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Diversity Project Cross-Company Returner Programme 2023

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Location: UK: London

Opportunity: 6-month returnship and supported hiring into permanent roles

Start date: 24 April 2023

Apply by: 5 February 2023 (extended)

Following the success of our cross-company Returner Programme in 2020, 2021 and 2022 in partnership with the Diversity Project, an industry-led initiative championing a more inclusive culture within the Savings and Investment sector, we are delighted to launch the fourth programme. For 2023, we are partnering with seven leading employers: AON, Artemis Investment Management, Aviva Investors, BNY Mellon, Fulcrum Asset Management, LCP, and Northern Trust.

The programme will run in London and surrounding areas. It is targeted at experienced professionals looking to return to work after an extended career break of 18 months or more (as at April 2023), who are interested in returning to a role in the Savings and Investment Sector.  Participants will join via one of the following routes, depending on the employer:

  • a 6-month returnship, with the strong likelihood of a permanent role at the end of the programme
  • supported hiring into a permanent role from Day One. 

How will you benefit from the programme?

  • The programme structure and transition support, for both returnships and supported hires, will run for 6 months from April to October 2023.
  • 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 Women 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 April 2023). 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.

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

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 February/March

Information on previous Diversity Project Cross-Company Programmes

In 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. In 2021, 18 returners joined on 6-month placements with abrdn, Aviva Investors, BNY, Fidelity International, Janus Henderson, Schroders and Willis Towers Watson. 84% of participants secured ongoing employment 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 secured ongoing roles with their employer.

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 Women Returners – Diversity Project programme. The support from Women 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:

AON Investment Consultant and Retirement Consultant – supported hiring into permanent roles

Artemis Investment Management – Investment Manager, Investment Analyst and Product Specialist – 6-month returnships

Aviva Investors – Credit Portfolio Manager, Investment Research Analysts, Trading, Institutional/Wealth Sales Director and Product Investment Specialists – 6-month returnships

BNY Mellon Alternatives and Real Asset Analyst, Senior Compliance Officer, Product Marketing Executive, Retirement Marketing Manager, Senior Transaction Manager, Audit Project Leader Treasury/Liquidity Risk, Full Stack Developer and Manager, Application Development – 6-month returnships and supported hiring into permanent roles

Fulcrum Asset Management Investment, Research, Trading, Risk Management, Compliance and Technology – 6-month returnships

LCP – Investment Consultants – 6-month returnship and supported hiring into permanent roles

Northern Trust – Product Owner and Integrated Trading Solutions (ITS) Relationship Manager – 6-month returnships

The closing date for applications is 5 February 2023 at 23:59 (extended).

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

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