Careers

Work for Ecology

The Ecology team is ambitious, dynamic and driven by our vision to build a greener future. If you share our values and want to make a contribution to our work, then a career with us might be the right choice for you.

Current vacancies

Our current vacancies are displayed below.  If you wish to submit your CV to us for consideration for other future vacancies, please email your CV and a covering letter indicating what type of role you are looking for to [email protected].  With your consent, we will hold your CV on our database for a period of up to 12 months.

Governance Administrator
    • Based in Silsden, West Yorkshire, BD20 0EE
    • £20,000 to £22,500 dependent upon experience
    • Full time 35 hours, Monday to Friday

We’re looking for an experienced senior administrator to join us, providing administrative support to the Society’s Board of Directors in establishing and maintaining good standards of governance.

About the role

The Governance Administrator will support the Board Governance Officer with a wide range of administrative responsibilities including:

  • Maintaining the annual schedule of Board and Committee meetings;
  • Issuing invites to relevant attendees and manage Board and Committee meeting attendance;
  • Creating and issuing agendas for all Board, Committee and Management meetings;
  • Supporting the Executive to schedule, produce, circulate and quality control papers for meetings;
  • Maintaining the Society’s Governance Manual to ensure that it accurately reflects Board and Committee decisions and takes into account industry and regulatory best practice;
  • Managing the annual certification process of recording Directors’ compliance with regulatory requirements;
  • Maintaining the Board Policy Schedule, ensuring policies are reviewed, amended and submitted to the Board for sign off by the Policy owner in line with agreed schedule;
  • Maintaining the Society’s published and archived policies;
  • Provide administrative support for the Society’s Annual General Meeting;
  • Assist in collating information for document request from the Regulators.
About you

You will be an experienced administrator, ideally used to providing administrative or PA support to a senior team. Great organisation and communication skills are a must along with an impeccable attention to detail. Experience of taking and producing minutes would be advantageous.

What makes Ecology different

Ecology Building Society is a successful member-owned financial institution with a clear environmental focus and a mission to promote sustainable development. Our members save with us in the knowledge that their money is being used to make a positive environmental impact whilst giving them a fair financial return. Our impact isn’t about the profit we make – it’s about the difference we make to the environment and to communities across the UK. Since 1981 we’ve lent to over 3,000 projects, supporting individuals, charities, environmental businesses and community-led housing organisations to realise their sustainable living ambitions

Working for Ecology

You’ll be based in our unique eco-build office in Silsden, West Yorkshire. As well as a great working environment and supportive team you will enjoy:

  • a salary of £20,000 to £22,500 per annum (dependent upon experience);
  • 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • free parking
  • a holiday purchase scheme
  • annual performance related bonus scheme
  • After 3 months service, you will be entitled to a competitive Society pension contribution and death in service life cover.

Our mission matters. Many of the UK’s 16 million houses waste energy on a massive scale – contributing up to 27% of our carbon footprint. We know that properties can be built, converted, renovated or improved with respect for the environment, and with comfort and affordability in mind. We’re here to help people and communities across the UK make it happen. You don’t need to take our word for it, we:

  • are the proud winners of the Mortgage Finance Gazette award in 2018 for Mortgage Product Innovation
  • were rated as an ethical best buy for our mortgages and savings accounts by Ethical Consumer magazine in its product guide rankings (May/June 2018)
  • are an accredited Living Wage employer, and
  • were the first building society in the UK to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark in 2016.

If you would like to be part of our team and help make a difference, then please send your CV and a covering letter in support of your application before the closing date of the 30th April 2019.

Business Development Officer – Community & Commercial Lending
    • Based in Silsden, West Yorkshire, BD20 0EE
    • £30,000 to £32,000 dependent upon experience

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join a small team working on community and commercial lending.  The organisations and individuals we work with may be supporting the environment or delivering sustainable benefits to local communities in a number of ways.  We specialise in lending for housing co-operatives, housing associations, co-housing groups, community land trusts and other community-led projects.  Alongside this, we support small-scale housing developers seeking to build or renovate residential properties in a sustainable manner and for part-residential borrowers who run a sustainable enterprise from home.

About the role

We are looking for a Business Development Officer to work with our Business Development Manager in delivering an end to end relationship managed experience, to our prospective and existing borrowers. You will handle new business enquiries, providing relevant product information and guide the enquirer through the application requirements and procedures.

You will conduct scorecard backed credit appraisals of proposals and create case propositions for assessment by the Board Lending Committee. We’re specialist at what we do – so you will be involved in the technical detail of the lending propositions, supporting the assessment and underwriting of new and existing business on projects such as small scale development finance, affordable and social housing, part-residential with business income, FSOL commercial projects and charitable organisations and projects with a community gain bias. You will appraise and report on new lending opportunities including reviews of documentation such as section 106 agreements, grant documentation, Lease agreements etc.  In addition to managing new business, you will also play a key role in supporting existing borrowers and developing key relationships with partners, introducers and corporate borrowers including opportunities to represent the Society at a wide range of external events.  This is a varied role where great communication skills and your knowledge and expertise in this complex area really makes a difference.

About you

You will have a proven track record of relationship management in a specialist area. You will have experience of working within the secured lending market and understand the lending application and under-writing process, ideally within the commercial / non-residential sector.

What makes Ecology different

Ecology Building Society is a successful member-owned financial institution with a clear environmental focus and a mission to promote sustainable development. Our members save with us in the knowledge that their money is being used to make a positive environmental impact whilst giving them a fair financial return. Our impact isn’t about the profit we make – it’s about the difference we make to the environment and to communities across the UK. Since 1981 we’ve lent to over 3,000 projects, supporting individuals, charities, environmental businesses and community-led housing organisations to realise their sustainable living ambitions

Working for Ecology

You’ll be based in our unique eco-build office in Silsden, West Yorkshire. As well as a great working environment and supportive team you will enjoy:

  • a salary of £30,000 to £32,000 per annum (dependent upon experience);
  • 24 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • free parking
  • a holiday purchase scheme
  • annual performance related bonus scheme
  • After 3 months service, you will be entitled to a competitive Society pension contribution and death in service life cover.

Our mission matters. Many of the UK’s 16 million houses waste energy on a massive scale – contributing up to 27% of our carbon footprint. We know that properties can be built, converted, renovated or improved with respect for the environment, and with comfort and affordability in mind. We’re here to help people and communities across the UK make it happen. You don’t need to take our word for it, we:

  • are the proud winners of the Mortgage Finance Gazette award in 2018 for Mortgage Product Innovation
  • were rated as an ethical best buy for our mortgages and savings accounts by Ethical Consumer magazine in its product guide rankings (May/June 2018)
  • are an accredited Living Wage employer, and
  • were the first building society in the UK to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark in 2016.

If you would like to be part of our team and help make a difference, then please send your CV and a covering letter in support of your application before the closing date of the 24th April 2019.

Data Analyst
    • Based in Silsden, West Yorkshire
    • £34,000 to £37,000 per annum, dependent upon experience
Job Overview

We’re looking for a talented Data Analyst to join our ambitious and fast-growing IT Team. The Data Analyst will help to shape and deliver the Society’s data and reporting strategy in a busy yet rewarding environment.

What makes Ecology different

Ecology Building Society is a successful member-owned financial institution with a clear environmental focus and a mission to promote sustainable development. Our members save with us in the knowledge that their money is being used to make a positive environmental impact whilst giving them a fair financial return. Our impact isn’t about the profit we make – it’s about the difference we make to the environment and to communities across the UK. Since 1981 we’ve lent to over 3,000 projects, supporting individuals, charities, environmental businesses and community-led housing organisations to realise their sustainable living ambitions.

Main responsibilities

To support the creation, reporting and interpretation of data across the business to enable delivery of key management information, modelling, regulatory returns and monitoring.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Requirement gathering from internal customers through liaison with key stakeholders to develop insightful data visualisations which inform and influence strategic and operational decision making;
  • Identify, analyse, and interpret trends or patterns in complex data sets;
  • Summarise data trends in a commercially focused and actionable way for management and Board meetings;
  • Translate business and regulatory information requirements into SQL queries, design report layouts, and play an active role in the deployment and maintenance of such reports;
  • Take responsibility for creating and improving a mix of regular monthly reporting and ad-hoc reporting requests from the business;
  • Work alongside the existing Data Analyst to enhance the data warehousing and MI capability of the Society;
  • Lead and participate in data-related projects.

About you

You will have a modern and innovative approach to data analysis and visualisation. Passionate about promoting positive business change, a keen eye for detail, self-motivated and with a strong focus on data protection and data retention.

You will have 5 years’ experience in a similar role, experienced in ETL (SSIS), SSRS, SQL and dynamic SQL along with advanced Microsoft skills.

Working for Ecology

This is a full-time permanent position, based in our unique eco-build office in Silsden, West Yorkshire. As well as a great working environment and supportive team you will enjoy:

  • a salary of £34,000 to £37,000 per annum (dependent upon experience);
  • 24 days annual leave plus bank holidays;
  • free parking;
  • a holiday purchase scheme;
  • annual performance related bonus scheme;
  • After 3 months service, you will be entitled to a competitive Society pension contribution and death in service life cover.

About us

Our mission matters. The majority of the UK’s 16 million houses waste energy on a massive scale – contributing up to 27% of our carbon footprint. We know that properties can be built, converted, renovated or improved with respect for the environment, and with comfort and affordability in mind. We’re here to help people and communities across the UK make it happen. You don’t need to take our word for it, we:

  • are the proud winners of the Mortgage Finance Gazette award in 2018 for Mortgage Product Innovation;
  • were rated as an ethical best buy for our mortgages and savings accounts by Ethical Consumer magazine in its product guide rankings (May/June 2018);
  • are an accredited Living Wage employer; and
  • were the first building society in the UK to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark in 2016.

If you would like to join our team and pursue a rewarding career in a company that exists to make a difference, then please apply today, sending your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

Closing date:  24th April 2019

 

 

 

Further information

Privacy

The Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives individuals certain rights and defines the rules for processing personal information. It also states that those who record and process personal information, such as the Society, must be open and honest in how the information is used.

The principal purpose of collecting personal data from you is to enable you to apply for employment with the Society. When you submit your application, we ask for your contact details, CV and other selected information so that we can deal with your application.

If your application is not successful, we will keep your personal data for a minimum of 6 months from the date of the application, after then it will be destroyed.

If you believe the Society has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office which enforces data protection laws.  Their website is www.ico.org.uk.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

As an equal opportunities employer, we’re committed to creating an environment where there is mutual respect and equality of opportunity for all colleagues.

The process
Apply

If you are interested in applying you will be asked to submit your CV to let us know about your previous experience. We’ll send you an acknowledgement to let you know that we’ve received your application.

Review

We’ll review your application against the skills and experience we are looking for in our successful candidate and let you know if your application is going to be progressed. If successful, we’ll be in touch to arrange the next stage.

Interview

For most vacancies, you’ll be invited to an initial interview which may be held over the telephone. During this interview you will be able to learn more about the role for which you have applied as well as giving the interviewer a chance to get to know more about you, your experience and what you are looking for in your next role.

If successful at this stage, you’ll be invited to attend a face to face interview with the recruiting manager, which will normally be held at our eco-build offices in Silsden, West Yorkshire. You’ll be asked to complete an application form and return it to us before your interview. There may also be some aptitude tests to complete relevant to the role you have applied for.

Feedback

We’ll usually let you know the outcome of your interview within a week of the last interview taking place. Your interviewer will give you an indication of when this will be. If you are successful, we will discuss the next steps with you and start preparing for you to join us. If you aren’t successful, we’ll let you know and we’ll provide feedback so you’ll know why.