Nationwide to recruit former Armed Forces personnel to lead major projects

Nationwide Building Society is launching its Military Transition Programme aimed at recruiting former Armed Forces personnel into project management posts within the world’s largest building society.

The programme would see former Armed Forces personnel leading wide-ranging projects ranging from implementing improved security systems across around 700 branches to embedding the latest innovative technology to improve customer experience.

The scheme underlines Nationwide’s commitment to supporting the military community and builds on last year’s signing of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and the SaBRE (Support for Britain's Reservists and Employers) Silver Award, given in recognition of an employer’s support to the Armed Forces community.

The Society’s headquarters are based in Wiltshire which has a growing Army footprint as troops and their families relocate to the county from across the UK and return from Germany as part of the Army Basing Programme. As some military personnel look to leave the Armed Forces in the near future and potentially settle in the South West, Nationwide is highlighting the career options and career transition support available at the Society.

Nationwide’s HR Director, Ann Brown, said: “We currently have more than 40 former service personnel working at Nationwide and because of their training, experience and skill-set, they are a most welcome addition to our workforce. “We understand that the transition from the military to a different working environment can be challenging, however the training and support provided really helps to make this successful for all involved. We are delighted to welcome former Armed Forces personnel to the right roles in the Society where they can make a strong contribution to the services we provide to our members.”

Nationwide project manager Simon Feaver joined the Society in 2013 having served for 17 years in the Army as an Infantry officer. Alongside managing projects in Nationwide, he is an Army Reservist, leading the Royal Wessex Yeomanry Squadron in Swindon. He said: “I was attracted to project management at Nationwide as it promised to make use of many of the same skills that I had developed in the Army – these included managing people, leadership, prioritising tasks, managing and accessing risk and delivering results. The role places direct responsibility on you for the management and delivery of change, allowing you to see tangible results of the work you do and how it impacts on customers’ banking experience.

“Nationwide is steadily developing a strong cohort of former military personnel across the business. There is a real camaraderie amongst us all and we are able to offer support to each other as we recognise the challenges that transitioning to a career outside the Armed Forces can bring.”

Find out more about the Military Transition Programme.

About Nationwide

Nationwide is the world's largest building society as well as one of the largest savings providers and a top-three provider of mortgages in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Nationwide has around 15 million customers.

Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 18,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

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