Ropemaker Place, London
Ropemaker Place, London


Returner programme

About the programme

The Returner Programme is an opportunity for you to re-integrate yourself into the financial services sector.

Applications are currently closed.

After an in-depth induction, you’ll be working closely with the team enabling you to work on projects that match your skills and experience.


  • Group coaching from Women Returners throughout the programme.
  • A buddy and mentor from within your business group.
  • A second mentor, assigned from Balance at Macquarie, our gender balance network.
  • Regular catch ups with your dedicated programme manager.
  • Exposure to senior managers across the group via various networking opportunities.
  • Events and additional support from representatives of Balance at Macquarie.
  • My Family Care support and emergency backup care. Targeted pre-arranged child or elder care for particular points during the internship where necessary.
  • Being eligible to be considered for a permanent role at the end of the programme.

Do you meet the following eligibility requirements?

Seeking to return

Be seeking to return to work following a voluntary professional career break of at least 2 years.

Work experience

Have previous work experience with the relevant skills or transferable skills for the business groups and vacancies available.


Have excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.


Be highly motivated and able to contribute to the core activities of our business.

What we offer

As part of this paid 20 week programme based in London, you will be paired with a mentor to help guide your re-entry to the workplace, receive coaching to aid your return to work, get additional support for any external activities such as child and elder care and be eligible to be considered for a permanent role at the end of the programme.

We invest in our people around the globe. At Macquarie, we offer you access to a range of opportunities to help you succeed. Some of these include:

  • a merit-based culture
  • high-calibre colleagues and leaders
  • a dynamic workplace
  • internal mobility and global opportunities
  • learning and development programmes
  • employee networks and events
  • health and wellness programmes
  • staff product offers.

Meet our returners


"After many years in the City (of London), I decided to take a career break in late 2013, to spend more time with my two children as my eldest was transitioning to senior school."  

"By the summer of 2016, I felt more than ready to come back to work but I was unsure of where to start. I went online, saw that Macquarie were embarking on their inaugural Returner programme and decided to submit an application. From the first experience at the Macquarie welcome presentation from the CEO of EMEA and other members of the regional Executive Committee, I felt that something special was happening. Seeing the programme supported by so many senior leaders on the first day was testament to how much support there was for the programme.

Since then, I haven’t looked back. I love my role, work with a great group of people and am enjoying being at work more than ever. There is something very special about Macquarie. Its flat structure encourages each and every employee to seek opportunities for themselves and for the business. 

The Returner Programme is designed to genuinely help talented men and women find a role where they can thrive after taking a bit of time out and I would recommend it to anyone who believes they have value to add to the workplace but are unsure about how to take that first step." 


"After working in Equity Derivatives for five years, I decided to take a career break in 2013 to pursue a passion of mine – setting up a street food business."

By 2018, I was ready to return to the corporate world, though this was much more difficult than I had expected. Speaking to friends who had been through the same, I discovered the Macquarie Returner Programme and decided to apply. The initial stage was attending an Insight Day that allowed applicants to learn more about the programme and Macquarie itself to ensure it was a right fit for both myself and the organisation.

The support I have received along the way, from attending the Insight Day, to securing a place on the programme, has been invaluable. Whilst on the programme, we continued to receive extra support as a cohort in the form of coaching sessions and networking opportunities with senior members of the firm across all divisions. These allowed us to share our concerns, increase our confidence and have open and honest discussions with executives to learn more. Along the way the messaging was clear, you really can own your career and create the opportunities and role you want.

The Returner Programme is both challenging and rewarding, it is always difficult to re-join the workplace having been out for a long time but the support along the way was a huge benefit.

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