Alfa helps asset finance companies improve their business performance by implementing our software - Alfa Systems - and applying our wide-ranging experience of the industry. Blue-chip clients such as Bank of America, Barclays, Mercedes-Benz and Nordea have reaped the benefits of Alfa’s finest assets: our people. We are extremely proud of our track record of successful projects, a testament to the skills, experience and knowledge of our people who develop organically through the company from graduate joiner to senior manager.
The initial training period lasts around 10 weeks and will take place at our London office. Our induction programme starts with an action-packed week where you learn all about our company, the technologies we use, our product (Alfa Systems) and the asset finance industry. After this, you’ll receive training in the fundamentals of software development and coding in Java before joining our 6-week workshop phase called Development Initiation where you have the opportunity to apply these skills in a hands-on and practical environment. At the end of the training period, you will either work on a client site in an Analyst role or be based in the London office in a Junior Software Engineer Role.
During a project, as well as the design and development of the software, we also need to modify business processes to ensure the client is working as effectively as possible, test that everything works, transfer all the data from the old system to Alfa Systems, and provide support through the go-live process and into the future. During your career, you will spend time working in a variety of roles in these areas. As you progress, you will develop particular abilities and interests and you can choose your training to support that. You might want to work towards being a Project Manager for instance or a Technical Architect of our software; that’s up to you.
A good Alfa recruit has the ability to see an end goal, break down the steps to get there, and put in the effort to achieve it. Therefore, any hard-working and ambitious graduate can be successful as long as he or she has a logical mind, enjoys working as part of a team, has pride in their work, and sees their career immersed in the worlds of both technology and finance. With our ever-increasing geographic reach, knowledge of foreign languages is an added bonus.
Alfa is established in the UK, US, Asia-Pacific and throughout Europe. As well as working on projects based in London or the surrounding area, you will sometimes be expected to work in European locations during the working week. We also see a steady flow of UK consultants on secondment further afield, so if this sounds like your kind of thing, we can make that happen too.
We need our people to work hard but that doesn’t necessarily mean long hours. We only recruit people who we think will get on with each other, so the atmosphere is collaborative and friendly. If you are interested in activities outside of work, there are groups to join such as football, running or tennis. You will get to spend time with the whole organisation every couple of months at our company meetings which involve presentations in the morning and fun activities in the afternoon. Furthermore we usually have a trip overseas for our Annual Conference which is always something to look forward to.
Apply online by uploading your CV and covering letter. If shortlisted, you will be invited to take part in a short telephone interview. If successful there are two more stages; an HR interview and a final interview with two senior representatives. We assess applications on an ongoing basis so the sooner you can apply the better.
Applications for our 2020 Graduate Programme will open in mid-September 2019. There are three intakes in 2020– January, June and September.
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