Our engineers cover a broad range of areas, including Systems and Software Engineering, Early Stage Prototyping, DevOps, Testing, Infrastructure, Performance, Availability & Security Engineering, and Networks. We’re looking for highly-motivated engineers who like us believe in curiosity, collaboration and a culture of openness and enterprise.
Explore our current vacancies and apply for roles at Nationwide.
We’re working towards rebalancing our work in favour of engineering excellence over governance process. We want greater efficiency so we’re figuring out how to reduce testing time and production incidents, and how to bring more work in-house. By letting our engineers focus on tech, not management, we’ll get there even faster.
Our employee benefits
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Generous holiday allowance
24 days, increasing to 30 days per year. We also give our employees the option to ‘buy’ up to an extra 10 days holiday.
This can include options such as flexi-time, part-time, job sharing and term-time working.
Data has never been more crucial in our industry. It’s used to gain better understanding of customers, refine processes, improve user experience, reduce fraud - the list goes on. But as the importance of data grows, so does the importance of security.
At Nationwide, our Proof of Concept team is looking at how organisations and individuals can benefit from the sharing of data while rigorously safeguarding confidentiality and security.
Here’s a quick look at just one of the PoCs the team has worked on in this space, where we have used secure enclaves and functional encryption to implement a decentralised KYC use case.
What is leadership in an intellectual team?
Deepanshu, or Deep, is a DevOps engineer with 15 years’ experience. Keen to develop his leadership qualities, Deep asked if he could shadow Head of Engineering Ian Andrews. Ian agreed, but on one condition: that he could shadow Deep as well.
Here are their telling insights into each other's roles.
For me, leadership means setting an example, not simply giving instructions. And it means making clear that you are working with people to reach common goals. I’m impressed with Ian’s management style and his leadership skills. He gives his team guidance and support, but also trusts them and gives them the space to get on with things.
Ian does that ring true?
I think good leadership involves lots of healthy debate, so it’s useful to demystify the notion that it’s somehow a smooth process where people do what you tell them, and similarly that meetings are always structured and don’t involve gnarly issues that we don’t have the answers to.
Ian what are you hoping to achieve with reverse shadowing?
A good leader must know what the day-to-day issues are for the team, and sometimes it’s too easy to lose sight of that. In the tradition of servant leadership, I need to have a rounded view of the utopian vs the reality and understand what I’m fighting for.
We’re also keen to shift the old business model of leader/follower. In intellectual environments like this, your team should know better than you on their areas of expertise. So I need them to lead and my leadership needs to understand and allow that.
Deep, how did it go?
Really well! I shadowed Ian for four days and accompanied him to quite a few meetings, including Central Technology Office Senior Leadership Team, Nationwide For Business (that one was in London), Business Risk, and Engineering Capability. I also sat in on a few 1-2-1s.
What did you learn?
Ian taught me how you need to solve problems from somebody else’s perspective instead of forcing your solution on them. So sitting down and really understanding someone first. Also, now I know what he does for us behind the scenes. There’s all the transformation from tech practice to CoE, with strategic thinking, road mapping the vision and translating it into how we are working with squads. Then managing so many people. I had no idea how busy he is!
What was it like having Ian shadow you?
To begin with, terrifying! I thought I might expose all my weaknesses so it felt like a risky decision. But he gave me excellent feedback after my meetings, especially about how to deal with senior stakeholders. For example, if coming to them with a proposition, make sure you are really clear about what it is and give them a road map so they can see how you plan to implement it.
Ian, what was it like being shadowed by Deep?
Having Deep in the room reminded me to stay on point in terms of what’s important, i.e. why was I saying what I was saying – whether to a group or an individual. It also made me remember how much people don’t know about certain areas of the business, for example we had a meeting about new controls in Risk. Deep had no idea that we were working on this.
What was it like shadowing Deep?
What was fantastic was seeing elements of our Engineering transformation in action, in this case our DevOps pipeline. We’re delivering tools that are making the squads more efficient and I was blown away by Deep’s expertise and dedication to delivering value.
Nationwide’s aim is to provide great service by using technology with a human touch. With this in mind we invited Joe Baguley, VP and CTO of VMware in Europe, to give a Tech Talk on ‘AI, Machine Learning and Chromatography – a view of the future of humans and applications’.
Joe is a recognised leader within the European technical community and is considered one of the most influential leaders in UK IT, appearing in Computer Weekly’s UKTech50, and playing a key role in CloudCamp, communicating how cloud technology fits into the broader IT landscape, as well as advising the European Commission.
Taking a view of the technological landscape today and the key technologies that will shape our future, Joe focussed on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, speaking of how the applications of today are nothing like the past and just a hint of what is to come. These messages came through loud and clear, and reflect Nationwide’s tech agenda:
“Automation is no longer an option but is a design requirement”
“DevOp teams accelerate innovation while driving greater operational efficiencies”
“Transformation is constant”
With all the developments in technology, the rise of AI and machine learning, what will the effects be within the financial industry? Joe said
“We tend to think about impact in a negative light, developments in AI could potentially help reduce risk within the financial sector, it could unlock new doors on how we look at and understand data and metrics. But most of all, these developments are constantly evolving and changing and that appetite of change within the financial sector needs to increase”.
The focus on AI is ramping up in Nationwide. Data and Analytics have published our first AI strategy and we are already implementing AI tools to carry out some of the mundane, time consuming tasks, freeing up people to act on the information that is presented back. Using AI is a necessity in allowing us to compete in the future and continue to meet our members’ expectations.
Tech Talks run monthly at Nationwide and are open to all tech colleagues. An external speaker is invited to share their knowledge on critical technological advances, making sure everyone can keep bang up-to-date in fast-moving fields. If you’d like to work with us, using technology to meet our members’ needs now and in the future, take a look at our vacancies or complete the ‘start a conversation’ form and we’ll be in touch.