Each year we help more than two million people who contact us with a problem they need sorting out.
We weigh up all the evidence and make a fair decision – which can be life changing. Seeing both sides of the story is what we do. So if you have the kind of perspective we're looking for, we'd really like to hear from you.
a rewarding career at the ombudsman service
salary up to £40,000 – £45,000 – London docklands
18 month fixed-term contract
We’ve recently restructured our resourcing team to work more strategically – partnering with managers to analyse their needs, and working proactively to help them build their teams. You’ll be one of two resourcing partners resourcing for the role of ombudsman – clearly a very important role here.
You’ll join a resourcing team that truly live their vision of “finding the right people, with the right skills for the right roles”.
As part of your role, you’ll conduct first-stage interviews with ombudsmen candidates. So you’ll need to have the confidence to lead interviews with very experienced people who are well established in their field. You’ll then either recommend someone to go to final interview with your colleagues here, providing them with your interview notes that they’ll use to prepare – or you’ll contact the candidate and explain why you’re not taking their application further, giving them clear, constructive feedback that feels considered and fair to them.
To see the requirements for this role, take a look at the job profile.
And if you think it could be the right role for you – apply now.
The closing date for applications is 8 December 2014.
Working alongside the director of insight and engagement – and as a member of our executive team – you'll share responsibility for leading our strategic approach to policy and communications.
There is more information in the job profile. If you feel you'd be the right fit and you have the knowledge and experience to work with the ombudsman service at this level, please apply sending your latest CV by 1 December 2014.
salary up to £27,500 – £31,565 – London docklands
In this role, working closely with the lead HR management information analyst, you’ll support the development, production and analysis of management information (MI) for the HR team and senior leaders across the organisation.
We’ll be looking for you to be a whizz with micros, pivots, VBA and nested formulas – and you’ll have pride and passion for the work you do. You’ll be confident with challenging where necessary to get a full understanding of each brief and the needs of your stakeholders. You’ll have great time management and organisational skills, being comfortable prioritising your workload and working to deadlines. And you’ll be enthusiastic, keen to learn and develop.
Because our HR MI team is in its early stages, you’ll have the chance to influence the way we work – in your everyday conversations and on projects you can get involved in, such as data warehousing.
If you’d like to find out more, take a look at the job profile.
And if the role sounds interesting to you – apply now, sending us your CV and a letter telling us:
The closing date for applications is 26 November 2014.
salary up to £22,000 + excellent benefits (proportionate for part time) – London docklands
full time and part time roles available
Talking to people, listening to their concerns, and letting them know they’re being listened to. Then making a fair decision that settles their financial dispute, and helps them move on. Receiving thorough training and support to make sure you know how to do all this in a really helpful, reassuring – and rewarding – way.
Is this a role that could suit you? It’s the role of an adjudicator here at the ombudsman.
When a consumer has a complaint that they can’t settle with the business, they can come to us. Your job as an adjudicator is to examine the information we receive from both sides, work out what really happened – and make a fair decision that resolves it. So you’ll need to have the kind of perspective it takes to see both sides of a story. And you’ll need to give an excellent service to our customers, making decisions in an accurate, consistent and timely way. You’ll also be able to help our customers see a way through their situation – guiding them and giving them honest answers that help them move on.
In return, as well as the starting salary and standard benefits, you can choose the flexible benefits that best suit you and your life. You’ll also have the chance to play a key part in a respected organisation with a good reputation. One which has strong values and plays an important role in society – making a positive difference to many thousands of people every year.
We’ll need everyone – part time and full time adjudicators – to be here full time for up to 12 weeks to complete our initial training programme. After that, part time adjudicators will need to be here for at least 21 hours across three days each week.
We’ve put a lot of information in the job profile, so you’ll need to read that carefully.
Then, if you think you could make a difference in this role – apply now.
The closing date for applications is midnight, 30 November 2014.
salary up to £26,000 – London docklands
We’re undergoing significant transformation at the ombudsman, requiring detailed analysis which will inform our operational decision-making and planning. As an analyst, you’ll work with large volumes of data to extract insight to improve the way we plan for changes in demand and respond to the evolving needs of the organisation.
This role involves working very accurately with data – manipulating it with tools likes Excel and Access – and interpreting your findings to present to colleagues in a relevant and useable way. You won’t necessarily have extensive experience in analytics, but you will have strong data and numerical skills and enjoy the chance to work autonomously, while being part of a supportive team.
If we’ve sparked an interest and you’d like to find out more, why not take a look at the job profile.
And if you think you’ve got the skills and experience to tackle the role, apply now, attaching your CV and a covering letter explaining:
The closing date for applications is 16 November 2014.
salary £22,000 – London docklands
When there’s a dispute between a consumer and a financial services business, our customers (both the business and the consumer) rely on us to give them an excellent service. So we need people who’d like to help put things right and sort out the dispute. In this role you’ll be listening to customers’ concerns and helping them understand what they can do next.
It’s a role for people who enjoy helping customers and pointing them in the right direction. With your excellent communication skills, you’ll be able to explain sometimes complex issues in a way that’s easy to understand.
If you think this role could be for you and you’d like to find out more, why not take a look at the job description.
And if you’d like to apply, you can do so here.
... as a free, independent service for consumers, we help people from all backgrounds – and all parts of the community – to settle complaints they might have with their financial service provider.
We want the people we employ – and our work culture – to reflect and value the diversity of our customers. We’re also fully committed to helping all our people fulfil their potential – with first-class training and outstanding opportunities for career development.
And we adapt to the needs of our people, customers and job applicants in many different ways. For example, to make sure we provide reasonable adjustments, we have a dedicated team to liaise with people who let us know they need extra support.
By doing the right thing by everyone we deal with, by being committed to fairness, and by respecting difference – we believe we can offer a service we can be proud of.
our chief ombudsman
The technical, academic and professional qualifications of our adjudicators and ombudsmen are as varied as the work we cover – from mortgages to portfolio management.
The backgrounds of our people are similarly varied. We have accountants and lawyers working for us as well as former IFAs, insurance brokers, bankers and trading standards officers. We list the backgrounds of all our ombudsmen on our website.
But what makes a good adjudicator or ombudsman is more than just letters after their name. It's the ability to stand back to get a clear picture of what's really going on – to weigh up the arguments and arrive at decisions fairly and impartially.
This is also true for judges and magistrates – who similarly don’t need to list their qualifications to demonstrate their ability to do the job.
So there's no "standard" adjudicator or ombudsman qualification. When recruiting, we're looking for open-minded, cool-headed people – with experience that proves they've got solid judgement and the perspective to see all sides of the story.
Knowledge is at the heart of what we do at the Financial Ombudsman Service. This is why we are committed to the professional development of our employees. As well as providing a wide range of on-the-job training and support, we offer employees the chance to take in-house and external training courses, and to study for relevant qualifications.
We also provide sponsorship for qualifications through the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and Chartered Institute of Insurance (CIOBS, CISI and CII) which employees can apply for.
As part of our overall remuneration package, we offer a "flexible benefits" plan. This entitles you to a number of core benefits including:
You can create a tailor-made benefit package to suit your own particular circumstances, by choosing to boost or reduce any of these benefits – and/or to select additional ones (such as critical illness cover, dental cover and travel insurance). We also offer season ticket loans.
as part of our overall remuneration package, we offer a number of core benefits including:
a flexible benefits plan | medical insurance | pension scheme |
training and development | childcare | dental | holiday package
if you don’t see the right role for you on this page, send us your CV and a letter telling us: