Saffron Building Society is a major employer in the region. With an operations centre, branches and our administration offices in close proximity to Saffron Walden (as well as other branches through Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire) we offer a variety of exciting job opportunities.
Whilst some of our roles require specialist financial services experience we do also offer trainee opportunities in some parts of the business.
The Core Competencies are:
- Living the vision and values
- Leading by example
- Seeing it from the customer perspective
- Working together
- Delivering results
- Connecting with people
- Changing and evolving
- Growing personally
We provide a full induction programme, ongoing training and development, the opportunity to influence decisions in a professional and open environment and the chance to be part of an established fast developing organisation. We match salaries, working patterns and benefit packages to your needs, skills and experience.
Our staff are engaged in the business through participation in our Staff Engagement Survey, Staff Voice board, an annual Staff Conference and Society wide training events. Our Chief Executive also holds regular staff feedback forums and participation in Society wide projects is actively encouraged.
The roots of the Society and its 'community' feel are something to be proud of. Our staff forge links with the local communities and get involved in charity fundraising activities. We have been staunch supporters of the annual Children in Need and Macmillan coffee mornings across all our locations and we have a Community Fund which is focused on supporting local charities and regional good causes.
Our current vacancies
You will find our current vacancies listed below:
We're a disability confident committed employer
We’re proud to be a #DisabilityConfident committed employer, supporting and promoting disabled people in the workplace.
In order to reach the Disability Confident Employer Status, we have achieved the following;
- Provide a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
- Being flexible with our assessment criteria so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate they can do the role
- Proactively offering and making adjustments as requested
- Encourage our suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident
- Ensuring employees have been offered sufficient disability equality training
Apprenticeships at Saffron
Apprenticeships are a great way for individuals to gain valuable skills, knowledge and experience in a wide range of careers that provide practical, on-the-job training and classroom based learning.
At Saffron Building Society, we believe apprentices can bring invaluable enthusiasm and ideas. We encourage our apprentices every step of the way and provide them with all of the support they need to incorporate them into the world of work which will help them to shape their future career.
Many of our apprentices who finished their qualifications have stayed at Saffron and continue to develop and progress their career; here are just a few of our inspiring colleagues who began their introduction into work via apprenticeships here:
- Henry Forbes – Service Desk Analyst
I first started my career at Saffron Building Society as an apprentice, I was very lucky to be offered the opportunity to work in the mortgage department at the Society and gain a business administration NVQ at the same time.
Once I had finished my apprenticeship, an opportunity within the IT department as a trainee service desk analyst arose. I applied for this position and was the successful candidate.
Since then, I have been made a Service Desk Analyst and developed skills in IT and my knowledge from working in the mortgage department has been a great asset to my development.
Working as an apprentice was a great way to kick start my career and teach me how the world of business works.
- Alice Stanford-Everrett – Customer Service Assistant
I have loved every part of the Customer Service apprenticeship I am currently completing at Saffron Building Society. So far it has been a very insightful and challenging experience – the knowledge I have gained has been incredible, and I will be able to use it throughout my whole working life, no matter what career path I choose.
I would recommend choosing and apprenticeship to anybody, especially if you consider yourself more of a physical/on-the-job learner!
- Luke Wood – Project Analyst
I started at Saffron in 2015 as an apprentice straight from school when I was 16 as a Savings Operations Officer. After a year of hard work, I completed my apprenticeship. During this time I was provided with the knowledge and expertise to ensure that I completed my apprenticeship to the best of my ability. I was offered a permanent role within the Savings team at Saffron in September 2016 at the age of 17.
At this stage, Saffron were going through a major change within the Society, and I was able to get really involved in the change, which gave me a huge understanding of how the Society works and how the new systems would help us to achieve the Society’s aspirations.
In 2017, in recognition of my help and support to different teams around the Society during and after the implementation of changes went live, I won the ‘Saffron Individual of The Year’ award.
In 2018, I was offered the job as a Business Analyst in the Change Team, this was a huge opportunity and thanks to Saffron, my career is able to grow in this sector which I am enjoying every moment of.
Saffron Building Society is also supporting me to complete an external credited qualification in Business Analysis in the near future to help continue my development and knowledge.