Recruitment & Current Vacancies

Current Vacancies

Doing the right thing is what we aim to do at Hodge.

We are a financial services business focused on the retail savings, commercial lending and retirement markets. The Hodge Foundation, a charity supporting the welfare, medical, academic and educational areas, owns 79% of our business. This drives us, knowing that by helping our customers to achieve their goals, we are also helping good causes that are important to us.

We have achieved significant growth over the last few years and have ambitious plans to expand further.

Our benefits package includes:

  • Generous pension scheme
  • Annual bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life Assurance and Critical Illness cover
  • 25 days’ holiday per annum, plus an extra day off at Christmas
  • Various flexible options: childcare vouchers, cycle scheme, season ticket loans
  • Regular sports and social events
  • Use of gym and spa facilities
  • Weekly fruit delivery
  • Local discounts – coffee shops, restaurants, bars
  • Prestigious offices in city centre location

Financial and Regulatory Reporting Accountant

Salary: Competitive (dependent on experience)

Main responsibilities:

  • Assist the Group Financial Reporting Manager with the oversight of both the interim and year-end audit liaising with the Group’s auditors.
  • Assist with the production and review of both the consolidated financial statements and separate entity financial statements under IFRS and FRS101.
  • Responsible for the preparation of regulatory reporting returns (mainly COREP and FINREP).
  • Responsible for maintaining the ALM system, ensuring that data is both complete and accurate.
  • Assist with the production of the Bank’s Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment (ICAAP), working closely with each area of the business to ensure the document is robust.
  • Assist with the production of the Bank’s Recovery Plan, working closely with each area of the business to ensure the document is robust.
  • Assist with the preparation of the Pillar III disclosures.
  • Work with the Group Financial Reporting Manager to ensure the implementation of new accounting standards (e.g. IFRS 9) is successfully achieved.
  • Work with the Finance Planning and Analysis team to develop business plans and forecasts over a 1-year budget horizon and strategic 5-year business plan horizon and their impact on regulatory limits.
  • Work with external tax advisers to ensure tax returns are completed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Annual review of the Group against the UK Corporate Governance Code.
  • Ensure Group policy documentation is renewed and up to date with the latest regulatory and financial reporting developments.

Desired candidate criteria:

Qualified Accountant – ACA or equivalent qualification

Minimum 3 years of financial or regulatory reporting experience

Relevant financial and regulatory reporting experience within a financial services environment

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DevOps Engineer

Salary: £45,000 - £55,000 per annum + benefits

Role Description:

To support the growth of our digital services and growing online presence, we are looking for an experienced DevOps Engineer to join our DevOps team.

The successful applicant will be driven, enthusiastic, and show an interest in emerging technologies and how they can improve current practices.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with various Scrum teams to facilitate continuous delivery of internal and external platforms using DevOps best practices and principles.
  • Design and implement platforms across multiple providers including AWS & Azure
  • Design and implement workflow and tooling to support environment and application build automation, continuous integration & continuous delivery
  • Ensure monitoring and management tools are effectively considered and integrated throughout the software lifecycle
  • Act as the lynchpin between day to day service delivery and Scrum teams
  • Consolidate existing AWS resources where possible and migrate on-prem services to PaaS services
  • Take responsibility for your own development, develop and maintain an up to date knowledge of DevOps, continuous integration & delivery, modern applications and infrastructure architecture. Share this knowledge through regular contribution and discussion with the wider team

Essential skills and experience:

  • Experience of working within an Agile environment
  • In-depth experience of deploying highly-available, automated & repeatable software to AWS
  • Experience in using AWS services
  • Strong shell scripting skills
  • Experience running production containerised workloads in the cloud
  • Experience using automated deployment tools
  • Source code version management tools such as Git
  • Experience of implementing and maintaining monitoring and logging tools
  • Infrastructure as code tools such as Terraform
  • A positive can-do attitude and willingness and desire to get things done
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong problem solving, debugging, and troubleshooting skills

Desirable

  • Experience deploying applications to Azure infrastructure
  • AWS Certified Solution Architect qualification
  • Networking experience would be beneficial
  • Previous experience working in a development environment would be beneficial
  • Jira/Confluence experience

We’ve partnered with Acorn Recruitment for this role, click through to read more about working at Hodge and for details on how to apply.

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Java Engineer

Salary: £35,000 - £45,000 per annum + benefits

Role Description:

To support the growth of our digital services, we are looking for a Java Engineer to join our Development team.

The development team is leading the technical delivery of a large scale digital transformation.  Working in an Agile environment, we are building cutting edge cloud-based web solutions for real-time financial services delivered through cross platform solutions.  As Java Engineer, you will be part of an Agile team involved in the full life-cycle of development for customer facing solutions.

The new digital estate is enforced by the latest cyber security policies and technology tools, as well as the best web services and secure cloud delivery models available. We are therefore looking for individuals with drive, enthusiasm and the right knowledge to join our development team.  You will be part of the full-stack delivery teams building customer facing cloud-based web solutions across multiple business areas and be expected to understand the business domain.

You will be working as part of a Scrum team comprising a product owner, analysts, developers, testers and business SME’s delivering external and internal platforms to support the business and our customers.

Our primary technology stack is Java-based delivering into AWS cloud infrastructure.

The main stack consists of Java 8, Springboot, Hibernate/JPA, Bootstrap, Javascript, JQuery and React.  Commercial experience in the core Java toolsets is key to this role, but we are also keen to speak to candidates with experience of, and a desire to, extend their knowledge to front-end technologies and frameworks.

To be successful you must be a have strong logical analysis and trouble-shooting skills and be methodical in your approach.  Other key attributes are a proactive approach to solving problems as part of a team, and a focus on continuous improvement in all aspects of what we do.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Educated to degree level in a computer science or IT-related subject, ideally with a 2:1 or above;
  • 3 years of commercial experience in a software development role;
  • Commercial experience in relevant Java technologies – Java 8, SpringBoot, Hibernate;
  • Ideally experience of developing for an AWS-based environment;
  • Ideally knowledge of front-end frameworks such as Javascript, JQuery and React.
  • Experience of working within an Agile environment;
  • A good understanding of Java based applications and contemporary architectures, plus AWS or similar cloud environments.
  • Understanding of Continuous Integration and Delivery, plus exposure to common toolsets such as Jenkins, Git, JIRA, Confluence or similar.
  • A positive can-do attitude and willingness and desire to get things done.

We’ve partnered with Acorn Recruitment for this role, click through to read more about working at Hodge and for details on how to apply.

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Technical Business Analyst (Service Resilience & Security)

Salary: £35,000 - £45,000 per annum + benefits

Role Description:

We’re using technology to transform our business, and this new permanent role will work on a diverse range of technology initiatives to support this.  Reporting directly to the Lead Business Analyst you will be responsible for leading the definition of business requirements for new technology related to workspace transformation, enterprise architecture, security, document management, records management, data classification, business recovery and O365 adoption.

You will work closely with the Product Owner, Scrum Master, developers and testers. You will be responsible for the definition of business requirements, shaping the solution and delivery roadmap.  As lead analyst you will take responsibility for the project backlog.  You will have excellent stakeholder management skills with the gravitas and experience to influence and manage competing demands.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Agile delivery experience with the ability to help shape and size the backlog and contribute to Sprint planning.
  • Creation of Epics, User Stories and Test criteria.
  • Technical change experience such as Information Security, Disaster Recovery, Cloud migrations or IT service improvements.
  • The experience and gravitas to manage stakeholder interests and balance competing demands to arrive at the optimum solution.
  • An ability to apply logical analysis to identify solutions to complex problems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), negotiation and influencing skills.
  • A positive can-do attitude and willingness and desire to get things done.

Essential Qualifications:

  • BCS Business Analysis Diploma, or equivalent
  • Scrum Agile certification, or equivalent

Desirable:

  • Financial services, ideally with a bank or mortgage lender.
  • Using Jira to define requirements within an Agile team.

Other

The successful candidate will be required to work at our offices at One Central Square, Cardiff.  As such we would expect them to live within a one-hour commute or have a demonstrable track record of living away from home throughout a contract engagement.

We’ve partnered with Acorn Recruitment for this role, click through to read more about working at Hodge and for details on how to apply.

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Technology Delivery Manager

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 per annum + benefits

Role Description:

We’re using technology to transform our business, and this new permanent role will lead and manage a diverse range of technology initiatives to support this.  Reporting directly to the Group Projects Director you will be responsible for managing the implementation of new technology related to workspace transformation, enterprise architecture, security, document management, records management, data classification, business recovery and O365 adoption.

You will manage projects through their full lifecycle, taking overall responsibility for their success.  You will have experience of managing and delivering technology projects within a similar environment and will work with colleagues and peers to support business readiness and adoption of the new technologies.

Essential skills and experience:

  • 5+ years project delivery experience, ideally using both traditional and Agile methods.
  • Previous experience of implementing technology infrastructure solutions in a cloud environment.
  • Supplier management including negotiation, communication, co-ordination and planning.
  • An ability to apply logical analysis to identify solutions to complex problems.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), negotiation and influencing skills.
  • A positive can-do attitude with a willingness to “get stuck-in” and the passion to deliver.
  • Believes in the importance of effective risk management.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Prince 2*
  • Scrum Agile*

* or equivalent.

Desirable:

  • ITIL
  • MS Project or equivalent
  • JIRA
  • Confluence
  • Knowledge of using Microsoft 365 for collaboration, communication and knowledge sharing.

We’ve partnered with Acorn Recruitment for this role, click through to read more about working at Hodge and for details on how to apply.

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Test Engineer

Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 per annum + benefits

Role Description:

To support the growth of our digital services, we are looking for a Test Engineer to join our Development team.

The development team is leading the technical delivery of a large scale digital transformation.  Working in an Agile environment, we are building cutting edge cloud-based web solutions for real-time financial services delivered through cross platform solutions.  As Test Engineer, you will be part of an Agile team involved in the full life-cycle of development for customer facing solutions.

The new digital estate is enforced by the latest cyber security policies and technology tools, as well as the best web services and secure cloud delivery models available. We are therefore looking for individuals with drive, enthusiasm and the right knowledge to join our development team.

You will be part of the full-stack delivery teams building customer facing cloud-based web solutions across multiple business areas and be expected to understand the business domain.  You will be working as part of a Scrum team comprising a product owner, analysts, developers, testers and business SME’s delivering external and internal platforms to support the business and our customers.

Our primary technology stack is Java-based utilising Selenium, Cucumber and Jenkins as the basis of our test automation framework.  Commercial experience in the testing automation mentioned toolsets is key to this role as well as strong background in testing methodologies and approach.

To be successful you must be a have strong logical analysis and trouble-shooting skills and be methodical in your approach.  Other key attributes are a proactive approach to solving problems as part of a team, and a focus on continuous improvement in all aspects of what we do.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Educated to degree level in a computer science or IT-related subject, ideally with a 2:1 or above;
  • 2 years of commercial experience in a software testing role;
  • Commercial experience in relevant Testing technologies – Selenium, Cucumber, Jenkins;
  • Ideally experience of working in an AWS-based environment;
  • Experience of working within an Agile environment;
  • A good understanding of Java based applications and contemporary architectures, plus AWS or similar cloud environments.
  • Understanding of Continuous Integration and Delivery, plus exposure to common toolsets such as Jenkins, Git, JIRA, Confluence or similar.
  • A positive can-do attitude and willingness and desire to get things done.

We’ve partnered with Acorn Recruitment for this role, click through to read more about working at Hodge and for details on how to apply.

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Financial Risk Manager

Salary: Competitive + benefits

Our Risk team is part of the Group’s second line of defence. Its key objective is monitoring and facilitating the implementation of effective risk management practices within the business providing risk oversight and independent challenge.

Reporting directly to the Head of Risk your primary role will be reviewing and challenging the approach and governance of financial risk undertaken by the first line business function. You will also support the Risk team in promoting, embedding and maintaining the Group’s Risk management framework for financial risk.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing oversight and assurance of the modelling, monitoring and reporting of financial risks as well as supporting the development of policies, procedures and risk appetites in the first line.
  • Embedding a methodology for ongoing monitoring reviews, including planning, testing and reporting phases.
  • Supporting the oversight, challenge and reporting of key financial risk exposures.
  • Overseeing the timely and accurate reporting of risk events ensuring appropriate mitigating actions are developed.
  • Maintaining up to date knowledge of PRA, EBA & Basel developments around financial risk and communicating them to the business.

Candidates must have knowledge of financial risk methodologies, principles and internal controls preferably within financial services. You will possess an appropriate combination of technical expertise in fields such as capital, liquidity, interest rate risk management, stress testing, auditing and finance.

The ability to produce and present high-quality focused material for risk committees and to senior management is essential, along with strong communication and effective negotiation skills.

To be successful in this role you will effectively build and maintain collaborative relationships with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels across the business and have the ability to challenge business stakeholders objectively.
This is an exciting and diverse role and will suit a motivated and ambitious individual who is a self-starter looking for the next step in their career.

Candidates will possess a relevant professional qualification and working knowledge of accounting practices along with a solid experience in financial risk management. Knowledge of Basel III is required, and an understanding of Solvency II would be an advantage.

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