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Are you at the beginning of your career as a developer and interested in developing the IT system of the future? SEB COBOL Academy is a fantastic opportunity for you who are interested in IT and the banking sector. Here you will have the opportunity to become a sharp COBOL developer.

The IBM mainframe computer is an advanced technical platform with many strengths: security, performance, efficiency and operational reliability. At SEB it is used for many of our core systems for accounts, payments, customers, products, debit/credit cards, securities and insurances. SEB has over 300 system developers who mainly work in the mainframe programming languages COBOL and Assembler.

About SEB COBOL Academy

After completed training and six months probationary employment, the aim is to offer you a full-time position as a junior COBOL developer. During the training period you will gain a good understanding of SEB's technical environment, learn basic skills in COBOL programming and learn new things every day supported by your teacher and peers. A typical day in the academy consists of lectures, independent work and exercises.

You will learn:

  • The principles of coding methodology and COBOL programming
  • An understanding of testing, error handling and debugging
  • Understanding of and skills in basic database handling
  • Writing SQL code for handling and searching in a database

Welcome to an academy where you will work in an agile environment where we share knowledge with each other.

We are looking for you

You have the right ambition and attitude as well as a strong interest for a career in system development. Your interest in programming as well as your personal qualities is of great importance to us. 

This is what we are looking for:

  • Previous experience of system development and/or training within IT is strongly meritorious but not required
  • You have a genuine technical interest as well as an interest in banking and insurance
  • Proficient in Swedish and English, verbal and written
  • You have a long-term view of your career at SEB
  • You are analytical and have good problem-solving abilities
  • You are curious about learning new things and want to develop continuously
  • You have good collaboration skills and enjoy working in a team, where we work continuously with learning and improving. In addition, you are responsible and enjoy working in an innovative environment


Erik, known as ”COBOL-Erik” in the bank, discusses how the work goes in practice and the culture within the COBOL-community. (In Swedish)