Returner programme

About the programme

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

Commencing 17 September 2018, you will work full-time over the 20 week programme, gaining valuable experience and insight into your chosen business area. 

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.

To be considered for a place on the Returner Programme you will have:


Have had a career break of at least two years.

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

Have excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills.

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

Returner Programme

09 Apr 2018
Macquarie Group

Our Returner Programme will help you re-integrate yourself into the financial services sector. Watch the video to hear from some of our Returners and senior leaders.


  • 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.

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.

Our commitment is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or cultural background.

Meet our returners


I took the decision towards the end of 2013 to take a break from my career as a management consultant to look after my new born.

I wanted to be fully involved in her care during the crucial early years and it was great being a full-time mum, although at times it was challenging. But once my daughter was more independent and ready to start nursery, I felt it was a natural time to get back into work and do something for myself.

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Prior to my career break it never occurred to me that getting a job could be an issue, however having a gap on your CV does make it difficult getting back in to the job market, not least where that gap is four years!

From beginning my search for new opportunities, to joining the Returner Programme, I have been supported by a strong network of people from across the business. As a group we have regular coaching sessions which allow us to talk through any concerns we may have together, whilst also helping to increase our confidence.

On a personal basis my manager meets with me regularly and we make sure we focus our conversations on me, in addition to my work. I’m able to work flexibly too; balancing my other priorities by working a four day week and spending valuable time with my daughter as she grows up. I feel my move back into the workplace has been
seamless and my apprehensions have been eased.

The Returner Programme is a great way to re-join the workforce and is a programme that I am extremely proud to be a part of.


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 with David Fass, CEO EMEA, and other members of the Executive team, 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.

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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. 

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