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Careers Returners Programme

Job Introduction


Handelsbanken’s Returners Programme
Programme: Returners Programme - Nine months
Applications open: 3rd June 2024
Applications close: 21st June 2024

Possible Locations: 
East of England, West Midlands, East Midlands, North of England and Scotland.

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. 

The programme will commence on 14th October 2024 

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 and the opportunity to develop your career into a leadership position.

We are 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 (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 experience in the retail 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
  • 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 our activities. This is so that we 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, we deeply value our unique culture and values including trust in and respect for each individual. We take pride in nurturing a work environment where people flourish, and where they are empowered to take decisions in their areas of expertise. We take a long term perspective in everything we do and want each employee who joins us to build a long terms successful career with the Bank.  

Check our Handelsbanken website for further information

How to apply

Your journey with us starts by completing an online application. If there is a mutual fit, we will extend an invitation for you to participate in an interview. 

There will be a two-stage interview process with a mix of virtual and face-to-face. Our interview process will allow you gain an insight into our culture and programme and give you the opportunity to share your experiences through a variety of  competency/behavioural and leadership interview questions. 

Interviews will take place throughout July and August with offers confirmed by the end of August 2024.
How can we support you to be your best self? Our Talent Acquisition team will be happy to provide support e.g. if you need additional time to prepare for an interview or you have any requirements for any part of the interview/hiring process – just let us know by email or phone, whatever works best for you. 


If you have any questions regarding the programme please email

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