Core business services perform a critical role in ensuring the success of our external client-facing areas and seek to deliver innovative, timely and best practice solutions to add value to our business.

Core business career paths

Our achievements are fundamental to the success of the business and we remain dedicated to improving our business processes across all offices. We encourage a motivated and satisfied way of working in our teams.

Click on each career path below to learn more.

The main focus of our Business Development department is to support the business in winning new clients, developing strong relationships with referrers across BW, helping the business develop and maintain client relationships and working with the business to develop new service ideas.

Typical activities we carry out: Working in partnership with the business to provide business development support, prospecting activities, bid management and support, to pitch strategy and coaching as well as client development and client management.

We develop a wide range of support materials and tools which are designed to maximise our chances of winning new business and new projects which in turn helps deliver the growth objectives of the business.

There are five career paths with our Business Development team and we offer progression through these specialisms:

  • Bid Management
  • Bid Design
  • Busines Development Executive/Manager
  • Client development and customer relationship management
  • Business Development Consultant/Sales

We recruit at all levels from junior through to experienced business development consultant. Our teams are based out of Amersham, Birmingham. Bristol, Cheltenham, Leeds, Liverpool and London.

Qualifications supported

Association of Proposal Management Professionals, design/creative suite courses and general business management.

The focus of the finance team is to combine the effective and timely processing of company transactions with accurate financial reporting on costs and revenue. This ensures BW can gauge how it is performing in relation to its targets and budget. Our success in this relies on a diverse range of skills and experience throughout the team.

Our Finance team consists of five key functions:

  • Management accounting
  • Budget management and reporting
  • Sales ledger
  • Purchase ledger
  • Credit control

The different roles within these functions require individuals of various levels of qualification and experience. We also provide opportunity to learn and work across the different finance functions to allow individuals to further develop their skills.

We aim to provide an excellent level of service to all our clients, who are both internal and external, as we meet the company’s accounting needs while engaging with clients and suppliers through our credit control and sales/purchase ledger functions.

An eye for detail and the ability to work well collaboratively are some of the key traits that enable our team members to thrive. We recruit at all levels from junior accounts assistant through to qualified accountant or finance analyst.

Our finance team is based out of our Birmingham and London offices.

For pension fund accounting opportunities, click here.

Qualifications supported

ACCA, CIMA and AAT plus other relevant qualifications relating to finance projects, or analysis

The Governance team ensures that the firm’s regulatory obligations are met and that we comply with legislation and rules set by relevant regulated bodies which apply across the business. The team audits and assesses risk inherent in the business, looks at ways to mitigate this risk and to harmonise business and commercial objectives with compliance and legal obligations.

Our Governance team is made up of four teams:

  • Legal Counsel
  • Information Security
  • Training and Competency
  • Compliance and internal audit

Recruitment opportunities range from entry level to experienced specialists. Our Governance team operate out of our Cheltenham, Amersham, Leeds and London offices.

Qualifications supported

Legal, compliance and financial planning qualifications are all relevant to this department’s activities and various qualification pathways are supported depending on an individual’s role within the department.

Our business is about people; and what we do as a function is all about people. We are a highly professional, committed and commercially aware People team which is renowned for helping to drive the business forward.

The people and culture strategy is one way in which we deliver this, and our priorities are focussed on what is important for the long-term success of the firm. They are grouped under three strategic themes which feature in our strategy reflect this:

  • Employee experience
  • Organisational capability
  • Leading transformation

Our HR colleagues provide value-add internal consultancy and support from within five specialist teams:

  • Resourcing and talent acquisition
  • HR operations
  • Employee experience and engagement
  • Total reward and people solutions
  • Organisational development and talent

We recruit from entry level school or university leavers right through to senior HR professionals. Our teams mainly operate out of Amersham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cheltenham and London but we are looking to extend our teams across all our offices.

Qualifications supported

CIPD, PRINCE2 any other relevant HR qualifications that will enhance the delivery of the service we provide to our internal clients.

Working in partnership with our stakeholders, we develop strategies which translate into fresh and exciting marketing activities, delivering the growth objectives of the business, whilst operating within the constraints and values of a partnership.

We challenge ourselves to deliver an exemplary service that exceeds all expectations. Naturally curious, we thrive on new challenges and trying to come up with original solutions.

Our marketing colleagues provide expertise and support from within six specialist teams:

  • Campaigns & Internal Communications
  • Communications
  • Digital
  • Events
  • Design
  • Insights

We recruit from entry level school or university leavers to experienced marketing professionals. Our teams operate from our Birmingham and Amersham offices.


Qualifications supported


CIPD, PRINCE2 any other relevant qualifications that will enhance the delivery of the service we provide to our internal clients.

The role of Secretarial Operations is to provide core business support services to all business areas at BW.

Our teams include telephonists, secretaries, receptionists, administrators, personal and executive secretaries, facilities and environmental specialists and operations professionals. Members of these teams also have responsibility for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSI) activities across the business.

By joining our Secretarial team you will join a collective of highly skilled, experienced service delivery professionals.

We recruit at all levels into the team, from school leaver to experienced professional. From time to time, we also offer apprenticeship opportunities. Click here for more information.

We have a secretarial operations team in all our offices.

Qualifications supported

IOSH, NEBOSH, MIWFM, PRINCE2 plus other academic and non-academic relevant qualifications

Career paths at BW

Barnett Waddingham is host to a wide range of roles and abilities. Whether you've already started your career journey or are interested in adapting your skills for a new challenge, our career pathways page can help you assess your options.

Whatever your background, if you have experience or transferable skills, we would love to hear from you.

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