes technical training, banker masterclasses, power skills training and networking activities. Click to watch our highlights video from the 2023 programme.


Intern Programme

  • Interns will be assigned to a number of sector or product teams for the duration of the ten-week programme, ensuring a broad experience by providing exposure to different teams, bankers and clients. You will be involved in real work for real clients, so not only will you gain invaluable practical experience, you will have exposure to a network of senior finance experts who will be on hand to share their experiences with you and to offer you support and guidance. 

  • You will be assigned an Analyst “buddy” to coach you throughout the internship, and a senior mentor to give you further insight into Lazard, and a potential career within investment banking. As part of the ten-week internship, you will attend one week of technical training before joining your team and will also receive follow-up technical and presentation skills training during the programme.

  • A Lazard Summer Internship can lead to a full-time placement offer for the following year’s Analyst programme. During the final week of the internship, you will be asked to give a ten-minute presentation to a panel of senior bankers. Your presentation, along with your performance during the internship, will determine if an offer will be extended to you. 

  • Our “Spring into Summer” pre-Internship development and mentoring programme, is an exciting programme designed to help you connect with Lazard and prepare you for your summer internship. Spring into Summer offers a unique opportunity for you to develop your skills over time, build stronger relationships with your intern class and get more exposure to our business and people before starting your internship.   

Ahead of starting with their teams, our London Summer Interns had a week-and-a-half of technical training and banker-led sessions. Some of the interns discuss their favorite moments during the period, from organized social events to interactive training sessions.


Industrial Placements Programme

  • You will be engaged in many aspects of our advisory work providing support to the analysts in our product and sector teams.  A specially tailored training programme will be provided so that regardless of your field of study, you will have a strong base of knowledge and training to build upon over the course of the placement. Ongoing support and other learning and development opportunities will also be available. 

  • We are looking for individuals who are analytical, intellectually curious, enthusiastic, driven, hardworking, and eager to learn.  In return, the industrial placement at Lazard will not only provide you with a solid insight into our business but meaningful work experience that will strengthen your attention to detail, your ability to synthesize large amounts of information, your MS Office skills and many other technical and interpersonal skills. 

From experiencing new learning opportunities to gaining an inside look into Lazard’s work and culture, participants in our Industrial Placements Programme share their advice and tips on how to go about securing a spot and what they learnt during the year-long programme.

2024/2025 Industrial Placements

Applications open: 1st October

Applications close: 20th November

Eligibility: graduating in 2026 as part of a placement degree

Start date: late August 2024 (tbc)

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and positions may be filled ahead of the closing deadline. 

Apply here 

Assessment Process for Industrial Placement Applications

The first step in our recruitment process is to complete an online profile and upload your CV.

Here are some guidance notes to help you.

  • You may only submit one application for either the Spring Insight or Industrial Placement role in any given year. It is important to check the eligibility criteria before beginning your application. (Please note we have already successfully filled positions for our 2024 Summer Internship programme)
  • Please check that your phone number and email address are correct as this is the only way we can contact you.
  • Please make sure to include all key information on your CV including the following: grades from school, university, and further education; years attended at school and years attending at university, work experience (including non-finance related work experience); key skills and achievements. There is no requirement to attach a covering letter.
  • You will be provided with updates on your application via the email address that you provided (please check junk/spam folders just in case).
  • You can update your personal details in your application profile at any time.

Blended Assessment (to be completed in 7 days)

Once your application has been reviewed, eligible candidates will be asked to complete an online Blended Assessment. You will be given 7 days to complete the assessment. Please ensure you have a stable internet connection before you get started.

An important part of our recruitment process is for you to learn more about the role of an Industrial Placement/Analyst at Lazard, and the work that we do. The Blended Assessment has been specifically designed to provide you with a realistic preview of what it is like to work at Lazard and has been tested by our employees to ensure that it is reflective of the role and tests the skills required to be successful.

The assessment is a mixture of different types of questions, to see how you might respond in a variety of different situations. Some items are based on real experiences, so you’ll get a real sense of what it’s like to work at Lazard. Other items will test your abilities, such as numerical and verbal reasoning skills. Consider the assessment as an opportunity to learn more about what our Industrial Placements do within the business.

The Blended Assessment is an interactive test where you will need to take in the information you're presented with and answer as best you can. You don’t need to have any technical knowledge to complete the assessment. Each item will have a response for you to select to answer. We're using this test to give us a better idea of how well you’ll get along here and to find individuals with potential to succeed. Read the prompts carefully, think about the responses before you select your answers, and be honest.

As part of the blended assessment, you will also answer a few video interview-style questions.

In order to work through the Blended Assessment as effectively as possible, you should try to:

  • Be yourself and go with your first natural response. We want to understand who you are and what value you will add to Lazard. Please try not to think about the scenarios for too long; it is more effective to read the scenario and go with your first reaction or natural response to what you think is the most effective and least effective course of action.
  • Read each item properly and in detail. Please take time to read each item properly, ensuring that you understand the task or the situation in order to be able to give your natural response. If you rush through the questions too quickly, you may misinterpret something or not properly understand the scenario posed to you and therefore provide an incorrect answer.
  • Familiarise yourself with Lazard, our values, and the type of work we specialise in. Reading our website and familiarising yourself with what we do and the role you have applied for will help you complete the assessment. You should make sure you have done some background reading and preparation on what it is like to work for Lazard and who we are as an organisation before taking the assessment.

If you are invited to complete this assessment, you will also be provided with access to a practice test to give you an understanding of the different question types and what is expected of you for each.

Note that the assessment is not timed, so if you would usually require reasonable adjustments for additional time in examinations, you will not need to request additional time for this assessment.

It is important that you take the Blended Assessment in an environment where you can stand or sit comfortably to answer the questions. You should make sure you are in a quiet room where you will be free from background noise, distractions, or interruptions for the duration of the assessment.

Given the volume of applications we review, you may experience a delay completing the Blended Assessment before receiving an update on your application progress.

Those candidates successful at the Blended Assessment stage will be invited to attend a virtual Assessment Centre, which would typically require you to perform a number of exercises with a small number of other candidates. The Assessment Centre is designed to give us a realistic picture of your current skills, abilities and potential. It also allows our colleagues to assess your cultural fit within our organisation. This is a 2-way recruitment process however, and it is just as important that you get to experience what it might be like to work at Lazard, so we have designed the Assessment Centre to give you an insight into the role of a Lazard Industrial Placement/Analyst and to meet some of the people you may work with in the future.

It’s very important to remember that you are not in direct competition with your fellow candidates attending the assessment day. We will progress all candidates who successfully meet our specific selection criteria to the final interview stage of the process. We have a strong collegiate working environment here at Lazard and our assessment process is designed to reflect this.

If you are invited to an assessment centre, we will provide you a full briefing on the process beforehand, including what to expect on the day and how to prepare in advance.

Candidates who are shortlisted from the Assessment Centre will be invited to attend in-person Final Round Interviews with a number of our senior bankers at our offices. These interviews will typically occur within one week off the Assessment Centre. Should you have any competing exploding offers that fall within this timeframe, please let a member of the Graduate Recruitment Team know at the earliest opportunity so we can do our best to accommodate you. 

The interviews comprise of two separate interviews lasting approximately 30 minutes each. These interviews typically cover a range of different competencies and you can expect questions around Lazard, the financial markets, world affairs and some technical financial questions. We are just as interested in your personality and individuality as we are about your academic and extra-curricular achievements. If you are successful in being invited to attend the Final Round Interviews you will be provided with further interview preparation guidance.

If you are successful in the final round interviews, we will make you a formal written offer. You will have 1 week to accept and return a signed copy of the contract to accept your place on the programme.

Should you encounter any technical issues with the assessment, please contact Amberjack Support


Spring Insight Programme

  • You will have the opportunity to spend an afternoon work-shadowing an Analyst to learn, observe and to be part of a real deal team. Furthermore, the programme will provide you with many networking opportunities with bankers at all levels, through various social events.
  • Successful attendees of the programme will have the opportunity to be fast-tracked through the application process for our 10-week internship in the following summer. 

2024 Spring Interns

Applications open: 1st October

Applications close: 6th November

Eligibility: graduating in 2026 (1st year of a 3 year degree or 2nd year of a 4 year degree)

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and positions may be filled ahead of the closing deadline. 

Apply here 

Assessment Process for Spring Insight Applications

The first step in our recruitment process is to complete an online profile and upload your CV.

Here are some guidance notes to help you.

  • You may only submit one application for either the Spring Insight or Industrial Placement role in any given year. It is important to check the eligibility criteria before beginning your application. (Please note we have already successfully filled positions for our 2024 Summer Internship programme)
  • Please check that your phone number and email address are correct as this is the only way we can contact you.
  • Please make sure to include all key information on your CV including the following: grades from school, university, and further education; years attended at school and years attending at university, work experience (including non-finance related work experience); key skills and achievements. There is no requirement to attach a covering letter.
  • You will be provided with updates on your application via the email address that you provided (please check junk/spam folders just in case).
  • You can update your personal details in your application profile at any time.

Once your application has been reviewed, eligible candidates will be asked to complete an online Situational Judgement Test. If you are successful in passing the Situational Judgement Test, you will be invited to participate in a short Video Assessment. These two assessments must be completed within 7 days.  Please ensure you have a stable internet connection before you get started.

Situational Judgement Test

The Situational Judgement Test is a test which presents you with different scenarios that you might face in the role at Lazard and asks you to decide on the most effective and the least effective course of action.

An important part of our recruitment process is for you to learn more about the role of an Intern/Analyst at Lazard, and the work that we do. The Situational Judgement Test has been specifically designed to provide you with a realistic preview of what it is like to work at Lazard and has been tested with our employees to ensure it is reflective of the role and tests the skills required to be successful. It tests your natural ability to analyse situations and make decisions, think about the implications of your actions and weigh up the best course of action. It also tests your approach to working, collaborating and communicating with others and your ability to work quickly through specific job-related problems. It is not a timed test but there are ‘right and wrong’ answers which assess your overall fit for Lazard and against our values and attributes that make an individual successful.

In order to work through the Situational Judgement Test as effectively as possible, you should try to:

  • Be yourself and go with your first natural response. We want to understand who you are and what value you will add to Lazard. Please try not to think about the scenarios for too long; it is more effective to read the scenario and go with your first reaction or natural response to what you think is the most effective and least effective course of action.
  • Read each scenario properly and in detail. Please take time to read each scenario properly, ensuring that you understand the task or the situation in order to be able to give your natural response. If you rush through the questions too quickly you may misinterpret something or not properly understand the scenario posed to you and therefore provide an incorrect answer.
  • Familiarise yourself with Lazard, our values, and the type of work we specialise in. You can’t practice for a Situational Judgement Test as it assesses your judgement and decision-making skills, and your fit for our specific organisation and culture. However, reading our website, familiarising yourself with what we do and the role you have applied for will help you complete the test. You should make sure you have done some background reading and preparation on what it is like to work for Lazard and who we are as an organisation before taking the test.

Video Assessment

Video Assessment technology has enabled us to see a far greater number of candidates in our process than we would have otherwise seen through traditional interviewing methods. It also enables each candidate the flexibility to take the assessment at a time of their choosing.

The Video Assessment will last approximately 20 minutes with interview style questions around your motivation, cultural fit and interest in our organisation and the industry. You are encouraged to draw upon your past experiences and situations where you have best demonstrated particular competencies, and to use a wide variety of examples to show the breadth of your experiences and your interests. You will be assessed against a number of core competencies that we know are crucial in successful Analysts.

If you think that you require any adjustments to be made for you to complete the Video Assessment, you must let us know in advance so that we can make any necessary accommodations. Please email us at graduate.london@lazard.com, attaching all supporting documentation. 

To help you prepare for the interview questions in the video assessment, we recommend you take full advantage of interview workshops that your university career services centre may run, as this will give you invaluable practice and feedback. You are also encouraged to register for and attend scheduled live chats with the graduate recruitment team, where you can ask and view questions about the recruitment process.

It is important that you take the Video Assessment in an environment where you can stand or sit comfortably to answer the questions. You should make sure you are in a quiet room where you will be free from background noise, distractions or interruptions for the duration of the Assessment. You should treat the Video Assessment in the same way as you would an in-person interview by presenting yourself smartly, however you do not need to be in business attire. Watch Top Tips on how to prepare for the video assessment from recent summer analysts here.

Given the volume of applications we review, you may experience a delay after completing the video assessment before receiving an update on your application progress.

Candidates who are shortlisted from the Online Assessments will be invited to an online Final Round Interview with one of our bankers and member of HR.

The interview will last approximately 30 minutes and will cover a range of different competencies. You can expect questions around Lazard, the financial markets, world affairs and some questions on your experiences to date. We are just as interested in your personality and individuality as we are about your academic and extra-curricular achievements. If you are successful in being invited to attend the Final Round Interview you will be provided with further interview preparation guidance.

If you are successful in the Final Round Interview, we will make you a formal written offer. You will have 1 week to accept and return a signed copy of the offer to accept your place on the programme.

Should you encounter any technical issues with the assessment, please contact Outmatch Support


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