Days worked per week: 90% contract
ARM designs the processor technology which provides the intelligence in a third of all digital electronic goods sold each year around the world, including smartphones and tablets. Since the company started in 1990, around 60 billion chips utilising ARM technology have been shipped, and they are enabling products used by billions of people every day. Jennifer is responsible for delivering the company’s global People strategy. She leads a function of 70 employees and manages a £15m budget. Jennifer has worked part time in a variety of organisations and sectors since returning from maternity leave 14 years ago and chooses to maintain her working pattern for personal balance. She is often approached by professionals looking to adopt a similar pattern and says her answer is always: “You can!”
Days worked per week: 3
As a chartered civil engineer and Operations Manager in Atkins’ oil and gas business, Jo leads a team of 70 engineers. She started her career at Atkins 18 years ago, with the latter 12 worked on a part time basis. Jo’s major career progression has happened while working part time: she has successfully moved from technical work to project and business management, including a key role as delivery manager during the London 2012 Olympics and her current senior management position. Jo originally started working part time to spend more time with her children, now aged 10 and 12, and says she always feels motivated to take on new challenges.
UK Chief Operating Officer
Days worked per week: 4
Pascale is the UK Chief Operating Officer at AXA Investment Managers, a global asset management firm with €607bn in assets under management (as at 30 September 2014) and approximately 2,400 employees. For the last 13 years, Pascale has worked four days a week primarily because she has three children. She has been promoted five times since changing her working pattern. She has held various positions at AXA IM including Head of Fund Distribution and Client Service Director, Head of Corporate Finance and Chief Operating Officer. Ahead of each new appointment she has discussed with the business whether she would revert to working full time. However, she has chosen to maintain her four day week, as she believes this is the most productive arrangement for both her and the business.
Days worked per week: 4
Gemma is a Principal in the London office of Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm. Gemma also co-leads the graduate recruiting programme for Bain in the UK. With over 10 years’ consulting experience, Gemma works primarily in Bain’s Financial Services practice, with specific expertise in Retail Banking. She regularly advises senior executives on some of their most important issues, including strategy, customer experience, distribution and organisational effectiveness. Since 2012, Gemma has chosen to work four days a week simply for more balance, and has twice taken periods of extended leave. She has been instrumental in making flexible working a viable and positive option for others at Bain.
Days worked per week: 3.5
Deborah is a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office and leads the Governance Strategy Team. She is responsible for ensuring that departmental boards function effectively in Whitehall and overseeing recruitment of Non-Executive Board Members. She has led a number of significant projects co-ordinating policy on good governance. Passionate about helping others to progress in their careers, regardless of their working hours, Deborah organised the first cross civil service event on job sharing earlier this year. She also set up the Cabinet Office Part Time and Jobshare Network and has spoken at a number of high profile events about her experiences of flexible working. Deborah has two children, aged three and six, and was promoted while working her part time pattern.
Head of HR
Days worked per week: 9 day fortnight
Graham leads the HR function for Camelot Global, with his current focus being a joint venture between Camelot’s owner, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and the Irish National Lottery. Graham was part of the team that won the Irish lottery bid and currently spends two days a week in Dublin developing the project’s structure and working culture. When his wife returned to work after the birth of their son James, now 13 months old, Graham requested flexible hours because he wanted to spend time with his son. Graham’s successful part time working clearly demonstrates to other employees in the business that men can also work flexibly in senior roles without negative impact on client service and performance. He has also facilitated flexible working patterns for several members of his own team.
Co-Heads of Diversity & Inclusion, EMEA
Days worked per week: 3
Michelle and Jennifer are responsible for Credit Suisse’s EMEA Diversity & Inclusion strategy covering gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and more. Michelle set up the EMEA D&I function in 2001. In 2006, on her return to work after the birth of her second child, she worked a four-day contract but increasingly found herself working the equivalent of full-time. As a solution, Michelle proposed an unprecedented job-sharing arrangement. Jennifer held a senior HR role at Credit Suisse but wanted a more flexible schedule. Together, Jennifer and Michelle have successfully devised and implemented a number of key initiatives across the bank including a recent agile working programme, whilst consistently demonstrating how a job-share can bring added value to an organisation
Days worked per week: 4 including 1 from home
Within the Deloitte UK forensic practice, Katie conducts highly sensitive investigations and provides clients with financial crime regulatory advice on matters such as anti-money laundering and financial sanctions. She has led the success of projects worth up to £10m. Katie joined Deloitte in 2002, starting in the audit practice before moving into forensic. She loved the challenging, high-impact work of her role but, after the birth of her two children, sought to find a genuine balance. She now works four days a week, including one from home. In addition to seeing more of her children, the flexibility helps Katie pursue her passion for fitness, particularly running.
Marketing Director, Smirnoff & Captain Morgan
Days worked per week: 4
Julie oversees two of the biggest brands (Smirnoff and Captain Morgan) in Diageo’s European portfolio, which jointly generate over £2bn retail sales value in Western Europe. Julie is responsible for brand strategy, advertising and promotional direction for the brands. She leads a team of 15 marketeers and nine agencies. Julie joined Diageo in 1999 and has worked four days a week since her first maternity leave in 2010. She has been promoted twice since then. Her current role is one of the most senior marketing positions in Western Europe. Julie attributes her success to having a clear vision and strategy for her brands and therefore setting out parameters for her team with clear roles and responsibilities, so that everyone can deliver their part empowered by her leadership.
Transaction Advisory Services Quality Leader
Days worked per week: 60% contract
Gordon’s role covers three areas: helping guide the strategic direction of the Transaction Advisory Services business; leading a team of directors located across the UK and Ireland; and overseeing quality reviews across the EMEIA business, which requires international travel several times each year. Gordon began working part time after 21 years as a partner in corporate finance at EY. With a demanding schedule that left little time for hobbies or family, Gordon started a ground-breaking dialogue with his boss about balancing his passions more equally. He refocused his role and schedule and now usually works Monday to Wednesday, allowing time for family, fitness and hobbies. Gordon says he feels completely re-invigorated at work, demonstrating that balance is achievable at all stages of a career.