Group Strategy & Planning


Group Strategy and Planning helps the Board develop Corporate Strategy and produce the Corporate Plan.

We do this by:

  • working with all divisions across the Group to develop strategies and plans that support business objectives
  • analysing the economic and market conditions in which we operate
  • analysing market trends and new activity both across our competitors and our product areas
  • leading all merger, acquisition and disposal activity across the Group
  • supporting many parts of the business on specific projects such as capital management and analysis of the mortgage market.

We are also well known as commentators on the Housing market with the House Price and Consumer Confidence Indices. Martin Gabhauer, our Chief Economist, is widely quoted in the press, helping to maintain Nationwide's reputation for an informed and expert view of the housing market.

On top of this we support the CEO and other Directors to research and prepare presentations on a wide range of business issues.

How we're structured

The team is headed by a Divisional Director who currently has three direct reports.

Head of Economic and Market Analysis - leads the team of economists and business analysts who work on markets, the economy and competitors.

Head of Group Planning - leads the development of the corporate planning activity and supports the divisional director by project managing a number of initiatives.

Head of Strategic Projects - leads all merger, acquisition and disposal activity across the Group.

The whole team is relatively small and consists of people who combine both broad and specialist skills. The attitude and skills are such that the team can quickly deliver against any changing markets or business needs.

What we look for

You'll need to be highly numerate with an economics or business related degree. As well as this you'll also need a background in economics, investment banking or finance.

We also look for experience of delivering complex market and business analysis, including investigating and monitoring the various strategies of competitors. The ability to spot the implications for our own strategy is essential - as is a flair for communicating these results to all levels of management.

Where you'd work

You'd be based in our Swindon Head Office but may well travel occasionally to some of our other sites.