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 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.

Team Leader – Mortgage Department

 

Salary: £37,000 – £40,000 depending on experience
Hours: 35 hours per week

Benefits
  • Generous holiday allowance, statutory holidays and a holiday purchase scheme
  • Company pension contribution and Life Assurance after qualifying period
  • Development opportunities
  • Wellbeing and Smart Health Employee Assistance Programme
  • Up to 21 hours paid volunteering time per annum
  • Hybrid working pattern: combination of office and working-from-home days per week
  • Company socials and events
  • Free onsite parking
  • Free electric car charging point onsite
About us

Ecology Building Society is a successful and thriving member-owned mortgage and savings provider with a clear environmental focus and a mission to promote sustainable development. We are committed to building a greener society through the provision of a range of simple, ethical savings products to support mortgage lending for properties and projects that respect the environment.

We offer a wide range of specialist mortgage products and for the second time in three years have been recognised in the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards, in the Best Self-build lender category. This award acknowledges Ecology’s role as a longstanding leading supporter of self and custom-build in the UK.

This is a superb opportunity to further your career with a leading mutual, ethical financial services organisation. We are looking for an experienced individual to meet our current and prospective members' mortgage needs.

About the role

It is an exciting time for Ecology, our mortgage products are award-winning, and we are expanding our dedicated team, join us and you will play a key role in the ongoing success of the Mortgage team.

With excellent management & leadership skills, you will lead a team of mortgage advisors, underwriters and administrators and will have responsibility for process, quality, controls and colleague development whilst retaining your competence as a Mortgage Advisor.

You will have influence working with stakeholders across the business looking at process improvement.

Main areas of responsibility
  • Lead, manage, and motivate a high-performing team with a focus on alignment to mission, high standards, quality, customer service, controls and change delivery.
  • Responsibility for ensuring all activity is conducted in accordance with the appropriate controls. Support delivery of the operational risk framework and embed a culture of risk management.
  • Articulating and assessing risk when lending decisions are made, demonstrating particular consideration for the Society’s reputation and mission.
  • Ensure policy, procedures and delivery supports customers in vulnerable circumstances and Consumer Duty.  Ensure the effective supervision of the Society Arrears and Possessions procedures in line with regulation.
  • Responsible as the Supervisor under the Society’s Training & Competence (T&C) Scheme for the maintenance, oversight and development of the scheme.
  • Providing focused training and coaching support through best practice whilst driving a “Right First Time” performance.
  • Conduct mortgage interviews for regulated residential mortgage applications, and the underwriting of residential mortgage applications and further advances, within policy limits.
  • Ensure all Financial Crime processes and procedures are adhered to in accordance with policy requirements.
  • Building and maintaining robust relationships with key stakeholders, to champion or challenge policy and procedural changes.
  • Championing colleague engagement in the teams and the wider Society.
About you

You are ambitious and want to continue to develop your supervisor/leadership career.

You will bring excellent people skills, are a great coach and have the ability to empower high performance.

You are able to seamlessly interact with colleagues, across all functions. You can suggest and influence any identified process improvements.

You deliver excellent customer service and understand that our member journey, is our priority building trust and rapport with our customers.

Knowledge and skills

  • Experience of working in a regulated environment preferably in financial services, preferably at supervisor level
  • Coaching/mentoring experience
  • The ability to make viable decisions whilst working under pressure
  • CeMAP qualified, ideally also possessing the CeMAP Diploma
  • Detailed knowledge of mortgage and mortgage-related products
  • Solid understanding of Conduct, Credit and Operational risk requirements
  • Strong knowledge of mortgage regulations including PRA, FCA, MCOB and Consumer Credit
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial services policies
  • Good knowledge of excel and database skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] outlining your suitability for the role and your alignment with our mission. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Basic DBS and credit check and be certified under the regulatory Senior Manager and Certification Regime.

Contract length:  Permanent
Application deadline: 15 July 2022

 

 

Data Engineer

 

Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 depending on experience

Benefits
  • 24 days annual leave allowance and statutory holidays
  • Generous pension contribution and Life Assurance after qualifying period
  • Wellbeing and Smart Health Employee Assistance Programme
  • Up to 21 hours paid volunteering time per annum
  • Hybrid working pattern: combination of office and working-from-home days per week
  • Free onsite parking
  • Free electric car charging point onsite

This is a superb opportunity to make a real difference using your knowledge of data and analytics within a rapidly growing team at the heart of a leading ethical financial services organisation.

About us

Ecology Building Society is a successful and thriving member-owned mortgage and savings provider with a clear environmental focus and a mission to promote sustainable development. We are committed to building a greener society through the provision of a range of simple, ethical savings products to support lending for properties and projects that respect the environment.

About the role

We understand the importance of data to the future growth of our business and we are currently recruiting for an experienced Data Engineer to join us in our mission to build a greener society. You will support the creation, reporting and interpretation of data across the business to enable delivery of key management information, modelling, regulatory returns and monitoring in pursuit of the Society’s mission and values.

Working within a small team of data specialists and reporting directly to the Data & Analytics Lead, this role will support the delivery of the Society’s data strategy. This is a role which requires deep technical understanding and experience of working with modern data architectures.

Main areas of responsibility
  • Maintaining, managing, optimising and troubleshooting the Society’s internal data warehousing capabilities including ETL, databases, integrations and automation
  • Translating business requirements into SQL-based datasets which drive modelling and reporting to support business operations and key decision making
  • Supporting the delivery of a modern data architecture to strengthen the Society’s future growth requirements
  • Providing accurate and timely data extracts to key stakeholders including audit partners, colleagues and regulators
  • Automation, monitoring and documentation of data flows
  • Identifying and escalating data control weaknesses which lead to inconsistencies or inaccuracies in underlying data
About you

If you are passionate about data, keeping up to date with new technologies and have a good eye for detail, then this is the role for you.

You will have a modern and innovative approach to data analysis and bring excellent delivery skills, assume responsibility for your own workload and manage delivery timelines effectively.  You will be comfortable managing multiple priorities simultaneously, working both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.

This role requires excellent communication skills, as you will be required to build and manage relationships with stakeholders across the Society.

You will be experienced at using the following technologies in a commercial setting:

Knowledge and skills

Essential skills

  • ETL (preferably SSIS)
  • T-SQL (inc Functions, Stored Procedures and Snippets)
  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Python
  • GitHub
  • Microsoft Access/Microsoft Excel
  • Documentation, specification, and process mapping

Desired skills

  • Understanding of the Building Society model or of working in the Financial Services sector
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • Tableau, PowerBI or PanIntelligence
  • Visual Studio Code
  • XML
  • Oracle (PL SQL)
  • Snowflake
  • Azure Data Lakes/Azure Data Factory
  • MS linked servers

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected] outlining your suitability for the role and your alignment with our mission. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Basic DBS and credit check.

Contract length:  Permanent
Application deadline: 10 June 2022

 

 

Mortgage Advisor

Salary: range £28,000 to £31,000

Hours: 35 hours per week

Benefits
  • Generous holiday allowance and statutory holidays
  • Generous company pension and life assurance after qualifying period
  • Wellbeing and Smart Health Employee Assistance Programme
  • Up to 21 hours paid volunteering time per annum
  • Hybrid working pattern: combination of office and WFH days per week
  • Free onsite parking
  • Free electric car charging point onsite
About us

Ecology Building Society is a successful and thriving member-owned mortgage and savings provider with a clear environmental focus and a mission to promote sustainable development. We're committed to building a greener society through the provision of a range of simple, ethical savings products to support mortgages for properties and projects which respect the environment.

We offer a wide range of specialist mortgage products and for the second time in three years have been recognised in the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards, in the Best Self-build lender category. This award recognises Ecology’s role as a longstanding leading supporter of self- and custom-build in the UK.

This is a superb opportunity to further your career with a leading mutual, ethical financial services organisation. We're looking for an experienced Mortgage Advisor to meet our current and prospective member’s mortgage needs.

About the role

It is an exciting time to join Ecology, our mortgage products are award winning, and we're expanding our dedicated team to help us move forward with our sustainability mission.

As Mortgage Advisor, you'll be responsible for the provision of advice to consumers seeking a regulated residential mortgage loan, providing excellent customer service in accordance with the Society’s ethical framework.  What’s unique about this role is that you will also be involved in the underwriting of mortgage applications giving you a fantastic opportunity for a varied and interesting role.

Main areas of responsibility

Providing appropriate advice and recommendations suitable to the consumer's needs and in accordance with mortgage regulation and procedures and policy, your main duties will be:

  • Conduct residential mortgage video call interviews, to identify the most suitable mortgage product for the applicants’ circumstances.
  • Conduct the underwriting of regulated residential mortgage applications from mortgage intermediaries and direct applicants.
  • Oversee the processing and approval of new mortgage lending within agreed lending mandates.
  • Maintain an awareness of the impact of all activities on the Society risk matrix, reporting credit-derived risk events as necessary.
  • Development of a sound understanding and knowledge of key energy-efficient building concepts, technologies and changing ecological requirements.
  • Identify improvements to existing processes and procedures which will enhance overall service effectiveness and operational efficiency
About you

You're ambitious and have a genuine interest in sustainable buildings and want to continue to grow and develop your career.

You can demonstrate mortgage advice and underwriting skills and have the relevant regulatory knowledge, with a minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar financial services environment.

You deliver excellent customer service and understand our customer journey is our priority.

You assume responsibility for your own workload and manage timelines effectively and independently whilst having the ability to work collaboratively in a small team.

As an excellent communicator, you have the ability to seamlessly interact with colleagues with ease across all functions.

Knowledge and skills desired
  • CeMAP qualified (CeMAP 1,2 and 3) or equivalent qualification
  • Have the technical skills, knowledge and understanding of mortgage-related products and procedures
  • Knowledge of mortgage regulations including PRA, FCA, MCOBS, FSCS & HMRC

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role and your alignment with our mission to [email protected]. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

Please note that the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Basic DBS and credit check and be certified under the regulatory Senior Manager and Certification Regime.

Contract type: Permanent

Application deadline: 31 May 2022

 

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 maximum of 1 year from the date of application, after then it will be deleted/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 and covering letter to let us know about your previous experience. We’ll send you an acknowledgment 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.