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Who we are
We're a group of techies, creatives and everything in between, working together to connect people to make lives better, and we're always looking for talented people to join our growing team in the heart of South Bank, Leeds.
We innovate and break things. We do things other companies don't do. We recently launched our first self-driving POD, opened the Estonian Consulate to the North of England at our HQ, and flew a man in a jet suit around the city. aql isn't your average company, in other words, and our people aren't average either.
We want to be excited about coming to work and we want to make a difference. Otherwise, what's the point?
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Where you'll work
You'll be working in one of the most unique spaces in the city - aql's historic Salem Chapel headquarters. Built in 1791, Salem is the oldest surviving non-conformist chapel in Leeds and was restored by aql in 2009. It was also the birthplace of Leeds United in 1919. You can read more about it here.
We've also got the most striking - if we do say so ourselves - venue in Yorkshire: A 370-seat glass-floored auditorium that looks down into a data centre below, as well as an exhibition space and a fully-licensed bar. We host all kinds of events and people throughout the year, including Leeds Digital Festival, FinTech North, astronauts, inventors, musicians, politicians (and even a prime minister!) In other words, there's always something fun to get involved with!
You can find directions here.
We care about our people
- Competitive salary
- 25 days' holiday plus eight bank holidays
- City centre location, 10 minutes from Leeds Station
- Healthcare cashplan (including personal accident cover)
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Free on-site parking
- Free on-site gym
- Table tennis and table football
- Cycle to work scheme
- Free fruit
- Payday breakfast
- Free access to events hosted at aql HQ
- Regular social events (including Christmas and summer parties, movie + pizza nights and local music showcases)
We live our values
We succeed through collaboration, flexibility and working together with our customers and each other to achieve our shared goals. Teamwork is at the heart of who we are and what we do and we support each other to succeed.
Being agile and creative encourages innovation and allows us to stay ahead of technological advancements. We strive to accelerate progress by taking an imaginative and original approach.
By supporting, positively encouraging and believing in our people, we strive to empower them to be both responsible and accountable for their own delivery, career and development, ensuring our teams and our customers can progress with confidence.
As a dynamic and innovative business, we strive to bring passion and commitment to everything we do. We reward excellence, value new and exciting ideas and enjoy what we do. We are naturally collaborative, creative and embrace new ideas with enthusiasm and positivity.
We have a culture of transparency, communication and respect to ensure our employees, teams and customer partnerships are built on trust and integrity. We embrace change, diversity and the opinions and ideas of others.
We are always learning, growing and evolving to continue to deliver the best possible service for our customers. We employ talented, passionate people and will share our knowledge to develop our skills, ourselves and our company.
What are the next steps?
1. Submit your CV
We'll look through it. Experience is great, but we're just as interested in transferrable skills and cultural fit. We'll be in touch if you're successful at this stage (usually within a month). We get lots and lots of applications for most positions, so please don't be put off if we take some time in getting back to you - we know how frustrating and nerve-wracking the whole process can be and we promise we're not doing it on purpose!
2. Phone call from aql
We’ll give you a call for a chat about you, your experience and what makes you tick. You’ll hear more about the role, the team and the company and we will answer any questions you have. If we think you and the role might be a good match at this stage, you could be asked to demonstrate your technical abilities via a remote test, depending on what role you’re applying for.
3. In-person interview
The next step is an interview at aql HQ, usually with one of our HR team and your possible future line manager. Interviews tend to last around an hour and will assess your professional abilities and personal characteristics through structured interview questions and scenarios. There may also be more skills tests or a presentation required, depending on the role. You'll have the chance to tour the building, get a better feel for our culture and have your questions answered. (Remember, this whole process is also about making sure aql is the right fit for you.) You may be invited back to meet other members of the team before we make a final decision.
If we love you, we'll make you an offer. And we hope you love us enough to accept, to start your aql adventure and help us make a difference.
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