Location: UK: Edinburgh

Opportunity: 6-month returnship (part of the Returners to Financial Services Scotland Cross-Company Programme)

Start Date: Late March 2022

Apply by: 23 January 2022 (extended)

BlackRock is delighted to partner with Women Returners on the Returners to Financial Services Scotland Cross-Company Returner Programme 2022. They believe a wide range of perspectives and talent is crucial to creating a richer culture for their employees and a greater experience for their diversified global client base.

BlackRock is looking for candidates with prior experience in Investment Management or broader Financial Services, who have had a career break outside of the industry of at least 18 months (with no upper limit). You must have the right to work in the UK to apply for the programme.

About the BlackRock Edinburgh Returners Programme

The programme is designed to encourage and support a return to full-time work for experienced candidates through a six-month paid returnship starting in March 2022. There are opportunities in Operations, Internal Audit, Finance and Aladdin Implementation functions. BlackRock is seeking experienced professional women who are client orientated and passionate about performance, who display collaborative and innovative mindsets, and who bring an eclectic set of proficiencies to the workplace: prioritisation, analytical and organisational skills amongst others.

As this programme is funded by the Scottish Government Women Returners Fund, it is only open for women to apply.

You may have taken time out to look after children or elderly/sick relatives, for relocation, for a personal health issue or for other reasons. You may have been working on a small-scale basis to fit around your other commitments or have not done any paid work for a number of years.

How will BlackRock support your return to work?

  • The programme offers a professionally paid placement from March to September 2022. Positions are at a professional level with a range of roles and areas available
  • The 6-month placement will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to apply for a permanent role at the end of the programme
  • You will receive internal mentoring and a buddy, together with coaching support from Women Returners to help you to transition successfully back into the workplace. As coaching support will be delivered centrally, you will benefit from a large supportive peer network of like-minded people across the organisations
  • BlackRock offers a variety of internal networking groups, including a Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and Families at BlackRock (FAB) to help you integrate into the business and culture
  • BlackRock is serious about its people and offers flexible working patterns, flexible time off, collaborative working spaces and a growing number of other benefits

You can read about Sophie’s return to work with BlackRock here.

Opportunities on the Programme

Business Operations

Their global network of operations professionals centralise knowledge, equip teams with data and technology, and provide the information needed to innovate and deliver for internal stakeholders and clients.


EMEA Finance consists of Finance professionals in disciplines such as Tax, Business Finance, Treasury, Accounting Operations and Corporate Accounting. Within the Controllers’ Group, the Financial Reporting Group plays a key role in reporting the financial results for all legal entities within the EMEA region.

Aladdin Implementation Group

The Aladdin Implementation Group is responsible for the installation and deployment of Aladdin at BlackRock Solutions clients. Aladdin implementations are high profile initiatives which require team members to have senior level exposure and play an active role in transforming client organisations; a typical Aladdin implementation is at least as much about processes and implementing change as it is about technology.

Internal Audit

Internal Audit’s primary mission is to provide assurance to the Board of Directors and Executive Management that BlackRock’s businesses are well managed and meeting strategic, operational and risk management objectives.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a global investment firm, trusted to manage more assets than any other. Their clients are companies, governments, foundations, and millions of individuals saving for retirement, their children’s educations their financial wellbeing. BlackRock is passionate about providing products and services that can help them build a strong financial future. Their employees from around the globe are students of the market, students of technology, and innovative at the core.

BlackRock’s business is investing on behalf of their clients, from large institutions to parents and grandparents, doctors and teachers who entrust their savings to them. They are committed to their clients – period. Their promise is to offer them the clearest thinking about what to do with their money and the products and services they need to secure a better financial future.

That’s why investors of all kinds have made BlackRock the world’s largest asset manager, entrusting them with trillions of dollars, and it is why companies, institutions and global governments go to them for help meeting their biggest financial challenges.

For additional information on BlackRock, please visit www.blackrock.com/corporate | Twitter: @blackrock | Blog: www.blackrockblog.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/blackrock

How to apply to the programme

Please submit your application to the programme by clicking the relevant link below

Business Operations


Aladdin Implementation Group

Internal Audit

The closing date for applications is 23 January 2022 (extended) at 23:59.

With any specific questions relating to BlackRock, please email  LondonReturners@blackrock.com.

With any questions on the overall programme, please email hazel@womenreturners.com

The Women Returners Programme is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland.