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Vacancy Spotlight: Mid Level Developer | System1Group

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System1Group’s drive to discover breakthrough marketing solutions guaranteed to help their clients grow more (and waste less) has led to them being voted the “Most Innovative Agency” by clients and agencies alike for six of the past seven years:

  • System1Group have been the first to champion the predictive accuracy, cost & speed advantages of online research.
  • They’re also the first to use online’s interactive and recursive capability, to automatically capture and structure any number of open-ended consumer responses. Since 2000, System1’s MindReader has been used 50m times collecting over 100m open responses.
  • They are the first to champion the accuracy of Predictive Markets (wisdom of crowds) and validate its ability to better predict the market potential of our clients’ new product ideas. Since 2004 we have successfully assessed the market potential of over 50,000 innovations.
  • Finally, System1Group are the first to create an online measure of emotion and validate that a consumers’ feelings about a brand and its marketing are the best predictor of their market potential.

System1 is an ambitious business. Their objective is to continue to spearhead our industry’s change agenda. This innovative and entrepreneurial spirit has led to more major new global launches for this year that will change the way Marketing Leaders approach Market Research:

  • The first to launch a service that will test every single Ad that runs on Television in the UK and USA. System1 Ad Ratings will be online and subscription based and will provide predictive next day ratings for any new ad – and past 12 months advertising performance – for any brand or company. We are predicting this will become the industry standard – and a “must have” tool for every marketing leader in the world.
  • The first to launch a better, cheaper faster way for clients to test earlier, more often, more accurately than ever before. The System1 Creative Guidance System is a new Research & Strategic Guidance tool that has been specifically designed to be flexible enough to fit with any client’s existing advertising development process.

Becoming part of our team

System1 are looking for a talented and experienced person to join their IT Team as a Front-End Developer responsible for helping them build beautiful and intuitive user interfaces for use by customers and staff, showing passion, pride and commitment in your work.

  • Are you up for working in a fast-paced, Agile environment?
  • Can you be responsible for the hands-on development of great looking, intuitive web based applications using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS all using the latest technologies?
  • Will you participate in the full system lifecycle including analysis, planning, implementation, testing, documentation, and deployment?
  • Are you passionate about implementing clean, responsive and lag-free user interfaces? Do you want to work for a company that offers huge potential, emphasizes fun and recognizes and rewards hard work.
  • At the heart of your work is designing software that looks great and performs well.
  • You will recognise as we do that great UI is key component of delivering outstanding UX to our customers?

Do you want to be part of the Revolution at System1? If so, what would you be doing..?

  • Develop and test systems within an Agile delivery approach that supports incremental development of high-quality, fully tested application component delivery every 2 weeks
  • Conduct acceptance testing, load testing, unit testing, troubleshooting, and performance tuning as required
  • Actively participate in the full system lifecycle including analysis, planning, implementation, testing, documentation, and operation
  • Participate in code reviews
  • Create and maintain software documentation
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
  • Technical implementation of designs and business logic.
  • Work closely with other teams, including design and backend engineering.
  • Make on-the-fly changes to improve user flow.

You need to be this kind of person…

  • Organised and self-motivated team player
  • Clear communicator with problem-solving skills.
  • Have a keen eye for design and intuitive user experience.
  • Ability to champion new ideas and develop new approaches.
  • Excellent problem solver with an attention to detail without getting lost in it.

You need to have the following experience

  • Minimum of 3+ years as a Developer
  • C# / .net Core
  • Entity-Framework

Nice to haves

  • React, Redux, Typescript, D3, NPM Webpack
  • Scrum
  • JIRA, Wiki experience
  • Cross browser coding best practices
  • Unit Testing
  • HTML5, CSS


Havant, UK.

System1Group have an established Hybrid flexible working policy. Successful candidates will have a requirement to attend the Havant office once a fortnight for team meetings and project planning and work remotely within the UK outside of this time.


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Vacancy Spotlight: Senior Product Owner | Invesco

Invesco logoAs one of the world’s leading asset managers, we are solely dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life.  

Our culture of collaboration and inclusion makes Invesco a phenomenal place to work and reflects the broad diversity of thought across our organisation. At Invesco, we offer work experiences that will inspire and challenge you.

Do you like working with top Technology professionals where everyone has an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and work on leading-edge technologies? Do you thrive in an environment where you are part of a team implementing innovative technology solutions for clients and employees? Invesco’s Technology team is a global organization with 1100+ employees working together to serve the business. We value everyone’s ideas and input and provide opportunities to develop skills. If this sounds like a team you want to be a part of, read on to learn more about the opportunity to join us.

The Team

The Strategy Innovation and Planning team is a small nimble team dedicated to solving innovative business problems, and brining new technologies and opportunities into the firm. We foster a culture of fast delivery, awareness and helping others. Everyone on the team has a passion for solving innovative business problems with an eye on the end result. Answers the aspirational question, “What if we could…

Your Role 

As part of a Global team, you’ll be a pivotal part of our agile squads, where you will be the link between our business partners and the development team. You’ll learn about meaningful FinTech trends and help deliver key FinTech projects that help Investment and Distribution teams modernize the way they work to achieve their goals.

You will be responsible for: 

  • For the development and execution of the product vision which encompasses generating maximum business value in the shortest time with the highest return on investment.
  • Striving to identify and promote the ‘art of the possible’ innovative solutions, often breaking new ground and pushing the boundaries of what is normal and comfortable.
  • Working with cross-functional squads and various partners to define, recommend and implement solutions aligned to strategic vision and goals.
  • Working in an Agile environment and continuously reviews the business needs, refines priorities, outlines landmarks and deliverables, and finds opportunities and risks.
  • Partnering with stakeholders and customers across the organization to inform the product vision, strategy, features, and prioritization.
  • Translating product roadmap features into well-defined product requirements including features, user stories, and acceptance test criteria.
  • Prioritizing and maintaining the sprint backlog for assigned products, balancing the requirements of partners.
  • Leading scrum team in detailed planning (Sprint Planning). Collaborate with the scrum team to define acceptance criteria. Accept/Reject completed work throughout the sprint.
  • Negotiating business priorities and makes trade-off decisions across multiple partner concerns.
  • Balancing priorities between strategic new development against on-going production support. Determines the next steps to advance products with regards to delivering the highest business value.
  • Proactively identifying, resolving, or calling out issues, concerns, and impediments to get the project developed over several sprints.
  • Providing final sign-off for projects.
  • Visually articulating the vision and plan succinctly for reporting and awareness.

The skills and experience you’ll bring 

You will:

  • Come from a fast paced start-up / Fin Tech environment
  • Bring experience in managing products from idea to market launch
  • Show a demonstrable track record of creating product strategies
  • Have had exposure to Financial services
  • Bring experience as a Scrum Product Owner working with Agile Delivery Teams, utilizing Agile techniques

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has a passion for emerging technologies, tinkering, learning and teaching others
  • Has experience of Design Thinking, UI/UX, design system
  • Understands design tools inVision,, sketch, etc..
  • Brings a basic understanding of CSS, HTML, JavaScript and other styling/programming languages
  • Has hands on experience designing mobile and desktop applications
  • Brings a balance of technical knowledge and business acumen
  • Is a SA driver, decision maker, decisive and an effective team collaborator.
  • Is organized, self-motivated, highly adaptable, and have a strong desire to adopt change.
  • Shows solid collaboration and interpersonal skill. Can engage daily with the team.
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership and motivational skills - possessing a willingness to empower as well as inspire commitment and positive attitude in the team

Our commitment to you

We recognise that everyone is different and that the way in which people want to work and deliver at their best is different for everyone.  As part of Invesco’s commitment to ensuring our teams have the broad range of experiences and backgrounds required to promote diversity of thought, and to maintaining a positive, engaging work environment, we champion flexible working.

Please feel free to discuss flexible working options with us.

The Good Stuff

Joining Invesco is just the start. We focus on nurturing internal talent, offering a variety of tools to support your career advancement, including ongoing learning and development and internal career opportunities.

We have an outstanding benefits package, which includes:

  • Competitive salary and bonus
  • Company-provided healthcare
  • 26 days’ annual leave + bank holidays
  • Generous pension provisions
  • Income protection
  • Health and wellness benefits
  • Volunteering days
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Life insurance

Our Commitment to the Community, the Environment and Responsible Investing

We partner with charitable organisations globally to make an impact in the communities where we live and work.  Our people are encouraged to support the charities they feel most passionate about and are offered two days’ volunteering leave annually.

We are committed to adopting and implementing responsible investment principles and practices that uphold our fiduciary responsibility to our clients, as well as being good stewards of the environment.

Invesco is committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. We serve our clients in this space as a trusted partner both on specific responsible investment product strategies as well as part of our commitment to deliver a superior investment experience.

Join Us

We’re driven by a passion to exceed. Our people are our greatest asset and we take pride in supporting our colleagues both personally and professionally. If you're looking for challenging work, outstanding colleagues, and a global employer with a social conscience, we invite you to explore your potential with us.People with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation to apply for employment with Invesco may request this by sending an e-mail to EMEA- Talent Acquisition.  Please include your name, the job you are interested in, and the type of accommodation you are requesting.


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Never say these things in a job interview!

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Even experienced professionals get nervous during interviews – if there’s a role that you’re keen to secure it’s natural to feel under pressure.

When you feel apprehensive, keep calm and remember that this is your chance to make an impression. Most interviews are straightforward, as long as you’re prepared and steer clear of potential pitfalls.

To help you avoid these, we’ve listed six things to think about when you’re talking to Employers. So, take a deep breath, celebrate the fact that you’ve been offered this opportunity, and read on.

Don’t say: ‘I really need this job’ 

Job hunting is tough, but recruiters don’t need to know how long you’ve been looking for your next role, the fact that others have turned you down, or your personal circumstances. Unfortunately, keenness doesn’t always come across well. Remember, companies will hire the best person not the person who needs it the most. However, it is important to show enthusiasm. Try to achieve a balance between appearing needy and showing that you’re keen to work for someone.

Never say: ‘I don’t have experience in this area’

It’s not a good idea to volunteer a negative in an interview situation. Instead, focus on how you do meet the job description and what you have to offer. Of course, don’t say you’re good at something when you’re not, but try to come across as being confident in your abilities. When you’re asked about your experience and get stuck on a question, think around the situation and ask for clarification if you don’t understand. Always aim to give STAR answers – describing the Situation you encountered, Tasks you were given, what Actions you took and the Result of this. This will help you demonstrate what you know.

Don’t say: ‘Tell me about your company benefits’ 

As a potential Employee, you need to know the basics, such as how much you’ll be paid and your working hours. This said, questions about company benefits and specific housekeeping questions are jumping the gun and are best left until you’ve been offered the job – unless they’ve been mentioned in the advert. Use your questions to show your interest in the Employer, rather than thinking about what they can offer you. For example, you could ask about who you’ll be working with, what projects you might be working on and where they’re hoping to grow as a business in the future.

Never say: ‘I had an awful time at my last job’

This might be the case, but it doesn’t look good if you start bad-mouthing others. Recruiters want to know whether you’re a good fit for the company, someone who is a team player, on-board with their visions and values, and who will remain professional when faced with a challenge. However difficult you found your last job, you should remain positive – talk about what you accomplished there, rather than the times when you were unable to achieve what you wanted. There may be times when you’re forced to give a bit of background. For instance, if you’ve been through a redundancy you may need to explain the gap in your CV, but it’s best to be forward-thinking. Don’t hold a grudge.  Focus on the future and show that you’re ready for a new chapter.

Don’t say: ‘What does this company do?’

You should do some research before applying to the job – in order to inform your application – and once you’re offered an interview you can look at the company in greater detail. Businesses want to know why you’re interested in them, but if you don’t know what they do, you won’t be able to tell them this. Listen to Employers when they talk about the company, and don’t be afraid to ask questions, but these should be informed ones. Try not to ask anything that would be obvious to you if you’d looked on their website.

Never say: ‘This job will be a great stepping stone for me’

It’s good to have ambition, but you also need to show commitment. Hiring a new Employee is a costly process – and it takes time to embed people into a company – so if you’re not planning to stick around, this will raise alarm bells. Recruiters are looking for someone reliable who will get the job done. If you’re thinking about advancing your career, it’s better to ask about how you can progress within the company. This will show that you’re dedicated.

Kate Allen, Managing Director of Allen AssociatesAbout the author

Kate Allen is the MD of Allen Associates, one of Oxfordshire’s leading independent recruitment agencies, that specialises in Marketing, Finance, PA/Admin and HR roles. In 2018, Allen Associates launched their first London office, specialising in Marketing, HR and PA/Admin roles.