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The Society and Background
Buckinghamshire Building Society was founded in 1907, making it one of the UK’s longest established Societies. It is the only remaining independent Building Society in the County and has some 40 staff, all based in Chalfont St Giles.
As a mutual it is run for the benefit of its members, and its success means that it now has more than 11,000 savers and 1,500 borrowers throughout the UK, with assets in excess of £225m.
The Society has a forward looking and positive culture as evidenced by both internal and external surveys, and prides itself on “doing the right thing” at every level of the business and in all aspects of its operations.
The Society has a high performing Board, currently comprised of six Non Executive Directors (NEDs) and two Executive Directors, and a strong senior management team. There is now a rare opportunity to join the Board as we seek to recruit a further NED, ahead of a scheduled retirement next year.
The Board operates in a friendly collegiate way, and Board members are expected to be challenging but constructive, well prepared and considered in their views.
The Society recognises and embraces the benefits of having a diverse Board and sees increasing diversity at Board level as an essential element in maintaining a competitive advantage.
Recent and relevant Board or equivalent level experience (ideally but not necessarily gained within Retail Financial Services, whether in a mutual or otherwise), ideally as a NED
Good familiarity with the regulatory environment applicable to retail financial services (with particular focus on prudential regulation)
Ideally, current familiarity with the range of issues likely to be of board level concern to UK business generally, for example cyber-security, corporate governance
Ability to question and challenge constructively to arrive at an independent judgement
High level of empathy with the Mutual business model, and commitment to “doing the right thing”
Strong ethical sense and absolute integrity.
All NED Board members are expected to commit between 2-3 days per month (including 1 day per month at the Chalfont St Giles office) and at peak times this may increase and flexibility is expected
Please submit your CV together with a short covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of this role by 1st November 2017 to email@example.com (HR Manager).
We are a small successful Building Society with a strong mutual ethos and a passion for “doing the right thing” for our customers and our staff. Our staff (approx. 40 staff at this time) are all based at the one site in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.
This is a newly created position to predominately support our Chief Executive Officer however, we will expect the successful incumbent of this role to relish diversity and multitasking in their role as they will actively support other executive and management staff as required and help drive forward Society projects. A full job specification is available on request and will be provided ahead of interviews.
The key demonstrable skills we are looking for:
Experience working as an executive PA (whilst Financial Services experience is beneficial it is not compulsory)
Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
Pro-active self-starter with the ability to prioritise own work-loads whilst being adaptable to support the Society’s needs
Confident and capable with Microsoft software (Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc)
Calm and approachable with a resilient “can do” attitude
To apply for this position please send you CV and covering letter detailing your current salary/salary expectations to: Gillian Nickless, HR Manager
Buckinghamshire Building Society High Street, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, HP8 4QB
E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01494 877 244
All registration of interest in this role should be received by 21st October 2017