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Why work at QBE?

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We want everyone who joins us to enjoy the benefits of a rewarding and inspiring future within a culture that is inclusive, flexible and supportive.

We’re an international insurer and reinsurer offering a diverse portfolio of commercial, personal and speciality products, as well as risk management solutions. We employ a team of more than 11,700 people, in 27 countries around the world.

What makes QBE such a special place to work?

We asked some of our employees what makes QBE such a special place to work and one of the items that came at the top of the list is our culture. We are open, friendly, collaborative and supportive and we work together to achieve common goals and resolve problems.

Treating people with respect is part of our QBE DNA and we encourage employees to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work.

Another important element is that our management teams are supportive, approachable and flexible and they like to encourage collaboration and new ideas. They provide challenging work and encourage teams to take ownership and accountability.

Importantly, some of the ways that QBE go above and beyond to make the company such a special place to work include a comprehensive support structure of information on wellbeing, free membership to the mental health headspace app, charity days to help local communities, a work from home equipment allowance and fund matching all money raised for charity.

How do you embrace Diversity at QBE?

We are all different and at QBE we believe that we should embrace each other’s differences.

We know that diversity of thought, background and experience enables better decision making, improves the quality of our delivery and helps us to meet the needs of our customers. Our vision is to empower our people to be their best by creating an environment where everyone’s contribution and voice is valued, where we have a collective sense of purpose and a community of empowered individuals working collaboratively.

Our Inclusion and Diversity strategy is based on 3 core pillars and we are committed to driving change across each of these;

Diverse Workforce; We know diversity is good for us now and in the future. We drive leadership representations and a diverse pipeline of talent.

Inclusive Workplace; We fundamentally believe everyone should be included. We build inclusive capabilities, listen to our people and support flexibility and wellbeing.

Connected Marketplace; We are a positive influence for societal change. We encourage a diverse supply chain, and endeavour to support and enhance equitable access for our diverse customer base.

 Do you have an internal women’s network at QBE? 

We’re very proud of our ‘Women in Tech’ network who meet regularly to connect, share, inspire and support women working within QBE’s EO Change and Technology Service teams. We discuss topics of interest, changes we’d like to action to support our community of women and collaborate to promote the role of women within QBE.

We’re not just a ‘talking shop’, we have engaged in several initiatives within QBE to help make the lives of women easier.

Our network is split into a working group focusing on exploring the art of the possible, what others in the industry are doing and implementing some powerful changes. We also have the advocate group where the working group present ideas for feedback and promotion.

What do you look for in a potential candidate? 

We recognise that there’s no one size fits all and we seek out people with a diverse range of skills, backgrounds, experience, perspectives and ambition. We create opportunities for our people to achieve their full potential by empowering you to do meaningful work from day one. We are looking for people who will confidently challenge the norm and constantly strive to improve and build something better.

What benefits or reward programmes do you provide for employees?

At QBE, we want our people to feel rewarded and inspired to perform at their best. That’s why we have created At My Best. It’s our connection, our way of showing we have your back.

We understand that priorities can change depending on your life stage.

That is why our blend of wellbeing initiatives and benefits offer flexibility to suit what matters most to you. These initiatives cover 5 key areas;

Work life blend

A variety of ways to help support you in achieving a blend of work and home life. Life outside QBE matters to you, so it matters to us. Examples of this include flexible working, [email protected], enhanced family friendly policies such as maternity, adoption and surrogacy, paternity and shared parental leave, our menopause workplace pledge, flexible public holidays and meeting free time.

Health

Wellbeing is a focus for us at QBE. We encourage our people to look after themselves and to have a healthy mind and body. Examples of this include private medical insurance, flu jabs, company doctor, medical checks (40+), gym membership, employee assistance programme, yoga, headspace wellness app, mental health awareness and personalised 1:1 wellbeing coaching.

Finance

We provide you with a range of support so you can manage your finances effectively and become more financially aware. Examples of this include bonuses, pension, life assurance, income protection, season tickets and parking loans, employee discounts and a working from home equipment allowance

Community

Connecting people and communities to make a real difference. We want you to feel a sense of purpose and be empowered to bring your whole self to work. Our workplaces are dynamic, diverse and inclusive. We can be more innovative and customer-centred when we have an inclusive workplace culture. We have six employee-led networks that actively support our people and challenge the way we do things:

    1. Circle – Highlighting inequality, breaking down gender bias and stereotypes, this group meets, shares and learns from one another.
    2. Mix – A network that celebrates ethnic diversity; educating and raising ethnic awareness
    3. Open Mind – Challenging the workplace stigma around mental health and promoting that it’s ‘OK not to be OK’.
    4. Pride – LGBT employees and allies network; providing support, sharing information and materials about LGBT inclusion.
    5. Sustainability – Aims to enable and promote sustainable actions by colleagues both at work and at home.
    6. Workability – Supporting, celebrating and raising awareness of people who are directly or indirectly impacted by disability.

We also offer volunteer days, matched fundraising, grants and are passionate about our QBE EO Foundation and sustainability agenda.

Career

We aim to provide an experience that is both fulfilling and meaningful. Your contribution matters. Examples of this include [email protected], regular career and development conversations and an enhanced learning offering.

Tell us a little about your values and how these are evidenced in working practice?

Everything we do at QBE is underpinned by our DNA. We know it’s not just what we do that matters; how we do it makes the difference.

Our QBE DNA interlinks seven cultural elements that are fundamental to who we are and how we need to operate in the future to succeed.

At QBE, when we show up for our people, customers, communities or shareholders across the globe:

  • We are customer-focused – We proactively listen with empathy to guide how we meet customer needs and have an impact #OutsideIn
  • We are technical experts – We build and share our expertise, striving for excellence and knowing when to ask for guidance #KnowYourStuff
  • We are inclusive – We treat each other with respect and fairness, and value diverse perspectives #ValueAllViews
  • We are fast-paced – We move with pace, adapting with our purpose and future in mind #RampItUp
  • We are courageous – We act with integrity and challenge the status quo, feeling safe to speak up and experiment with new ideas #DoTheRightThing
  • We are accountable – We take ownership and follow through to deliver, managing risks and learning from mistakes #OwnItNow
  • We are a team – We support each other and collaborate widely to achieve common goals, knowing we are stronger together #Together

 What is your approach to flexible working?

QBE commits to being an inclusive, flexible, and supportive employer that provides its employees with the opportunity to work flexibly. We recognise your ambitions and commitments outside of work and will support you to make it work by enabling effective ways of working that leads to the best outcomes for you and our customers.

Work is a thing we do, not a place we go.

Our approach to hybrid working is supported by our [email protected] principles.

The principles aim to balance the needs of our people, customers and business.

QBE’s flexible working approach also includes job sharing, part-time working, non-standard shift patterns and variable work patterns (eg. 9 day fortnight)

Are there any statistics that you are particularly proud of, eg number of women on your board, attrition rates, number of awards won?

Our colleagues Jo Steel, Head of People Change and Projects and Jane Stitt, Product Development Manager have been recognised by the UK insurance sector as part of 50 inspirational women over fifty. 50 over Fifty is a celebration of the contributions of women over 50 and aims to help the UK Insurance Industry become a more age-inclusive industry.

QBE is committed to improving gender equality and we are taking a range of measures to recruit, develop and retain more female candidates, while making sure they are getting the opportunities they deserve.

We have a target of achieving at least 40% women in leadership by the end of 2025.

QBE is a signatory to both the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and HM Treasury’s Women in Finance Charter.

We are proud to have partnerships with organisations such as Stonewall and Working Families, and our commitment to the Women in Finance Charter, the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and Race at Work charter helps keep us accountable and transparent.

QBE Awards

Some of the awards QBE are proud to have won, been a finalist for, and shortlisted for include;

British Claims Awards 2022 WinnerInsurTech Award

The British Computer Society 2021 Winners – Inspirational Individual of the Year; IT Service & Support Professional of the year

The British Computer Society 2019 Winners – Inspirational Individual of the Year; IT Service & Support Professional of the year

Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards 2022 WinnerClaims Product Solution of the Year

Working Families Best Practice Awards 2021 Finalist for: Best COVID-19 Response

Insurance Post British Insurance Awards 2022 Shortlisted for: Best Customer Care, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year 2022, Specialist Insurer of the Year (for Construction), General Insurer of the Year

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Five reasons to work with Northern Trust

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Greater is...fitting in because of your differences

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion are inextricably linked. That’s why we’re working to create an environment where every individual feels respected, supported and valued to fully contribute to our shared success.

When you join the Northern Trust community, we make a pledge to you.

Here’s what you can expect from day one:

A culture of care and collaboration

Our commitment to partnership is rooted in a culture of care that drives success for clients and partners alike. We value our partners as individuals, offering each person the flexibility to balance their aspirations in work and in life.

How do we show this?

We foster an environment where collaboration is prioritised over competition, and we support and invest in one another to create stronger teams, stronger work and stronger outcomes for our clients.

In EMEA, we’ve created a Women in Technology network to support the development of female talent in technology.

The group, sponsored by our Chief Technology Officer Alison Pain, meets monthly, sometimes with global counterparts to provide a community of learning, sharing best practice and access to role models (internal and external) whilst encouraging networking.

A focus on individual career development and growth

Every career path is different. We’ll help you map yours. We see our partners as people, working closely with them to create plans that work for each individual.

Each of our partners comes with unique skills, perspectives and goals. We believe in empowering our partners with the resources and opportunities to Achieve Greater and realise their full potential. We foster their ambitions, develop their skills and provide countless opportunities to lead and make an impact.

Our EMEA Women in Technology group have also created a programme entitled Together we Thrive, which provides our EMEA female technologists an opportunity to participate in workshops on self-identified tech topics. It allows us to broaden our internal network whilst sharing knowledge, learning and developing our own expertise. Topics to date have included;

  • Cyber Security
  • Domain Driven Design

Dedication to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce

We are united by the belief that diversity, equity and inclusion are not only essential, but connected.

It’s an approach that sets us apart, driving us to develop new and authentic ways to foster an environment where every partner feels respected, supported and valued.

“True diversity can only exist in an inclusive work environment, where any individual or group feels welcomed, respected, supported and valued to fully participate and contribute to our success.”

Sarah Boddey, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer, EMEA and APAC

How do we show this?

All of our people managers at Northern Trust are required to complete Inclusive Leadership training and all global partners are required to complete Unconscious Bias training.

Key Award wins;

  • Northern Trust has been named a Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes.
  • LGBT Great Financial Services Standards, Silver Standard, 2022
  • Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index – Silver award (2019, 2020, 2021). The UK’s definitive benchmark related to mental health and wellbeing policy.

An opportunity to innovate

Our stability and strength allows us to forge new pathways to success, embrace new technologies, explore new ideas and continue asking tough questions. It’s a mindset that allows us to innovate without fear of failure, advancing technologies and products that unlock new and exciting opportunities.

We strive to challenge the status quo, building on our successes to continue setting new standards.

How do we show this?

As part of our digital modernisation journey, we created a data mesh – a market-leading platform to enable us to gain access to fast and secured data while also allowing us to move faster, predict behaviour and deliver more innovative and personalised solutions to our clients.

In addition, we are proud to have sponsored the WeAreTechWomen One Tech World conference. This innovative conference continues to show existing women in the industry and those who want to transition in, what that world of future tech really looks like. It also involves encouraging women from all backgrounds to consider tech careers, so that we can contribute to the creation of products and systems that are truly inclusive.

“Diversity of thought can come from anything: educational background, financial situation, gender, ethnicity, religion, all those different things.”

Alison Pain – Chief Innovation Officer for EMEA

The chance to make a meaningful impact

Our approach to our work is rooted in our values: service, expertise and integrity. These values drive everything we do, from the way we serve our clients to our ongoing efforts to support and advance our communities.

That commitment has earned us a reputation as a premier financial partner to the world’s most successful individuals, families, and public institutions, granting us valuable influence on the global economy and the communities that power it.

How do we show this?

  • Employees are given two paid days off a year to support their volunteer efforts.
  • We are a proud corporate partner of the Science Museum, and actively work to encourage young people encourage a career in STEM.

Northern Trust partners on one of their two annual volunteering days helping out at a food bank
Northern Trust partners on one of their two annual volunteering days helping out at a food bank

Dynamic careers. Brighter futures. Greater possibilities.

You don’t just accept a position here – you embark on a career.

Don’t choose between a dynamic career and work-life balance – join a team that supports your goals and enables you to enjoy both. We’ll help you get where you want to go.

Who are Northern Trust?

We are a global leader in innovative wealth management, asset servicing and investment solutions. We are a Fortune 500 Company in operation since 1889, that’s 133 years of success.

Did you know we have had a presence in the United Kingdom since 1969?

We have over 1100 partners in our London office administering the most varied range of products in the UK Market. Northern Trust London forms a vital part of our organisations global presence and strategy.

Who we serve?

We guide the world’s most successful individuals, families and institutions and we’ve built a legacy of empowering clients to reach their goals with confidence.

Our locations and people.

We’ve grown to a global presence with more than 22,000 employees in 20+ countries.

Our business areas?

Wealth Management – Asset Management – Asset Servicing – Technology – Corporate Functions

Careers at Northern Trust


Jenny Wong

Career Stories: Meet Jenny Wong, Global Partnerships Director, Thoughtworks

Meet Jenny Wong, Global Partnerships Director, Thoughtworks

Jenny Wong

We caught up with our Global Partnerships Director, Jenny Wong to discuss her 16-year career journey with Thoughtworks. Jenny tells us what it means to be a Thoughtworker, and the advice she would give to women looking for a career in tech.

Tell us a bit about your Thoughtworks journey

I’ve worked in 12 Thoughtworks office locations, 10 countries, and on over 60 client projects.  I started as a Graduate Business Analyst at Thoughtworks University!  I’ve worn SO MANY hats, from Business Analyst (BA) and Product Manager, to now where I’m advising C-suite executives on how to build new organizations.

Over 16 years there have been so many highlights it’s impossible to choose one. One would be advising a client chief information officer from a 110-year-old railway company on how to innovate with tech, such as mixed reality, 3D printing and smart contracting was incredible. As was creating a first-to-market product that reduces the time planes are stranded on the runway for another client. Or re-architecting roadmaps for a company within the automobile industry on their electric vehicles, and revamping a subscription service that predicted the future of fashion – the list goes on!

Life as a consultant is hectic – we live in the fast lane. But I love the variety of businesses we get to work with, and the impact we can have on them through technology – it’s such a privilege. We really get to walk a mile in their shoes which has led me to so many experiences I wouldn’t otherwise have had. I am always learning, and that’s why I’ve stayed for as long as I have.

Growth looks like an explorer’s journey. But the key is not the roles you play, the projects you are in. It is the impact that you will create, the positive change, and the knowledge or the tools you have shared with the people you have crossed paths with.

You’ve had an amazingly varied career so far, what have you learned about managing all those transitions and taking on new opportunities?

Taking on new opportunities is part and parcel of the deal.  It’s embedded into the culture of learning inside Thoughtworks.  You have to embrace it. That doesn’t necessarily mean saying ‘yes’ to everything that comes your way; it’s about identifying what’s right for you and being smart about what you bring. Trust yourself – you are more equipped than you think you are.

All that said…Luck favors the prepared; don’t just go with your eyes closed.

What value do you think mentoring brings, and what advice would you give to anyone either with experience to share, or looking to learn from others?

The best advice is to build a robust network so that you navigate this journey together.  But it’s not networking, it’s building your foundation, your mirrors, and finding your champions.  Going at it together is better, it gives you far more chances to succeed than going at it alone. Whether you have the advice to give or are looking to learn, always make the time – whether it’s a formal cultivator or coach relationship, or just a serendipitous interaction – use it!

I would encourage everyone to consider mentoring others. You don’t need to be an expert (please don’t worry about thinking you’re not enough; as long as you can provide psychological safety, trust, and respect. Reflecting on what you’ve learned is how you discover where you are – start sharing your experiences and learn from it.

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Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Career Stories: Meet Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Meet Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

Cynthia Anyaeriuba, Graduate Software Developer, Thoughtworks

We caught up with Graduate Software Developer, Cynthia Anyaeriuba who gave us an overview of her journey into the tech industry. Cynthia started her career as an Orthoptist, however, it was her passion for the tech world that would guide her to Thoughtworks.

Tell us a little about yourself and your career journey so far

My name is Cynthia and I’m a recent career changer. I joined the world of tech about a year and a half ago.

I’m a Graduate Developer at Thoughtworks and I took a non-traditional route into the tech industry. I actually started off my higher education as an Orthoptist, which many people aren’t familiar with. In short, it’s essentially an eye specialist.

Through lots of twists and turns, I ended up going into the world of business as an Account Manager. I knew it wasn’t quite the right role for me, and being quite a curious person, I actually started to shadow Business Analysts and other tech professionals within my company which allowed me to gauge what it meant to work in tech and the type of work they did. From then on, I knew I wanted to be in tech in a hands-on role.

After a bit of investigation, I went through a course at Makers Academy and a Bootcamp that gave me all the skills I needed to apply for the Graduate role at Thoughtworks.

It was such a worthwhile experience and something that I am so glad I did because it was a pivotal point in my life – it allowed me to step into this career and gave me the validation that I could actually do this.

You mention that you started to shadow tech professionals whilst at your previous company, what was it about the tech industry that made you want to make the career change? 

I think it would be that you’re constantly learning. Because I reached a point in my previous career where I felt a little bit stagnant and I just didn’t feel like I was using my brain very much in my day-to-day job.

My orthoptic career was inspired by my need to help people. From a young age, my parents were both in health care. So I thought the only way I could do that was through healthcare. Now, working in tech, I realize that technology is another route to help so many people. So it was kind of a combination of both those things, constant learning and also the fact that I can actually use tech for good and make a change to people’s lives.

Can you tell us a little about how you found your way to Thoughtworks?

When I started at Makers Academy, I discovered Thoughtworks. And it was through a webinar that Hackajob posted. I  really liked the fact that the person that was hosting the webinar was a woman. I really appreciated that because I don’t often see a lot of female representation within the industry. Especially at a high senior level. And when she was explaining what working at Thoughtworks was like, there was a huge focus on team, inclusivity and social impact work.

The social impact work really resonated with me, even to the point where in my interviews at Thoughtworks, a huge portion of my interview was around social justice. And that was almost a casual conversation between myself and two other developers. At first, I thought this seems like such a random thing to do in an interview, but I think it was to gauge the kind of personality that you have because you do need to be aligned with the Thoughtworks ethos.

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Northern Trust are now promoting their roles on our job board

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WeAreTechWomen are proud to announce Northern Trust are now promoting their roles on our job board!

We launched our revamped job board with the aim of helping you find the job of your dreams at an employer that will truly support you and your career. We won’t be working with every company, just those that can demonstrate they are on the journey towards gender equality and that they are putting in place programmes or support systems to progress women in the workplace.

Northern Trust is one of those companies!

Northern Trust provides innovative financial services and guidance to corporations, institutions and affluent families and individuals globally. With 130 years of financial experience and nearly 20,000 partners, we serve the world’s most sophisticated clients using leading technology and exceptional service.

As a Northern Trust partner, you will be part of a flexible and collaborative work culture, which has a strong history of financial strength and stability. Movement within the organisation is encouraged, senior leaders are accessible, and you can take pride in working for a company that is committed to strengthening the communities we serve!

Northern Trust recognise the value of inclusion and diversity in culture, in thought, and in experience, which is why Forbes ranked them the top employer for Diversity in 2018.

Build your career with Northern Trust and apply today!

React Native Developer (Hybrid Work)

Northern Trust is looking for an enthusiastic, design-driven creative to join our team as a React Native Developer.

As Northern Trust works on our exciting digital transformation products this role will be central to that change and will be an opportunity for the preferred candidate to express themselves in the creation of a best in class market app to support our clients and investors.

Apply here

Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst

The Global Threat Management (GTM) organization is seeking an experienced Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst to join the Threat Intelligence (TI) team. The TI team directly supports the Chief Information Security Officers (CISO’s) organization by providing Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) to security operation teams as well as leading cyber risk reduction efforts by identifying emerging Cyber Threats facing Northern Trust and Northern Trust technologies.

Apply here

Cyber Security Solutions Architect

Reporting directly to the EMEA Chief Information Security Officer, the Cyber Security Solutions Architect will play a crucial part in the protection of Northern Trust’s systems through the embedding of strong security controls and best practices throughout the project lifecycle. This is an exciting opportunity to become a key security stakeholder in a variety of transformational programmes, acting as a trusted adviser and security subject matter expert to technology teams and business lines.

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Career Stories: Meet Becky Green, Senior Business Analyst, Thoughtworks

Meet Becky Green, Senior Business Analyst, Thoughtworks

Becky Green, Thoughtworks

We caught up with Senior Business Analyst, Becky Green to discuss her journey into the tech industry, and what it was about Thoughtworks culture that brought her back after two years.

When did you know you wanted to have a career in tech?

I didn’t really have a moment where I thought ‘I want to work in tech’, it was more of ‘I want to work in a place that allows me to use my skills, work with high energy people and make interesting things happen’ and the tech industry just so happened to allow me to do all of that!

As soon as I joined the tech industry I quickly realised how diverse it was in terms of roles, products, ways of working and people. It’s a great place to have a career for those that enjoy variety.

What’s your advice for growing a career in the tech industry?

My advice (especially early on) is to take opportunities with enthusiasm, learn as much as you can from experienced people around you, and be confident asking questions. If you can build your personal ‘brand’ early on to be someone who is inquisitive and get things done, people will quickly start trusting you to be responsible for larger pieces of work. Other than that I really enjoy working with people who have a positive attitude so try to bring that to work as much as possible.

What is your proudest accomplishment both personally and professionally?

Going into the tech industry I felt like there was a pressure to be very technical, and often found myself feeling overwhelmed at the terminology the developers would use. So professionally I chose to complete a course in financial business analysis which included learning Python and SQL at a basic to mid-level. I would say that course was ‘up there’ in terms of difficulty as it included many submissions of exam-style questions, and that was on top of my day-to-day work so it could get quite stressful! However, it has definitely built up my confidence in keeping up with technical conversations.

Personally, I’ve had a shift in mentality that it is entirely ok to not have ‘hard’ technical skills, as there is a ginormous space for people with other skills that are equally important.

Those professional and personal accomplishments have helped me gain confidence in my role in different ways.

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Why work at Invesco?

Invesco - Why Work At

Invesco is a global independent investment management firm dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life.

Our distinctive investment teams deliver a comprehensive range of active, passive and alternative investment capabilities.

Invesco has 18 locations in the UK, Ireland, Continental Europe, and the United Arab Emirates.

Over the years, they’ve grown to become one of the largest and best-regarded investment managers in EMEA. The keys to their continuing success are a relentless commitment to investment excellence and a focus on helping investors achieve their goals.

What makes Invesco such a special place to work?

Invesco is a dynamic company, offering a variety of tools to support career advancement, including ongoing learning and development and internal career opportunities. We’re proud to be a firm that achieves more together. One that is focused on doing what matters. One that gives a voice to every employee. One that genuinely cares. By coming together to share our ideas, listen and challenge each other’s perspective, we get to better solutions for our clients. Our ambition is high, but together we have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact.

How do you embrace diversity at Invesco?

Our workplace is one where everyone feels equally valued and respected. We believe in breaking down barriers and supporting each other. Not only as colleagues, but as individuals with unique ideas, perspectives, wants and needs. A sense of belonging is at the core of our culture.

At Invesco, there are four key components to our D&I strategy, focusing on:

  • Purpose & Priorities: Ensuring D&I is a key part of who we are and how we operate
  • Talent: Enhancing diversity and representation by focusing on the recruitment and advancement of diverse colleagues
  • Belonging: Ensuring an inclusive culture where all colleagues feel safe and supported
  • Client & Community: Moving our industry and our communities forward

Do you have an internal women’s network at Invesco?

Yes, at Invesco we have an Invesco Women’s Network (Global)

What do you look for in a potential candidate?

  • People with diverse perspectives, who can bring different ways of thinking and challenge the “norm.”
  • People who share our passion for excellence, can work effectively as part of our team and have the drive and ambition to succeed.
  • People with intellectual curiosity, resilience, and the ability to collaborate with a lot of diverse people.
  • Self-starters, with an entrepreneurial spirit, who are willing to embrace change.
  • We’re looking for people who have fresh perspectives. Who can come together to share ideas, listen and challenge each other to achieve better solutions for our clients.

What benefits or reward programmes do you provide for employees?

Competitive salary & bonus

Generous pension provisions

Volunteering days

Competitive salary & bonus

Income protection

Enhanced parental leave

Competitive salary & bonus

Health & wellness benefits

Life insurance

Tell us a little about your values and how these are evidenced in working practice?

At Invesco, we value teamwork, coming together with colleagues to build better solutions for clients.

What is your approach to flexible working?

Invesco champions a collaborative and inclusive culture, with flexible working options as appropriate. We recognize that everyone is different and that the way that we deliver at our best is unique to each of us. We ensure that our teams represent a broad range of experiences and backgrounds in order to promote diversity of thought in a positive, engaging work environment.

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SysAdmin Day 2021 | Not all heroes wear capes

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System administrators are the unsung heroes of a business. They ensure daily IT operations run smoothly and any technical problems are fixed efficiently.

However, working in the background, they are often overlooked and under-appreciated.

The 30th July is SysAdmin Day – a day to talk about the vital work that system administrators carry out and appreciate how they keep our businesses running. In 2021, after a turbulent year of remote working and a return to the office for some, it is more important than ever to appreciate the people who have allowed for the seamless transition into flexible working.

With this in mind, WeAreTechWomen spoke to multiple IT industry experts to get their opinion on the importance of sysadmins and how we can show our appreciation for all they do.

The backbone of a business

Daniel Lizama, Leaseweb GlobalSysadmins mostly work in the background, on hand to resolve any issues that may arise and ensuring that the day-to-day running of the business goes smoothly. Daniel Lizama, Team Manager, System Administration at Leaseweb, recognises that, “day after day, these professionals manage to produce solutions to problems. At Leaseweb Global, for two weeks each month, every sysadmin is available on 24-hour call. No matter the day or time, when an issue arises at Leaseweb Global, a skilled sysadmin is quickly available to deal with it.”

However, sysadmins don’t just wait around for problems to arise for them to fix.

“Your system administrator will play a key role in enhancing your organisation’s cyber security posture, as they manage and maintain best practice configurations of the systems that hackers are targeting, 24/7,” explains Thomas Cartlidge, Head of Threat Intelligence at Six Degrees.

Surya Varanasi, StorCentric“It was impressive to see the number of sysadmins that have elevated their backup strategy from basic to unbreakable,” adds Surya Varanasi, Chief Technology Officer at StorCentric. “In other words, they knew that for today’s ransomware they needed to protect backed up data by making it immutable and by eliminating any way that data could be deleted or corrupted.

“With these capabilities in-hand, these savvy sysadmins alleviated their worry about their ability to recover — and redirected their time and attention to activities that more directly impacted their organisation’s bottom-line objectives. And that is indeed something to appreciate!”

Dave Miller, Fluent CommerceAt Fluent Commerce, sysadmins have not only been tackling their own to-do lists, but have transformed into DevOps, Cloud and Site Reliability Engineers. “These unsung heroes make sure shipping software is cost effective, reliable, secure and performant. They make sure users have what they need to get the job done whilst making sure it’s secure—turning commited code into value shipped to customers. The buck stops with them to ensure performance and availability on a global scale is constantly improving,” tells David Miller, Senior Vice President, Director of Technology.

Carrying on through COVID

Adding to this, a sysadmin’s job has never been more difficult than in the last year. As different waves of COVID thrust the UK in and out of national lockdowns, employees were forced into remote working and left dependent on technology to allow them access to the required systems. It was sysadmins who ensured that this was possible.

Gregg Mearing, Node4“Executing their role with skill, confidence, and with an on-going problem-solving ability, the sysadmins are the ones that have been quietly bearing the full-force of the IT business challenges the past year has presented,” explains Gregg Mearing as Chief Technology Officer at Node4. “National lockdowns and their variations throughout 2020 and at the beginning of this year meant that most businesses were thrust into embracing remote working. This placed unique and unprecedented challenges on IT operations. Because of this, it is arguably more important than ever to recognise the vital role that these employees play.”

Chris Hornung, Totalmobile“Lockdowns and skeleton workforces have placed a renewed importance on suitable, reliable technology that allows people to carry out their work,” furthers Chris Hornung, Chief Operating Officer of Totalmobile. “Without sysadmins, remote workers would be more susceptible to detrimental problems, such as server failures, overloaded systems, and downtime, preventing them from maintaining high customer service levels. By keeping platforms such as scheduling software and mobile workforce management running, sysadmins have allowed mobile workers to carry out their day to day operations largely uninterrupted by the effects of COVID.”

“The entire world shifted on its axis in the past year and a half, yet our sysadmins still managed to produce the quality needed for customers. Despite constantly shifting conditions, Leaseweb Global’s sysadmin team managed to deliver splendidly,” Lizama states.

Dwain Stuart, Content GuruIn the contact centre industry, “sysadmins have worked behind the scenes to ensure that physical equipment, from servers to laptops, is suited to this new working environment, and have supported agents by migrating equipment from physical contact centres to home offices. The challenge moving forwards will be bringing agents back to a hybrid environment, with some remaining at home while others return to physical sites,” explains Dwain Stuart, Production Engineer at Content Guru.

Ways to show your appreciation 

Agata Nowakowska, SkillsoftThis SysAdmin Day, showing appreciation for sysadmins should go further than saying a quick ‘thank you.’

“By increasing the amount of support and training they offer, employers can demonstrate that sysadmins’ support is valuable – and worth investing in. Providing opportunities for upskilling and learning new certifications will also help keep sysadmins more engaged and equipped to meet the demands of the modern workplace,” explains Agata Nowakowska, Area Vice President EMEA at Skillsoft.

Tim Bandos, Digital Guardian“Understanding the valuable input of your sysadmins and IT teams is something business leaders should tune into more. A common mistake by the executives is not involving their in-house team of experts in these discussions,” agrees Tim Bandos, Chief Information Security Officer & Vice President of Managed Security Services, Digital Guardian.

“They know the business, and when it comes to change, implementing new processes, or migration planning, they deserve to be a part of the conversation. This SysAdmin Day, acknowledge your sysadmin team, acknowledge what they have to say about the inner workings of your operations, and make sure they are feeling supported in what they do – the same way they continuously support your organisation.”

By applying new solutions to aid sysadmins in their job, organisations can demonstrate their appreciation for their work, as well as benefiting the business as a whole.

Alex Chircop, StorageOS“Transitioning to a cloud-native solution can make the life of a sysadmin much more comfortable,” agrees Alex Chircop, Founder and CEO at StorageOS. “Kubernetes offers fast failover, scalability, a platform-agnostic approach, and resource efficiency to sysadmins and provides them fewer issues to deal with. With Kubernetes rising, sysadmins can make sure a business’s infrastructure is managing heavy workloads at a faster pace than before.”

“SysAdmin Day exists as a reminder to appreciate one of the hardest working professionals behind a workstation,” he concludes. “They are the backbone of any company. At StorageOS, we try to ensure that sysadmins go from being known as unsung heroes in the tech industry to being thanked daily.”


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5 must-know job roles in the cloud sector - who do you need on your team?

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When it comes to securing the best people for your organisation, there needs to be considerable thought put into what is needed, which will vary depending on the size of the project.

Working in the cloud sector means employees require knowledge of advancing technologies, what role they play in a company, and the security features and cost involved. But there are also a range of soft skills needed, to run throughout a successful team which should not be overlooked.

To be part of a modern-day workforce in such an industry, staff members need a collaborative approach. They have to be open and embracing to change, understand DevOps, and be willing to upskill to remain relevant in an ever-changing tech arena. Organisations are increasingly working in flatter structures, meaning employees need to perform in an autonomous, agile way.  Adopting the mindset of lifelong learning is useful and people can fine tune through learning on the job – through mentoring, formal training and boosting qualities via cloud specific tooling skills, such as Amazon Web Services Training.

But what does it take to ensure a well-oiled machine operates in the cloud sector in today’s society? Elements covering infrastructure, security, storage, networking, and governance all have to be acknowledged. Rachel McElroy, sales and marketing director for cloud sector and DevOps specialist Cranford Group, underlines the five key roles every business needs, to be a success when using technology.

Product owner

Also known as a ‘project manager’ or ‘cloud project manager’, this person understands the commercial and governance sides of the firm. They’re the all-seeing eye, ensuring the team keeps in-line with the budget, and understands what’s needed – in relation to timings and resources – to complete the project. They usually work with other teams during the sales cycle, so they can outline a project’s delivery, and are adept at constructing high-level plans, delivering reports, and leading meetings. It’s a role which suits customer-facing people who can manage several projects at once, and have excellent communication and written skills.

Cloud architect

Usually an IT specialist, they oversee cloud strategy and are concerned with the design network, and the project’s infrastructure. They understand what the customer wants, and work on the best ways to achieve those needs, with a measured approach. They must possess the technical expertise to understand sysadmin, as well as have software development experience, and a good knowledge of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It’s a position that’s very hands-on, so needs an innovative thinker, who can lead on cloud efficiency.

Developer

A strong background of specific skills such as streaming analytics, data integration, and knowledge of .NET, Java and AWS or Google Cloud Platform are a must for the strongest developers. They should be able to build cloud-compatible frameworks, evaluate emerging technologies, and ideally have DevOps experience. These kinds of positions suit those with a background in computer technology and often a qualification in computer science, or something related. There are also many soft skills involved, including leadership to plan and co-ordinate projects, an agile mind-set, and ability to adapt to lots of change within the cloud sector.

Security architect or analyst

Another highly important role within a team, this person keeps computer systems safe from cyber-attacks. They also need to translate security features to customers, so must be a strong communicator with stakeholders and colleagues. From a hard skills perspective, this is somebody who understands Windows, Cisco systems, VM (virtual machine) work, and testing, amongst other services. A security architect is likely to hold TOGAF, SABSA or CCP accreditations, and be familiar with cyber-attack pathologies, as well as cloud service models. There might also be a junior architect involved in the team, to support ongoing projects.

Service desk

Fully embraced in being customer-focused, those on the service desk completely understand their company. They have to be knowledgeable, approachable and personable with every side of an organisation’s cloud capacity – from the security aspects to the installation process, data and knowledge of the technology customers require. Strong in problem-solving, this position welcomes trouble-shooters and those with a calm attitude when the pressure is on.

It’s vital that, when putting a team together, each person has a key role to play in the delivery of a successful cloud project. A balance of soft skills and team ethic – alongside relevant qualifications – is crucial. And, those that are willing to upskill and fine tune their experience to keep up with ever-evolving industry trends, can keep an organisation ahead of the curve in a competitive sector.

Rachel McElroy, Sales and Marketing Director, Cascade Group 1About the author

Rachel McElroy is a director at Cranford Group – a cloud resourcing specialist – and passionate about a variety of tech topics including digital disruption, tech skills development, agile working, remote working, women in tech, talent on demand, and DevOps. She is currently penning a white paper which will take a comprehensive look at the effects of technology and cloud adoption on the workplace. Covering topics from AI to diversity, and change management to leadership, such contributors to her research include Microsoft, ServiceNow, Alibaba Cloud, Cloud Industry Forum, AutoTrader, Ensono, Cloud Gateway – to name just a few! An eloquent and well-respected industry commentator, Rachel spoke at Cloud Expo Europe in March 2019 and in February, was appointed as a judge at the UK Cloud Awards 2019.


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Calling all job seekers! CMI are expanding their tech team

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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the only Chartered Body for Management and Leadership, working with business and education to inspire people to become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders.

CMI are committed to transforming accidental managers into conscious, inclusive leaders.

What’s going on?

It’s an exciting time at CMI at the moment, as they are expanding their Technology team significantly to allow them to continue on their roadmap of tech transformation. CMI are looking to fill a variety of roles from engineers to analysts, as well as roles focused on data, cyber security and service.

What they're looking for?

CMI looking for passionate, agile innovators who can collaborate well in a diverse and inclusive team environment.

They have a number of exciting vacancies for experienced Software Developers/Engineers and Lead Engineers to support their tech team with integrating new services (applications and infrastructure) into their existing portfolio, modernising legacy platforms and enabling their move to the cloud. The roles involve collaborating closely with both tech and business colleagues across a variety of requirements & workstreams.

Benefits of working with us @ CMI

CMI pride ourselves on their approach to flexible working. They don’t define what flexible means - they let you do that. CMI give our people the freedom to do their jobs in a way that works best for them - regardless of where or when that is.

As the UK’s experts on Management & Leadership, they know the importance and impact a positive and engaging workplace culture has on success and as such, you will be joining a warm community of CMI employees in a supportive, flexible environment.  CMI are proud to be the two per cent of companies who have achieved Investors in People Platinum Accreditation.

They offer generous holidays and a health care plan alongside a wealth of opportunities for people to develop themselves both personally and professionally.

How do I apply?

If you want to be part of the growing community of passionate tech professionals, take a look at the vacancies on LinkedIn and for more information about CMI, please visit their website.

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