What is the Academy and what is it like to work at Alchemy?

Posted by: Sarah Canavan 10 September 2019



What is the Academy?

To give you the best start in your career with us, we have designed a 5-week pre-employment training program. The Academy is delivered in North West Regional College in conjunction with the Department for the Economy.

The modules cover a range of both soft and technical skills. Chartered Insurance Institute exams and the first of your Professional specialist software certifications are also covered in the Academy.

While you won’t be an Alchemy employee during the training, we will keep in close contact with you. We’ll often sit in on sessions as well as inviting you to the office to have a look around and meet your future colleagues. We’re a social bunch so there will be also be drinks and a dinner on us!

We will be assessing your performance throughout the Academy. This isn’t to keep watch over you, but to make sure you have all the support you need to complete the 5 weeks successfully. 100% of participants across all 4 Academies have been offered permanent roles with us. We are very proud of this and was a massive win for all involved.

We’re behind you all the way through the Academy journey, we want to see you succeed and join us on a permanent basis. You’ll need to have an open mind, willingness to learn and be ready for some hard work!

What is it like to work at Alchemy?

Alchemy’s ethos is very simple, we want to create fulfilling, lasting careers on the global stage. Salary and bonus are competitive and we offer an achievable, open and transparent structure of progression. We don’t believe in internal competition, if you make the grade, you get the promotion and the reward. Your progression is based on your own performance and we will provide all the support necessary to get you there.

We encourage our Alchemists to become a team, forming strong friendships and working relationships. Each Academy group have learned a lot in their time with us and they will be available to you to provide mentoring, advice and guidance. Use their knowledge and experience!

We also like to organise social events to help everyone get to know each other. We have our regular monthly after work drinks and events to help welcome our newest recruits to the team.

What is the work like?

Insurance companies globally are spending an unprecedented amount on digitising their internal systems and as a result, there is an increasing demand for experienced, certified staff who can configure these systems. Our Analysts work directly with Software Providers and System Integrators in servicing clients in this area.

Our Analysts are required to speak directly with the client, assess their needs, gather their requirements and configure the software as needed. The projects you will work on will last months at a time and you will work in conjunction with team members globally.

The role requires communication, teamwork, attention to detail as well as an in depth knowledge of the software and the client’s requirements.

You will be required to travel frequently to be on hand during projects and become a trusted advisor to our clients. So far, our Alchemists have travelled to client sites in the UK, wider Europe, South Africa and the USA. When not travelling, you will work from Alchemy’s offices in Derry.

What do I need to become an Alchemist?

You don’t need any industry experience, but you will need a strong academic result in an IT related discipline (such as a BSc in Computer Science). The minimum level of education required is a HND in an IT related subject.

We also welcome applications from graduates who hold a degree in a Business related discipline combined with technology.

You’ll need a strong technical grounding, we require a knowledge of Java, .Net, C# or C++, as well as an awareness of Object Oriented Design Principles.

Any European language skills will be an advantage.

Beyond your technical ability, you’ll need excellent presentation and communication skills. Knowledge of project management (particularly Agile) is desirable.

We require our Alchemists to be open minded, hard working and the ability to work as part of a team.

What can you expect from us?

We encourage and reward hard work and collaboration. We will make sure you have everything you need to move forward with your career and achieve your goals.

You can expect us to be fair and transparent. We believe it’s important to keep an open dialogue of communication with our staff.

We offer competitive salaries and achievable bonuses, with an industry leading system of progression and pay increase. As you move forward you will become a mentor to our new recruits, offering excellent leadership experience.

We hope this blog post has been helpful and provided some more insight into how we work and how you can join us.

Academy 5 applications open here!

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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