Location: London, South East and Surrey 

Opportunity:  6-month returnship starting in September

Start Date: 11 September 2023

Apply by: 22 May 2023

*Applications have 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.

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
  • You must have the right to work in the UK

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 apply to the programme

The programme is now open for applications. Please apply here

The closing date for applications is 22 May 2023.

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