Location: UK: London, Manchester, Sheffield

Opportunity: 6-month Returnship or 9-month Retraining Programme starting January 2023

Application Deadline: 14 October

*Applications have now closed*

Not all careers in financial services are the same: it’s possible to combine professional success with the entrepreneurial spirit and genuine relationships that bring an organisation to life. The trick lies in welcoming passionate people and giving them the freedom to work at their best.

If you’ve had a career break of two or more years, Investec is partnering with Women Returners to offer a supportive Return to Work Programme to help you get back into full-time work. Whether you’re interested in retraining into a new role or returning to a role you are already experienced and familiar with, Investec would like to hear from you.

About the Investec Return to Work Programme

For 2022 there are two pathways on the Return to Work Programme:

  • For candidates who have a background in professional services, but who are looking to change their career path, there is a 9-month retraining opportunity to retrain and complete exams where necessary.
  • For candidates who are wishing to return to a similar role as their previous professional experience, Investec is offering a 6-month returnship opportunity.

Both options are with a view to permanent employment at the end of the programme. You will receive a competitive package of pay and benefits including a pension scheme, life assurance, income protection, private healthcare and a range of wellbeing options including a wellbeing subsidy, employee assistance programme and access to physiotherapy and psychologist services.

While these roles are full-time during the initial placement, please speak to Investec about any flexible working options you may require. Beyond the programme for successful returners, there will also be opportunities to gain further qualifications, access the Investec client database and grow your own client business where relevant.

About the retraining opportunity

Investec will support you throughout the 9 month programme. You will work closely alongside an experienced Investec team to learn the business, understand the Investec approach and get to know the client base, while demonstrating your strong transferable skills. Study leave will be available during the contract for those needing to complete exams. You’ll have a buddy from day one and an Investec mentor, and group coaching will be provided by Women Returners.

About the returnship opportunity

As an experienced individual, returning to the same field you were previously in, you will work closely alongside an Investec team for 6 months, in a role that enables you to demonstrate your skills and experience. In addition to a supportive environment and line manager, you will have additional support from a buddy and mentor. Coaching from Women Returners will also help you with your transition back to work.

Read about the experiences of Divya, a returner at Investec Bank, here.

Who Investec is looking for 

Investec is keen to hear from candidates who’ve had a career break of at least two years. During your career break, Investec understands that you may have worked on a small-scale or self-employed basis.

  • For the retraining opportunity they’re looking for experienced individuals from a financial services or professional services background who have excellent transferrable skills.
  • For the returnship opportunity they’re looking for experienced individuals who have experience in the role you are applying for.

You must have the right to work in the UK to apply for the programme.

About Investec 

Investec is a distinctive bank and wealth manager, serving a select client base mainly in two principal markets – the UK and South Africa. Investec’s culture gives them their edge: they look for those with entrepreneurial thinking, and give them the freedom to share fresh ideas and build real relationships. Employees are encouraged to challenge ordinary thinking and are put in environments where they’ll flourish. The company combines a flat structure with a focus on internal mobility, and this fuels both business and personal growth. If you can bring a desire to learn, collaborate and deliver an out of the ordinary client experience, this could be the boost your career deserves.  Read more about Wealth Management here.

“At Investec, we are proud to embrace the reality that people take breaks from professional careers for a myriad of reasons and we consider it a positive attribute. In a world that strives for sustainability and a truly diverse workforce, we must endorse this principle if we are to protect the many years and capital spent developing skills. Those returning bring back with them an even wider skill set and personal learnings that only increase their value add and foster a climate of diverse thinking.” Barbara Ann King – Chief Commercial Officer,  Investec Wealth and Investment 

About the opportunities:

Investment/Wealth Manager/Financial Planner Opportunities available – Manchester and Sheffield

This is an opportunity to join a growth-focused team centred across the north of England who deal with a wide range of clients, both in age, type, and source of wealth, with various structures and backgrounds: Private clients, SIPPs, Corporates, Trusts; IHT mitigation, estate planning, investment portfolios. The team is made up of a wide range of experience and is seeking someone to add their own experiences to the mix and contribute to the focus of advising and helping clients meet their overall financial and investment objectives.

Voice of the Client- Marketing-London

This is a great opportunity for you to be part of a highly motivated team that is focused on growing our private client business. You will be part of a team who will collaborate and support you to make sure you are successful. You’ll work closely with the segment strategy leads, business and digital teams to help develop a comprehensive programme of client engagement and research. You’ll be working with colleagues across the business and a third party research consultant to understand what research needs to be carried out, planned and you will brief the third party. You will also manage the ongoing research activities. Helping to identify new research or engagement opportunities based on the growth segment strategies and then distilling research down into actionable insights would be a bonus. We are looking for someone who is passionate about listening to our clients and helping us understand what they need.

Credit Structurer

An exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and collaborative team with the responsibility for structuring and pricing lending opportunities for High Net Worth Clients for the Private Client business. You’ll be immersed into a team where you will prepare credit applications, loans and mortgage agreements and field existing client queries. You’ll act as the “first line of credit” to mitigate credit risk for the bank and to ensure we lend responsibly to our clients and you will provide bespoke lending solutions for target market clients aligned to their needs. Delivery of a superior client service that ensures overall TCF (Treating Customers Fairly) principles and that the right client outcomes are achieved will be critical for this role. Working alongside the team, you will identify new business opportunities and provide input into the overall development of the Private Client business as well as identify referral opportunities to deliver solutions to our clients. For this role, you will need to be CeMap qualified before applying.

Private Companies Client Group

Investec prefer to go beyond a specified role profile for this position and look for overlaps between what you can bring, where your interest lies and the business opportunities. If you are interested in joining a forward-thinking team and are looking for an exciting challenge in a supportive environment, then this might just be the right moment for you to have a conversation with them.

Private Companies Client Group (PCG) supports SMEs and growth focused businesses across the UK who are entrepreneurial/founder led. Within this area there are a range of businesses who require different products including asset finance, motor finance, working capital, FX and corporate lending, all of which Investec offer. Their clients are central to their growth strategy and they value collaboration and integration within PCG itself as well as with other parts of Investec Bank and their Wealth & Investment business. At Investec they focus on enabling people to help their clients by creating a culture of freedom to operate, welcoming fresh ideas, valuing difference and honest conversation. All of which allows leaders to empower employees to do the right thing, building strong team spirit and to help people develop and perform every day.

Investec is looking for people with an entrepreneurial spirit combined with a passion and energy to bring their unique background, expertise and skills to shape their role. They are also looking for people who can build strong relationships and want to help support the development and growth of their business. Investec has several interesting careers ranging from operational, finance and risk, to client facing sales and relationship management roles. The successful candidate will do a rotation across different PCG desks to get a flavour of various teams and to help find their niche.

How to apply to the programme

Please click below on the relevant role you wish to apply to so that you can upload your CV and a cover letter highlighting your experience and motivations for applying. Please note that you can only apply to one role on the programme. In your cover letter, please state if you are applying for the retraining or returnship pathway and which location(s) you are interested in.

Investment/Wealth Manager/Financial Planner

Voice of the Client – Marketing

Credit Structurer

Private Companies Client Group

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2022.

It is anticipated that initial HR interviews will be held between 24 October and 11 November 2022. Further assessment days will be held between 28 November and 9 December 2022. Returners will start their retraining or returnship programme on 16 January 2023.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact careersuk@investec.co.uk with ‘Return to Work Programme’ in the subject box and one of the Investec Careers team will get back to you.