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The Academy

Your tech career starts here

Applications for Academy 5 are now closed

The Academy, supported by the Department for the Economy, is a tailor-made, 5 week, preemployment training programme delivered in partnership with North West Regional College.

It’s designed to equip you with relevant skills and certifications that are in demand in the marketplace and provide a bridge that will span the gap between your course and entering a career in an exciting tech driven industry.

Core modules will include:

  • Introduction to Alchemy Technology Services
  • CII Certification
  • Consulting Skills
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Advanced SQL/Java/.Net
  • Insurance Software Product Training and Certification

We’ll stay in close contact with you during the Academy, this is to make sure you have all the support you need to be successful.

Our roles

Technical Analyst

Our Technical Analysts work in tandem with the client’s internal team and partners to address their needs and become a trusted adviser. During projects, they will identify customer business requirements and use Out-of-the-box Insurance Solutions while leveraging their configuration capabilities to meet customer requirements. Technical Analysts are expected to spend the majority of their time on site with the client, working alongside the business and technical teams.

Applicants must have a good academic result (such as a BSc in Computer Science or equivalent from third level institution) with the minimum level of education require being a HND in an IT related discipline. We also welcome applications from MSc graduates of technical disciplines.

Technical Analysts need to have a good technical grounding with an understanding of programming languages including Java, SQL, C# and C++ as well as an awareness of Object Oriented Design principles.

Business Analyst

The role of the Alchemy Business Analyst (BA) is to analyse, refine and document business requirements, and work with the development teams to translate these requirements into accurate Software Specifications. They will be involved in all phases of the project lifecycle and will form key relationships with both business and solution delivery teams.

Business Analysts will require a Business or Finance related degree and must have an interest in technology.

European language skills are desirable for both roles.

Both roles will require extensive travel in the UK and wider Europe (with the potential for travel to North America and Africa), as you will work on-site with industry leading client, gaining hands-on commercial experience.

How to apply

The Alchemy application process is very straightforward, we have tried to make it as simple as possible for our prospective Alchemists to put their best foot forward. You will not find any aptitude tests, long essay type questions or group interviews. We want to get to know you, where your knowledge lies, what skills you have, what your passions are.

There are 3 simple steps to applying for a role with Alchemy:

  1. Upload your CV
  2. Answer a few questions about yourself and your background
  3. One interview with a 2-person panel (including a 5 minute presentation titled “Hire Me Because…”)

Application timeline

  • Applications close – Friday 15th November 2019 (12 noon) – UPDATED
  • Information session for interviewees at Alchemy offices – Friday 29th November at 6pm
  • Interviews to be held at Alchemy offices Tuesday 3rd- Thursday 5th December 2019
  • Academy 5 commences at NWRC – Monday 6th January 2020

Participation on the Academy is not a guarantee of employment with Alchemy. We continually assess and review candidates throughout the Academy and offer positions to those who have successfully completed the process at the end of the 5 weeks

Further Information

For further information please email your enquiry to assuredskills@economy-ni.gov.uk.

Successful applicants claiming Job Seekers Allowance should complete a “Better Off Calculation” (www.entitledto.co.uk) before proceeding with the programme.

Applications are welcome from those who meet the criteria irrespective of religious belief, political opinion, age, sexual orientation, disability, race, marital status, gender, whether or not they have dependents and women returning to the workforce.

We think Alchemy is a pretty great place to work, but don’t take our word for it…

Jordan, Academy 1

“In just under a year with Alchemy, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some brilliant people from Milan to London to Dublin (and Derry of course!) in a collegial and team-oriented environment. I’m continually able to engage in ongoing professional development, picking up industry recognised certifications along the way. Alchemy is a company I am proud to work for.”

Michael, Academy 1

“The journey from the beginning of the Academy in October 2019 to now has been amazing. Having travelled with projects to London and Cairo, I have gained invaluable experience of the insurance software sector. Alchemy provides an endless amount of support to enable employees to grow professionally while contributing to the future development of the company- with countless employee benefits and a great office dynamic , Alchemy is a fantastic place to work!”