Synchrony plans to hire 200 in Kettering

Financial services company opens doors to those with disabilties.

A financial services company plans to bring 200 new jobs to its Forrer Boulevard location this year.

Synchrony Financial announced Wednesday that it will add the jobs to its Kettering location, with a special focus on employees and candidates with disabilities, although anyone is welcome to apply for openings, a company spokesman said.

“Those positions are open to anyone, but we would certainly want to consider people with disabilities for them,” spokesman Carlos Campos said.

The company currently employs 1,700 at its 950 Forrer location.

Campos said most hiring in Kettering is taking place in the areas of collections, operations and fraud.

“We also have IT, sales, risk and marketing in Kettering,” he added.

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“The disability hiring initiative is in keeping with Synchrony Financial’s commitment to diversity, as well as recognition that people with disabilities are less likely to be employed and more likely to hold jobs with lower earnings,” the company said.

“Diversity in its business, people and ideas is a source of Synchrony Financial’s strength, and its inclusive culture fosters teamwork and innovation.”

Margaret Keane, chief executive of the Stamford, Conn.-based company, was at the company’s Kettering site Wednesday to announce the plan. She was joined by Glenn Marino, executive vice president and CEO, Payment Solutions, and leader of the Kettering site, which the company said is its largest in the United States.

“Our purpose statement is: We pioneer the future of financing while improving the success of every business we serve and the quality of each life we touch,” Keane said. “The people with disabilities hiring initiative is a living, breathing embodiment of that statement.

“More importantly, it is simply the right thing to do.”

Marino and Keane presented Dennis Grant, executive director of United Rehabilitation Services — a Dayton nonprofit that serves people with disabilities — with a $20,000 grant.

“We know from working with United Rehabilitation Services in the past, that there is an eager workforce among individuals with disabilities that are ready to contribute in meaningful ways,” Marino said.

Synchrony released a video interview of an employee as part of its announcement.

“Synchrony Financial is a good place to work because they’re going to look at you as an individual,” five-year employee Anthony Walker said in the video. “I fit in because no one treats me any different.”

It’s the second big jobs announcement for Kettering this week.

The developer of a new quick-charging battery plans to move from Illinois to Kettering, creating 52 full-time jobs in the city. Xerion Advanced Battery Corp. plans to spend $1 million to renovate and outfit space in the Miami Valley Research Park, it said Monday.

Campos could not immediately offer a range of wages for the new job openings.

“This is a good-news story for sure,” said Gregg Gorsuch, development director for the city of Kettering.

The city and the Dayton Development Coalition have been in talks with Synchrony on their hiring plans, Gorsuch said.

“Synchrony did not seek financial assistance from the city, but that is not to say we and the (coalition) might not look to the state to see if there may be some workforce development funds available … to assist Synchrony with training,” he added.

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