Who are we:
Alfa is a medium-sized organisation with a small company culture and big company aspirations. Working in the asset finance industry, we are approached by top banks, equipment manufacturers and finance companies to help them improve their business performance through the application of our wide-ranging experience in this sector and market-leading software; ALFA Systems.
We are extremely proud of our track record of successful projects, a testament to the skills, experience and knowledge of our consultants who develop organically through the company from graduate joiner to Project Manager. We know that everyone is different so consultants are encouraged to carve out a career path which suits their own strengths.
Where do you start?
You will be trained at our London office in all things necessary to get you started on a project, usually for four to ten weeks. You'll either be on a client site or based in the office and your first role will typically be software development. Your supervisor will discuss with the client about how our software should be adapted to suit their business requirements better, and your initial job will be to take detailed technical specifications and change the code to make that happen. As you gain more knowledge of the business and technology, you will have increased contact with the client and be able to use your creativity and innovation to develop solutions.
What is a project?
A full implementation project is carried out in partnership with a client. The first phase will be to plan what will happen during the project to ensure the business is transformed in the way the client envisioned. Apart from the design and development of the software, we also need to modify business processes to ensure the client is working as effectively as possible (since we are experts in their industry, we can help them do that), test that everything works, transfer all the data from the old system to ALFA, and provide support through the go-live process and into the future. For your first couple of years you will be trained to ensure you are able to spend time working in each of these areas. As you progress, you will develop particular abilities and interests and you can choose your training to support that.
What about you?
What makes a good Alfa is the ability to see an end goal, break down the steps to get there, and put in the hard work to achieve it. Therefore, any hard-working and ambitious graduate can be successful as long as they have a logical mind, enjoy working as part of a team, have pride in the work that they do and see their career immersed in the worlds of both technology and finance. So if your background is Engineering, Geography, Physics or Computer Science, we really don't mind, as long as you have a 2:1 from a good university and As and Bs at A-level (minimum 320 UCAS points). In return we will give you an annual salary of £40,000 plus a generous benefits package including private health insurance, private GP, life assurance, worldwide travel insurance, permanent health insurance, interest free loans, 25 days annual and pension.
Alfa is established in the UK, US, Asia-Pacific and throughout Europe. As well as working on projects based in London or the surrounding area, you will sometimes be expected to work in European locations during the working week. We also see a steady flow of UK consultants on secondment further afield, so if this sounds like your kind of thing, we can make that happen too.
We need our people to work hard but that doesn't necessarily mean long hours. We only recruit people who we think will get on with each other, so the atmosphere is collaborative and friendly. If you are interested in activities outside of work, there are groups to join such as football, running, surfing or squash. As well as project milestone incentive trips, you will also get to spend time with the whole organisation every couple of months at our company meetings which involve presentations in the morning and fun activities in the afternoon. Furthermore we usually have a trip overseas for our Annual Conference which is always something to look forward to!
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