Graduate Software Developer
As a software engineer at Softwire, you’ll be part of a bright, inclusive, supportive team, working directly with our customers to solve some of their biggest challenges.
You could be involved in anything from large-scale digital transformations to artificial intelligence, making a genuine difference to people’s lives, businesses and society along the way.
Interspersed with the project work, you’ll benefit from structured training that equips you for a long and fulfilling career in the digital world.
Working here, your opportunities are virtually limitless, with a wide variety of career paths open to you. In fact, both our current and our previous managing directors are alumni of our graduate programme.
Learn more and apply
Our graduate timeline
Months 1-2: Software engineering induction
Our new-starter training programme gets you up-to-speed with the skills you need to thrive as a professional digital engineer. You’ll get a grounding in coding, source control, modern technology stacks, and more. You’ll then form a team with your fellow graduates to develop a piece of software, typically for a not-for-profit organisation or to be used within Softwire. Under the guidance of experienced engineers, you’ll learn what it takes to deliver commercial-grade software.
Months 3-15: Working on client projects
With your first project complete, you’ll join one of our teams delivering a client project, usually in our offices but sometimes on a customer site. You’ll get plenty of support throughout, surrounded by helpful colleagues and industry experts to answer all your questions. And with continual peer review of your work, your software engineering skills will quickly rise to new levels. Alongside your project work, you’ll continue to attend our in-house training programme with your fellow graduates. This industry-leading course lasts six weeks in total, spread over 12 months. It broadens your knowledge in key aspects of professional software engineering, including:
- System design
- Development methodologies
- Additional technologies
Month 16 and beyond: Choose your career path
We continue to invest in your development and promote from within. Many of our senior staff joined as graduates and have followed a range of career paths. And, as the individuals we’ve highlighted below show, you’ll quickly get opportunities to take on added responsibility. You might decide you love leading project delivery. You might enjoy overseeing a technology team. You may find consulting is your passion. You could choose to specialise in areas such as design, or data science and artificial intelligence.
Zoe joined our graduate developer scheme in 2000. She’s since worked in virtually every part of the business, including delivery management, recruitment, operations management and sales, before becoming managing director, aged 33.
Part of the 2008 cohort, Harry joined as a coder, before starting to oversee development teams as a technical lead. He then joined our Advisory division, where he’s now a lead consultant, helping customers shape their technical solutions and delivery processes.
Ying was one of our 2012 graduate intake. Working initially as a software engineer, she quickly started taking on project management responsibilities. She’s now one of our senior delivery leads, ensuring we meet our targets around budget, timeframe and client satisfaction.
The people we are looking for
- A passion for solving real-world challenges: First and foremost, you’ll get a buzz from building things that make a difference to businesses, people and society. We also want to see passion for coding – any experience you have is a bonus
- An articulate people-person: You’ll be interacting with a wide variety of individuals: some deeply techy, some from complex business domains, and others with low digital literacy. You’ll need to be comfortable understanding their needs and discussing potentially complicated technical ideas with all of them
- A positive, can-do team player: You love pushing the team to greater heights by helping colleagues out wherever you can. You always look to improve yourself and others. Your default answer to a question is ‘yes’, and you make big problems seem small
The benefits package
Starting salary of £40,000 (London), £38,500 (Cambridge) and £37,000 (Manchester)
50% of company profits paid as bonus to employees
25 days annual holiday with the option to buy or sell, plus charity days
Permanent health insurance and optional private medical insurance
Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay
Consistently one of the best places to work in the UK*
Dedicated budget for staff activities and entertainment
Great offices, plus free on-site gym and subsidised restaurant in London
A workplace that promotes diversity and inclusion
Annual company holiday abroad
* We’ve been in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies To Work For list 10 years in a row.
Application process and start dates
We know how much effort you put into your application, so we always aim to get back to you within two working days at each stage. And if you get to the interviews, you can choose your own timeslots, using our online booking system. Given the current situation, we’ll be running this year’s recruitment process entirely remotely.
We offer two start dates: September 2021 and November 2021. We allocate them to successful applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend applying now to secure your preferred date.
Have you considered an internship?
Many of our graduates first join us for an internship, to get a feel for Softwire and life as a professional software engineer. Discover more about our internship programme and how it can lead to a graduate job.
More about Softwire: What you’ll be part of
Our mission is to solve our customers’ business challenges using technology. This often demands creativity, tackling complex issues in intelligent ways, to help organisations streamline operations and better serve their customers and users.
We played an important role in the Moorfields Eye Hospital/DeepMind collaboration, which demonstrated how artificial intelligence could help doctors fast-track patients with serious eye diseases. We built the system that runs the BBC Live Events websites, sharing content from Glastonbury, the Reading and Leeds festivals, and the BBC Proms. We’ve been the long-term digital partner for David Lloyd Leisure, building its mobile app, booking system and numerous other capabilities. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Find out what else we’ve been involved with.
Of course, there’s more to Softwire than building software. We’re working hard to nurture a diverse, inclusive and supportive culture, where people love what they do and feel inspired by working with some of the best minds in the business. We also have a generous budget for a varied programme of staff events and activities, with employees, not management, deciding how the money is spent.
Put all of this together, and you see why we’ve got such high retention rates, and why we’ve been among the best small companies to work for in the Sunday Times list, 10 years in a row.
Learn more about our core values, and discover some of our company culture initiatives on our insights page.
Ready to be part of the journey? Apply for your graduate job today.
Key facts at-a-glance
- Locations and salaries: Cambridge (£38,500), Manchester (£37,000)
- Start dates: September 2021, November 2021
- When to apply: Applications are open now
- Who can apply: Recent or soon-to-be graduates and career switchers looking for entry-level development roles