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Riverside BAME Guarantee Interview Scheme – Manager Level Roles

We are committed to ensuring our people are at the heart of all we do.

Our vision is to create the place to be where a diverse group of talented people choose to join, stay and recommend us. A place where our people feel trusted and empowered to give their best for our customers, each other and themselves.

We are passionate about ensuring our people reflect the communities we serve and to achieve this we must have diverse applicants from all backgrounds who are able to progress.

We are really happy you are considering applying for a role at Riverside, we understand that choosing the right place to work and progress your career takes real effort and is a huge decision.

We know applicants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds may have experienced additional barriers when applying for a new role, particularly at a manager or senior level.

What is the scheme?
We are taking positive action to address an under-representation within our senior level roles. We’re offering internal and external applicants from BAME backgrounds a guaranteed interview for any manager and above level role, if they meet the minimum criteria for that role.

What must I do to take part in the scheme?
In order to secure an interview you must meet the essential minimum criteria for the role as outlined on the job description. You should take time to evidence that you meet each of the essential criteria in any application form and/or CV.

If you are a BAME applicant and would like to be considered under this new scheme you must indicate this by selecting the relevant tick box on the Equal Opportunities section of the application form ‘BAME Guarantee Interview Scheme’. By doing this you are giving consent for us to disclose that you are from a BAME background to the recruiting manager. If you do not select this box, we will not share this, and so will be unable to guarantee you an interview even if you meet the minimum criteria. Your application will be considered alongside all other applications.

It is important to note that this scheme guarantees an interview for manager and above level roles for BAME applicants who meet the minimum criteria. The selection decision at interview will be based on the most suitable applicant for the role regardless of background or protected characteristic.

Need support?
For tips on completing the application form and more information on our shortlisting process please see the ‘Tips for Applying’ document attached to the job advert. If you have any questions on this or would like feedback on your application please contact the Talent Acquisition Team by emailing [email protected]

What else are we doing to improve our diversity?
Working with our BAME staff group, Origin, we are making important changes and creating new opportunities. We have full talent acquisition strategy  which, in the long term, will transform our organisation and tackle our Ethnicity Pay Gap. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out our case studies written by Origin members to see what our strategy means to them.