Careers and The Academy

We're dedicated to empowering brilliant people to do amazing things.

Our values

  • Passion is contagious and affects a catalyst for change, creating something truly transformative and meaningful.

  • Culture is in the air around us, influencing everything we do. We believe growth and development comes through collaboration. We call this nuturation.

  • Empathy, trust and openness are integral when nurturing talent and bringing together teams of individuals with diverse personalities, roles and skills. We support our team and yours to do amazing things together. We like to call this putting the love in the room.

  • Doing the right things, in the right way, is how we approach our work, how we treat our colleagues and how we serve our customers.

  • We never stand still; reflection, adjustment and continuous improvement is a core tenet of our approach. We are working with our customers to shape the future.

Current vacancies

Answer Digital is looking for applicants who are ambitious and talented, within Development, Testing, UX Design or Project Management. To be successful you should demonstrate effective communication, be a team player and have a passion for technology.

Working at Answer Digital at a glance...

  • Competitive salary, bonus and pension schemes
  • Exceptional opportunities for fast career progression
  • Up to 28 days of holiday (plus UK Bank Holidays)
  • Highly energised and motivated environment
  • Awesome team and ‘can-do’ culture
  • Wide range of learning and development opportunities

Lead .NET Developer

We are looking for a Lead .NET Developer to build high quality software applications, from solution design right through to delivery, for a range of customers on a variety of platforms. Ideally you will have experience of building software applications in a team-based environment.

The role has huge potential to grow through the ranks of software development and learn new technologies with support from senior software developers and senior technical leaders.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Leeds (may include travel, if/when project requires it)
Suitable for: Software Developer / Systems Developer. Ideally with experience of building software in a team-based environment.

Salary: Competitive + bonus + pension + career development + events

To be successful in this role you will have the following experience / skills:

  • .NET Framework / .NET Core
  • C#
  • NET
  • JavaScript SPA frameworks
  • Unit Testing frameworks
  • SQL database experience
  • Leading and mentoring other team members
  • Agile software development experience
  • Continuous integration and deployment experience

Desirable skills include:

  • Client facing experience gained from software projects
  • NoSQL database experience
  • TypeScript
  • User interface testing

The Role:

  • Leading the delivery of technical solutions as part of a team
  • Defining technical solutions and reviewing other team members
  • Using the latest technology and tools to improve the software development process
  • Regularly demonstrating work to stakeholders, users and senior leaders
  • Mentoring and constantly improving other team members

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and holiday entitlement
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Laptop
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together
  • Christmas Party (partners are invited)
  • Summer away day
  • Free Car Parking at Head Offices in central Leeds
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Online learning subscription

Apply Now:

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Lead Agile/Digital Project Manager

Answer Digital is a successful digital transformation agency based in Leeds City Centre. We are looking for an experienced and passionate Agile Project Manager to work as part of our delivery teams in enabling successful outcomes for our clients.

Delivering outcomes for our customers is what we do. You will be responsible for managing the delivery of projects encompassing both business and technical aspects of the solution. Using agile and lean principles you will lead the team in establishing the foundations of the project through to the release of the solution into production and the management of post go live processes e.g. support, enhancements and usability improvements.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Salary:
Competitive + bonus + pension + career development + events

Responsibilities include:

  • The Agile PM will initiate, plan, facilitate and motivate agile project teams, and is accountable for the successful delivery of project engagements.
  • Act as the Scrum Master for the delivery team ensuring effective use of agile methodologies and techniques.
  • Facilitate team ceremonies - Sprint Planning, Review, Retrospective and Standups.
  • Lead “Discovery phases” with clients, establishing the strategic, operational, technical and commercial foundations for project delivery.
  • Facilitate user story workshops and elicit requirements from the project and client stakeholders.
  • Coordinate User and Customer Experience research activities with the UX Designers.
  • Identify areas of improvement for the Delivery Team and enable them to implement planned change.
  • Ensure transparency in the Management of project risks and issues, and communicate effectively to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage project budgets and utilisation of team members.

The Successful Applicant

To be successful in this role you should:

  • Have an interest in Technology
  • Be passionate about delivery and agile concepts
  • Be focused on outcomes for the user and client
  • Have strong drive for self-improvement and the coaching of others
  • Have great communication skills and can tailor your approach to suit the team, individuals and clients
  • Act as a ‘Servant Leader’ ensuring you enable the team for successful delivery
  • Be a team player who wants to work in a collaborative environment
  • Want to work within a fast-paced environment

Your experience will include:

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in one of the following roles or similar: Project Manager, Scrum Master, Delivery Lead, Product Owner
  • You have experience in an agile software delivery environment, including Scrum and Kanban methodologies
  • Scrum Master certification is beneficial but not essential.
  • Prince2 Qualification is a bonus
  • You must have the right to work and reside in the UK
  • Full UK driving licence is beneficial as occasional travel is required

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and holiday entitlement
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Laptop
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together
  • Christmas Party (partners are invited)
  • Summer away day
  • Free Car Parking at Head Offices in central Leeds
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Online learning subscription

 

Please note: You must be eligible to work in the UK in order for your application to be considered

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Mid-weight UX Designer

Answer Digital is a successful digital transformation agency based in Leeds city centre, who are looking for a Mid-weight UX Designer to join the Experience Design team who has a passion for wanting to solve complicated problems to deliver great experiences for the end customer. You'll be working on exciting UX projects across Health, Finance and Retail within fast-paced, challenging but very exciting environments. This is a great career opportunity for someone looking to move towards a Senior and Principal role in the future, and want to get exposure to CX activities too.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Salary: Competitive + bonus + pension + career development + events

The following experience is essential:

  • Minimum 3-5 years experience as a UX Designer
  • Someone who has a real passion for wanting to be a UX Designer, and wants to help deliver great experiences for our clients
  • Someone who has been hands-on creating relevant assets for the main UX activities, including formative research, design and evaluative research
  • Someone who is interested in not only creating concepts/wireframes but also appreciates the key role of formative research to validate assumptions to truly help understand the needs of the customer, validate assumptions that provide a clear design direction
  • Is confident to be able to translate requirements into outcomes
  • Ability to present ideas & concepts clearly and succinctly
  • Someone who has a passion for wanting to solve problems through Design
  • Is confident to be able to translate requirements into UX outcomes
  • Creating wireframes with industry standard tools (ideally Axure and/or Sketch)
  • Is confident of working across multiple projects at once
  • Has had exposure to agile methodologies, but not essential
  • Is open to travel to work onsite with relevant clients

A summary of the week-to-week role:

  • To work with clients to create digital transformational solutions – within an Agile delivery methodology – that will help their business thrive
  • To conduct research activities to help understand user behaviours & needs – represented through personas, user flows and user journeys – and validate any client assumptions
  • To create responsive wireframes & prototypes to represent the validated needs of the users
  • To conduct validation activities to help understand if the proposed solution meets the needs of the users
  • To lead other UX designers within the same project, where applicable
  • To help support other members of the Experience Design team, including creating proposals and supporting the expansion of the team

The suitable candidate must:

  • Have a real passion for Design
  • Want to do the right thing and take pride in their outcomes they create & shape
  • Must be confident to be a sole UX representative in client meetings and on projects
  • Be an effective communicator and confident presenter
  • Ability to present ideas & concepts clearly and succinctly, to stakeholders and project teams
  • Have a personality that is comfortable to challenge and ask 'Why' to ensure the end experience is right for the relevant end users and our clients
  • Want to work within a fast-paced environment
  • Want to get exposure to all aspects of UX and help clients achieve their digital ambitions
  • Be someone who wants to challenge themselves and has the confidence to work on multiple projects across multiple sectors at any one time
  • Want to work for a company that never stands still
  • Be a team player and wants to work within an collaborative environment
  • Want to work for a company that will give them the environment to be ambitious and grow quickly

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and holiday entitlement
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Laptop
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together
  • Christmas Party (partners are invited)
  • Summer away day
  • Free Car Parking at Head Offices in central Leeds
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Online learning subscription

Apply Now:

This is an exciting opportunity for a Mid-weight UX Designer / Mid-weight UX Architect who wishes to join this ambitious company as it continues to grow and help clients achieve their digital ambitions.

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Automation Testing Academy Tester (September 2019 Start)

The Answer Digital Automation Testing Academy is a 12-week programme that equips talent with the most contemporary technical skills and process understanding, and fast-tracks them to become project ready Answer Automation Test Engineers.

This programme combines structured training, self-learning and hands-on Automation Testing, all while giving you the opportunity to understand the role of an agile tester within an agile delivery context. The programme also provides excellent mentorship from our team of digital experts, those on the Academy learn directly from those pushing the boundaries in live Answer projects.

Job Type: Automation Testing Academy Tester

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire (Upon Academy graduation, role may include travel, if/when project requires it)
Salary:  Competitive + career development + events

THE PROGRAMME:

During the Academy, learning is structured around two key phases:

Phase 1: Runs over 6 weeks with 3 two-week sprints of practitioner-led training, self-learning and hands-on mentoring covering key foundation knowledge and understanding the context of agile project delivery. This includes learning of the latest test automation processes and technologies such as BDD, Cucumber, Selenium WebDriver, Katalon Studio and REST-assured supported up by core programming skills in Java and C#.  This phase also includes continual check-points and assessment in order to progress into Phase 2.

Phase 2: Runs over 6 weeks with 3 two-week sprints working as a trainee test engineer within a live Answer project environment. This project could be for any one of client across our Retail, Finance, Payments or Health sectors.

We believe that we have designed a programme that can give you a great insight into one of today’s most dynamic and rewarding industries. If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please get in touch today!

To be successful in this role:

  • You will be a soon to be or recent graduate, with a keen and active interest in automation testing, and looking to take those next steps to kickstart your professional career.
  • You will have a great thirst for learning and forever have your eyes peeled for the next new technology to pick up and try out.
  • You'll also be excited by the opportunity to work in agile teams to deliver value to clients.

Must Haves Expertise/Knowledge:

  • Actively pursuing an interest in automation testing (via academic studies, self-studying, and/or in a professional capacity)
  • Manual functional and regression testing knowledge and experience
  • A passion for testing and technology

CAREER PROGRESSION:

By graduating the Answer Academy, you will be equipped to work as part of a live project. This role will involve working in agile teams to deliver innovative solutions for Answer Digital’s customers. Our Academy graduates often progress at pace after completing this 12-week programme. We have seen one of our graduates progress from ‘Graduate’ to ‘Lead Consultant’ in just 3 years after 3 successive promotions! – And this isn’t an exception!

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and holiday entitlement
  • Laptop
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch-ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together
  • Christmas Party
  • Summer away day
  • Free Car Parking at Head Offices in central Leeds

 Upon Graduation from Academy:

  • Salary increase
  • Eligibility for Developer Bonus Scheme
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Online learning subscription  

What our Academy Graduates say: 

"The Answer Testing Academy has helped me improve my technical skills, as well as giving me a real insight into how commercial projects should be run. It has prepared me to be able to walk into any project and deliver a valuable contribution immediately.

Following graduation, I am constantly furthering myself and pushing my boundaries to levels I never thought were personally possible for me. Answer Digital have given me the opportunity to grow my testing career quickly."

Anand Mistry, Automation Testing Academy Graduate 2018.

Apply Now:

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Java Developer (2)

Java Developer

You will work in agile teams to deliver innovative solutions for Answer Digital’s customers. You will have a passion for technology and software development and enjoy writing high quality code that delivers excellent solutions for our demanding customers.

Job Type Permanent
Location Leeds, West Yorkshire
Salary Competitive + bonus + pension + career development + events

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate the following:

  • Effective Communication
  • Agile Team Player
  • User Needs are Key
  • Continuous learning

We require candidates who have the following experience:

  • Experience of working in agile teams using Scrum
  • Experience in either developing highly interactive web sites that provide a great user experience or in developing high concurrency, resilient integration solutions.
  • Experience of agile branching strategies and source code management using tools such as Git

Experience (minimum of 3 years) of the following technologies:

  • Java SE and Java EE Frameworks
  • Spring
  • Web or REST services
  • JavaScript (preferably through JavaScript MVC frameworks)
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Databases
  • Hibernate
  • Apache Tomcat or other open source Java container

Desirable Skills include:

  • User Needs Research and Design
  • Design skills (OO, Enterprise Integration, Web Services, User Interface)
  • Development within continuous integration environment (preferably Jenkins or Bamboo, JIRA and GitHub)
  • Team leadership experience, motivating and mentoring development teams.
  • Client interaction experience, you will be leading solutions for clients and be confident in explaining your choices with the customer.

Apply Now:

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Java Academy Developer (September 2019 Start)

Answer’s Java Development Academy is a 12-week programme that equips talent with the most contemporary technical skills and process understanding, and fast-tracks them to become project ready Answer Java Software Engineers.

This programme combines structured training, self-learning and hands-on application development, all while giving you the opportunity to understand development within an agile delivery context. The programme also provides excellent mentorship from our team of digital experts, those on the Academy learn directly from those pushing the boundaries in live Answer projects.

Job Type: Java Academy Developer

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire (Upon Academy graduation, role may include travel, if/when project requires it)
Salary:  Competitive + career development + events

THE PROGRAMME:

During the Academy, learning is structured around three key phases:

Phase 1: To begin, you will learn the fundamentals of back-end development, this can include working with Java, Spring, Spring Boot, SQL, Mongo, API, SOLID, Onion Architecture and Swagger. To prepare you for delivering on an agile project, you will learn and begin to use such agile methodologies as daily stand-ups, estimation, user stories, testing and the ‘Definition of Done’. This phase also involves continual check-points and an assessment in week 4 in order to progress into Phase 2.

Phase 2: In this phase, you will develop a deeper understanding and working knowledge of the latest front-end technologies, these can include: JavaScript, TypeScript, CSS, Bulma/Bootstrap, Vue, React and Angular. You will continue to learn about agile project delivery through this phase in preparation to progress into Phase 3. This phase also involves continual check-points and an assessment in week 8 in order to progress into Phase 3.

Phase 3: In this final phase, you will be embedded within a team and have the opportunity to contribute to a live Answer project. You will experience our agile project delivery processes first-hand, while still being supported by your mentors to ensure you hit the ground running! This phase also includes continual check-points and an assessment in week 12 in order to graduate from the Academy.

We believe that we have designed a programme that can give you a great insight into one of today’s most dynamic and rewarding industries. If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please get in touch today!

To be successful in this role:

  • You will be either:
    • a soon to be or recent graduate, with a keen and active interest in application development, and looking to take those next steps to kick-start your professional career.
    • OR an experienced professional (minimum 2 years’ experience, any discipline or industry) looking for your next challenge, in the form of a career change, and have a keen and active interest in application development.
  • You have a great thirst for learning and forever have your eyes peeled for the next new technology to pick up and try out.
  • You'll also be excited by the opportunity to work in agile teams to deliver value to clients.

Must Haves Expertise/Knowledge:

  • Actively pursuing an interest in application development (via academic studies, self-studying, and/or in a professional capacity)
  • A demonstrable passion for learning and technology
  • A strong drive for self-learning
  • An ability to cope with an intense learning environment

Desirable Expertise/Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of/Interest in agile delivery methodologies

CAREER PROGRESSION:

By graduating the Answer Academy, you will be equipped to work as part of a live project. This role will involve working in agile teams to deliver innovative solutions for Answer Digital’s customers. Our Academy graduates often progress at pace after completing this 12-week programme. We have seen one of our graduates progress from ‘Graduate’ to ‘Lead Consultant’ in just 3 years after 3 successive promotions! – And this isn’t an exception!

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and holiday entitlement
  • Laptop
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch-ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together
  • Christmas Party
  • Summer away day
  • Free Car Parking at Head Offices in central Leeds

 Upon Graduation from Academy:

  • Salary increase
  • Eligibility for Developer Bonus Scheme
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Online learning subscription  

 

"The Answer Dev Academy has enabled me to accelerate my career in the industry. The flexibility of the course and support from mentors and the wider company provides a unique training experience, building both technical and professional skills.

Once I had graduated from the academy, I was given countless opportunities to develop further - pushing myself out of my comfort zone but with continual support from others on projects and the wider company."

Tessa May, Java Development Academy Graduate 2017.

"Joining the Answer developer academy gave me the opportunity to quickly apply the skills I had learnt at university to real world problems, in a supportive and friendly environment.

While the prospect of jumping into a real-world project straight out of university can be daunting, I found the academy provided a solid foundation that left me feeling confident I would be able to face any challenge presented to me and more importantly, who I could turn to within Answer for help.”

 

Daniel Nuttall, Java Development Academy Graduate 2018.

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Lead Java Developer

We are looking for a Lead Java Developer to build high quality software applications, from solution design right through to delivery, for a range of customers on a variety of platforms. Ideally you will have experience of building software applications in an agile team-based environment.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Leeds (may include travel, if/when project requires it)
Suitable for: Software Developer / Systems Developer. Ideally with experience of building software in an agile team-based environment.
Salary: Competitive + bonus + pension + career development + events

To be successful in this role you will demonstrate the following:

  • Java SE and Java EE Frameworks
  • Spring
  • RESTful Web Services
  • Unit and Integration testing frameworks, for example JUnit
  • JavaScript, TypeScript, and related frameworks such as Vue, Angular, etc
  • Build tools including Maven, Gradle, etc
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Relational Databases and SQL
  • Hibernate / JPA
  • Apache Tomcat or other Java Servlet containers
  • Experience in either developing highly interactive web applications that provide a great user experience or in developing high concurrency, resilient integration solutions.
  • Experience of agile branching strategies and source code management using tools such as Git
  • Leading and mentoring other team members

Desirable skills include:

  • Defining technical solutions
  • Spring Boot
  • Other databases, for example NoSQL, Event & Graph
  • Delivering code that conforms to the SOLID principles
  • Performing code reviews
  • User Needs Research and Design
  • Design skills (OO, Enterprise Integration, Web Services, User Interface)
  • Development within continuous integration environment (preferably Jenkins or TeamCity, JIRA and GitHub)
  • Team leadership experience, motivating and mentoring development teams.
  • Comfortable discussing solutions with Stakeholders and Senior Leaders
  • Application security, for example OpenID connect, JWT & JWS
  • Agile concepts including Three Amigos, Shift Left Testing, etc

Responsibilities include: 

  • Leading the delivery of technical solutions as part of a team
  • Reviewing other team members’ work
  • Using the latest technology and tools to improve the software development process
  • Regularly demonstrating work to users and senior leaders
  • Mentoring and constantly improving other team members

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, bonus and holiday entitlement
  • Pension contributions up to 5% when you contribute 5%
  • Laptop
  • Quarterly company events (includes social event)
  • Regular tech catch ups/hack events
  • Attend technology events together
  • Christmas Party (partners are invited)
  • Summer away day
  • Free Car Parking at Head Offices in central Leeds
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Online learning subscription

Apply Now:

To apply, send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Answer Academies

The Answer Academies are unique, exciting programmes that equip ambitious graduates with the most contemporary technical skills and process understanding to join our ‘best in industry’ project teams. 

Our four different Academies are run quarterly and these span .NET Development, Java Development, Integration Engineering and Automation Testing

The programmes are run by our supportive digital experts and combines structured training, self-learning and hands-on mentoring. While the focus is on key foundation knowledge and understanding, ongoing skills and aptitude assessment helps graduates prepare for agile project delivery. A challenging, fast-paced project phase towards the end of the programmes makes sure all graduates get a great insight into one of today’s most dynamic and rewarding industries.

CAREER PROGRESSION:

By graduating the Answer Academy, you will be equipped to work as part of a live project. This role will involve working in agile teams to deliver innovative solutions for Answer Digital’s customers. Our Academy graduates often progress at pace after completing these programmes. We have seen one of our graduates progress from ‘Graduate’ to ‘Lead Consultant’ in just 3 years after 3 successive promotions! – And this isn’t an exception!

WHAT OUR ACADEMY GRADUATES SAY: 

"The .NET Academy at Answer gave me the foundations to transition from being a graduate level Java developer with little C# experience to being capable and confident in developing quality .NET solutions for clients."  James Salmon, .NET Development Academy Graduate 2018.

"The Answer Testing Academy has prepared me to be able to walk into any project and deliver a valuable contribution immediately. Following graduation, I am constantly furthering myself and pushing my boundaries to levels I never thought were personally possible for me. Answer Digital has given me the opportunity to grow my testing career quickly."  Anand Mistry, Automation Testing Academy Graduate 2018.

"The academy has constantly challenged me throughout, culminating in getting invited to work on-site with one of Answer's biggest client.”  Rowell Heria, .NET Development Academy Graduate 2017.

OUR ACADEMY IN ACTION:

Supporting the local community

Lighthouse School

Here's how we have approached a challenge that isn't a business one, but one close to our hearts. Children with autism are often not given every possible opportunity to develop their particular potential.

Which is why Lighthouse School in Leeds exists. It is a school specifically and solely for young people aged between 11 and 19 with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) or a related communication disorder.

It is Yorkshire's first special free school and provides a very personalised and broad education not just covering the National Curriculum but also vocational subjects as well as life, social and communication skills.

The aim is not simply to teach but to provide these young people with the tools they need by which to learn and succeed and thrive in life.

The Challenge: Answer in Garden Makeover

Following on from sponsoring Channel 4's Autistic Gardener, Alan Gardner, to create designs for the grounds of the Lighthouse School, we here at Answer will be taking on our most challenging project to-date in re-developing the grounds based on the new designs.

Alan visited the school with Answer’s own expert gardener Mike Blamires (well he mentioned having previously grown sunflowers and marrows!) to meet with students and gain their input to the design. Armed with this highly creative input Alan is bringing together designs for a sensory garden, an amphitheatre for outdoor classes, a cultivating area and much more!

We are certain it will look good on the plans but developing it promises to make for a busy summer for the Answer team.