Welcome to the Software Academy Programme
As a business, we’ve always wanted to be pioneers, not followers. And that’s why Software Engineering is so pivotal to our success.
This is essentially where the magic happens. It’s where we create game-changing new software. Build new solutions. Tackle all sorts of business challenges. And keep everything running smoothly.
All of that means we have to be super agile. It makes this a really exciting place to work. Get ready for design thinking, open source software, public cloud, APIs, a lean start-up mind-set, an agile framework…
You’ll get to experience lots of different tech within our Software Academy – you don’t necessarily need a background in computer science, although you will need to have a baseline coding ability (any programming language you know is fine).
At Capital One, we’re building a leading information-based technology company. Still founder-led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Fairbank, Capital One is on a mission to help our customers succeed by bringing ingenuity, simplicity, and humanity to banking. We measure our efforts by the success our customers enjoy and the advocacy they exhibit. We are succeeding because they are succeeding.
Guided by our shared values, we thrive in an environment where collaboration and openness are valued. We believe that innovation is powered by perspective and that teamwork and respect for each other lead to superior results. We elevate each other and obsess about doing the right thing. Our associates serve with humility and a deep respect for their responsibility in helping our customers achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Together, we are on a quest to change banking for good.
Software Academy Placement Year
Programme Length: 1 year
If you think Capital One is simply a credit card provider, think again. In many ways, we're more of a technology business than a finance company. We pioneered the use of predictive modelling in this industry, and today we still look at credit the way tech companies look at everything – with a view to changing the way people live, making things simpler and easier for our customers.
As a result, you’ll find Capital One an inspiring place to launch your career. We’re an award-winning employer in part because we encourage freedom and creativity, as well as looking after our people.
What are Software Engineers at Capital One?
Our Software Engineers develop solutions that define the way we work and what we do. Put simply, they create and use the technologies that enable us to deliver great customer experiences. This is your opportunity to get a flavour of what sets us apart.
What you’ll do
You’ll hone your skills in everything from APIs to mobile, big data and cyber security – basically, you’ll get a masterclass in software engineering and gain insights into how it enables us to support our customers. You might build solutions in the Cloud using Open Source technologies with a view to reimagining our business. Or you could learn how automated testing provides the quality that allows us to move at speed.
After a year with us, you can expect to have acquired experience across a couple of teams, delivered a number of experiences for our customers, as well as having developed great context around how software engineering works in industry. On top of your technical expertise you'll also have had great experience working with experts up to Director level through collaborative design and the features you build.
What you’ll need
You don’t need to be on a Computer Science degree course, but you’ll need to be able to code in any language. We don’t expect you to be an accomplished developer – just enthusiastic and a quick learner.
Capital One is committed to diversity in the workplace.
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Capital One Financial is made up of several different entities. Please note that any position posted in Canada is for Capital One Canada, any position posted in the United Kingdom is for Capital One Europe and any position posted in the Philippines is for Capital One Philippines Service Corp. (COPSSC).
You’ll get access to vast amounts of internal and external conferences and a dedicated internal training platform.
You’ll get to do some volunteer work every now and then. We are proud to support our local tech communities with various meet-ups and events for you to get involved in.
Live a healthy life with our private health insurance which is free for you and your family.
Stay in shape with our on-site gym in Nottingham and rooftop running track in London.
Work-life balance is important to us. So, we are open to flexible working to support your lifestyle.
As a Software Academy graduate, you’ll start on £32,000 for our Nottingham schemes, and £40,000 for our London ones. Both come with an extra £5,000 as a starting bonus. Our intern salaries start at £22,000 for Nottingham locations and £25,000 for London, pro-rata with a £1,000 signing bonus for each, too.
Shape the future of digital banking. We’re only as good as our tech allows us to be. So we can’t just sit back and wait for other people to create the next big thing.
Programming – You'll need to have a baseline coding ability, any language to start out is fine and we'll help you become bilingual. We use the latest JS frameworks for web development, native iOS and Android mobile development and cloud hosted microservices.
Problem-Solving – You’ll be finding creative answers to complex problems. It’ll be fast-paced and challenging. But you’ll be able to help shape some of the most fundamental ways we run our business.
Fast Learning – Being a top programmer won’t cut it. You need to be a dab hand at learning quickly, too. Hone your skills in everything from APIs to mobile, big data and cyber security.
Tiffany – Graduate Software Engineer
"I like that I’m not just a web engineer – I already have some code in production. The team here has really helped and supported me to fill any knowledge gaps."
Your career path
We don’t believe there’s only one way to progress your career. At Capital One, you can choose the path that’s right for you.
What's in it for you
Life in this team is exceptionally fast moving. So we’re definitely looking for fast learners. And you’ll need to be the kind of person who loves to throw themselves into new challenges. If that sounds like you, this is a very rewarding place to be.
Working right at the heart of our business, you’ll help us deliver on our mission of humanising finance in all sorts of ways. You’ll be working with the coolest technologies around. You’ll also be encouraged to push yourself – and the boundaries – at every turn.
Then there’s our rewards. Your starting salary will be at least £32,000 for Nottingham schemes and £40,000 for London, with an extra £5,000 joining bonus on top and performance bonuses along the way for both. For our internships, the salary starts at £22,000 for Nottingham and £25,000 for London, with a joining bonus of £1,000 for both locations. Not to mention a whole host of other benefits.
And from your very first day with us, we’ll help you find your feet fast with everything from a buddy to tech training.
We think you’ll like our working environment too. Some of these roles are based at our Nottingham where you can enjoy the lively, cultured and affordable city life. Others are at the White Collar Factory in London’s Silicon Roundabout – the centre of tech city.