Financial company surpasses Kettering hiring goal

The success of a Synchrony Financial hiring program at its Kettering site has inspired the company to expand the program elsewhere.

Synchrony Financial launched its disability hiring initiative in Kettering — which remains the company’s largest site — last summer and surpassed its goal this month of hiring 45 people with both physical and hidden disabilities, the company just announced. Synchrony Financial now plans to expand the program later this year to its Phoenix site.

People with disabilities have taken a number of roles at the Kettering offices, home to functions that include operations, risk, fraud, IT, collections, finance, sales and marketing.

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The disability hiring initiative is in keeping with Synchrony Financial’s “commitment to diversity, the company said.

“Diversity is a source of Synchrony’s strength, and our inclusive culture fosters teamwork and innovation,” said Synchrony President and CEO Margaret Keane. “Our people with disabilities hiring initiative provides qualified individuals with career opportunities, which not only makes good business sense – it’s the right thing to do.”

A company spokesman said Synchrony has more than 1,700 Kettering employees.

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Hiring in Kettering is “definitely a continuous thing,” said the spokesman, Carlos Campos.

Synchrony oversees “private label” credit cards for some 300,000 merchant and retail businesses in some 400,000 locations, companies like H.H. Gregg, Walmart, Amazon and your local Morris Furniture and Tire Discounters dealers, among many others.

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