"We’ve currently got an exciting portfolio of projects on the go, including major work transforming our core banking platform and how we manage our data centres"
Coventry Building Society is set to increase the size of its UK-based IT department to nearly 450, with 80 roles up for grabs at its head office.
There are roles available across all levels for system delivery engineers, analysts, cloud specialists, IT security specialists, IT architects, as well as graduate and apprenticeship programme opportunities later in the year.
The Society currently employs 2,500 employees and has more than 1.8 million members.
Chief information officer, Marie Measures, said: “When I first joined the Coventry, it was about keeping legacy systems running. IT hadn’t grown with the growth of the business and had an aging infrastructure.
“IT transformation is now critical to the future growth of the Coventry, and so we are building an IT function that is focused on the needs of today, but one that can also meet the demands of tomorrow.
“We’ve currently got an exciting portfolio of projects on the go, including major work transforming our core banking platform and how we manage our data centres, the rollout of a new telephony system, and the introduction of a new digital transformation programme. A lot of work, in other words, that is at the front-end of how technology will support financial services into the future.
“The scale of the expansion can be illustrated by the fact that when I first joined, we only had one IT architect. Now we have over 30. This shows our ambition and the importance of the investment we’re making, with both our existing employees and those yet to be recruited. But this doesn’t mean we’ve lost a sense of who we are. Coventry is a principle-led business which genuinely, and perhaps unusually in financial services, puts its members first.
“We remain fundamentally an in-house IT function which operates 24/7. When our head-office employees pick-up a phone to IT, they are not talking to employees who live hundreds or thousands of miles away, but are instead talking to people located often just a few hundred metres away.
“We are committed to giving our employees training and importantly, investing in their personal and career development. Recently voted the 55th best company to work for in the UK, an accolade which reflects our ambition to support and engage with our people, last year, we were also named one of the Best Employers for Race, recognising our commitment to encouraging diversity.”