Applications are now open for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s tenth Returning Talent programme in Europe. The programme aims to help bridge the gap for people re-entering the workforce, having been out of work for 12 months or longer, for example stay-at-home parents or carers, or someone who has chosen to take a career break.
The company is looking to attract individuals from a range of industry backgrounds, including professional and financial services and technology organisations, with experience in (but not limited to) finance, accountancy, product control, project or programme management, risk, compliance, wholesale credit, technical support, information security and technology. We plan to source suitable candidates from the programme to fill open and future positions in our Chester-based teams.
Returning Talent Chester consists of a two-day conference, aimed at exploring the changing workplace and the role of the returning employee in this office environment. As a programme participant, you will hear from guest speakers and join a series of workshops designed to support a transition back to work. You will be provided with practical guidance on focusing and managing a career search and insights into balancing work and home life. You will also have access to executive coaching and there will be opportunities for you to build your professional connections, through networking sessions with Bank employees and fellow participants. At the end of the programme, you will feel better equipped and confident to re-enter the world of work.
About Returning Talent
Seven years ago, Bank of America Merrill Lynch pioneered one of the first Returner programmes in the UK. Since then, the programme has expanded to include Dublin and Chester. More than 350 women and men have participated to date, with many going on to secure roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch or at other firms.
The company’s progress in this area, as well as its ongoing commitment to develop female talent, won it the 2015 and 2017 Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Award for Career Progression. The firm was recognised as Euromoney’s World’s Best Bank for Diversity and Inclusion in 2016 and 2018; has ranked on the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index for three consecutive years; and in 2017, reaffirmed its commitment to advancing women to senior levels by signing the HMT Women in Finance Charter.
Jeremy St John Brown, head of Chester site and EMEA Command Center Operations Manager, said: “At Bank of America Merrill Lynch we are committed to recruiting and developing diverse talent. We recognise many talented people decide to take time away from work to focus on important personal commitments. Returning Talent focuses on providing these people with the skills and knowledge required to come back to the workplace. The programme also helps individuals to realise the additional talents they have gained in their time away from work, so they can showcase all abilities as they restart their careers.”
Lata Ravle, a 2016 Returning Talent participant who has since joined the company’s Chester-based Risk and Control team as a senior operations analyst, said: “I took an eight year break from financial services, and Returning Talent was a great platform to meet a variety of people in a similar situation to me. I found it really encouraging to meet Bank of America Merrill Lynch employees who valued my skills and who recognised my past experience, as still relevant today. I highly recommend this programme to others who perhaps need that little push to pursue their career goals and dreams.”
About Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses, large corporations and governments with a full range of financial and risk management products and services. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the marketing name for the global banking and markets businesses. The company has had a presence in EMEA since 1922. With offices in 19 countries on three continents, it offers an integrated and comprehensive set of products and services across Global Corporate and Investment Banking, Global Markets and Consumer Card, serving the needs of individual, corporate, institutional and government clients, combining the best of local knowledge and global expertise. Developing solutions for social and environmental challenges is at the core of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s responsibility platform. In more than 90 countries around the world, we partner with employees, clients and stakeholders to help make financial lives better.
Key Dates & Information
• Two-day conference: 13 and 14 November, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
• All sessions will be hosted at BofAML’s Chester office
• Applications close: 30th of October 2018
Click Apply Now to complete your application form and attach your CV. The closing date for applications is 30th of October. We will endeavour to inform you of the outcome of your application by 31st of October. Please note, you may be asked to participate in a brief telephone screen prior to being invited to attend.
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