Junior Engineer

Role description

At Jigsaw XYZ, we work in cross-functional, multidisciplinary teams, with each team separated by product and each product setting out to solve a piece of the puzzle, from saving for parenthood to getting a hyper-personalised loan for your small business. Each team’s challenge is unique and complex.

The engineering team is responsible for developing and building our software products. Members of the engineering teamwork across multiple projects and as a junior engineer you will be working collaboratively with other members of the engineering team, colleagues from other teams across the organisation, and external stakeholders.

As an engineer academy student, you will undertake an intensive three-month training programme which will build on your previous skills and knowledge. During this time, you will work with our experienced engineers and develop the skills required to work as a fully-fledged member of the engineering team.

At the end of this three-month period, and after successfully completing a performance review, you will join the engineering team to finesse your skills on the job for the next nine months. We aim to help you to develop your technical and interpersonal skills throughout this period, with you bringing your previous and newly acquired knowledge to join us in developing our products. You can find further details about the Jigsaw Academy on our website www.jigsaw.xyz.

Desirable skills and behaviours

We are looking for a number of desirable skills and traits from all Academy applicants:

● Motivation, enthusiasm and a passion for problem-solving
● Being proactive about your own learning
● An interest in software delivery and the practices surrounding it
● Adaptability and the ability to work with rapidly changing priorities
● Strong communication skills within the organisation and with external stakeholders
● Passion for collaboration
● Being able to take advice and reflect on it
● Being empathetic, and recognising and respecting our internal company values, as these are the foundations of how we operate as a company

Role-specific requirements

We are looking for individuals with at least three months coding experience, whether on your own project, or in a classroom or professional environment. You should be able to understand architectural design and deliver clean, well-tested code that needs no explanation. There will often be opportunities for your role to go beyond engineering, so the ability to define requirements and lead delivery is essential.

Perks and benefits

Successful candidates will start on a salary of between £30,000 - £35,000, plus all regular company benefits, including:
● 30 days holiday
● Virgin Active gym membership
● Health insurance
● Annual company offsite
● Share options
● Company pension
● Maternity/ paternity leave (includes an extra four weeks of paid leave)
● Bike to work scheme
● Career progression framework
● Catered weekly office breakfast and lunches
● Fruit, snacks and beverages in the pantry

Assessment process

If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to an assessment day, giving you the opportunity to further showcase your skills and knowledge. The assessment day will consist of the following:

  1. Breakfast introduction and team exercise
  2. Individual technical interviews
  3. Pair programming exercise, in which you will be able to demonstrate your technical skills
  4. Individual ‘getting to know you’ interviews

Candidates who successfully pass the assessment day tasks will then be given a follow-up technical exercise to be completed before a second interview where they will walk through the exercise they completed and meet a member of the senior leadership team before a final decision is made.

All candidates will be reviewed following each stage of the assessment process and offered feedback on their progress so far, including whether they have progressed to the next stage.

Application process

The cut-off date for applications to the 2021 Jigsaw Academy is Friday 9th October 2020.

Applications can be made by checking for available roles on our jobs page. The assessment process will run from November to December 2020, with the Academy running throughout 2021 from Monday 11th January.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.

 Please note that we will only accept applications from candidates who are currently eligible to work in the UK.


Jigsaw XYZ



Closing date
09 Oct 2020

Posted by
Kimberley Cook (She/Her)

Published on
12 Aug 2020

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