Recruitment & Current Vacancies

Current Vacancies

Doing the right thing is what we aim to do at Hodge.

We are a financial services business focused on the retail savings, commercial lending and retirement markets. The Hodge Foundation, a charity supporting the welfare, medical, academic and educational areas, owns 79% of our business. This drives us, knowing that by helping our customers to achieve their goals, we are also helping good causes that are important to us.

We have achieved significant growth over the last few years and have ambitious plans to expand further.

Our benefits package includes:

  • Generous pension scheme
  • Annual bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life Assurance and Critical Illness cover
  • 25 days’ holiday per annum, plus an extra day off at Christmas
  • Various flexible options: childcare vouchers, cycle scheme, season ticket loans
  • Regular sports and social events
  • Use of gym and spa facilities
  • Weekly fruit delivery
  • Local discounts – coffee shops, restaurants, bars
  • Prestigious offices in city centre location

BI Developer

Salary: Competitive (dependent on experience) + benefits

Hodge Bank provides a range of financial products and services to corporate and personal customers.  To support the growing and changing needs of the business, we are investing in our data capabilities, and are therefore seeking a BI Developer to further enhance the Group’s recently formed Business Intelligence function.

As BI Developer your primary focus will be to develop, maintain and evolve the group data warehouse through implementation of efficient ETL processes, and expert understanding of the group’s data structure and content.

You will also be required to translate business reporting requirements to design, build and deploy data warehouse and reporting solutions that meet internal customers’ needs, while embedding a continuous improvement culture to the development of our data capabilities.

This role plays a crucial part in delivering our Group BI strategy and as such we are looking for candidates with proven experience as a BI/Data Warehouse Developer, preferably with experience of the Microsoft BI Stack and strong familiarity with BI technologies.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Develop, maintain and evolve the group data warehouse.
  • Implementing ETL processes for the data warehouse.
  • Provide expertise in using and developing reporting data structures and outputs.
  • Understand the structure and content of the organisations data.
  • Translate business reporting requirements into technical specifications.
  • Design, build and deploy reporting solutions.
  • Conduct testing and troubleshooting.
  • Evaluate and improve existing BI systems.
  • Develop and update appropriate technical documentation.
  • Develop relationships with internal customers and be confident in working with stakeholders across the company.
  • Deliver first class customer service and promote the BI service.
  • Provide data analysis expertise and support on an ad-hoc basis.

The preferred candidate will have very strong analytical and investigative skills and be highly proficient in SQL, MS Excel and Power BI (or similar) to enable the ability to effectively support the Group’s BI strategy and roadmap

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Compliance Officer

Salary: Competitive + benefits

Hodge is a specialist privately owned organisation providing lending, savings and retirement solutions in a manner which is fair, friendly and personal and which improves the lives of our customers, colleagues and communities through the work of the Hodge Foundation.

We are a financial services business focused on the retail savings, commercial lending and retirement markets.  The Hodge Foundation, a charity supporting the welfare, medical, academic and educational areas owns over 79% of our business. This drives us, knowing that by helping our customers to achieve their goals, we are also helping good causes that are important to us.

We have achieved significant growth over the last few years and have ambitious plans to expand further.  Our group projects team is key to achieving our plans by delivering a portfolio of change across our business – including digital, regulatory, operational and financial initiatives.

Assisting the Group Compliance Manager in becoming a business partner across Hodge to enable the business to manage its regulatory risks. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the business to implement business & regulatory change.
  • Providing specialist advice and training across the business on key regulatory and legislative issues.
  • Training individuals at all levels across the business on significant regulatory and conduct related subject matter, including at induction.
  • To provide insightful management information to appropriate committees to allow effective decision making.
  • Taking a lead role in the handling of legacy customer complaints and queries, ensuring a fair and timely resolution

This role will suit someone who has familiarity with the regulatory environment (banking or insurance) and has knowledge of the FCA from a previous role.

The preferred candidate will have relevant experience of working within the financial services sector.  An appropriate Financial Services qualification (CII, LIBF or equivalent) is desirable.

You will demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively and establish and maintain effective business relationships with internal stakeholders.

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Agile PMO Manager

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 depending on experience + benefits

Change is a relatively new function at Hodge and we’re using an agile delivery approach and the Scaled Agile change framework.  We’re now embedding these across our business and the Agile PMO Manager will support this by working with our executive team, scrum masters, change teams and colleagues to increase their understanding and adoption of agile practices.

This is a new role and provides a rare opportunity for the successful candidate to really make a mark on our business and support the delivery of our ambitious change programme covering both IT and non-IT projects.  Reporting directly to the Group Projects Director you will either currently be working within a PMO or will be a scrum master ready to step into the PMO environment.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining the Scaled Agile change management framework, artefacts and SharePoint site.
  • Maintaining the Portfolio Kanban and associated artefacts and reporting.
  • Programme oversight – working with senior sponsors, stakeholders and teams to support Programme Increment planning and co-ordinate programme plans.
  • Team oversight to ensure appropriate tools, techniques and reporting routines are in place leading to delivery of planned outcomes.
  • Promoting awareness and adoption of Scaled Agile and agile practices across all levels of the organisation.
  • Subject to capacity, acting as scrum master on suitably sized projects. Although not a key part of the role, the role-holder must have empathy with the demands of delivery and we see this as the best to achieve this.

As well as the right technical skills and an eye for detail we need a people-person who can manage, motivate, train, coach and develop our people to support the delivery of change across our business.

Holding relevant PMO, project management or agile qualifications you will have a minimum of five years-experience in a change-related environment, and will be provided with the training and support needed to grow into the role.  While not a requirement, previous experience in financial services would be desirable.

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Staff Writer

Salary: Competitive (dependent on experience) + benefits

Hodge is a specialist privately owned organisation providing lending, savings and retirement solutions in a manner which is fair, friendly and personal and which improves the lives of our customers, colleagues and communities through the work of the Hodge Foundation.

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and proactive writer, with strong background in producing content for a range of audiences and media.

As Staff Writer, you’ll play a crucial role in the group marketing team with responsibility for bringing the Hodge brand and sub-brands to life with originality across marketing channels including email, on-site, social media and beyond.

Reporting to the Group Marketing Manager, key responsibilities will include:

  • Owning and developing the group content calendar that delivers regular engaging messages across the full range of media channels
  • Liaising with 3rd parties including press and trade titles to craft quality news stories and press releases that support the wider marketing strategy and plan
  • Delivering consistent tone of voice across touchpoints, becoming a passionate brand custodian in the process
  • Crafting quality content that engages audiences across the group’s markets and audiences
  • Support SEO through writing optimised content that is both entertaining and informing
  • Supporting the digital transformation roadmap by providing onsite copy and messaging as part of enhanced customer functionality
  • Repurposing content for different mediums including social media and video
  • Proof reading all customer communication across the business to ensure content is on-brand and adheres to tone of voice guidelines
  • Keeping up to date with industry best practice and monitoring content activities of competitor websites

Candidates should have a proactive, success-driven attitude and be looking to add genuine value to the organisation.

You will have real creativity and be expected to play a key role in a growing Marketing Team from day one.

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Operations & Data Officer

Salary: Competitive (dependent on experience) + benefits

Hodge Bank’s Commercial Lending department is a crucial part of the group strategy. As a key player in managing the responsible investment of capital and savings funds, the department has a core role in generating profit and ensuring that the group proposition remains attractive for all customers.

The team have a vacancy for an Operations & Data Officer to join their Support Team. The successful candidate will have recent experience in the banking sector, specifically within the regulated mortgage/lending environments.

We are ideally looking for someone with existing knowledge of lending administration and the key data management that’s required to successfully transact in the industry. You will be a fast learner with the ability to become a subject matter expert and potential to develop the role over time.

Reporting to the Commercial Operations Manager you will provide proactive support, working closely with the broader Commercial Lending business, as directed. You will play a critical team role in ensuring the Bank is not at risk of failing to comply with key regulation as set by the relevant financial authorities.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking the ongoing system testing and ensuring that regulatory updates do not negatively impact upon data quality or reporting;
  • Reviewing live system data from various sources and identifying issues / anomalies to analyse any trends and provide fixes;
  • Being responsible for undertaking and monitoring the department’s ongoing ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) procedures, ensuring compliance with up-to-date regulation;
  • Attending ‘Assurance Review’ meetings and taking responsibility for liaising with the Commercial Lending team to ensure relevant feedback is given and action points are completed;
  • Ensuring that held data is stored, protected and utilised in-line with the requirements set out by the recent General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR);
  • Compiling concise, accurate reports that collate key department information such as geographical exposure, business line sensitivity etc.

Candidates should have a proactive, success-driven attitude and be looking to add genuine value to the organisation.

You will have strong analytical skills, and be expected to play a key role in the Commercial Lending team from day one.

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Chief Executive – Hodge Limited

Salary: Six figure executive package

Hodge Limited is one of Wales’ foremost and well respected financial services brands with well-established bank and life assurance businesses. Originally founded by Sir Julian Hodge, the Group is independent, privately-owned and ethically-motivated.

Hodge Bank provides a range of savings products to consumers and lends to commercial, investor and developer clients. Hodge Lifetime is a specialist and award-winning provider of equity release, later life mortgages and annuities.

With c. £2bn in total assets, a base of 60,000 customers, and 170 committed employees, Hodge is well-positioned for the future. Following the announcement that its Managing Director is to retire after a long and successful tenure, the Board seeks an inspiring leader who can drive the business through continued transformation and growth.

Role:

  • Provide dynamic leadership towards delivering the Group’s mission and vision through the development and execution of the Group’s strategy.
  • Develop, foster and embed the culture of the Group and create an atmosphere that delivers positive customer outcomes, great performance and high staff morale.
  • Maintain communications and foster good working relationships with all major stakeholders: shareholders, the Board, regulators, customers and suppliers.

Candidate:

  • An experienced business leader with a strong track record of leadership at board level within banking or wider financial services.
  • A strategic and commercial operator, with a track record of developing and delivering commercially sound strategies which take account of customer, market and digital opportunities.
  • Possesses an inspirational and visible leadership style with the ability to motivate and influence people and teams to achieve ambitious goals.

For enquiries please contact Odgers Berndston on 029 2078 3050, or for more information view the opportunity on the Odgers Berndston website. Click here for more information.

Software Engineer (Java)

Salary: Competitive (dependent on experience) + benefits

To support the growth of our digital services, the IT development team is leading the technical delivery of a large scale digital transformation. This includes moving to a more formal Agile working methodology, building cutting edge cloud-based web solutions and new communication tools for real-time financial services delivered through cross platform solutions.

The new digital estate is enforced by the latest cyber security policies and technology tools, as well as the best web services and secure cloud delivery models available. We are therefore looking for individuals with drive, enthusiasm and the right knowledge to come and join our development team

You will be part of the full-stack delivery teams building cloud-based web solutions across multiple business areas and be expected to extend your knowledge in this area.

To be successful you must have strong logical analysis and trouble shooting skills and be methodical in your approach, with good attention to detail. Candidates must be educated to degree level, ideally with a 2:1 or above in a computer science or IT-related subject.

As Java Developer, you will be part of an Agile team involved in the full life-cycle of development for customer facing solutions.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Full technical involvement with on development projects;
  • Development of ‘presentation’ layer on system development projects;
  • Contributing to the overall design approach of systems and low-level design of individual components;
  • Working with other team members to ensure requirement, development and testing meet business needs;
  • Ensuring knowledge transfer within the development team and wider IT team.

Candidates must have relevant skills and experience in using a variety of IT tools, particularly core Java skills such as Java8, SpringBoot, Maven and JPA.  Experience of developing for Amazon Web Services is also desirable.

Experience of front-end tools and frameworks such as Javascript, JQuery and CSS/SASS would be advantageous.

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