Santander

Santander

About us

What makes Santander such a great place to work? It's working for the best commercial bank in the UK. More than that, we think it's a question of working for an organisation where teamwork is really valued and where meritocracy, which is that we reward people for the contribution that they make to the organisation, is particularly valued. Within that, we get a true spirit of teamwork, of delivery, of achievement, which we think makes people very happy and fulfilled in the jobs that they do.

Great organisations are built on great people and we've got tremendous people within this organisation. If they deliver their best every day, we will achieve our vision of being the best commercial bank in the UK.

Diversity

Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds and by reflecting and celebrating this diversity in our workforce, we aim to have an inclusive culture which adds real value to our business.

But diversity is not something that we merely pay lip service to. It's too important. Everyone at Santander is selected, promoted and treated on their aptitude and skills to do the job, irrespective of their gender, age, disability, race, religion & belief or sexual orientation. It makes good business sense to attract and retain talented people and develop them to their full potential.

But what does this mean for you? In very real terms, it means nothing should hold you back.

For instance, our Talent and Reward programmes support women to deliver their best, and a suite of benefits including the right to request flexible working, on site gyms, a 24/7 advice helpline, and an emergency childcare and eldercare service are available to support today's working women, their families and other eligible employees. Our commitment to gender diversity works: in 2009, Santander employed the highest number of female managers compared to our UK competitors. Over half of all middle managers (56.6%), 39% of senior, and a quarter (25%) of the UK Executive Directors are currently female.

Our working culture is based on the belief that we all have a responsibility to treat each other fairly and with respect. Comprehensive training programmes and the continuing refinement of policies and procedures means that the principles of diversity and equal opportunity are embedded throughout the employee experience; from recruitment & selection to development, training and benefits.

We work closely with applicants with a disability and work with organisations such as the Employers Forum on Disability, Opportunity Now, Employers Forum on Age, Stonewall and Race for Opportunity.

We're appointing Executive Diversity Champions to focus improvements, and, having listened to employee feedback, have created rooms for quiet contemplation in our Head Office sites.

Finally, we've set up The Best People Boss Awards to recognise managers who are making Santander a more rewarding, supportive and successful workplace. In testament to this positive approach, over 600 UK employees have nominated their line manager for their support in areas such as professional development and work/life balance. The business fully supports flexible working and individual business areas demonstrate this in different ways.

Well-being and Work/Life Balance

We know that protecting and promoting the health and well-being of our people is important. Santander is a member of the ‘Business Action on Health’ campaign, working with experienced practitioners from a range of industries to develop a strategy, which takes an integrated approach to employee well-being. We provide gyms at three main office sites and have an internal well-being website so that everyone can access a range of health information.

Celebrating Gender Diversity

In 2010, Santander launched a new Corporate Gender Diversity Policy for all business across the group. As a global employer, Santander is committed to equal opportunities and is non-tolerant of gender discrimination.

As well as adding value to society and our company, gender diversity is important if we want to attract and retain staff. The gender diversity policy has been introduced to make sure that the Groups management process, systems and tools don’t create any form of gender discrimination.

For the past 3 years, Santander has been involved in sponsoring the Opportunity Now awards ceremony for employers in the UK who can demonstrate they’ve used innovation in creating workplaces where women can succeed. In the UK, Santander is already a step ahead in gender diversity through the work we do with Opportunity Now, which helps employers to accelerate change for women in the workplace.

Reward and Benefits

We provide an excellent rewards package to all our employees, including a highly competitive salary and a comprehensive range of benefits. Your benefits could include any of the following:

25 days paid holiday
Access to company Pension arrangements
Discounted health arrangements
Discounted retail and childcare vouchers
Access to Sharesave and Partnership Share Schemes
Special rates and discounts on Santander UK financial products
Access to an exclusive online retail discount site.

However, working for an organisation like ours isn't all about salary benefits. At Santander, we also believe in investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees. That's why we are delighted to offer the following benefits and services:

Information and advice - Our dedicated wellbeing intranet provides a range of information to help employees protect and promote their general health and wellbeing.

Santander UK gyms - We have well-equipped gyms in three main office sites, and for staff based in other sites we've negotiated discounted rates with a number of national health clubs.

Work-related stress support - Modern life can be stressful, making it important to know how to manage the everyday pressures of work effectively. So we provide support and guidance for staff and line managers on managing and preventing work-related stress.

Employee assistance -We offer a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme that gives staff and members of their immediate family access to professional, independent and confidential support on a wide range of issues, including serious health problems, bereavement and trauma.

Flexible work options - We are committed to supporting individuals in achieving a reasonable balance between their home and working life. To support staff in meeting their commitments outside of work, we offer a range of flexible work options, including part-time working, job sharing, career breaks and flexible holiday options.

Learning and Development

Learning at Santander works as a partnership and underpins our approach to Performance Development. Developing your skills and knowledge is going to be critical to your success, and from our part, we'll make sure you have the chance to learn the things you need to know for your job and to look after our customers. That might mean attending a course, using an online package or being coached by an experienced member of staff.

We're governed by the Financial Services and Markets Act, so we need to know the laws and how to work within them. For some jobs, such as those that involve giving advice on certain products, some types of training are mandatory and people have to take tests to prove they know their stuff. We're serious about getting it right, so we need people who'll take learning seriously.

Once you're settled in your initial role at Santander we'll want you to think about your future. You don't have to have a 5-year plan, but it helps to think ahead to ensure that your career is moving in the right direction. We'll encourage you to take advantage of opportunities at Santander , as and when they occur, to support Satander's growth and your development.

Corportate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a vital element of our people-focused culture. It underpins how we treat each other, not only colleagues, but every other individual and organisation with whom we come into contact.

Santander's vision is to be UK's best commercial bank. We will achieve this by earning and keeping the public's trust, and preserving our reputation in the eyes of our stakeholders. Recognising the impact our business makes on the community and environment, we reduce negative influences where possible, and aim to make a wholly positive contribution to British society and our stakeholders - treating both with honesty and fairness.

Our Key CSR Responsibilities are:

Delivering Value to Customers
Treating our Employees Well
Working In Partnership with Suppliers
Investing in Communities
Approach to the Environment
Investments and Lending

Santander will be exhibiting at the 2012 Workingmums.co.uk LIVE exhibition in London. To register for the event and meet Santander representatives face-to-face, click here.

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