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IT Engineering

Our team

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.

Current vacancies

Explore our current vacancies and apply for roles at Nationwide.

Software Engineer - C#, .NET, SQL


Location Swindon
Contract Permanent

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Senior Engineer - Digital Portfolio


Location Swindon
Contract Permanent

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Software Engineer - Payments


Location Swindon
Contract Permanent

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What we do

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

Competitive salary

And a range of special offers to reward employees who pay their salary into a Nationwide current account

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.

Flexible working

This can include options such as flexi-time, part-time, job sharing and term-time working.


The future of humans and applications

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.


Swindon wins tech funding

Swindon has secured £21 million of government funding to establish an Institute of Technology. It will offer top-quality, higher level technical education to help close skills gaps in key STEM areas and provide local businesses, including Nationwide, with a valuable pipeline of local talent.

Top DigiTech sector

Given that Wiltshire boasts the UK's third most productive tech sector the Institute will be a valuable addition to local growth. Over 2,800 companies in the county deliver DigiTech products and services, while more than 25,000 companies are reliant on DigiTech to operate.


To promote Swindon as a DigiTech hub, new initiative Switch On To Swindon will work with organisations and business groups to run a series of meet-up events for start-ups, micros, SMES and larger companies. This year-long campaign culminates in a two-day summit in spring 2020. This summit will welcome high-profile speakers from Swindon and around the world, in venues across the town, and expects up to 1,000 visitors a day.

Switch On To Swindon proudly unveiled Nationwide as its first TechSwindon sponsor at the 6th June launch event at Nationwide House, attended by over 400 people. A number of other local businesses have signed up to support the campaign, with lots more opportunities for business engagement and promotion to be announced over the coming weeks. 

Chair of Switch On To Swindon, Jenny Groves, commented: "The Switch On brand is used to promote Swindon as the destination of choice to live, work and do business. Both local businesses and new investors will benefit from the focus on attracting and developing additional talent, alongside the timely recent announcement of Institute of Technology funding for Swindon College and partners."

Ian Andrews

Can organisations be big & agile?

When the term Agile is used in the world of large organisations, it’s simply a synonym for ‘cheaper and faster’, along with a widespread assumption that it is a purely a methodology. Similarly, delving a bit deeper, there is also a disconnect between business operations and tech teams in terms of understanding and implementing Agile.

So, is Agile a methodology or a mindset?

I believe Agile is a mindset, and the manifesto corroborates this position:

  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

Large corporations often look at start-ups with envy because of the speed with which they can execute, the lack of perceived controls and a fleet of foot approach. The strength lies in business being able to work closely with tech, being able to respond to change quickly and so enable quicker routes to the realizing of business benefits.

Agile meets legacy and scale

In my experience, large corporations are shackled by legacy and scale, plus they are fundamentally more grown up – i.e. they have to solve bigger problems. When large organisations try to emulate Agile in pockets with best intentions, and often lots of excitement, it doesn’t always lead to the desired outcome.

Service lines meet tech

When you get people inside business service lines who need something done by a certain date, their vernacular is increasingly ‘let’s do this Agile’, but they haven’t anticipated nor understood the changing mindset that they need to adopt it. And even when business and tech get closer together it rarely works as a collaboration.

I thought for a long time, like so many, that Agile was a set of methodologies. The revelation that it was a mindset requiring different disciplines and methodologies really blurs the line between Waterfall and Agile. In fact, an Agile mindset lends itself to delivering all types of change.  It means having more conversations, planning little and often, keeping everything transparent and blurring the lines between job roles.

These techniques can be applied regardless of methodology, which is what has to happen in large organisations. When you start to remove the barriers between business service lines, IT delivery and business operations you get a much tighter coupling between the outcome the business is looking for and how IT responds.

So my conclusion is that it’s a mindset that transcends both methodologies. And it’s most useful when viewed in this way – and especially for large organizations where you can’t afford to be a purist about any one approach.

Agile at Nationwide

We’re embarking on a very big transformation programme through our Big Investment, and part of that is moving slowly and sustainably towards a new working paradigm with Agile at its heart. But not with the superficial intent of getting it done quicker and cheaper as that acting with that intention alone tends to create further complexity. The irony is that that will probably happen eventually as a result anyway.

Key take-aways

My advice to large organisations keen to embrace an Agile mindset would be to embrace the business’s desire to move at pace but to be instrumental in educating business leaders about the change in attitude and behaviours that will be required to make it work. It’s not just something that you do in IT.

If I were to distill the most important principles of Agile for large organisations, I would say they are:

  1. Individuals having the ability to accept change and adapt quickly.
  2. Brutal transparency.
  3. Trying to solve problems, including anti-patterns, swiftly.
  4. Sharing the right knowledge to the right audience.

Ian Andrews is Nationwide's Head of IT Engineering.