Recruitment Roundup – 2nd september 2022 

Blog, Career

Welcome back to FinTech Wales’ most recent Recruitment Roundup, where you can find a selection of the latest job vacancies listed by our FinTech Wales members.

If you’re ready to take the next step professionally or know someone looking to kickstart a career with an industry-leading financial technology company based in Wales, then check out the freshest jobs in Welsh FinTech included in today’s roundup.

Centre for Finance, Innovation & Technology (CFIT) – Chief Executive Officer

Company – City of London Corporation

Job Title – Chief Executive Officer

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Closing date for applications: 23:59 on Friday 16 September 2022.

Description: 

The Chancellor announced an independent review of UK Fintech in the 2020 Spring Budget. The review was led by Sir Ron Kalifa OBE and was published in February 2021. A key recommendation was the establishment of a Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology (CFIT). 

The vision for CFIT was set out in the Kalifa Review, which recommended the creation of a new private sector-led organisation focused on driving forward financial innovation. The purpose of CFIT is to bring together experts from across the ecosystem – including finance and tech – to identify and address barriers and opportunities for UK fintech.

In leading CFIT, the CEO will need to have the experience and business acumen to develop and finalise a robust business plan focused around achieving a clear set of short-, medium- and long-term objectives. They will have a deep understanding of the financial innovation ecosystem in the UK, including the role of the financial services and technology sectors, regulators, government and others in driving forward positive change. They will need to inspire confidence from those engaging with CFIT across the UK. They will need to be equally passionate about innovation in incumbents as well as within the young and mature fintech companies. 

The CEO will need to demonstrate clear leadership in delivering against the strategy that they develop to guide the work of CFIT. This will include recruiting a high performing executive team. The long-term funding and sustainability of CFIT is key to its success. This should be a priority for the CEO from the outset and they will need the necessary experience in managing a business, its finances and relationships with seed and follow-on investors to ensure that the entity can function effectively from a funding perspective. Collaboration sits at the core of CFIT and the CEO should be a leader around whom the different stakeholders of the UK financial innovation ecosystem can unite. 

Given the background of CFIT, there are certain characteristics and experience that will be desirable in anyone taking on the CEO role.

Understanding the Ecosystem: 

  • Experience of working within the financial services and/or technology sectors.
  • A clear understanding of the financial innovation ecosystem across the UK including challenges faced and
    current trends.
  • The ability to command respect across both financial services and fintech and help bring together and drive
    consensus across the UK fintech and broader financial services innovation community in an impartial way.
  • Evidence of having the relevant networks across the financial services, technology and other sectors that
    can support the work of CFIT.
  • Experience of working with government, ideally with Ministers/officials in relevant departments, as well as
    financial services regulators.

Delivery:

  • Experience of developing and delivering against high quality business strategies.
  • Experience of recruiting, leading and motivating diverse teams and inspiring confidence and high performance from across the executive team and broader workforce
  • The ability to navigate stakeholders with competing priorities effectively.
  • Experience of working with both the private and public sectors.
  • Experience of working with investors and/or fundraising to support activities.
  • Experience of managing budgets and ensuring the financial sustainability of a business.
  • The ability to be a spokesperson and build a respected brand.

Governance and Strategy:

  • Prior experience in a CEO or ExCo level position.
  • Experience in overseeing business activities to ensure they produce results consistent with the overall strategy and mission.
  • Experience of managing multiple investor relationships and the associated governance this requires.
  • Evidence of fostering and maintaining positive relationships with board members, including the Chair, in other organisations.

How to Apply:

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Russell Reynolds Associates on behalf of CoLC. Please submit your full application by email to [email protected] Please quote the role title and assignment code

2208-038L in the subject heading of the email. All applications will be acknowledged.

Please include your preferred email address for correspondence, which will be used with discretion. Your submission should include:

  • A short covering letter of not more than two A4 sized pages explaining why this appointment interests you and how you meet the appointment criteria and competencies as detailed in the person specification.
  • Your current CV with educational and professional qualifications and full employment history, explaining any gaps in your employment history, giving details where applicable.
  • A completed Diversity Questionnaire. The City Corporation is committed to delivering excellent customer service. We recognise the different needs of our customers and actively work to minimise potential issues of exclusion and discrimination. The City of London Corporation aspires to be a leader in equality and inclusion, serving a wide range ofcommunities including our staff, residents, businesses and the workforce of the Square Mile.
  • The City Corporation also aims to provide an inclusive, respectful and discrimination-free work environment for staff. We will use best practice in employment in accordance with legislation to ensure that employees feel respected and able to give their best. As far as possible, we would like our workforce to be broadly representative of all sections of society. Collecting this information enables us to identify whether we are recruiting from the widest possible pool of talent and check that all groups are being treated fairly throughout the process. This form will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.

Coincover – UI/UX Designer

Company – Coincover

Job Title – UI/UX Designer

Location – Cardiff 

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Salary – Competitive

Perks – Yes (Flexible and remote working available, bonus scheme & more) 

Description: 

Coincover’s Innovation Lab are looking for an all-round UI/UX designer to take on the role of design expert working in an autonomous environment, supporting a growing pipeline of design and innovation sprints.

You will have full responsibility to help define, help define and design useful, usable, efficient best-in-class applications and next generation crypto protection products as they evolve from early-stage ideas to market-ready commercial propositions.

You will be collaborating with engineering, marketing, product, customer, business, and research experts to analyse user/customer needs/wants and use this knowledge in defining useful product features. You’ll then work to design usable and efficient user journeys, front ends, and GUIs. You’ll facilitate usability tests, internal workshops, and review sprint sessions to refine designs and specifications. You’ll collaborate with sprint teams to ensure that MVP product designs and specifications are implementable and correctly interpreted.

You are a hands-on influential designer having experience and knowledge delivering in a lean start up environment.

This is an extremely fast paced environment where you will have the opportunity to help lead a highly diversified team that will focus on innovation and new product development.

What sort of Coincover needs:

  • Someone with deep UI/UX design experience in a start-up environment.
  • A hands-on leader who has delivered the design elements of enterprise software products all the way from the concept phase to a commercial market offering.
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0
  • You must have experience in a start-up environment and be proficient with lean product development and design sprints.
  • Deep customer focus, the ability to dive deep and invent, and the ability to make hard decisions fast.
  • Very technically minded with relevant industry knowledge and experience with software / finance products in the crypto, or blockchain space.
  • Highly proficient with a variety of design tools (Figma, Sketch, Invision, etc).
  • Expert design sprint and/or design workshop facilitator
  • Expert in planning and running lean UX research initiatives
  • Strong communication skills to liaise with all stakeholders.
  • Be highly adaptable in an ever changing and competitive market.
  • Manage processes highly efficiently, to achieve the team goals and objectives.

Click here for more information on this role or to apply. 

ActiveQuote – Sales Coordinator

Company – ActiveQuote

Job Title – Sales Coordinator

Location –Cardiff Bay

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Salary – £18,525 starting salary with OTE up to £29k

Perks – Yes (30 days holiday per year inclusive of bank holidays, Bupa Health Insurance – full cover, medical history disregarded & more) 

Description: 

ActiveQuote have an exciting opportunity for a Sales Coordinator to join our new business insurance team in Cardiff Bay. ActiveQuote provides Life, Health and Income Protection insurance advice to customers via a wide range of insurers, including Aviva, AXA, Bupa, Vitality, AIG, L&G to name but a few.

ActiveQuote works in partnership with the UK’s leading price comparison sites including MoneySuperMarket, GoCompare, Uswitch and money.co.uk, meaning all customer enquiries are warm leads as they will already have received a quote via their market leading comparison system.

Job Scope:

As an ActiveQuote Sales Coordinator, you will form part of the Sales function and will be the first contact with a customer, explaining the features of ActiveQuote and the benefits of the advised sales process, to generate and refer a lead for the Sales Consultants. The key scope of the role is to make high-volume outbound calls on real time and legacy campaigns to meet an expected call and quality target. You will be expected to offer outstanding customer service being the first point of call to the comparison site customer generated leads.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Act as the first point of contact on call campaigns to bolster a customer’s interest and generate a lead for the Sales Consultants
  • Ensure all leads generated are correctly qualified as per the Sales Coordinator script
  • Clearly and concisely promote the features and benefits of ActiveQuote, their products and the advised sales process, whilst taking advantage of cross sell opportunities
  • Achieve and maintain targets for productivity, quality and compliance
  • Support colleagues and the management team to ensure the best possible outcome for ActiveQuote and their clients
  • Proactively work towards keeping up to date with company processes and policies and adhering to all FCA legislation and regulatory guidelines
  • To constantly display and encourage ActiveQuote company values of INTEGRITY, UNITY, INNOVATION and PASSION

Skills & Education

Essential:

  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written towards all of ActiveQuote’s customers and insurers
  • A dedication to being reliable, honest and passionate about our customers
  • Ability to contribute to a positive, working environment with a good team spirit and strong work ethic
  • Strong commitment to delivering exceptional customer experience 
  • Strong ability to follow scripts
  • Proactive and driven individual with a desire to develop
  • Capable of meeting targets and goals, with the ability to self-motivate
  • Highly resilient
  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade C or above

Desirable:

  • 6 months customer service experience
  • Experience of working within an outbound call centre role, and/or within financial services or regulated environment
  • Administration qualification (e.g. NVQ)

Click here for more information on this role or to apply. 

FE fundinfo – Public Relations & Corporate Communications Manager

Company – FE fundinfo

Job Title – Public Relations & Corporate Communications Manager

Location – London 

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Salary – Competitive

Perks – Yes (Competitive reward package, flexible home-working & more)

Description: 

FE fundinfo is a global leader in fund data and technology.

The PR & Corporate Communications Manager will develop and execute corporate communications initiatives by partnering with executives and senior business leaders. They will drive thought leadership and key public relations activities and be responsible for all media relations and external communication messaging. They are responsible for building the organisation’s brand by aligning the corporate communications strategy with the company goals.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a global corporate media relations strategy that supports the corporate brand, corporate messages and integrates fully with marketing programs and campaigns.
  • Develop and execute the company’s media campaigns across all channels to align with the company goals.
  • Working with the wider Marketing team and C suite to look at how we develop the FE fundinfo brand to support our business objectives, putting in place a plan for brand alignment and awareness.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive global corporate media relations strategy that supports the corporate brand, corporate messages and integrates fully with marketing programs and campaigns.
  • Own the external communications plan for company M&A activity and other corporate communications, liaising with third parties as required.
  • Draft written materials to communicate about the company internally to employees and externally to stakeholders, interested parties and the public
  • Liaise with key FE fundinfo spokespeople/stakeholders across our global offices to develop whitepapers, research papers and reports which support business objectives.
  • Agency management of PR freelancers in continental Europe to develop stories and place locally.
  • Develop a comprehensive awards/3rd party endorsement programme to ensure that the company gets the recognition it deserves in the marketplace.
  • Where appropriate, represent the company and its interest as a corporate spokesperson.
  • Be in the know on changes in key media outlets which may affect FE fundinfo coverage, develop and maintain strong relationships with key journalists and opinion leaders.
  • Review media attention, follow up news stories in wider markets with comment/fund information and answer inbound media enquiries.
  • Run the press office, bring first point of contact for inbound enquiries, data and commentary requests.
  • Support the wider team and the social media executive to help set the strategy for and contribute to FE fundinfo’s social media channels.
  • Support the execution of the company’s internal communication plan to ensure that employees are aware of developments, changes and projects within the company.
  • Report and analyse media coverage to demonstrate share of voice in the industry and contribution to wider marketing team objectives.

Skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree ideally in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or related field
  • 5+ years relevant experience (preferably PR or Journalism), knowledge of retail investment markets/funds helpful
  • Strong written/oral communications, research and proofreading skills
  • Clear writing and subbing skills and the ability to pick up and relay investment research to audiences who may not be familiar with financial jargon
  • Demonstrated strength developing and managing national media, outside communications agencies and external partnerships
  • Ability to develop high-impact presentations and talking points for senior level executives
  • Strong leadership, organisational and project management skills

Click here for more information on this role or to apply. 

Backbase – Principal Frontend Developer

Company – Backbase

Job Title – Principal Frontend Developer

Location –Cardiff 

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Salary – Competitive 

Perks – Yes 

Description: 

As a Principal Frontend Developer, you’ll use Angular, TypeScript, and JavaScript ES6 to create the best omnichannel user experiences. You will also have the opportunity to craft HTML templates and write SASS using our Backbase Design System based on Bootstrap.

About you: 

  • 7+ years of professional experience;
  • You have experience as a technical leader;
  • You are able to communicate clearly and confidently across all levels to get buy-ins from technical stakeholders as well as from your team members;
  • Your experience in the banking domain or fintech products will be considered an advantage;
  • You have excellent communication skills in English, spoken and written;
  • You have strong Angular and Typescript skills;
  • You have worked with RxJS and understand design patterns;
  • Having experience with Node and npm, and the Angular CLI would be an advantage too in building toolchains;
  • You commonly use Gulp, Grunt and/or Webpack in your projects;
  • You know the ins- and outs- of effective CI and CD (e.g builds, pipelines, branching strategy) processes in a modular, decomposed architecture;
  • Having hands-on experience with build systems like Jenkins is a plus;
  • You have experience in working with Docker & Kubernetes and Linux.

Click here for more information on this role or to apply. 

Trust Payments – Security Architect

Company – Trust Payments

Job Title – Security Architect

Location – UK

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Salary – Competitive

Perks – Yes (Flexible home working, Family friendly enhanced benefits/policies & more)

Description: 

Trust Payments group powers the online payments of some of the world’s most well-established companies, as well as the emerging businesses of tomorrow. Trust Payments was formed in 2019, bringing together technology and financial services to create a leading-edge Fintech platform with a clear vision to build omnichannel Converged Commerce solutions. Trust Payments’ intelligent omnichannel payment solutions help to drive the growth of their clients by making the customer experience dynamic, simple and convenient.

The role involves spearheading and supporting the development and delivery of Trust Payments security architecture alongside identifying supplementary security capabilities to help the organisation achieve its commercial goals and promote a secure and compliant working environment. The role likewise involves being a key player in educating and providing consultancy to other areas of the business regarding security issues.

Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Analyse and design relevant and effective security solutions to support organisation infrastructure and applications
  • Acting as a SME within the organisation, providing consultation on cybersecurity to relevant stakeholders in both commercial and technical functions
  • Maintaining a range of security alignment architectural artefacts
  • Acting as key stakeholders within the Security / Development functions
  • Conducting relevant research on new security trends and threats related to payments industry

Experience and Qualifications: 

  • Exposure to working in a Security Architect role / similar function previously
  • Exposure to working in a financial/fintech organisation
  • Previous experience engaging business stakeholders
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of cyber-security
  • Previous experience working closely with development teams
  • Exposure to working with Cloud technology
  • Exposure to working in a secure environment previously
  • Previous demonstrable experience working in the implementation of security solutions
  • Exposure and knowledge to contemporary security architecture
  • Experience working in financial industry
  • Knowledge of payments
  • Exposure to AWS or other cloud platforms considered an asset
  • Exposure to designing PCI compliant security solutions
  • Knowledge of development practices.

Click here for more information on this role or to apply. 

Confused.com – Scrum Master

Company – Confused.com 

Job Title – Scrum Master

Location – Cardiff 

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Salary – Competitive

Perks – Yes (Discretionary cash bonus based on personal and business performance, Enhanced maternity and paternity leave, Private medical scheme & more) 

Description: 

Confused.com is the UK’s first comparison platform for car insurance. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Confused.com to join their software development team as a Scrum Master. 

This role gives you the opportunity to become part of a world-class technology team and engineering capability. This team enables Confused.com to provide richer, deeper, data-driven solutions for their ambitious plans at Confused.com and the wider group of RVU brands (Uswitch, Money.co.uk, Mojo etc).

As a Scrum Master you will play a key role in a technology-led business, ensuring your teams use appropriate agile frameworks and tools to ensure visibility, cadence and delivery. Confused.com are looking for individuals who understand the importance of creating a great working environment for their team and who also pay attention to the well-being of individual members.

Sound exciting? Here’s what you’ll be doing:

  • Assisting everyone to understand Scrum theory and practice, both within the Scrum Team and the organisation
  • Facilitating all the Scrum Events below and ensuring they are positive, efficient and productive:
    • Sprint Planning
    • Daily Scrum
    • Sprint Review
    • Sprint Retrospective
    • Backlog Refinement
  • Using your knowledge of Scrum framework and other Agile ways of working and techniques that could support delivery
  • Coaching the Scrum Team and other business and technical stakeholders to improve their Agile ways of working. You recognize that Scrum isn’t just for IT, everyone in the business needs to have an Agile mindset
  • Coaching the team to write great user stories

What you’ll bring to the role:

The ideal candidate for our Scrum Master role could be from a range of positions such as development, testing, project management or product but will ideally have strong experience as a software delivery Scrum Master, as well as:

  • Willingness to grow by stretching yourself. You know how important it is to continually put yourself outside of your comfort zone
  • Desire to learn and expand your knowledge of Agile to continually improve as a Scrum Master
  • Collaborate with other Scrum Masters at Confused.com, taking responsibility for the community of practice, share ideas and techniques to help us grow our knowledge and tool set as a group

The following would be advantageous, but not essential:

  • A recognized Scrum Master certification, e.g. CSM or PSM
  • eCommerce background
  • Experience implementing other delivery frameworks i.e Kanban / Lean

Click here for more information on this role or to apply. 

Delta Capita – Project Manager (PM)

Company – Delta Capita

Job Title – Project Manager (PM)

Location – London 

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Salary – Competitive

Perks – Yes (read about DC’s benefits here)

Description: 

Delta Capita (“DC”), a division of the Prytek Group, is a leading global managed services, technology solutions, and consulting provider with a unique combination of experience in financial services and capability in technology innovation.

As a member of the Project and Programme delivery competency at Delta Capita you would be responsible for performing Programme Management, Project Management or PMO responsibilities across a broad range of domains within our financial services clients. As a Project Manager or PMO you will work with client stakeholders to manage key client projects, ensuring they are delivered on time and to the defined quality, scope and cost. You will be required to set deadlines, manage resources, monitor and summarise project status through MI reports for client stakeholders ensuring the desired project outputs are achieved and effectively communicated.

Responsibilities include:

  • Day to day management and central point of contact for the project organisation and delivery
  • Own and manage project governance including stakeholder mapping, scheduling governance forums (e.g. Operating & Steering Committees) and documentation (e.g. Terms of reference/ project charters, project plans, status reports) 
  • Ensure resourcing has been secured to deliver project 
  • Manage and oversee project plan and RAID log (Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies)
  • Coordinate delivery of project tasks from initiation to closure
  • Build and manage relationships with project stakeholders, ensuring appropriate level and frequency of communication
  • Ensure decisions and outcomes are documented via minutes, sign-offs, formal project documentation or any other client specific tools 
  • Support project team to resolve and escalate risks/issues/lessons learnt
  • Support and challenge the project team to ensure best practice processes are followed and desired project outcome is achieved 
  • Undertake other Transformation & Change lifecycle roles/responsibilities as required 
  • Be an active member of the Transformation & Change and DC community

Skills and Experience:

  • 4 years+ in change management roles (e.g. PM, BA, PMO)
  • 3 years+ in PM roles
  • 3 years+ in Investment Banking / Insurance (desirable)
  • Good understanding of project lifecycle principles – structured waterfall and agile approaches
  • Demonstrate proficiency, knowledge and interest in Transformation & Change disciplines generally – PM, BA and PMO in particular
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills including financial management and data analysis in Excel and/or other tools
  • Stakeholder management and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • At ease interacting with people at different levels across business and technology
  • Drafting formal project documentation
  • Managing projects from initiation to closure to deliver desired outcome
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong problem solver and team player
  • Driven by bigger picture and prioritises accordingly, but able to dig into the details
  • Comfortable with technical concepts and flows
  • Experience working in fast-paced and demanding environment
  • Pragmatic approach to delivery and can-do attitude

Click here for more information on this role or to apply. 

Currencycloud – Testing and Controls Analyst (Remote)

Company – Currencycloud 

Job Title – Testing and Controls Analyst (Remote)

Location – UK

Contract – Full-time, Permanent

Salary – Competitive

Perks – Yes 

Description: 

The testing and controls analyst is a new role and will be a key element of Currencycloud’s control and oversight functions. It is a global role, supporting Currencycloud’s increasing testing and controls activity and supporting its building of a consistent and comprehensive assurance testing and oversight approach. 

This will include executing testing work for Currencycloud’s controls testing activity and supporting the build-out of its Assurance frameworks, summarising and reporting on findings, preparing input for governance forums such as the Risk Committee and wider escalation, and interacting with Currencycloud’s existing risks and controls frameworks. 

It is also an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing team and demonstrate and develop understanding of controls and assurance frameworks and testing good practice. The Controls and Testing analyst will sit within the Risk and Regulatory team.

The role will require you to:

  • Be part of a team of risk, assurance and regulatory experts with a broad range of expertise
  • Execute on the day-to-day testing required as part of Currencycloud’s testing and assurance frameworks 
  • Experience working with data in this context is a positive but not prerequisite
  • Be details-oriented and able to draw conclusions as to key risks requiring remediation and recommendations for improvements from testing work
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to summarise testing output/recommendations succinctly and clearly for a range of audiences (internal and external)
  • Use a risk-based approach to assessing and testing internal risks facing Currencycloud
  • Provide input into e.g. training and ‘lessons learned’ for the wider business on internal trends as found from testing and analysis
  • Build a network within Currencycloud’s product and client-facing teams to enable you to remain up-to-date on changes in the wider business (products, jurisdictions etc.)

The successful candidate will have:

  • Some (1-2 years) experience in risk/controls/assurance in financial services
  • Ideally some interest in or experience of working at electronic money or payments institutions
  • An idea of ‘what good looks like’ for controls testing, drivers of risk, controls and industry good practice
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organisational skills
  • A hands-on approach, and be happy to take on new challenges in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent team-working skills, ability to manage own workload

Click here for more information on this role or to apply. 

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