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Handelsbanken’s Returner Programme and Launch Events

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Location: UK: Virtual and In-person events for opportunities in East of England, West Midlands, East Midlands, North of England and Scotland.

Event Dates: 3 June (in-person in Manchester) and 12 June (virtual)

Opportunity: Launch events for 9-month returnship starting in October

Register by: 29 May (in-person) and 10 June (virtual)

Handelsbanken’s Returners Programme is a nine 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 opportunities for  individuals 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.

Applications for the programme will open on 3 June 2024.

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 in-person event will be on Monday 3 June (10:00-13:00), Handelsbanken, Manchester and the virtual event will be on Wednesday 12 June (10:00-12:00).

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 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 Career 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 the above locations.

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

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, mentoring, leadership development, training to enhance technical skills, networking opportunities and general guidance to help support with re-entering the workplace.

There may also be the potential for a permanent offer of employment after successfully completing the nine month programme.

Handelsbanken is open to discussing the possibility of flexible working and whilst we work predominantly in the office we can also look at 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 of October 2024 (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 retail banking sector
  • You may have previous exposure 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
  • Held direct responsibility for the growth and relationship management of a portfolio of customers
  • 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.

At Handelsbanken, they deeply value their unique culture and values including trust in and respect for each individual. They take pride in nurturing a work environment where people flourish, and where they are empowered to take decisions in their areas of expertise. They take a long term perspective in everything they do and want each employee who joins them to build a long term successful career with the Bank.

Check our Handelsbanken website for further information

How to Register

To join Handelsbanken at one of their events, please complete the following registration process:

Please register for the in-person event on 3 June here. Places for the in-person event are limited.

Please register for the virtual event on 12 June here.

The programme will open for applications on 3 June 2024.

If you have any questions regarding the programme please email