Graduate/Trainee Software Developer

Nationwide Technology Up to £20k Full time - Permanent

We are looking for a Junior Software Developer to join us and help make our software dreams come true! This role is for someone who is starting out in their career and is looking for an opportunity to apply and improve their skills, while further developing their knowledge and experience. We are an evolving group of businesses and see this as a role for someone who wants to grow with us – so if you like a challenge, keep reading…

Vital Stats

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Company: Verve Group
  • Department: Technology
  • Salary: Up to £20k
  • Basis: Full time - Permanent
  • Deadline: 30th April 2020

About the Role

We are building a brand-new development team from the ground up to work on our internal systems and projects. This is a unique role in that you will be coming in at the very start with the ability to grow and develop with the team. You will be involved in how the team grows and begins to get its foot in the software world. You will get to work alongside a senior developer of ten years of experience who can help guide you forward and enhance your skillset.

You will be expected to develop the companies existing web platforms as well as the opportunity to work on a brand-new project built with the latest in .NET Core technologies. There will also be some general IT hands-on experience, but your main role will be development.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Ownership of continuous project delivery – being responsible for a timeline of development and testing for any new version releases working with the developing team.
  • This includes working with an existing .NET system plus project delivering the port / migration of a legacy PHP app to .NET Core.
  • Obtain and structure feedback from users, to optimise the enhancements made and ensure we are providing what is most needed.
  • Agile approach to development required.
  • Work alongside our marketing team so that all systems developments are approached with a UX viewpoint
  • Ideas generation – bringing to life new improvements for our systems, meaning we stay ahead of the game and are considered the industry benchmark by our competitors
  • Constantly learning and adapting your skills.

About You

We understand that the world of developing can be extremely varied – and no two roles are the same. We’ve therefore tried to split out what we are looking for into essential and desirable. If you think you are the right person for us but don’t match these entirely, let us know:


  • The existing software has been developed using ASP .NET C# with a MySQL database, Bootstrap UI framework and KnockoutJS for the JavaScript interactions. It is important that you understand how this works and you are comfortable with this process.
  • An understanding of Object Orientated Programming and C#.
  • An understanding of TDD and BDD.
  • An understanding of Source Control, particularly GIT.
  • The ability to self-manage, keeping track of different projects to meet deadlines.
  • Be able to pre-empt issues and provide solutions.
  • Enthusiastic, ambitious and someone who loves to be part of something new and different.
  • The ability to stay focused under pressure – we’re not joking when we say it gets busy!
  • The most important skill is that you are willing and want to learn and improve!


  • Experience of being in a development team
  • Understanding of Project Management Techniques
  • .NET Core, MVC
  • Understanding of testing methodology

Above all, we love someone with a positive attitude who likes a challenge and isn’t afraid to roll their sleeves up and get on with the job!

About Us

The Verve Group is a number of companies, including Para-Sols (an outsourced paraplanning company) and Apricity Compliance (providing compliance support to advisers) as well as The Art of Finance (which provides training courses for those looking to develop a career in financial services). The Group of companies all work towards the same two missions; to help support good quality financial advice firms to growth and develop, and to attract new people into financial services and help train them up, for the good of the future of finance.

Across all companies, we approach financial services with a fun and positive outlook and offer a range of benefits to permanent employees to ensure our staff feel supported and motivated. We reward loyalty and offer enhanced benefits to long-service employees, but as standard (once you’ve successfully completed your 6 month probation) these include…

Standard benefits
  • 26 days holiday (including days off at Christmas) PLUS bank holidays AND your birthday off (if it falls on a weekday)
  • Personalised salary structure to reflect your own effort and contribution
  • Death in Service cover
  • Personal Development budget (for exams, training, anything to help you excel!)
  • Company Pension Scheme
What makes us different benefits
  • Casual dress code
  • Health & Wellbeing programme, including hoodie, drinks bottle and fitness tracker
  • Office snacks and refreshments
  • Openplan ‘living office’ environment – including rocking (or sometimes dubious) playlists, beer/wine fridge, breakout lounge and breakfast club
  • 2 official annual company parties, plus adhoc team nights out.
  • Office dogs – we’re not a place for people scared of dogs!
  • Did we mention there’s no lock on the beer/wine fridge?!

How to Apply

Quite simply, get in touch. It’s as easy as that (the button to do so is below).

A little insider tip for you… Half-arsed applications (and by that we mean incomplete or generic, no copy and paste job is enough here) get immediate red pen treatment. As wonderful and extensive as your CV maybe, what we really want to know is why you’re ‘the one’ for us – so don’t be shy, cut to the chase and sell yourself like you’ve never sold yourself before – it will go in your favour!

Lastly, you have permission to be as creative as you wish, so break the mould and make yourself stand out. That’s what makes us smile.

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