Location: UK: Virtual & London (E1W 1WY)

Event Dates: 25 April (virtual) and 27 April (in-person)

Opportunity: Launch events for 6-month returnship starting in September

Register by: 23 April 2023, 9am

*Registration for both events is now closed*

Handelsbanken’s Returners Programme is a 6-month paid return to work opportunity to support individuals looking to re-invest in their career, who have an aspiration to develop into a leadership role and have been out of the workplace for 18 months or more.

Through this programme, Handelsbanken hopes to create a pathway for passionate and dedicated professionals to re-enter the workplace within the branch network, to utilise their current skillset, develop new skills, and grow within a truly inclusive team environment.

The programme will commence on 11 September 2023 and applications will open on 25 April.

Join Handelsbanken at their launch events

Handelsbanken is offering two opportunities to hear more about the programme, recognising that you may prefer a virtual event or you may wish to come and meet them in person.

The virtual event will be on Tuesday 25 April (10:00-12:00) and the in-person event will be on Thursday 27 April (10:00-13:00), Handelsbanken, London, E1W 1WY.

The content of the information shared on the programme will be the same at both events.  However, at the in-person event you will also have the opportunity to meet with Handelsbanken employees.  Note: the virtual event will not include networking opportunities but you will be able to ask your questions via the chat function.

At the events you will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from their Deputy CEO and Chief Branch Officer about why this programme is important to Handelsbanken
  • Find out more about the programme and the support you’ll receive during your returnship
  • Hear from the District Heads and Branch Managers at Handelsbanken about opportunities available on the programme
  • Benefit from a Women Returners return-to-work support workshop
  • Meet with Handelsbanken employees (in-person event only)

What does the programme offer?

The roles available as part of the returners programme will be for non-certified Corporate Banking Managers or Private Banking Managers, in a selection of branches across their London, South East and Surrey districts.

The successful candidates will be responsible for the maintenance and development of a small corporate or private banking customer portfolio.

You will have responsibility for all aspects of the client relationships, including building relationships with existing, new and prospective customers.

In addition to the work associated with your role, Handelsbanken will provide a full package of support including coaching from Women Returners, mentoring, leadership development, training to enhance technical skills, networking opportunities and general guidance to help support with re-entering the workplace.

There will be the potential for a permanent offer of employment after successfully completing the 6-month programme.

Handelsbanken is open to discussing the possibility of flexible or hybrid working.

Who is the programme aimed at?

This programme is open to anyone who is seeking to return to work after taking a career break, and wishes to reignite and refresh their financial services / banking sector experience in a structured and supportive environment.

  • Length of career break: minimum 18 months as at September 2023 (this could mean you have not participated in any paid work, or you have chosen to work on a small-scale or self-employed basis to fit around other commitments)
  • Previous exposure within the financial services/banking sector
  • You may have previous experience within a leadership, coaching or mentoring capacity or have aspirations to develop in this area
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to build strong professional relationships at all levels
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A high level of integrity.

About the organisation

Handelsbanken is a relationship bank with a decentralised way of working, a strong local presence thanks to a nationwide network of branches, and a long-term approach to customer relations. Each Handelsbanken branch operates as a local business enabling it to make decisions at a local level and provide a bespoke service. The focus is always on the need of the individual customer and not on the sale of specific products.

The Bank is deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of their activities. This is so that they are an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work that encourages everyone to apply, regardless of socio-economic background, age, disability, pregnancy and/or parental status, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), veteran status, marital and civil partnership status, religion or belief, sex, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

How to register to attend

To register to attend the event and find out more about the Handelsbanken’s Returners Programme, click on the relevant link below:

Virtual Event on 25 April

In-person Event on 27 April

Registrations for the in-person event are limited and will be allocated first come, first served subject to eligibility and suitability for the programme.  You will receive confirmation of your place at the in-person event and joining instructions for the virtual event by 23 April (latest).

Registration for both events will close on 23 April 2023, 9am.

The programme will open for applications on 25 April.

If you have any questions regarding the programme or events please email uk-career@handelsbanken.co.uk