C# Programme - AJ Bell

Are you an experienced software engineer looking to get back to tech after a break? Perhaps you feel less confident this time around, or are coming across barriers when applying for jobs?

If so, our 4-week C# programme in partnership with hiring partner AJ Bell, is the perfect avenue to get you back to a job in tech and back to feeling confident.

The best part? It’s completely free and you receive a £2,000 bursary to support with living costs.

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Key details

Our TR4 programme is a 4-week returner launchpad designed for experienced software engineers who are trying to return to tech after a career break.

You’ll receive bespoke technical mentoring and career coaching from our experts during the programme. By the end of the programme, you will be ready to return to a career with our hiring partner, AJ Bell.

Applications close: 15.04.24
Programme start: 07.05.24
Programme end: 31.05.24

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What AJ Bell is looking for...

We’re looking for an intelligent, energetic and driven software engineer to help us deliver our brand, products and services to our clients and their advisers. People who are excited by technology, love pushing the boundaries of what’s possible while at the same time keeping an eye on the bigger picture and ensuring the best outcomes for our customers by providing straightforward solutions.

This is a challenging role involving a high level of attention to detail but also allows a great deal of flexibility on achieving the right result using the best technology for a given situation. This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a fast paced environment which is varied and rewarding.

You will be part of a cross-functional Agile team, delivering our enterprise backlog development items. You will have solid experience in delivery of development projects to agreed timescales and quality objectives, working in accordance with defined Agile framework and processes.

You will have:

  • Strong experience in developing services and APIs using C# (past experience with OOP languages such as Java would also be considered)
  • Strong knowledge of relational and NoSQL databases
  • Secure development practices.
  • Using a git-based source control system.
  • Knowledge of CI automation systems such as Jenkins
  • Some experience of React or Angular frameworks
  • Experience working in an Agile and DevOps environment.
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • Planning, organisation, and time management skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

The nice to haves:

  • Messaging (e.g. RabbitMQ, SQS)
  • Working knowledge of domain-driven design.
  • Docker/Kubernetes and container orchestration tools.
  • Knowledge of design patterns.
  • Test-driven development (TDD).
  • AWS cloud infrastructure/Relevant AWS certifications.
  • Previous experience working in e-commerce and/or financial services.

What we offer:

  • Starting salary £40,000 – £65,000
  • Generous holiday allowance increasing up to 31 days with service, plus bank holidays
  • Holiday buy/sell scheme
  • Hybrid working policy
  • Casual dress code
  • Discretionary bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Healthcare Cash Plan
  • Dedicated time for proof-of-concepts and assessing new tech
  • Support to attend conferences, events, and meet-ups
  • Buy as you earn share scheme
  • Free annual share scheme
  • Paid study support for qualifications
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity scheme from day one
  • Bike loan
  • Season ticket loan portal
  • Discounted PMI and Dental
  • On-site gym and personal trainer led classes
  • Paid volunteering opportunities, free social events and more

The roles are hybrid, with only 1-2 days a month required in the Manchester Office. During the first few weeks of your induction, you’ll need to commit to coming to the office regularly. After your induction, you’ll then transition to 1-2 days a month in the office.

AJ Bell is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and all employees are empowered to bring their whole self to work.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, religion, physical and mental disability, marital status and any other characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010. All decisions to hire are based on qualifications, merit and business need.


Chris Everett, Operational and Regulatory Tech Lead Manager at AJ Bell

"At AJ Bell, we were facing a surge in demand for tech talent. While traditional recruitment efforts were crucial, we recognised the value of experienced professionals. The TR4 Tech Returners programme provides access to a pool of individuals not only possessing technical expertise but also diverse life experiences and perspectives that will enrich our teams. It's not just about filling roles; it's about empowering individuals to re-enter the workforce and fostering a truly inclusive and diverse tech environment."

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Benefits of Working at AJ Bell

  • "AJ Bell recognise that hybrid working has positive outcomes for both our staff and our business. A blended approach means staff can enjoy a true work-life balance, whilst AJ Bell are able to recruit the best talent from across the country."

  • "Our culture is the glue of the business, driven by our purpose, our guiding principles and our strategy. We celebrate diversity and champion inclusion within our business by creating an environment where everybody feels supported and able to achieve their full potential."

  • "We invest in both the physical and mental health of our people. As well as having a free on-site gym, with access to a range of classes all run by qualified trainers, we also have a team of trained mental health first aiders, as well as a discounted private healthcare scheme and dental plan."

  • "We offer a range of benefits in return for your hard work. Aside from the onsite gym, you can also expect a holiday allowance of up to 31 days per year plus bank holidays; opportunities for hybrid working; and, following your initial training period, an extensive schedule of social events (both physical and virtual). The list really does go on."

  • "Your career path is important to us. Whatever path you choose as your career progresses, our Learning and Development Team will be on hand to empower you – offering everything from support to undertake a professional qualification, to opportunities to join our Team Leader and Management talent programmes."

  • "We’re passionate about making a positive, lasting difference to our community and our environment. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. We support our employees through paid time off to volunteer or fundraise for charity partners, and we’re also working hard to reduce our carbon footprint."

Questions you may have

The TR4 programme is for you if:

  • You have commercial coding experience
  • You’ve had a career break or been impacted by tech lay-off
  • You’ve been actively up-skilling yourself in the meantime
  • You’re self aware and motivated to return to tech now
  • You ask for and implement feedback to improve

AJ Bell offer Hybrid working, looking for employees to be in the Manchester office once or twice per month.

Download our TR4 programme information pack for returners here. You’ll learn more about the format, hours and coaches!

Each programme is tailored to the needs of the Hiring Partner and the Returners taking part. However, we have a coaching and mentoring framework that we follow. Please see below:

Week 1: Development Analysis
Dependent on our hiring businesses needs, week 1 might focus on:

  • Understanding your strengths and areas of development through 1-2-1 call with your mentors
  • Introduction to AJ Bell as a company
  • Group tech project

Week 2: Personal Progression

Dependent on our hiring businesses needs, Week 2 might focus on:

  • Solo tech project
  • Presenting your career journey with confidence
  • Lightning talks from engineers from AJ Bell

Week 3: Interview Readiness

Dependent on our hiring businesses needs, Week 3 might focus on:

  • Tech Task preparation
  • Technical interviews
  • Understanding your value as a returner

Week 4: Career Relaunch

Dependent on our hiring businesses needs, Week 4 might focus on:

  • Group tech project
  • Group presentations
  • Mock interviews

Week 5: Final hiring partner interview
This is dependent on hiring partner preferences.

  • You need to have had a career break and be committed to returning to technology via the Tech Returners programme.
  • You will need experience of a role in commercial software engineering with hands-on coding, preferably in the Hiring Partner’s technology stack
  • You will need to take ownership and have the curiosity to work on different projects collaboratively and independently
  • You must have the permanent right to work in the UK

Once you’ve applied, you’ll enter our pool of returners. We will review your application and if we think your tech stack and experience is right for the programme and the roles at AJ Bell, you’ll progress to the next stage: “Your Motivations”.

Here we learn more about why you want to return now and why AJ Bell are the company you’d like to work for. If suitable, we will have a short “Introduction Call” with our Career and Mindset Lead, Mili Velikova. The last stage is your “Final Interview” with our CTO, James Heggs and Mili. If successful, you start the TR4 programme and your entry back to tech begins!

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Change your future today

We know it may have been a while since you’ve been in tech, but guess what? It’s never too late to reignite your passion and dive back into the amazing world of technology! Apply today using the form below. If you have any questions, get in touch – we’re here to provide the support you need to succeed.

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