Location: UK: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds and London

Opportunity: 6-month returnship

Start date: 16 September 2024

Apply by: 26 May 2024

*Applications have now closed*

The Cross-Company Returner Programme is run by Career Returners in partnership with the Diversity Project, an industry-led initiative championing a more inclusive culture within the Savings and Investment sector. We are delighted that, for our sixth Programme, we have four participating employers: AON, Aviva Investors, Mubadala Capital and PGIM Fixed Income.

About the Diversity Project Cross-Company Returner Programme 2024

You will join the programme via a 6-month returnship with a strong likelihood of ongoing employment at the end of the programme.

Roles with Aviva Investors, Mubadala Capital and PGIM Fixed Income will be based in London. Roles with AON will be based in Bristol, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds.

How will you benefit from the programme?

  • The programme structure and transition support will run for 6 months from September 2024 to March 2025
  • Positions are at a professional level and are professionally paid, with a wide range of roles and areas available
  • You will receive internal mentoring and a buddy at your organisation
  • You will benefit from Career Returners Coaching support from Career 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
  • The programme is expected to include hybrid working. Various flexible working options may be available during and after the programme depending on the employer organisation and the role

Who are they looking for?

Individuals who have taken a career break of 18 months or more (as at September 2024). 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. Each employer will have different additional criteria for the experience and skills they are looking for, according to the roles available.

Please only apply to the programme if you have the right to work in the UK.

What is the recruitment process?

  • Stage 1: Send CV & cover letter to the company you are interested in using the links in each individual company advert
  • Stage 2: (possible) Have a telephone screening interview
  • Stage 3: The interview process will take place during May/June

Information on previous Diversity Project Cross-Company Programmes

In April 2020, 11 returners joined the pilot cross-company programme on a virtual 6-month placement with BlackRock, BNY Mellon, Fidelity International, Schroders and Willis Towers Watson. 82% of participants were offered ongoing employment with their employer on the programme.

The 2021 programme almost doubled in size with 18 returners joining ABRDN, Aviva Investors, BNY Mellon, Fidelity International, Janus Henderson, Schroders and Willis Towers Watson. 84% of participants secured ongoing roles with their employer.

The 2022 programme continued to grow with 27 returners joining ABRDN, AON, Aviva Investors, DWS, Fidelity International, Janus Henderson, Northern Trust, PGIM, Schroders and Willis Towers Watson. 92% of participants remained with their employer post-programme.

In 2023, we ran two cohorts (April and September). In total, the programme supported 15 participants to return to industry and 93% of returners secured ongoing employment.

From a returner perspective, here’s what they had to say about the programme:

“Returning to the corporate world after a break can be daunting and nerve-wrecking. The Returner Programme gives you that extra confidence and support you need to succeed. Not only is the coaching highly valuable, but the support from your peers who are going through the same experience as you are is very reassuring. I highly recommend the programme to anyone thinking of picking up their career again.”

“Forever grateful that I chanced upon the Career Returners – Diversity Project programme. The support from Career Returners and the returner cohorts have been most invaluable in supporting this exciting yet daunting return to work journey. If anyone is thinking of returning to work after a career break, regardless of how long the break is, I can’t recommend this programme enough.”

You can read about Stacie’s return to work journey here and Sophie’s here in our Success Story Library.

About The Diversity Project

The Diversity Project is a cross-company employer-led initiative, which believes 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. Diversity is not only our social obligation, it’s a business imperative.

How do you apply to the programme?

Apply directly to the participating company you are interested in, via the links on the relevant company page below:

Aviva Investors – Credit Research – Public Markets, Operational Risk – Private Markets

AON – Investment

Mubadala Capital – Venture Capital

PGIM Fixed Income – Credit Research, Client Advisory Group

The closing date for applications is 26 May 2024 at 23:59.

Questions? See FAQs If you have other questions on the programme itself please contact saira@womenreturners.com

For queries on specific company placements, please contact the individual company via the email on their advert.