Bank of America Merrill Lynch Seventh Returning Talent Programme Opens for Applications

Monday, October 31, 2016 11:08 am EDT

Today, Bank of America Merrill Lynch opens applications for its seventh UK Returning Talent programme. Individuals who have been out of work for 12 months or longer (former stay-at-home parents or carers, or someone who has chosen to take a career break, for example), are invited to apply via the company's Careers site. The application closing date is 6 December.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in partnership with the Executive Coaching Consultancy, is looking to attract individuals with a financial services background including but not limited to: business, project or relationship management; banking operations; technology; and compliance. Specifically, the company is looking to source suitable candidates from the programme to fill three positions – business analyst, project manager and programmer – for their expanding Bromley-based Controls and Middle Office Technology team.

Following the success of earlier offerings, next year’s programme commences with a conference (30 January 2017) giving 60 participants the opportunity to explore the changing workplace and the role of the returner in this new office environment through a number of speaker sessions and workshops. Participants will also gain insight into Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a potential employer. Thirty attendees will then be selected to attend two full-day workshops (6 and 10 February 2017), designed to support a transition back to work; offer practical guidance on focusing and managing a career search; provide interview skills sessions and insights into balancing work and home lives; and access to executive coaching. There will also be opportunities for participants to start building their professional connections through a series of networking opportunities with bank employees.

Neeha Khurana, international talent executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said: “The launch of our seventh UK Returning Talent programme is not only testament to its success, but also demonstrates the value and importance we place on identifying strong and diverse talent across our business. Through initiatives such as this, we are able to give people at all stages of their lives and careers, the support, confidence and skills to prosper, and the inspiration to succeed in the financial services marketplace.”

Jo Vale, business analyst in Global Markets Operations Technology and 2016 Returning Talent participant, said: “After an extended break to raise my children, Returning Talent gave me the opportunity to return to a career I thought I might never re-enter. It helped me to focus on and sell my strengths, and it was a great opportunity to meet others in the same boat. I am thoroughly enjoying being back at work and feel a sense of achievement in having a sustainable work-life balance. I would definitely recommend the programme to others considering a return to work after a career break.”

Five years ago, Bank of America Merrill Lynch pioneered one of the first returner programmes for experienced professionals. More than 200 people have now taken part in this initiative, 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 Working Mums Top Employer Award for Career Progression. The company has an established alumni network of past Returning Talent participants, allowing them to keep in touch, network and share experiences and knowledge.

Notes to Editors:

  • Applications Open: 31 October 2016

  • Applications Close: 6 December 2016

  • Returning Talent Dates and Application Details:

    • Click here to complete the application form and attach your CV by 6 December 2016

    • One-day Conference: 30 January 2017, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    • Two-day Workshop: 6 and 10 February 2017, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

    • All sessions will be hosted at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s City offices


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