Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Building Society
  • Year established:
    1946
  • Website:
    http://www.darlington.co.uk
  • Contact
    • Sentinel House , Morton Road, Darlington , Durham , DL1 4PT

About Darlington Building Society

Darlington Building Society (DBS) provide financial services, support and assistance in the areas of savings, home insurance and mortgages, whilst supporting the local community with the profits they generate.

Founded in 1856, the company has grown to operate from ten locations across the UK, employing 142 people.

To support their local community, DBS have pledged to donate 5% of net profits, after tax. All money will be used to support the local area, with funds going to local charities and organisations.

DBS aims to be a thriving, independent, regional building society that creates a feeling of pride amongst its staff, members and community.

To achieve this, both staff and management follow the company’s four core values: make a real difference in the community; be genuine in all we do; reward membership and loyalty; and people helping people.

The business is led by Chief Executive Andrew Craddock, who believes our people are at the heart of the organisation in delivering the best service and products to our members and customers.


What is it like to work for Darlington Building Society

My Manager
My Manager
As part of their wider leadership and management offering, their formal development route utilises apprenticeship frameworks and standards, including qualifications such as ILM Level 3 Diploma Leadership and Management and ILM Level 4 in Principles of Leadership and Management.
My Team
My Team
Their new head office has been designed to encourage collaborative working with soft furnished spaces, open-plan office areas and glass doors. They also refreshed the staff areas in their branch network to give staff a collaborative place for team briefs and training.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
They are committed to sharing with the local community, whether that be time, money or space. In 2017, they shared 5% of their annual profits with the local community, with staff choosing which charities would receive their support.

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Benefits:

  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Maternity
    Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Development
    Development

    Companies who provide support for non-work related training to all staff

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to all staff

Company Statistics

  • UK sites:

    11

  • Staff Turnover:

    14%

  • Staff:

    142

  • Earning £35,000+:

    20%

  • Male : Female:

    26% / 74%

  • Average Age:

    40

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