Software Development Placement

by ProspectSoft Ltd

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Deadline: 2nd February 2024
Start Date: August 2024
Salary: £20,000 - £21,999
Length: Placement (10 Months+)
Roles: Information Technology, Software Engineering
Location: East Midlands
City: Loughborough

Software Development Placement

About this Role

In the software development placement role, you'll join our development team in building the latest versions of our fast-growing SaaS CRM platform. Successful applicants can expect to gain a great deal of experience working throughout the full development cycle – from systems analysis to writing the code for testing and delivery. You’ll be working closely with your assigned mentor and our Head of Development, playing a key role in our Development team and ensuring the success of the latest updates to the Prospect platform. When you get started with us, you’ll receive nearly six weeks of training in all aspects of our product stack, as well as our development methodologies and tools. 

As a Development placement, the year will be highly software development focused and we don’t waste any time getting you up to speed. From day 1 in the department, you’ll be making important changes to our core systems & software that’ll go directly into our customers hands.  

Your work will involve the use of technologies such as the .NET framework, NodeJS, SQL and Rest-APIs for backend services. For the client side you’ll make use of web technologies such as HTML, CSS, Vue.js and TypeScript. As active members of the Development team, you’ll also follow Scrum and Agile methodologies. 

During your placement, you’ll have access to a huge library of coding and training courses, as well as a full MSDN subscription with a monthly personal allowance of Microsoft Azure credit for your own pet projects.

Some of the things you’ll be doing:

  • Software Development – Using Vue.js and TypeScript, you’ll create components which will be used in our Core Applications. You’ll also be creating Azure services and coding backend APIs in C#.
  • Configuring of Continuous Integration – After writing new code, you’ll configure CI/CD pipelines in Azure DevOps to automatically build and deploy your code to Azure services, as well as to run unit tests to ensure code quality standards at met.
  • Agile Scrum Team – In this role, you’ll be an active part of one of the Scrum teams within the Development department. This will involve refinement meetings where, along with the rest of your team members, you’ll discuss estimates and break down tasks for both core and customer development work. You’ll also participate in retrospective meetings in which you’ll have the opportunity to bring forward your best ideas to help improve our development processes.
  • QA Testing – Completing both unit testing and user testing for projects worked on by other team members of development is key to this role. This involves identifying potential issues and working with the team to plan and implement a resolution, and out of the box thinking to consider all possible use cases.

What you’ll need:

  • A strong passion for software development 
  • Be a strong team player, that works well with others 
  • A desire to learn new technologies, improve your existing skills & understand the business impact on the software development lifecycle 
  • Have working knowledge of the following technologies for client-side development: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JavaScript frameworks (ideally Vue.js however knowledge of similar frameworks such Angular 2 or React would be advantageous) 
  • Have working knowledge of the following technologies for backend/API development: .Net Framework Libraries, C# or VB.Net, SQL using databases such as SQL Server, SAP SQL Anywhere, Oracle or MySQL 
  • Any experience with the following technologies would be great but not required: TypeScript, Visual Studio/Visual Studio Code
  • Currently studying for a degree in a relevant field
  • Completed a minimum of 2 years of your undergraduate degree but won’t have graduated at the start of your placement

Why ProspectSoft?  

We’re a growing software company, and we deliver on what we say we do! We take the development of our people very seriously and work with you to carve out your success plan. A placement with us is an opportunity to accelerate your career and make a real difference. 

At The Access Group, we're all about helping everyone Love Work and Love Life. Why? Because we believe people can only be their best when they can be themselves. So, if you’re excited about this role, but your experience doesn't match perfectly, we'd still love to hear from you. You might just be who we’re looking for. 

  • A Unique Placement – The ProspectSoft placement experience is like no other. You'll be working for the Prospect CRM product (a team of around 50 people) within a much bigger software company – The Access Group (thousands of employees). It really is the best of both worlds! From branded clothing, to instant discounts on your favourite restaurants, shops and activities – there are plenty of Access extras to take advantage of as a placement!
  • Real Responsibility – Right from the get-go, you’re given real responsibility, being treated and respected just like your full-time peers. Tasks and projects will influence the business’ reputation, success, and growth, so your skills are hugely valued and appreciated. 
  • Personal Development – Your line manager and the team at Access want you to get the most out of your placement. Throughout the year, you’ll be working alongside industry experts who’ll guide and support you along your placement journey. Plus, you'll be encouraged to complete additional training and development to boost your CV, like achieving online certifications.
  • Dynamic Team – The friendly, young, and energetic atmosphere at ProspectSoft is something we pride ourselves on! We’re a supportive company that treasures every single employee. 
  • Product Training + Pizza – Who doesn’t love Pizza? The last Friday of every month combines food and learning! Bringing the ProspectSoft team together, we learn about exciting features that have just been released in the software, whilst simultaneously indulging in endless amounts of Dominos pizza!
  • Team-building Fridays – Every Friday, the ProspectSoft team take the last half an hour to socialise – whether that be remotely or in-person!
  • Social Events & Charity Days – ProspectSoft team members love to get involved in events organised by The Access Group – from big social events to charity days!

About ProspectSoft

ProspectSoft is rated one of the UK’s Best Student Employers, ranked 5th in the RMP Awards “Best 45 Small to Medium-sized Schemes 2023-2024" category. In 2022, ProspectSoft was acquired by The Access Group – the largest software company in the UK. We create, develop and deliver our Customer Relationship Management software, Prospect CRM, to more than 5,000 SME users worldwide.

What we do is possible because of the expertise and experience of our team, who strive to deliver the best possible solutions and customer service. We’re proud that 65% of our company is made up of current and returning placements and that we’re the most awarded SME in the UK for its placement programme!

We’ve found it to be essential to the continuing growth of the driven, young and sociable team we are today – four of our returning placement students are now in senior management positions! We know that we’re only as good as our people, which is why we invest heavily in recruiting, training and developing amazing placements.

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