Our people are who make this change possible. They are the reason we continue to strive to be better and they enable us to progress. There may be fewer women in our business than men, but they are critical to our success, which is why we’re investing in their progress by offering better access to senior roles.
Here, two of our people talk about their experiences of working with us.
MaleehaI joined Lendlease in 2007 as a Graduate Accountant in our construction business. I have since made my way from an analyst to senior manager level, covering a variety of finance roles. During the past 10 years, I have had two children and whilst it was initially difficult returning to work after a year’s maternity leave, each time, I have worked with some incredible people who have supported me both professionally and personally.
A few months ago, as part of my development plan, I started to explore what options there were to expand my knowledge of the wider Lendlease business and move into roles outside of construction. My manager supported me through this and was a great mentor. I have now joined the investment management business as a Senior Finance Manager, where I am responsible for establishing the finance platform for the new funds the business is launching.
I have also been able to take part in Lendlease’s Empower programme for women, which is one of the best development programmes I have ever participated in.
JennyI have worked at Lendlease for 23 years, first joining the graduate scheme as a quantity surveyor. The variety of roles available is part of the reason why I’ve stayed.
I had my first child just more than five years ago and when I returned to work I came back fulltime with flexi hours – the same pattern as I work now. Flexible working has become more established in the years between having my first and second child.
I’m based on site and am completely open with clients about the hours I work. When I explain my situation, they accept it and I have always delivered on the objectives. Clients are more accepting of flexible working these days and are interested in working with companies that are more diverse. The construction industry knows it needs to change and that it needs more women. Progress has been very slow, but there are positive signs of change.