Women Returners Conference 2021

Employer Partners

At the Conference, you can meet our sponsor partners – leading returner employers who all look forward to meeting and talking informally with you in the small group sessions and to telling you more about their organisations in the Employer Booths. Whatever stage you are along your journey back-to-work, these employers would like to speak with you, so do take this opportunity. You will find an overview of each organisation and their returner programmes below, together with information on our Conference supporters.

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Amazon is an American multinational conglomerate which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. With over 1.3 million employees and over 300 million active customers, Amazon strives to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, Earth’s best employer, and Earth’s safest place to work.

Amazon Returnship Program: Amazon is partnering with Women Returners to launch their first Returners Program. By introducing this 16 week paid employment program, Amazon aims to support those who have been out of the workplace for a year or more to flexibly re-start their career and develop their skills and experience in a progressive environment. The returner will be supported throughout the program by a buddy and mentor and will have access to a curated suite of training and learning opportunities. Based on the returners performance there is a possibility of a permanent role at the end of the program. https://www.amazon.jobs/en/landing_pages/returnships

Bank of England

The Bank of England is the UK’s central bank. Their mission is to promote the good of the people by maintaining monetary and financial stability. The Bank’s monetary policy objective is to deliver price stability and, subject to that, to support the Government’s economic objectives including those for growth and employment. Their employees work in a dynamic fast paced environment at the cutting edge of market developments. The atmosphere is relaxed but professional, research-driven and also very much connected to real events in the economy. The ultimate objectives for the Bank are always the quality of thinking and the rigour of analysis. This makes for an unusually satisfying place to develop your career. www.bankofengland.com

Bank of England Career Returners: The Bank of England has partnered with Women Returners since 2018 and offers both an annual Career Returners Programme and various Supported Hiring roles through the year. The Career Returners Programme is a 6-month returnship for people who have had a career break of two or more years. It includes training, mentoring and coaching from Women Returners, with the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the placement. With Supported Hiring, the Bank invites returner applications for some of its permanent roles, with full support provided including Women Returners coaching.  https://womenreturners.com/bank-of-england-returner-champion/

Convex is a newly-formed international specialty insurer and reinsurer. With operations in London and Bermuda, Convex occupies a unique position in the insurance industry combining unrivalled experience, reputation and a legacy free balance sheet. Convex is focused on creating a positive environment for all Convexians to learn, grow, have fun and do great work with people they like, trust and respect. They live their values in every facet of their business: Earn our reputation; Straightforward and fair; Determined to improve; Inspired by opportunity; Enjoy being different. convexin.com

Convex Returners Programme: The programme is designed for professionals who have taken a career break of at least two years and who are interested in re-launching their career in a high performing organisation with a strong and differentiated culture that sees returners as untapped talent. Participants join on a 6-month returnship, with the high likelihood of permanent employment at the end of the programme. This is a fully supported route back to work including Women Returners Coaching and a buddy to support the transition. https://convexin.com/careers/

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse is a leading global wealth manager with strong investment banking capabilities. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, they have a global reach with operations in about 50 countries and employ more than 45,000 people from over 150 different nations. Embodying entrepreneurial spirit, Credit Suisse delivers holistic financial solutions to their clients, including innovative products and specially tailored advice. Striving for quality and excellence in their work, they recognise and reward extraordinary performance among employees, provide wide-ranging training and development opportunities, and benefit from a diverse range of perspectives to create value for their clients, shareholders and communities.

Real Returns™ (EMEA): Credit Suisse’s well-established Real Returns program re-engages talented professionals and provides a 16-week opportunity to explore a return to financial services. They focus on transferable skill sets, enabling participants to experience taking their career into new directions. Participants work on projects that match their skills, interest and expertise and benefit from a comprehensive training schedule. This includes modules focusing on strategic business and regulatory changes in the industry, executive training to improve personal impact and skill-based refresher courses. Networking is also a key component, with the program providing participants with the opportunity to build powerful and supportive networks across the organisation. www.credit-suisse.com/realreturns

DAC Beachcroft

DAC Beachcroft (DACB) is a leading international legal business with over 2,500 colleagues and 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. Their success was recognised by two top prizes in the ‘Excellence in Business Development’ and ‘Excellence in Technology & Innovation’ categories of the 2020 Law Society Excellence Awards. As a founding signatory of the Law Society’s Diversity Charter, they set the precedent for law firms to turn their diversity and inclusion commitments into practical action. DACB is a Working Families Top 30 employer and recently introduced changes to working hours, whereby colleagues are able to flex their hours across their week. to find their own balance and to design a life that works for them. www.dacbeachcroft.com/

DACB Reconnect Programme: Reconnect is a 6-month returnship with the potential for the role to become permanent. Reconnect candidates join on an ad hoc basis throughout the year and are supported by Women Returners coaching. DACB is looking for qualified lawyers who wish to re-enter private practice and will consider any period of career break. They have a range of opportunities across their UK offices in varied legal disciplines. The Reconnect Programme recently won the Most Innovative HR Initiative at the 2021 People in Law Awards. jobs.dacbeachcroft.com/experienced-professionals/returners/

Fidelity International

Fidelity International offers investment solutions and services and retirement expertise to more than 2.5 million customers globally. As a privately-held, purpose-driven company with a 50-year heritage, they think generationally and invest for the long term. Operating in more than 25 locations and with $787 billion in total assets, their clients range from central banks, sovereign wealth funds, large corporates, financial institutions, insurers and wealth managers, to private individuals. Fidelity gives its employees the freedom and responsibility to take control of their careers and hone their skills as they grow within their current role and beyond. Fidelity is committed to being an inclusive and diverse company to work for and strives to create a culture where flexible working is encouraged. 

New Horizons Returners Programme: The New Horizons programme comprises a 6-month returnship, designed to help talented and skilled professionals who have taken a career break of 18 months or more, to successfully transition back into the investment management workforce. This programme sets returners up for success, through hands-on experience, networking sessions and mentorship. Their goal is to place high performing returners into permanent positions at Fidelity. https://careers.fidelityinternational.com/

FDM Group

FDM Group is a multi-award-winning FTSE 250 employer, working globally with some of the world’s largest companies to help develop the careers of thousands of job seekers every year. They are renowned for providing their employees with fully-funded training and the experience of working on projects with their prestigious client base.

FDM is passionate about inclusive talent attraction and recruitment to drive diversity in a sector that is innovative and ever evolving. They are continuously supporting women, encouraging them to enter the tech and business space by providing equal opportunities, mentorship and networking initiatives. As a result, c. 38% of the senior management team are female and the organisation has reported a median negative gender pay gap score of -9.6% in 2021 (UK average of 15.5% in 2020). https://www.fdmgroup.com/

FDM Returner Programme: The FDM Returners Programme is now in its sixth year, running with a dedication to providing incredible opportunities for career returners who are looking to re-join the workplace. The seven-week training course builds upon your previous experience and knowledge whilst you gain industry recognised certifications to be fully prepared to succeed in your new role as an FDM Consultant.  Upon completion of training, you will work on exciting projects with one or more of FDM’s high profile clients across multiple sectors including banking, finance, retail and energy for a minimum of two years. https://www.fdmgroup.com/careers/returners-programme/

J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan is a global leader across asset management, wealth management, banking, markets and investor services. The world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions entrust them with their business in more than 100 countries. With $23 trillion of assets under custody and $445 billion in deposits, the Bank provides strategic advice, raises capital, manages risk and extends liquidity in markets around the world. They work with the most advanced tools and technology available in financial services today. But, ultimately, it’s their people who make them successful. Coming from a wide and surprising range of backgrounds, they work together to provide the best solutions and services to their customers.

J.P. Morgan ReEntry Program (EMEA): J.P. Morgan recognises that rewarding careers do not always follow a conventional route and values the diversity, fresh perspective and wealth of experience that returning professionals can bring. The ReEntry program comprises a 14-week training experience, designed to help highly accomplished individuals who have taken a career break for at least two years to return to the workforce full-time. Through hands-on experience, mentorship and coaching, participants develop leading industry knowledge and insights to return to work with ease and prepare for their long-term career. The goal is to place high performing participants who successfully complete the program into full-time positions with the firm. https://careers.jpmorgan.com/us/en/students/programs/reentry-program


Moody’s is a global integrated risk assessment firm that empowers organisations to make better decisions. Their data, analytical solutions and insights help decision-makers identify opportunities and manage the risks of doing business with others. They believe that greater transparency, more informed decisions, and fair access to information open the door to shared progress. With over 11,000 employees in more than 40 countries, Moody’s combines global presence with local expertise and over a century of experience in financial markets. A Moody’s workforce that represents an array of backgrounds and experiences enhances their work, including the quality of their opinions, products and services. Their diversity is vital to their continued and long-term success. They strive to create a diverse, high-performing culture where their people have the opportunity to succeed. They are proud to have been recognised as one of the leading inclusive organisations by Stonewall, Human Rights Campaign and the Working Mothers 100 Best Companies. www.moodys.com/about

Moody’s RE-IGNITE: RE-IGNITE is a return to work opportunity for individuals wishing to re-enter the workforce after a minimum two year hiatus. RE-IGNITERS may initially join Moody’s for 16 weeks, with opportunity for a permanent role after the completion of their temporary assignment, or they may be hired as a permanent employee from day one under the supported hiring model. Moody’s hopes to find passionate and dedicated professionals who want to resume their career, hone their individual skills and flourish in their professional journey. RE-IGNITERS join Moody’s on a rolling basis and are immersed into the organisation to experience their unique culture through hands-on projects, leadership development and networking opportunities with bespoke support  including Women Returners coaching, training, and mentorship. https://careers.moodys.com/why-moodys/diversity-and-inclusion/moodys-re-ignite/

Innovate Finance

Innovate Finance is the independent industry body that represents and advances the global FinTech community in the UK. Their mission is to accelerate the UK’s leading role in the financial services sector by directly supporting the next generation of technology-led innovators. By bringing together and connecting the most forward-thinking participants in financial services, Innovate Finance is helping create a global financial services sector that is more transparent, more sustainable and more inclusive. Innovate Finance is partnering with Women Returners on a new FinTech Cross-Company Returners Programme, currently open for applications, and participating employers Klarna, PrimaryBid and Starling Bank will be joining the Conference: https://womenreturners.com/opportunities/fintech-cross-company-returner-programme/

The Diversity Project

The Diversity Project is a cross-company volunteer-led initiative in the Savings and Investment Sector. It was started in early 2016 by a group of leaders in the investment and savings profession, who decided to take action to accelerate progress towards an inclusive culture within the industry. They recognise that future success – for their clients, members, employers and shareholders – requires an inclusive culture. They believe that there is an extraordinary opportunity to press the re-set button in the industry: to recruit, nurture and retain the first truly diverse generation of Savings and Investment professionals. The Diversity Project Returners Workstream has partnered with Women Returners since 2020 on an annual Cross-Company Returner Programme, and more recently on a rolling recruitment Supported Hiring Programme: https://womenreturners.com/opportunities/diversity-project-supported-hiring-2021/