Like many banks, Nationwide has branches scattered throughout the UK. You can find a branch in almost every town, but Bournemouth also boasts The Nationwide Administration Centre. Whether you’re a number cruncher, a big thinker, or a people person, there’s a place for everyone within the Nationwide family.
Nationwide is the seventh largest cooperative financial institution, and the largest building society in the world, with over 15 million members. They were also recognised by Which? in their 2019 awards, gaining the accolade of ‘Banking Brand of the Year’.
Nationwide employs around 10,000 people across the UK with its main headquarters being based in Swindon. The company is run by and for the benefit of its members and not by shareholders. They aim to ensure that the positive experience employees have working for the business defines and differentiates them from others. Doing this enables Nationwide to recruit, develop and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of its members and the communities in which they operate.
Nationwide have also developed an apprenticeship scheme, which offers positions across the different sectors of the business, from finance to people and culture. They believe any individual willing to push themselves and work hard will succeed. Coaching and mentoring programmes are available too, alongside technical and professional development courses and qualifications. Those moving into leadership roles will also be offered training in this area. Nationwide invest in their people, as they believe that it’s essential to retain valuable members of staff.
Should you choose to work for Nationwide, you’d receive various benefits such as sick pay, a pension scheme and the opportunity to buy extra holiday days. You’d start out with 25 holiday days a year anyway, which would in time increase to 30 days. Other benefits include subsidised purchasing of big brands, and providing longer serving members of staff with bonus schemes if their targets are met. Additional time off is offered to parents and carers too, as the company recognises the need to find an appropriate work life balance. You can arrange your hours to work around school term times should you need to.
If it’s a viable option, flexible working hours are also offered to anyone that require them. This includes flexi-time, part-time, remote working and job sharing. Nationwide also encourage you to be flexible within your role - as the world’s largest building society, there is plenty of scope to change the direction in which your career is progressing. If you’re looking to move job role, there will always be opportunities to do so.
Further benefits of working for Nationwide include the option of discounted private healthcare for the company’s employees and their families, dental plans and reduced-price gym memberships. Nationwide strive to keep their staff healthy in both body and mind.
If you have a cause you’re passionate about, there is also the opportunity to receive pay for voluntary work outside the business. Nationwide will cover your pay for 14 hours of volunteering time, as they are committed to social responsibility. The business also invest 1% of their pre-tax profits in socially responsible ventures.