Returning Talent Programme | Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Applications are now open for Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s inaugural Returning Talent programme in Chester.

The returning talent programme aims to help people prepare for re-entering the workforce such as a former stay-at-home parent or carer, or someone who chose to take a career gap to support a partner serving within the Armed Forces. People who have been out of work for a year or more are invited to apply via the company’s careers site. The application closing date is 15 August.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in partnership with the Executive Coaching Consultancy, experts in return-to-work programmes, is looking to attract individuals from a range of backgrounds including finance, technology, banking operations and other professional services.

The 2016 Chester programme will give 25 participants the opportunity to attend a two-day conference (27 and 28 September) aimed at exploring the changing workplace and the role of the returner in this new office environment. Participants will hear from guest speakers and participate in a series of workshops 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.

Five years ago, Bank of America Merrill Lynch pioneered one of the first returner programmes for experienced professionals – mainly women. The company’s progress in this area, as well as its ongoing commitment to develop its female talent, won it the 2015 Workingmums.co.uk’s 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.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has had a presence in Chester since 2008 and is the company’s second-largest operational hub in EMEA, after London. Approximately 85 per cent of the Chester workforce is employed within Global Technology and Operations (GT&O), and in November 2013, it became home to the company’s third Global Command Centre, joining existing centres in the US and Singapore.

GT&O comprises Global Markets Operations and Middle Office (GMOMO), Global Wholesale Banking and Operations, Chief Technology Office and Global Information Security. Within GMOMO, the Derivatives and FX Operations teams process in excess of five million cash flows a month, with total values in the order of US$60 trillion. The Futures and Options group is the fifth-largest Futures broker in Europe and manages US$19 billion of open interest, clearing 1.9 million contracts on a daily basis. Other Chester-based support functions include Finance, Business Continuity, Compliance, Risk, Legal and Human Resources.

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