What is the recruitment process?
Our application process is simple. We feel we can best get to know you
through conversations, so we won’t ask you to undertake any psychometric
tests or attend an assessment centre. If you are interested:
Apply online by uploading your CV and covering letter.
First round interview with a member of HR and a representative from
across the business
Final round interview with senior management
Interviews are currently taking place remotely over Zoom.
What qualifications do I need to have to apply?
Our Junior Software Engineers and Analysts are recruited from graduates
across all disciplines. We look for people who are inquisitive,
technically minded, and fun to work with. Induction and pre-project
training is around 10 weeks so new joiners need to be ready to take on
lots of learning from the start of their career.
We look for academically bright graduates, which means a 2:1 or above at
university level in any discipline and all As and Bs at A level.
Although you may not have experience in technology or finance, we will
teach you everything you need to know - but your interest in these areas
must be genuine.
Please note, we always consider and take into account extenuating
circumstances so please state in your application if this applies to you.
How can I prepare for the interview process?
We want to get the best out of you in your interview. You know what
qualities and skills you bring to us, so make sure you tell us.
We need to be sure you are actually interested in the different facets
of the role so researching and showing an enthusiasm for the asset
finance industry, our projects, our clients and what the graduate
programme entails is a must.
Showing how you stand out from the crowd can be tough, so have a think
before the interview about achievements and experiences that make you
the best person for the job.
Our company values are very important to us, and we’re always
encouraging people to live and demonstrate them- so be prepared to talk
about these in your interview.
Where will I be based?
All our employees are currently working remotely from home. As a
graduate, you will be based at our London HQ with the opportunity to
work flexibly. There may be future opportunities to be seconded to one
of our US, Australia or New Zealand locations, depending on your role.
What does the graduate programme training involve?
All graduates start with a training programme lasting around 10 weeks.
After an action-packed first week learning all about our company and the
industry, you’ll move away from training in the traditional sense and
into a more dynamic learning environment.
What learning and development opportunities are there at Alfa?
Employees can use up to 5 paid days per year to focus on their own
learning and development. Our Learning and Development (L&D) team
provides a wide-ranging suite of learning opportunities for all
employees to learn at a pace they are comfortable with. Whether you are
looking to attend an internal course or workshop, wish to pursue
external studies or attend an industry conference - Alfa will support
you throughout every step of your learning journey.
Throughout your career, our performance and development process will
give you formal feedback about your work and identify development needs.
The process lets you know how you are progressing, where you are
particularly strong, and where you should be channelling your efforts.
This enables you to manage the pace and direction of your own career.
Your manager will provide regular support and advice to help you realise
your potential, and be the best you can be.
How much time will I spend coding?
Every new joiner at Alfa starts off by learning our product from the
inside-out; that means software development. During your initial
training, you will learn the fundamentals of programming as well as
undertake a 6 week Java programming bootcamp. After your initial
training, you will either join our central development team (Product
Engineering) or you will move to an implementation role on one of our
client projects. Both options are accompanied by appropriate training
and support along the way.
How will I be rewarded?
Rewarding and recognising employees for their hard work and contribution
is one of our key principles. We also want to make sure you are
supported in all areas of your life, both at work and outside of work.
We offer a competitive starting salary plus the following benefits and
Graduate Starting Salary: £40,000
Pension: Employees contribute through a salary exchange scheme, matched
by the company up to 6%.
Annual Leave: 33 days’ annual leave (including public holidays)
Medical Insurance: Private health insurance with AXA, including access
to a GP
Life, Health and Travel Insurance: Life, disability, income protection
and worldwide travel insurance
Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): Helps you in every area of your
life when and where you need it, 24 hours a day
Wellbeing Support: Access to wellbeing resources and services, including
mental health and physiotherapy support
Retail Discounts Programme: Instant access to discounts and deals with
‘000s of retailers, including supermarkets and gyms
Cycle to Work Scheme: Access to salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme
Interest Free Loan: Access to an interest free loan up to £10,000
Volunteering: 3 days' paid volunteering per year
Membership of Professional Bodies: Fully subsidised membership of
Learning & Development (L&D): 5 days’ paid learning per year. Access to
a comprehensive ongoing curriculum with advanced supplemental learning
Social Events: Regular social events, quarterly company meetings and
annual company conferences (most recently Barcelona and Dubrovnik)
Innovation Afternoons and Hackathon: Quarterly Innovation Days and an
Family Friendly Leave: Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
with family- friendly policies
Employee Referral Programme: Earning you up to £3,000 (or local
equivalent) following a successful hire
Travel Allowance: Salary supplement when working outside London
What is the Alfa Financial Software graduate starting salary?