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Passionate about what’s next for technology? Have your say, make your mark, and get hands on with us. You might just have what it takes to help us make Next the most innovative, digitally savvy and profitable retailer in the world.

All of our IT solutions are developed

in-house

Technology drives what we do. Plain and simple. It’s helped us become one of the UK’s most profitable retailers. We have a dedicated team of over 700 people in our IT department, working across three state-of the-art locations. They've helped us create one of the most-visited retail websites in Europe, seen by millions of people across 72 countries. We're committed to staying ahead, which means all our IT solutions are developed in-house. This is an always changing, fast-paced industry, and we invest in both brilliant people and the latest technology to help us define what's next.

Customers, People, Quality, Teamwork, Innovation

We’re not only retail: we’re creative, we’re technology and we aspire to achieve the best we can in whatever we do. Our values are at the forefront of everything we do. They define who we are and the way we approach IT at Next. We encourage communication across our entire IT department to ensure our values are more than words. They are what we live by, every day.

Benefits and Recognition

We believe in rewarding and recognising your talent and potential. By investing in our people we are investing in our company's future. Because it's our people who ensure we are able to stay ahead and drive our systems forward.

As part of our team you'll be given the encouragement and support to develop. We'll provide a clear career path to progress and succeed.

We're a growing team – and that's great news for your career. It means we have the sort of opportunities for progression you simply won't find anywhere else. There's a huge focus on skills development across all roles, from structured training plans for new managers to a variety of technical courses.

We know we only progress if our people do. That's why we encourage our people to challenge themselves and grow personally and professionally through different opportunities. Wherever you start and wherever you're headed, we'll support you throughout your career.

Whether it's technology or people, we believe in investing in the best. That's why we offer a competitive salary and the following generous benefits*:

  • Profit–related bonus
  • 25% staff discount on most Next products – either in our stores or delivered direct to your desk!
  • Staff shop
  • Juice bar
  • Free parking on site, including car sharing
  • Free company bus service to and from Leicester city centre and other areas
  • Subsidised restaurant and coffee shop
  • Sharesave scheme, which allows you to invest in Next and claim your share of our success
  • Contributions into a pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • On–site nursery (salary sacrifice scheme) in Leicester
  • Childcare vouchers (salary sacrifice scheme) at our sites in West Yorkshire and Leicester
  • As a Next employee, you will also have access to many more national and local discounts on goods and services through our employee perks scheme
  • Car or car allowance
  • Relocation packages

*The benefits listed are dependent on the position and location

Working at NEXT

Application Journey

We want to make it easy for great people to join us. Once you've found a role that suits you, applying is really simple.

Our process

Leading Technology

With over 700 IT professionals designing, developing and supporting all of our business applications and infrastructure in-house, we are unusual in the retail sector.

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Our Locations

Being happy at work is about more than just finding the right job. It’s also about loving where you live. And we’re sure you’ll love any of our locations.

Our Offices

Our Culture

We know we only progress if our people do. It's important to us that you have a work-life balance that gives you room to grow personally and professionally.

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Application Journey

To apply, first of all select a role and then upload your CV.

One of our dedicated recruitment team will be in touch. (You can ask them anything from interview tips to relocation advice - they’ll be with you all the way through the process.)

Depending on the role, we’ll invite you to take one of our technical tests. These are online and quick to complete.

Then, if you’ve been brilliant we’re likely to put you through a tech test.

An interview is next and if that goes well you’ll be part of the Next family. You’ll enjoy a great induction experience before the exciting challenges of your career at Next begins

If that goes well too, you’ll enjoy an induction before the exciting challenges of your career at Next begin.

Leading Technology

In retail, staying ahead of the competition means leading the way in technology. That's why we need the very best people to help us advance.

We make the most of different technologies and programming languages. From developing in .NET to using emerging technologies, embracing change with MVC and adapting through agile ways of working, we are focused on delivery and driving our business forward.

We’re currently investing in expanding our credit system, Next Pay and making sure our cyber security function is world class. We’re also moving our data to the Cloud.

At the same time, we're constantly improving logistics and warehouse processes as well as our use of big data and our always evolving website. Whatever your area of interest, you can bring your ideas to life at Next.

Our Culture

We are an extremely fast-paced and driven department. Our team work hard and like nothing better than a real challenge.

In return, we give our people everything they need to develop. We’ll make sure you feel supported and respected throughout your time at Next. With a diverse team, made up of brilliant people, there is always someone to motivate you and help you to reach your potential. At the same time, your health, well-being and work-life balance is important to us.

We do everything we can to make your working life easy, from free parking and a free bus service to and from the city centre, to childcare vouchers and a on-site nursery (head office only). There's also a range of subsidised eating places, a staff shop, childcare vouchers, and a car or car allowance depending on your role in the business.

FAQs

Feel free to apply for as many roles as you’re interested in – just make sure that you’ve looked carefully at the role requirements and location for each one to make sure it’s suitable for you.

Once you’ve made your application, you’ll receive an automatic acknowledgement and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible to let you know what happens next. The whole process can take anywhere between two and eight weeks to complete, depending on the role.

We try to respond to as many applications as we can, but in busy times this isn’t always possible. So, if you’ve not heard from us two weeks after the closing date, you will know your application hasn’t been successful. (Remember to keep an eye on your email’s junk folder, to make sure our response hasn’t ended up in there.)

You can change your basic personal details by logging in and going to 'Manage My Profile'. However application details cannot be changed once submitted, so it's very important you check your details before submitting!

Reasonable Adjustments are designed to make sure no one with a disability is disadvantaged at any stage of the recruitment process. All you need to do is let us know at the beginning of your application that you’ll need a reasonable adjustment and our Recruitment Team will help to arrange what’s needed at each stage of the process. Contact us here for more support https://careers.next.co.uk/help/

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Applications Architect - BIS

Leicester - Enderby

salary £49,711 - £55,392 p/a

About the Team

Business Intelligence Systems (BIS) is a fundamental layer in Next’s Systems architecture. We are responsible for transforming vast amounts of business data into meaningful information that the business relies upon for day to day operations, performance reporting and business analysis. BIS works with all areas of the business from Finance, to Marketing, to Warehouse Operations and Product teams.

We have a number of new projects to support including new business initiatives and upgrading our infrastructure with the latest technology and services. If you have the skills, experience, drive and ambition to help us on our journey and would like to work with like-minded individuals in a supportive and collaborative environment then we would like to hear from you.

About the Role

As an Application Architect you will lead the design and architecture of key infrastructure projects. You will determine the right technical approach to deliver secure, integrated and robust services on premise and in the cloud.

You will need to champion new technology and approaches looking help shape and continually improve BIS services to the business. You will work closely with developer teams especially Lead Developers who will be your sounding board for new developments. You will coordinate efforts on distinct projects to ensure that they are working to the same overall goal identifying risks and opportunities and create both high level and detailed plans for delivery and design.

You will be part of a Systems Architect forum where you will be expected to contribute strongly to new ideas, new developments and business / technical challenges.

About You

  • You will have at least 10 years’ experience working within a Data Warehouse / BI environment
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft SQL BI Stack (SSIS, SSAS, SSRS)
  • Experience of cloud deployment (AWS / Azure)
  • Experience of data virtualisation

You will bring both a visionary and practical approach to architecture design. You will be able to grasp the wider picture and then design solutions that will deliver. You will have an open mind to new technology but mindful of the risks that evolution and revolution bring and are able to account for this in your project plans. Your extensive experience will guide your approach and you will be able to get into very technical discussions with the development teams to answer questions, remove blockers, expose risks and get to robust solutions.

You will have knowledge of cloud environments and be expected to build on this and become a subject matter expert. You will also have knowledge of data virtualisation / information access layers and how they can be used to create a single portal of information for the business irrespective of the source system be it on premise or in the cloud.

Your communications skills will be excellent and you will be able to convey complex designs effectively to senior managers and developers alike through conversation, visual presentation and technical documentation.

Highly motivated, you’ll have the ability and character to thrive in fast-paced environment. With a flexible and positive approach, you’ll be able to build and share your technical expertise, playing your part in helping the team develop the best possible technical knowledge and practices.

Criteria

Essential Skills Required

  • SQL Server 2012 onwards
  • MSBI Stack (SSIS, SSAS, SSRS)
  • Data Warehouse design
  • Cloud services (AWS / Azure)
  • ETL design
  • Data virtualisation
  • Data Governance / GDPR
  • Multiple languages (e.g. T-SQL, C#, MDX, DAX, VBA etc)

Preferred Skills

  • Cloud technology (e.g. Hadoop, MPP, ML, AI, Scala, Data Lakes etc)
  • Data streaming / realtime processing
  • Batch management
  • Data Visualisation tools especially PowerBI
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Applications Architect - Mainframe

Leicester - Enderby

salary £54,305 p/a

An exciting new role in the Retail Stock team means there is opportunity for enthusiastic individuals with a desire to provide a quality service.  The Application Architect is responsible for ensuring that technical solutions and strategies developed within the project development teams comply with department standards and direction.

The successful candidate will take a leading role in the systems design of new projects and undertake impact analysis on all technologies introduced.  The Application Architect is recognised as a designated holder of the over-arching architectures, coding and security standards and will conduct code reviews to ensure compliance as part of the software development life-cycle.

The successful candidate will be highly skilled in a broad range of development techniques with a proven track record of enterprise application design. This role demands strong leadership skills and technical ability aligned with excellent management and communication skills.

Responsibilities

  • Work directly with the development teams in the design and build of new solutions
  • Provides timely and effective communication on progress or issues to project or IT stakeholders
  • Maintain and updates department architectures, standards and white-lists
  • Actively develops the reference architecture for both department and enterprise level, ensuring effective re-use of approved solutions and toolsets
  • Takes part in evaluations and reviews of programming methods, tools and standards
  • Evaluate and undertake impact analysis on design options
  • Conducts design, code and security reviews as part of the software development lifecycle
  • Designs large or complex systems, covering for objectives, scope, constraints (such as performance, resources etc.), hardware, network and software environments, main system functions and information flows, data load and implementation strategies
  • Lead the assessment and selection of suitable software packages to meet all or parts of specified requirements
  • Locate and implement cost effective alternatives or simpler methods
  • Work closely with other IT staff and functional users, ensuring systems or changes are delivered in a timely and effective manner
  • Provide system support in response to business needs within published service levels - respond to and resolve break fixes and execute preventative maintenance solutions
  • Participates in the assessment of software defects discovered during the quality assurance process
  • Document all work in accordance with agreed standards
  • Maintains a continuous improvement strategy including the management of existing and new suppliers to ensure Next stays abreast of current technology
  • Contribute to the development of Next’s applications strategy

Criteria

Essential:

  • 5 years application development experience in mainframe development / architecture
  • Experienced in mainframe development technologies, including:
  • COBOL and DB2 OR
  • Adabas and Natural
  • JCL
  • Able to demonstrate commercial experience designing enterprise IT solutions
  • Experienced technical design authority
  • Experience providing technical leadership to teams of developers
  • Proven ability to interpret technical documentation, architectures and functional specifications
  • Experience gathering and understanding requirements and systems
  • Strong problem solving skills with the capability to analyse existing systems for enhancement and incident resolution whilst identifying risks and change impact
  • A team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent communicator to both technical and non-technical staff
  • Positive, hardworking and highly self-motivated
  • Able to work effectively under pressure

Whilst assistance and training will be given to the right candidate, it is expected that you have the aptitude and self-motivation to develop your own skills and knowledge within the team environment.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of regression testing methodologies, usability, coding, accessibility and Web Standards;
  • Practical experience in non-Microsoft database solutions (e.g. DB2)
  • Software development methodologies such as Agile
  • Familiar with web accessibility, usability, web security, PCI and OWASP
  • Can demonstrate programming ability in some of the following languages or technical areas and adhere to relevant industry standards
  • RESTful Architecture
  • SQL
  • HTML5
  • JQuery
  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • JSON
  • Object Orientated Design
  • Database Modelling principals
  • Patterns / Frameworks
  • .Net
  • Websphere MQ
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BI Developer / Senior BI Developer

Leicester - Enderby

salary £29,830 - £44,966 p/a

About the Team

Business Intelligence systems are responsible for transforming vast amounts of business data into meaningful information that can help drive business ideas forward. They cover all areas of the business from helping marketing to segment our customers to providing weekly KPI reports to each one of our 550 retail stores.

About the Role

Working in our Business Intelligence Systems Team you’ll provide analytical and development support to a wide range of business teams. Using the very latest technologies and practices, you’ll help progress our data warehousing projects and initiatives.

You’ll be providing detailed analysis of business and technical requirements ensuring all development solutions deliver the best possible experience for customers and the business. This will require you to be able to communicate effectively at all levels including Managers, Senior Developers, users and other systems departments.

With a flexible and positive approach, you’ll be willing to provide out-of-hours support, as part of a rota, and occasionally will be required on site during key seasonal events and busy periods. You’ll also be able to build and share your technical expertise, playing your part in helping the team develop the best possible technical knowledge and practices, supporting and coaching others within the team.

Criteria

Essential

  • You will have strong experience working within Business Intelligence solutions
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server database programing
  • Experience with BI Stack covering integration services, analysis services and reporting services.
  • You will be confident in providing technical advice and support within your team and the business
  • At least 3 year’s impressive experience in Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions,
  • You’ll have strong knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server database programming and Microsoft SQL Server BI stack covering Integration Services, Analysis Services and Reporting Services using SQL Server 2012.
  • Comfortable working on large scale projects, and can demonstrate your experience with scalable data warehousing and partitioning.
  • Highly motivated, you’ll have the ability and character to thrive in fast-paced environment and consistently meet challenging deadlines.
  • You’ll also be an excellent communicator, able to build strong and productive relationships within your team and throughout the business.
  • ETL design, Data Warehouse design, MSSQL SSIS, SSAS (multidimensional and tabular) and SSRS
  • T-SQL, MDX, DAX, Visual Studio / TFS

Desirable

  • Big Data / Hadoop
  • GDPR
  • Visualisation tool. E.g. PowerBI, Tableau, QLIK
  • Agile / Scrum
  • SAS
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Business Analyst

Leicester - Enderby

salary £38,351 - £44,029 p/a

About the Team

Business Intelligence Systems (BIS) is a fundamental layer in Next’s Systems architecture. We are responsible for transforming vast amounts of business data into meaningful information that the business relies upon for day to day operations, performance reporting and business analysis. BIS works with all areas of the business from Finance, to Marketing, to Warehouse Operations and Product teams.

We have a number of new projects to support including new business initiatives and upgrading our infrastructure with the latest technology and services. If you have the skills, experience, drive and ambition to help us on our journey and would like to work with like-minded individuals in a supportive and collaborative environment then we would like to hear from you.

About the Role

Working in our Business Intelligence Systems Team your primary responsibility will be to work with business stakeholders and BI developers in the delivery of new business initiatives and BIS infrastructural projects.
You’ll be identifying business data requirements, investigating data sources, profiling data, modelling data, helping to define the ETL process and data structures, and finally documenting and administering a comprehensive data dictionary.

You’ll be working on projects where you’ll be coordinating the delivery of a set of data requirements and will be the key interface between the business area, business intelligence and source application teams. This will require you to be able to communicate effectively at all levels including Managers, Senior Developers, users and other systems departments.

About You

  • You will have experience working within Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing
  • You will be able to write and execute SQL queries to investigate data sources
  • You will be able to recognise data quality issues
  • You will be a good problem solver
  • You will be an excellent communicator


Highly motivated, you’ll have the ability and character to thrive in fast-paced environment and consistently meet challenging deadlines. You’ll also be able to build strong and productive relationships within your team and throughout the business. You will have an organised approach to managing your work.

Criteria

Essential Skills Required

  • SQL query language, preferably T-SQL
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Data flow mapping

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of Data Warehousing
  • Microsoft SQL Server BI stack incl. SSIS, SSAS and SSRS
  • Data Visualisation tools. E.g. PowerBI, Tableau, Qlik
  • Data analysis
  • Visio
  • OneNote

Bonus Skills

  • SAS
  • R
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Computer Operator - Night Shift

Leicester - Enderby

salary £24,715

Reporting to the Support Operations Team Leader, the Computer Operator’s role (Night Shift Rotation) is to perform all operational duties to the highest standard and to lead by example. Working in a team of 3, you will make sure that all tasks/jobs are completed accurately, on time and in line with the operations procedures.

Key Responsibilities

  • Respond to hardware, software and application alerts within set guidelines
  • 1st level diagnosis and incident logging.
  • Ensure all issues are dealt with and escalated in a professional and timely manner
  • Give advice and support and be able to make critical decisions whilst on shift
  • Ensure communication of issues to other systems teams is in a professional manner
  • Enforce procedures and documentation and ensure they are up to date
  • Flexible to swap shifts to incorporate important rollouts/changes/activities
  • Prepared to stay late/start early in the event of major systems outages and work additional hours
  • Manage P1 and MI situations during shift
  • Prepared to challenge existing procedure/documentation to ensure the work carried out is not only correct, but relevant
  • Keep on top of the workloads and ensure outstanding calls are updated/closed
  • Can push through new ideas to ensure the continued progression of the department.
  • Prioritise tasks when busy
  • Supporting systems and application changes (Monitoring/deployments)


Night Shift Rotation: 4 on, 4 off. 6pm-6am.

Criteria

Essential: 
· Good decision making skills
· Demonstrate excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
· Have the ability to analyse and report on data
· Is able to work effectively under pressure
· Demonstrates the ability to adhere to standards and understands the importance of documentation
· Committed to personal and team development, with a willingness to learn new skills
· Good organisational skills
· Excellent at multi-tasking
· A strong work ethic with a ‘can do’ attitude
· A solid understanding of incident, change and problem management process
· Is aware of key business activities and can assess potential impact
· Excellent telephone manner
· Proactively improve existing skills, continuously seeking to expand business knowledge
· Able to interpret monitoring tools, analyses reports / alerts – there will be more of these developed over the next few months
· Confident to stand by decisions (e.g. when being pressurised to raise P1, callout etc,)
· Full UK driving license

Desirable: 
· Operational understanding of servers, storage, operating systems, networks and monitoring tools
· Good understanding of data centre components (power, cooling, UPS, generators)
· Previous experience of Computer Operations
Knowledge of Warehouse & Distribution Systems would be an advantage

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Data Quality Analyst

Leicester - Enderby

salary £38,662 - £44,966 p/a

About the Team

Business Intelligence Systems (BIS) is a fundamental layer in Next’s Systems architecture. We are responsible for transforming vast amounts of business data into meaningful information that the business relies upon for day to day operations, performance reporting and business analysis. BIS works with all areas of the business from Finance, to Marketing, to Warehouse Operations and Product teams.

We have a number of new projects to support including new business initiatives and upgrading our infrastructure with the latest technology and services. If you have the skills, experience, drive and ambition to help us on our journey and would like to work with like-minded individuals in a supportive and collaborative environment then we would like to hear from you.

About the Role

As a Data Quality Analyst, you will be responsible for ensuring the data output from BIS is of the highest quality. This will require you working closely with the development teams to put in place robust testing plans for new developments and monitoring and implementing data quality from existing deployments.

You will be expected to deep dive into data and uncover issues analysing complex processes to identify the cause of problems. You will build processes and systems to monitor and report data quality KPI’s using Data Quality and Data Management best practices and implement, configure and administer DQ software.

You will act as a data steward taking responsibility to protect and improve data assets. You will be expected to coach the wider development team on data quality controls and influence SLA commitments to the business.

About You

  • At least 3 years’ experience in a data quality, data analyst or data developer role
  • Sound knowledge of data quality and data management practices
  • Familiarity with Data Quality software
  • Strong SQL query skills
  • Understanding of ETL processes


You will have strong analytical skills with the ability to focus on the details. You will be an excellent investigator constantly looking for data issues and able to root cause problems. You will be process minded with the ability to design and implement new processes to enhance our data quality practises. You will be able to define effective measures of data quality and build meaningful reporting KPI systems.

With your strong understanding of data quality principles and the ETL process you will be able to challenge developers to build data quality into new deployments and identify weaknesses in existing ones. You will be able to profile and monitor data and suggest business rules to ensure that quality issues are captured before they propagate to operational systems. You will understand parsing and data cleansing processes to offer the ability for BIS to enhance source data.

Your communication skills will be excellent. You will be able to convey effectively technical issues with data quality and present solutions to a variety of stakeholders on how we can improve data quality.

Criteria

Essential Skills Required

  • Data analysis
  • Experience working with structured data in a data warehouse environment
  • Data quality and data management
  • ETL knowledge
  • MS Excel


Preferred Skills

  • Familiarity with Microsoft SQL Server
  • Experience of using / administering data quality software
  • Development testing


Bonus Skills

  • Machine Learning DQ solutions
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Developer

Leicester - Enderby

salary £29,830 - £52,551 p/a

We are looking for developers to join our growing team and play a crucial role in helping to drive NEXT forward in a fast moving retail environment. From high-level concepts and designs through to technically efficient code, you’ll be involved every step of the way.

As a Developer / Senior Developer, you’ll be required to understand and interpret technical specifications, and turn them into working code, using a mix of technologies. Ideally, you’ll have solid experience in the full development life cycle, including requirements gathering, systems / business analysis and technical development.

About the Role

• Demonstrate analytical and programming skills across a range of platforms.

• Ability to interpret requirements into working code.

• Develop, test and implement code to the department and industry technical specifications and standards.

• Perform maintenance programming and correction of identified defects. • Create, document and implement test plans.

• Produce timely documentation and ensure proposed solutions are fit for purpose.

• Work to plans / deadlines provided, escalating issues as appropriate.

• Provide ad-hoc analysis, reports and business support as required.

• Proactively improve existing skills, taking on new technical skills as appropriate, and continuously seek to expand business knowledge.

• Provide out of hours support on a rota basis. • Ensure that IT and business users are aligned at all times on the project aims and deliverables.

• Ensure issues raised by business users are appropriately evaluated, prioritised and resourced.

• Ensure that communication to the business is professional, clear and appropriate.

• Build and maintain working relationships with key business users.

• Work closely with other systems teams to improve cross-team resolution of issues, where appropriate.

• SDLC. Software Development Lifecycle.

• A proven track record of feature level design, development and testing of architecturally robust and scalable technical solutions.

• Strong problem solving skills with the capability to analyse existing systems for enhancement whilst identifying risks and change impact.

Criteria

About you

Essential Technical Skills

• Microsoft C# / .NET Framework

• Microsoft SQL Server 2008+ T-SQL & Stored Procedures.
• Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS)

• JavaScript Frameworks

• XML / XMLT

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Developer / Senior Developer - Mainframe

Leicester - Enderby

salary £38,662 - £44,966 p/a

As a Developer / Senior Developer, you’ll be required to understand and interpret technical specifications, and turn them into working code, using a mix of technologies. Ideally, you’ll have solid experience in the full development life cycle, including requirements gathering, systems / business analysis and technical development.

About the Role 

• Demonstrate analytical and programming skills across a range of platforms.
• Ability to interpret requirements into working code.
• Develop, test and implement code to the department and industry technical specifications and standards.
• Perform maintenance programming and correction of identified defects.
• Create, document and implement test plans.
• Produce timely documentation and ensure proposed solutions are fit for purpose.
• Work to plans / deadlines provided, escalating issues as appropriate.
• Provide ad-hoc analysis, reports and business support as required.
• Proactively improve existing skills, taking on new technical skills as appropriate, and continuously seek to expand business knowledge.
• Provide out of hours support on a rota basis.
• Ensure that IT and business users are aligned at all times on the project aims and deliverables.
• Ensure issues raised by business users are appropriately evaluated, prioritised and resourced.
• Ensure that communication to the business is professional, clear and appropriate.
• Build and maintain working relationships with key business users.
• Work closely with other systems teams to improve cross-team resolution of issues, where appropriate.
• SDLC. Software Development Lifecycle.
• A proven track record of feature level design, development and testing of architecturally robust and scalable technical solutions.
• Strong problem solving skills with the capability to analyse existing systems for enhancement whilst identifying risks and change impact.

Criteria

Essential Technical Skills

• COBOL
• CICS
• JCL
• IBM DB2

Desirable Technical Skills

• JAVA
• CICSWeb
• General/Standard SQL
• Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS)

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Developer / Senior Developer - Mainframe

Elmsall - West Yorkshire

salary £29,830 - £44,966 p/a

As a Developer / Senior Developer, you’ll be required to understand and interpret technical specifications, and turn them into working code, using a mix of technologies.
Ideally, you’ll have solid experience in the full development life cycle, including requirements gathering, systems / business analysis and technical development.

About the Role 

• Demonstrate analytical and programming skills across a range of platforms.
• Ability to interpret requirements into working code.
• Develop, test and implement code to the department and industry technical specifications and standards.
• Perform maintenance programming and correction of identified defects.
• Create, document and implement test plans.
• Produce timely documentation and ensure proposed solutions are fit for purpose.
• Work to plans / deadlines provided, escalating issues as appropriate.
• Provide ad-hoc analysis, reports and business support as required.
• Proactively improve existing skills, taking on new technical skills as appropriate, and continuously seek to expand business knowledge.
• Provide out of hours support on a rota basis.
• Ensure that IT and business users are aligned at all times on the project aims and deliverables.
• Ensure issues raised by business users are appropriately evaluated, prioritised and resourced.
• Ensure that communication to the business is professional, clear and appropriate.
• Build and maintain working relationships with key business users.
• Work closely with other systems teams to improve cross-team resolution of issues, where appropriate.
• SDLC - Software Development Lifecycle.
• A proven track record of feature level design, development and testing of architecturally robust and scalable technical solutions.
• Strong problem solving skills with the capability to analyse existing systems for enhancement whilst identifying risks and change impact.

Criteria

Essential Technical Skills
• COBOL
• JCL
• IBM DB2

Desirable Technical Skills
• JAVA
• CICSWeb
• General/Standard SQL
• Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS)

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Developer / Senior Developer / Lead Developer

Elmsall - West Yorkshire

salary £29,830 - £55,369 p/a

As a Developer / Senior Developer, you’ll be required to understand and interpret technical specifications, and turn them into working code, using a mix of technologies. Ideally, you’ll have solid experience in the full development life cycle, including requirements gathering, systems / business analysis and technical development.

About the Role

  • Demonstrate analytical and programming skills across a range of platforms.
  • Ability to interpret requirements into working code.
  • Develop, test and implement code to the department and industry technical specifications and standards.
  • Perform maintenance programming and correction of identified defects.
  • Create, document and implement test plans.
  • Produce timely documentation and ensure proposed solutions are fit for purpose.
  • Work to plans / deadlines provided, escalating issues as appropriate.
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis, reports and business support as required.
  • Proactively improve existing skills, taking on new technical skills as appropriate, and continuously seek to expand business knowledge.
  • Provide out of hours support on a rota basis.
  • Ensure that IT and business users are aligned at all times on the project aims and deliverables.
  • Ensure issues raised by business users are appropriately evaluated, prioritised and resourced.
  • Ensure that communication to the business is professional, clear and appropriate.
  • Build and maintain working relationships with key business users.
  • Work closely with other systems teams to improve cross-team resolution of issues, where appropriate.
  • SDLC. Software Development Lifecycle.
  • A proven track record of feature level design, development and testing of architecturally robust and scalable technical solutions.
  • Strong problem solving skills with the capability to analyse existing systems for enhancement whilst identifying risks and change impact.

Criteria

About you 
Essential Technical Skills

  • Microsoft C# / .NET Framework
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008+ T-SQL & Stored Procedures.
  • JavaScript Frameworks
  • XML / XMLT
  • Desirable Technical Skills
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS)
  • HTML 5 / CSS3
  • MVVM

 

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Developer / Senior Developer / Lead Developer

Doncaster - South Yorkshire

salary £29,830 - £55,369 p/a

About the team:
Working across our UK and international eCommerce platforms, you’ll help develop and support systems that handle millions of pounds worth of transactions every day. This will involve everything from developing cutting-edge technology features and practices, to playing a major role in the analysis, design, development and implementation of high-profile eCommerce projects.

You’ll help provide development support to internal users, as well as offering out-of-hours cover during seasonal events and busy trading periods. You’ll also use your expertise and experience to help us continually improve our processes and working practices, actively enabling the department to become as efficient and effective as it can be.

About the role:

You will:
* Interpret requirements and technical spec’s to deliver solutions to the business
* Work within the development lifecycle, covering design, development, test and delivery
* Apply technical knowledge in a number of areas to build reusable code
* Work with users to develop and improve existing features
* Investigate, analyse and fix reported defects

Criteria

About you:
* You are a talented developer who can write effective and efficient code
* You have a passion for best design and coding practices and a desire to develop innovative new ideas
* A team player who thrives in a fast paced, busy and challenging environment 
* You possess strong analytical skills, and can confidently present technical information in a structured and logical manner

Technical skills/business skills required

*Agile and Scrum framework
*C#
*T-SQL
*ASP.NET
*HTML
*CSS
*WCF
*SOAP
*XML
*Windows Server
*IIS
*JavaScript

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DevOps Engineer

Elmsall - West Yorkshire

salary £38,662 - £44,966 p/a

About the Role

You’ll be working with a varied Windows Server environment, multiple .NET Framework applications and Team Foundation Server 2018 for Build and Release Management.
The DevOps team are responsible for maintaining and improving our environments in order to meet continuously changing business needs.

This role offers exciting challenges around developing an automated deployment process to varied environments, evolving package management strategy and establishing monitoring and feedback mechanisms.

You will be the primary interface for our Application Developers, liaising with the Technical Services teams to manage the maintenance and provisioning of Development, UAT and Production environments.

You’ll also work alongside the IT security team to ensure environments meet auditing, security and legislative standards.

The fundamentals of the role are:

  • Advise and assist development teams with configuring their build definitions in TFS
  • Design & Develop mechanisms to manage and work with UAT and Development application data, keeping current legislation and security concerns in mind
  • Work alongside Application Developers and Application Architects to contribute towards environmental design for new projects
  • Work directly with the Application Architects to test system integrity
  • Design and implement build, deployment, and configuration management
  • Build and test automation tools for infrastructure configuration
  • Manage current UAT and Development Environments alongside the application teams
  • Monitor metrics and develop ways to improve reporting and feedback
  • Provide technical guidance and educate team members on processes and operations
  • Put forward new ideas and ways to improve development delivery
  • Build, maintain, and monitor configuration standards in conjunction with Application Architects
  • Document and design team processes; update existing processes
  • Improve infrastructure configuration development and application environment development
  • Implement or manage third party application upgrades and patching
  • Liaise with other Technical Teams to resolve support issues

Criteria

Essential

  • 2 years previous experience in development and/or operations, or related IT, computer, or operations field
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server knowledge – 2012-2018
  • Previous experience with software development, infrastructure development, or development and operations
  • Up-to-date on latest industry trends; able to articulate trends and potential clearly and confidently
  • Good interpersonal skills and communication with all levels of management
  • Meticulous, thorough and organised approach to work
  • Able to multitask, prioritise, and manage time efficiently
  • Willingness to work occasionally outside of normal business hours
  • A results orientated individual who thrives working in a fast paced environment
  • Scripting such as Powershell, JavaScript, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, .NET
  • Experience with Windows .NET Application Stack
  • Windows Server Experience
  • MS SQL Server Experience - 2012 onwards


Desirable

  • Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) tool and process familiarity
  • Degree in computer science or a related field or a combination of related experience and education
  • Agile workflow methodologies experience, such as Scrum, Kanban and SAFe
  • Experience with DynaTrace
  • Familiar with GDPR, PCI and FCA legislative regulations
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Graduate Configuration Engineer

Leicester - Enderby

salary From £42,500

With the introduction of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (via the weekly Release Train) we have increased our deployment success rate from 40% to 90% however further modernisation and improvements are needed to keep pace with the business.

We understand that manual processes cannot scale and we’re looking to invest in automation for builds, deployments, environment creation, configuration and much more.

We are looking for passionate, committed, hard-working individuals who want to make a difference. Aptitude and attitude over experience we are willing to consider candidates from any technical or infrastructure related background; from Developers to Systems Engineers.

Here’s some of the technologies and tools we’ll be looking at;

  • Configuration Management solutions
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
  • PowerShell DSC
  • Disposable / Self-Serve Environments
  • Automated deployments
  • Visual Studio / TFS / Release Manager
  • Virtualisation / Cloud / Containerisation

Criteria

Personal skills;

  • Team Player - willing to do any work if the team needs it,
  • Collaborative – works to get team consensus
  • Can do attitude – gets the job done
  • Problem Solver - takes on challenges and gets a result
  • Critical thinker – always looking to improve and understand root cause faults


Preferred Experience; working with or designing/implementing

  • Configuration management solutions
  • Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines
  • Deployment automation
  • TFS / Release Manager
  • PowerShell / Automation scripting languages


We have jobs ranging from junior to senior and are willing to look at all candidates regardless of background or experience. To secure a senior position we would want to see 3 to 5 years in a similar role.

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Information Security Risk and Compliance Manager

Leicester - Enderby

salary Competitive

About the team

Based at our Leicestershire Head Office, you will manage the security compliance function, review and oversee the implementation and operation of information security controls as well as providing assurance in relation to corporate information security risks. This includes putting in place policy and processes, ensuring compliance and consistency across the business through to managing audits across the company.

About the Role

You will:

Provide leadership and expertise on information security controls for the organisation, working effectively with strategic organisational functions such as IT, Legal and third party experts to provide authoritative advice and guidance on requirements.

Work closely with the information security technical teams to provide input into the information security scope and strategy for the Next Group, overseeing the implementation of procedures to ensure that all teams and other relevant third parties adhere to these policies.

Challenge and verify that appropriate protection, detection, and reaction capabilities are incorporated into information systems and formulate and execute regular security testing plans.

Lead and manage IT and Information Security audits / risk assessments ensuring compliance with audit requirements, and legislation or standards such as PCI DSS as well as maintaining, developing and enforcing corporate information security standards and guidelines to manage data security.

Create, maintain and present KPI’s and other metrics to the main board and directors in relation to compliance, risk management, threats, access controls and mitigation plans.

Manage the Information Security team consisting of Security Auditors / Analysts.

About You

You will be a certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or have a similar Industry or accounting qualification.

Able to demonstrate proven experience in information security or IT audit and have a high level knowledge of audit and information security principles, practices and procedures and their application within a large business.

Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to present and influence at board level .

Ability to constructively challenge and question.

Ability to work in a fast pace, challenging, dynamic and demanding environment with changing priorities.

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Lead BI Developer

Leicester - Enderby

salary £48,434 - £55,369 p/a

Working in our Systems Team, you’ll be providing analytical and development support to a wide range of business teams. Using the very latest technologies and practices, you’ll help progress our data warehousing projects and initiatives.

About the Role

  • You’ll be providing detailed analysis of business and technical requirements ensuring all development solutions deliver the best possible experience for the business. This will require you to be able to communicate effectively at all levels including Directors, Managers, Senior Developers, users and other systems departments.
  • With a flexible and positive approach, you’ll be willing to provide out-of-hours support, as part of a rota, and occasionally will be required on site during key seasonal events and busy periods.
  • You’ll also be able to build and share your technical expertise, playing your part in helping the team develop the best possible technical knowledge and practices with a “hands on” approach.

About You
Technical 

  • Experience of Designing and modelling high performance data warehouses. (preferably Kimbal methodologies).
  • “Hands on” experience in bringing in data from disparate data sources and data migration.
  • Experience of designing and developing Business Objects reports and universes.
  • Planning deployment strategies for DW databases, SSIS packages, Analysis Cubes(Multi-dimensional and tabular) and reports.
  • Capacity Planning of internal infrastructure for the whole BI platform.
  • Demonstrate analytical and programming skills across a range of platforms
  • Experience of “Agile” methodologies
  • Ability to interpret requirements into working code.
  • Develop, test and implement code to the department and industry technical specifications and standards.
  • Suggest alternatives where suggested paths of development can be improved upon.
  • Perform maintenance programming and correction of identified defects.
  • Create, document and implement test plans.
  • Produce timely documentation and ensure proposed solutions are fit for purpose.
  • Work to plans / deadlines provided, escalating issues as appropriate.
  • Provide ad-hoc analysis, reports and business support as required.
  • Proactively improve existing skills, taking on new technical skills as appropriate, and continuously seek to expand business knowledge.
  • Flexibility to provide additional support when required by project work, key events, peak periods etc.
  • Provide out of hours support on a rota basis.
  • Able to manage own time, prioritise tasks and plan work for others.

Criteria

Essential Skills Required

  • SQL Server 2012 onwards
  • Database programing
  • ETL design
  • Data Warehouse design
  • MSSQL SSIS
  • MSSQL SSAS (multidimensional and tabular)
  • MSSQL SSRS
  • T-SQL, MDX, DAX

Desirable Skills

  • Azure
  • Sharepoint development
  • Visualisation tool. E.g. Power BI

 

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Print Systems Analyst

Leicester - Enderby

salary £31,205 - £36,929 p/a

About the Team

This is an exciting opportunity within Print Systems, based amongst the existing team based at Head Office in Leicester; initially focusing on document composition projects before fully integrating into the Print environment related tasks and projects.

About the Role

Next are in the process of integrating and incorporate additional formats such as PDF, HTML, and PCL alongside existing AFP with a move into Engage One. Whilst supporting new business campaigns, international partners and 3rdparties.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with our business users, business analysts and 3rd parties to analyse requirements
  • Analyse problems and identify technical viable solutions
  • Provide technical specifications and physical design from logical design specifications
  • Produce efficient and reliable code, and undertake testing to the highest standard
  • Prepare for and perform systems implementations within internal change control formats
  • Escalate issues appropriately and efficiently
  • Work on multiple, high profile projects independently
  • Accurately estimate work to assist with planning and control of the technical team capacity
  • Monitor potential risks and identify improvements to critical operational process to maximise service availability
  • Prepared to stay late/start early in the event of major systems outages and work additional hours
  • perform walkthroughs and quality reviews of own and other’s work
  • Prepare documents for internal and external use to agreed standards
  • Support the print, warehouse operation.

Criteria

Essential

  • Strong communication skills; able to communicate technical concepts equally to a technical and non-technical audience
  • Write well designed, testable and efficient code
  • Organised and able to manage multiple tasks ensuring their completion
  • Document and deliver technical solutions that adhere to the architectural design
  • Understand Change, Incident and problem management
  • Awareness of mainframe environment


Desirable

  • Knowledge and development experience in Doc1 Designer v5 and v6, including Doc1 Generate, Doc1 EMFE and TLE
  • AFP production output experience, preferably via mainframe environments
  • Understanding of agile methodology and experience in working in an agile environment
  • Knowledge/experience within Ricoh Print Director (RPD/IPPD)
  • Knowledge/experience within Content Manager on Demand (CMOD)
  • System administration and configuration management skills
  • Engage One and server based production experience
  • Multiple output stream knowledge, preferably PDF, PCL, HTML, colour
  • Knowledge of Warehouse & Distribution Systems would be advantageous
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Security Architect

Leicester - Enderby

salary Competitive

This role will provide security guidance for the IT environment with the aim of maturing the company’s infrastructure security policy, process and technology frameworks, improving overall security posture and company-wide security awareness. You will be responsible for providing security related subject matter expertise around a wide range of technologies, applications and business initiatives.

You will be advising key stakeholders and service owners on risk management as well as how to balance security and business requirements. You will also provide expert advice in relation to security incidents and recommending mitigation strategies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide expertise and guidance on information security for the organisation
  • Work closely with Infrastructure and Application Architects to define security requirements, build secure architecture designs, and drive security initiatives
  • Provide guidance and direction in all aspects of design, creation, and testing approaches
  • Maintain and enhance knowledge, ensuring continually up to date with the latest security risks, threats and solutions as well as business and industry trends
  • Recommend and design security infrastructure, supporting security engineers with the implementation
  • Review project designs providing security recommendations and steer
  • Help support compliance, PCI/DSS , IS Security policies, standards and controls
  • Act as incident escalation for security incidents providing expertise to address issues, support and advise analysts, conduct post incident investigations to resolution, and help amend any processes or procedures to enhance protection against future exploits/vulnerabilities

Criteria

Essential

  • Hold or working towards a recognised and relevant Information Security certification (i.e. CISSP, SSCP)
  • 8+ years of proven Information Technology experience with strong understanding of network protocols, server infrastructure and system design
  • Solid and demonstrable comprehension of Information Security including malware, emerging threats, attacks, and vulnerability management
  • Knowledge of information system architecture and security controls (i.e. firewalls and border router configurations, operating systems configurations, wireless architectures)
  • Project delivery experience
  • Ability to convert high level requirements into technical designs that are commercially viable and suit their operating environment
  • Able to convey a technical solution to senior management in a clear and concise manner
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strategic thinker with proven analytical and problem solving abilities
  • A team player who is hardworking and self-motivated
  • Ability to effectively plan and priorities workloads, and to measure and report on current progress
  • Must adhere to and promote team standards including documentation


Desirable

  • Experience of working with recognised IT Security standards and frameworks such as PCI-DSS or ISO27001
  • Application development and/or testing experience
  • Understanding and experience of working for a Retail company
  • Experience mentoring other team members
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Senior Configuration Engineer – Deployment Projects

Leicester - Enderby

salary £38,351 - £41,188 p/a

With the introduction of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (via the weekly Release Train) we have increased our deployment success rate from 40% to 90% however further modernisation and improvements are needed to keep pace with the business.

We understand that manual processes cannot scale and we’re looking to invest in automation for builds, deployments, environment creation, configuration and much more.

We are looking for passionate, committed, hard-working individuals who want to make a difference. Aptitude and attitude over experience for us as we are willing to consider candidates from any technical or infrastructure related background; from Developers to Systems Engineers.

Here’s some of the technologies and tools we’ll be looking at;

  • Configuration Management solutions
  • Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
  • PowerShell DSC
  • Disposable / Self-Serve Environments
  • Automated deployments
  • Visual Studio / TFS / Release Manager
  • Virtualisation / Cloud / Containerisation

Criteria

Personal skills;

  • Team Player - willing to do any work if the team needs it,
  • Collaborative – works to get team consensus
  • Can do attitude – gets the job done
  • Problem Solver - takes on challenges and gets a result
  • Critical thinker – always looking to improve and understand root cause faults


Preferred Experience; working with or designing/implementing

  • Configuration management solutions
  • Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines
  • Deployment automation
  • TFS / Release Manager
  • PowerShell / Automation scripting languages



We have jobs ranging from junior to senior and are willing to look at all candidates regardless of background or experience. To secure a senior position we would want to see 3 to 5 years in a similar role.

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Senior Developer

Leicester - Enderby

salary £38,662 - £44,966 p/a

As a Developer / Senior Developer, you’ll be required to understand and interpret technical specifications, and turn them into working code, using a mix of technologies. Ideally, you’ll have solid experience in the full development life cycle, including requirements gathering, systems / business analysis and technical development.

About the Role

• Demonstrate analytical and programming skills across a range of platforms.

• Ability to interpret requirements into working code.

• Develop, test and implement code to the department and industry technical specifications and standards.

• Perform maintenance programming and correction of identified defects.
• Create, document and implement test plans.

• Produce timely documentation and ensure proposed solutions are fit for purpose.

• Work to plans / deadlines provided, escalating issues as appropriate.

• Provide ad-hoc analysis, reports and business support as required.

• Proactively improve existing skills, taking on new technical skills as appropriate, and continuously seek to expand business knowledge.

• Provide out of hours support on a rota basis.

• Ensure that IT and business users are aligned at all times on the project aims and deliverables.

• Ensure issues raised by business users are appropriately evaluated, prioritised and resourced.

• Ensure that communication to the business is professional, clear and appropriate.

• Build and maintain working relationships with key business users.

• Work closely with other systems teams to improve cross-team resolution of issues, where appropriate.

• SDLC. Software Development Lifecycle.

• A proven track record of feature level design, development and testing of architecturally robust and scalable technical solutions.

• Strong problem solving skills with the capability to analyse existing systems for enhancement whilst identifying risks and change impact.

Criteria

About you

Essential Technical Skills

• Microsoft C# / .NET Framework

• Microsoft SQL Server 2008+ T-SQL & Stored Procedures.

• JavaScript Frameworks

• XML / XMLT

• Desirable Technical Skills

• Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS)

• HTML 5 / CSS3

• MVVM

The closing date for the advertisement is Friday 7th September 2018.

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Senior Developer / Lead Developer - Front End

Leicester - Enderby

salary £38,662 - £52,551 p/a

We are looking for a Senior / Lead Developer to join our fast-paced IT Team and play a crucial role in helping to drive NEXT forward in a fast moving retail environment. You’ll be at the leading edge of the business, driving innovation through personalisation and multivariate testing whilst focusing on continuous improvement.

If impressive development knowledge, extensive commercial experience and the ability to co-ordinate complex technical projects are just a few of the great things on your CV then we’d love you to read on.

As a Lead Developer you’ll also work closely with the Development Project Manager to provide project leadership and direction to drive forward and deliver quality solutions across a variety of technologies. Acting as a technical expert and project lead within the business, you’ll be involved in the mentoring and support of other developers within the team. You’ll also ensure that all development and code follows best practice and meets the relevant industry standards.

About the Role

  • You’ll be required to understand and interpret Marketing specifications, and turn them into working code, using a mix of technologies.
  • Acting as a technical expert within the business, you’ll be involved in the mentoring and support of other developers within the team. You’ll also ensure that all development and code follows best practice and meets the relevant industry standards.
  • As a lead developer you’ll be responsible for managing your teams’ backlog to ensure successful delivery of projects.
  • Managing stand-ups, sprint planning and retrospective sessions, you’ll communicate technical and non-technical information across the business, as well as offering out-of-hours support during key periods. You’ll also work closely with other departments, negotiating effectively to ensure projects are being driven forward and are meeting business needs

About you

  • You’ll have excellent front-end skills – HTML, Javascript and CSS
  • With exceptional programming and analytical skills you’ll have strong commercial experience in design skills for front-end technologies including MVC, Javascript and jQuery.
  • Highly organised, you’ll be able to effectively align and co-ordinate project aims and deliverables, while providing detailed estimates for large and complex technical solutions. You’ll also be highly motivated with the ability to take ownership of projects and quickly identify and resolve any issues.
  • You’ll have impressive experience of thriving in a fast-paced technical environment and working to challenging deadlines. You’ll also be able to build and maintain productive relationships within your team and across the business.
  • Communicating with your team and wider business areas won’t be a problem as you’ll have excellent communication skills.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in an Agile Scrum methodology.
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Senior Network Engineer

Leicester - Enderby

salary £29,945 - £44,029 p/a

We are looking for a results driven, motivated individual with a track record of delivering large scale projects in a 24/7 corporate environment to join our exisiting network team here at Next!

As a highly skilled Network Engineer you will join an existing team of dedicated service orientated network engineers responsible for the development of Next’s networking infrastructure. The network infrastructure is a key component of the Next’s IT platform that underpins all aspects of Next’s operation.

The successful candidate will be responsible for scoping, designing and implementing the next generation of Next networking infrastructure to provide scalability and future proofing. You will also assist in critical fault finding where required.

There is a high standard of customer care in this role and experience in dealing with a range of different stakeholders is paramount. You will have strong analytical and problem-solving skills and be ableto work calmly and systematically in a busy environment.

In this role, you will also provideregular reporting to senior management team and keep the management team informed of major outages / issues and resolutions.

The is a permanent position and will be based at the Next Head Office in Enderby, Leicester and on occasion may require some travel both within the UK and Internationally.

Criteria

Essential

  • Current Cisco CCNA qualification
  • Demonstrable excellence in project management and delivery background
  • Excellent communications (oral and written), interpersonal, persuasion and negotiating skills able to communicate at all levels in the organisation
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing business needs and priorities
  • A demonstrable understanding of best practices for installation and management of communications infrastructure within an International enterprise at a senior level of responsibility
  • You’ll be able to work closely with other technical teams to find the best solutions
  • You’ll be a natural problem solver
  • You’ll be able to effectively plan and prioritise an deliver to tight timescales with a busy workload
  • Proven practical expertise of designing, configuring Cisco and Palo Alto Firewall product sets
  • Proven practical expertise in designing, configuring and maintaining Cisco network equipment IOS/NX-OS
  • Self-motivating, able to identify and define development requirements

Desirable

  • Current CCNP qualification
  • A good appreciation of the use of new networking technologies to support the business and management requirements of a UK Retailer or equivalent.
  • Proven understanding of network security management.
  • Proven experience of working with Cisco Nexus 5000, 7000 and 9000 Series switches and NX-OS.
  • Good understanding of VOIP and IP telephony including SIP.
  • Clean driving license and access to own transport
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Senior Performance Test Engineer

Leicester - Enderby

salary £35,000 - £45,000 p/a

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of planning, designing, executing, monitoring and trouble-shooting Load & Performance test projects around Ecommerce software and be capable of test planning by assessing the different features, risks and environments.

This exciting opportunity is open to pro-active, enthusiastic and talented software testers with strong passion for quality.

This person must have previous experience of load & performance testing, analysing the system requirements for performance attributes and understanding of how to use the architecture, requirement and design documents to write load plans.

The ability to create Usage and Traffic Models is a must, as well as how to write code, design load scenarios and scripts using a variety of load & performance tools, in order to find failures in the software.

Responsibilities:

Participate in design process to understand, analyse and influence the application/service/system to be tested

Identify the risks and appropriate load test coverage to validate new features as well as the load regression, and develop load test plans, models, scripts and scenarios with their monitored KPIs as required

Be able to write scripts in order to create load scenarios.

Execute test cases in automated fashion, capture and analyse the results, document issues and prepare test reports

Perform Stability, Stress, and Reliability Test of the system and its components, taking care to cover all the required test level

Managing the versions of the load scripts and scenarios using CM tools
Analyse and identify the issues found during testing, either work with the QA teams and/or Development teams to diagnose them

Due to the nature of this role, occasional overnight working will be required.

Criteria

Required Skills:

Essential:
Knowledge and experience of Neo Load/ loadrunner testing tools (or similar)
Experience in writing test documents
Extensive knowledge of testing methodologies and tools
The ability to work in a dynamic environment which can be changed frequently
Knowledge of programming in Microsoft technologies
Knowledge of Javascript programming
Strong written and verbal communication skills

Desirable:
Minimum of 5 years or equivalent experience in a software quality assurance role
Ecommerce Experience
ISTQB Certification
Knowledge of MSSQL server
Relevant academic degree or equivalent related qualification

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Senior Systems Engineer - Security

Leicester - Enderby

salary £38,351 - £44,029 p/a

Summary of Role

We are looking for a Senior Systems Engineer to join our specialist Technical Services Team. You will play a big part in helping us to drive Next forward in a fast moving retail environment.

The role includes but is not limited to proactive monitoring, incident management and resolution, change management, problem management, request management, disaster recovery, maintaining environmental records of Next’s infrastructure relating to IT Security.

As a Senior Engineer, you will mentor junior engineers in the team and take a lead role in the co-ordination and resolution of major issues.

About the Role

  • Quickly resolve any incidents and requests.
  • Monitor our systems and identify any issues.
  • Create and carry out maintenance processes that will help reduce downtime.
  • Arrange routine maintenance and updates.
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date systems performance and maintenance records.
  • Work closely with other teams to share your knowledge and ideas.


In this role, you will also take part in a weekly callout rota.Overtime and flexibility of shift changes are expected as many systems can only be installed or changed outside of normal business hours. The Technical Services Team operate a shift rota and extended cover may be required to coverpeak periods.

Criteria

Essential

· IT experience working in a large corporate environment
· Flexibility to cover unsociable hours and peak periods at short notice
· Proven Knowledge and/or use of the following:-
o Microsoft Systems Center for Updates and Patching (OS & Application)
o Upgrading Firmware across multiple platforms and technologies
o Vulnerability Management
o Certificate Management
o Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016
· Experience mentoring less experienced colleagues/team members
· Experience in taking a lead role in co-ordinating the timely diagnosis and resolution of major issues

Desirable

· Qualys Scanning Tools
· PowerShell and/or other programming experience
· HP/Dell Server Hardware
· Linux Administration
· Data Loss Prevention (Host Scanning remediation) – PCI Compliance
· Contribution to security audit activity (inc. evidence gathering)
· Industry recognised qualifications such as MCP, MCSE advantageous

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Support Analyst

Leicester - Enderby

salary £25,102 - £28,223 p/a

About the Team

Business Intelligence Systems (BIS) is a fundamental layer in Next’s Systems architecture. We are responsible for transforming vast amounts of business data into meaningful information that the business relies upon for day to day operations, performance reporting and business analysis. BIS works with all areas of the business from Finance, to Marketing, to Warehouse Operations and Product teams.

We have a number of new projects to support including new business initiatives and upgrading our infrastructure with the latest technology and services. If you have the skills, experience, drive and ambition to help us on our journey and would like to work with like-minded individuals in a supportive and collaborative environment then we would like to hear from you.

About the Role

As a Support Analyst you’ll provide first line application and operational support to a wide range of business users of BIS systems. You will act as a primary point of contact and provide proactive support in response to the business needs.

You will monitor the completion of automated processes and act upon any issues escalate where required. You will be responsible for ensuring all issues and requests are logged and monitor their progress to ensure completion. You will be responsible for updating operational performance KPI’s. You will implement process in support of key events.

About You

  • Good communicator able to capture the details of an issue / request succinctly
  • Some experience of SQL query language
  • Organised and able to manage multiple tasks ensuring their completion


You’ll be an affective team member that demonstrates reliability, flexibility and commitment. You will be able to take responsibility for your own tasks completion and chasing for the completion of work assigned to others. You will build an awareness of the importance of critical systems so that you can escalate appropriately.

Highly motivated you will work to ensure that BIS systems are running smoothly and will have an interest in further developing your BI skills.

Criteria

Essential Skills

  • A reasonable understanding of systems tools and technologies
  • An understanding of Business Intelligence Systems e.g. databases, reporting etc
  • SQL query language
  • MS Office esp. Excel

Desirable Skills

  • SQL Server BI Tools (SSIS).
  • Experience of creating business reports (SSRS)
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Systems Engineer - SCCM/Citrix

Leicester - Enderby

salary £29,830 - £32,669 p/a

Working in a team of 5, you will be involved with the project delivery of the server, infrastructure & storage platforms and solutions that meet Next’s business requirements.

You will use physical and virtualised server platforms, deploying services using scripted/automated builds and will also be involved in incident management and resolution, change management, problem management, request management, disaster recovery, upgrades to existing servers and systems, and maintaining environmental records of Next’s infrastructure.

As part of this role, you will adhere to and promote team standards and will produce documentation to a high standard and must be pro-active in knowledge transfer to other teams.

You will also provide regular reporting to the senior management team whilst keeping the management team informed of major outages / issues and resolutions.

This role will also take part in a weekly callout rota.Overtime and some shift changes are expected as many systems can only be installed or changed outside of normal business hours.

Criteria

Essential

  • IT experience working in a large corporate environment
  • Flexibility to cover unsociable hours and peak periods at short notice
  • Experience using Microsoft technologies in the server and application arenas
  • Proven knowledge and use of the following technologies:-
    • Windows 2012/2016 Server
    • Microsoft failover clustering
    • Citrix XenApp 6.5 / 7.6
    • Microsoft Systems Centre 2012 R2 (Config Manager )
    • Microsoft Active Directory
    • TCP/IP
    • VMware vSphere v5.1/HyperV
  • Ability to lead and project manage the delivery of small-medium platform solutions
  • Be able to work on your own initiative and prioritise in a fast moving environment
  • Demonstrate excellent problem resolution skills
  • Work well as a member of a team
  • Have the ability to work with other technical teams to understand both the business requirements and functional impact
  • Good communication skills both verbal and written pitched to the appropriate level.
  • Clean driving license and access to own transport

Desirable

  • Microsoft Systems Centre 2012 (Full Suite)
  • Citrix Netscaler
  • PowerShell and/or other programming experience
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2016
  • Capacity Planning
  • HP/Dell Server Hardware
  • Linux Administration
  • SAN experience (preferably HP/IBM/EMC based)
  • Industry recognised qualifications such as MCP, MCSE advantageous
  • Self-motivating and able to identify and define development requirements
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Systems Engineer - SCOM/PowerShell

Leicester - Enderby

salary £29,830 - £32,669 p/a

Working in a team of 4, you will be supporting our 550 different stores. In this role, you will work with our till systems, PC’s and servers in store, the till software and the mobile device estate that we use for our stock replenishment.

You’ll get involved with the deployment of custom coded software, improving and updating the SCCM environment and working on projects around the different instore features for Next customers.

The role includes proactive monitoring, incident management and resolution, change/problem/request management, disaster recovery and upgrades to existing Windows based servers.

Development activities include delivery of server/infrastructure platforms and solutions that meet Next’s business and security requirements.You will use physical and virtualised server platforms, deploying core Microsoft/Internet services using scripted/automated builds utilising SCCM.

**Shift flexibility is required as many systems can only be installed or changed outside of normal business hours and cover will be required over peak trading periods. It's important to note that you may need to be available to work around Christmas due to this role supporting the stores.

Criteria

Essential:

  • Experience of multi-site enterprise IT environments.
  • A track recording in developing, implementing and maintaining a resilient Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. This includes Active Directory, Site Topologies, DNS and DHCP.
  • Windows Failover Clustering.
  • PowerShell scripting knowledge.
  • Internet Information Services.
  • SQL Server 2012.
  • Microsoft SCCM and SCOM.
  • Experience of working with Hyper-V technologies.
  • Experience of IT change management and configuration management processes.

Desirable:

  • Industry recognised qualifications such as MCP, MCSE.
  • HP/Dell Server Hardware Experience.
  • Experience of IT estates in a retail environment.
  • Experience of SOTI MobiControl Mobile Device Management.
  • An understanding of Agile software development methodologies.
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Technical Developer

Elmsall - West Yorkshire

salary £29,830 - £44,966 p/a

About the Role

No two weeks will be the same as you work across various projects, platforms and technologies, undertaking the following task:
· Software application updates
· Legacy application ports
· Security related code enhancements
· Platform migrations
· Software system rollouts
· Exposure to various development technologies including WCF, WPF, REST API and more.
· Exposure to DevOps activities

This role is extremely varied, offering insights into technologies both new and old, and system of various size and scale and complexity.

About You

We are looking for a talented, flexible and enthusiastic person, who thrives on solving problems and achieving results. An appetite to learn new things, with a positive attitude to get the job done means this is the role for you!

You will be work alongside some very talented people, when combined with a training structure using Pluralsight provides an amazing platform for you to reach your potential.

You should be an excellent communicator and be happy working either individually or as part of a team.

You should have the ability to read and debug C# code - experience of large scale .net developments would be great.

An understanding of SQL server and relational table joins, along with familiarity of Transact SQL,

If you have a “can-do” attitude with a mind-set to solve the problem at hand, you could be the person we’re looking for!

Criteria

Essential

· Strong C# and .net skills
· SQL Server / Database skills using SQL
· Analysis skills
· Windows Server Operating System experience

Desirable

· ASP.net MVC
· WCF
· WPF
· Silverlight
· HTML & CSS
· JavaScript
· TDD / Unit Test knowledge
· Team Foundation Server
· Agile working practices
· Familiarity with IIS

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Technical Support Analyst

Leicester - Enderby

salary £25,102

Are you an experienced technical support analyst looking for an opportunity to broaden your skills? If so, then you'll be interested to know that a fantastic opportunity has become available as a Technical Support Analyst in our Product Systems department.

About the Team
Our Product Systems team provides support across a vast number of bespoke applications and across a wide variety of teams, including merchandisers, buyers, technologists and designers. They're the team that develop applications which are fundamental to our ability to deliver our quality product ranges.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality first line application and operational support across our vast user community.
  • Act as primary point of contact and provide proactive support in response to the business needs.
  • Provide efficient and effective communication with users across all levels of the business.
  • Understand the impact and importance of all issues and requests received into the support team, ensuring that they are logged, managed, prioritised and escalated accordingly.
  • Ensure that all system configuration and operational data is accurately maintained.
  • Keep up to date with new applications and new functionality, as well as identifying any systems issues with the existing applications.

Criteria

Personal Requirements

  • An effective team member that demonstrates reliability, flexibility and commitment, both as an individual and to the team.
  • Is well organised and has good prioritisation skills
  • Approachable with a willingness to listen, participate in discussions and openly shares information, knowledge and ideas.
  • A problem solver that takes responsibility, finds a solution, devises a plan and then implements a resolution.
  • Is committed to their personal, professional and technical development, and are fully aware of the team’s objectives.
  • Ability to learn quickly and accurately
  • Can work well under pressure and thrives in a demanding environment, where the business priorities are ever evolving.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, both verbal and written.
  • A strong communicator who enjoys building relationships at all levels of the business and can communicate effectively in a technical or non technical manner.
  • Someone that takes pride on their work and has high standards, always seeking to exceed expectations.

Technical Requirements

Essentials

  • A reasonable understanding of systems, tools and technologies

Desirable

  • Experience in an IT support role.
  • Experience of SQL databases, in particular for database interrogation.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint
  • Knowledge of the Product Systems applications.
  • Knowledge of ServiceNow

 

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Test Analyst

Elmsall - West Yorkshire

salary From £42,500

About the Role

We are looking for skilled Test Analysts to join our growing Warehouse and Distribution Systems team and play a crucial role in helping to drive NEXT forward in a fast moving retail environment.

You will need experience in manual and automation testing within an iterative Agile development environment, to help implement a range of test strategies across our applications.

The day-to-day elements of the role will be:

  • Participate in Agile ceremonies such as Sprint Planning and Sprint Reviews.
  • Engage with stakeholders and analyse Product Backlog requirements in order to develop targeted test plans and cases.
  • Design and develop manual and automated tests, producing detailed test scripts.
  • Liaise with development teams and key business users during the testing, providing updates and status reports and alerting potential issues.
  • Perform integration, performance and stress testing of client and server applications – including post-release checking where required.
  • Optimise test plans and cases based on Sprint Retrospective outcomes

Criteria

About the Role

We are looking for skilled Test Analysts to join our growing Warehouse and Distribution Systems team and play a crucial role in helping to drive NEXT forward in a fast moving retail environment.

You will need experience in manual and automation testing within an iterative Agile development environment, to help implement a range of test strategies across our applications.

The day-to-day elements of the role will be:

  • Participate in Agile ceremonies such as Sprint Planning and Sprint Reviews.
  • Engage with stakeholders and analyse Product Backlog requirements in order to develop targeted test plans and cases.
  • Design and develop manual and automated tests, producing detailed test scripts.
  • Liaise with development teams and key business users during the testing, providing updates and status reports and alerting potential issues.
  • Perform integration, performance and stress testing of client and server applications – including post-release checking where required.
  • Optimise test plans and cases based on Sprint Retrospective outcomes

 

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Test Analyst - Automation

Leicester - Enderby

salary £21,969 - £41,813 p/a

We are looking for a skilled Test Analyst to join our growing Ecommerce team and play a crucial role in helping to drive NEXT forward in a fast moving retail environment.

You will need experience in manual and automation testing, to help implement a range of test strategies across our web-based applications.

About the Role

  • Design and develop manual and automated tests, producing detailed test scripts.
  • Attend scrum review meetings and develop targeted test plans and cases.
  • Liaise with development teams and key business users during the testing, providing updates and status reports and alerting potential issues.
  • Perform integration, performance and stress testing of client and server applications – including post-release checking where required.

Criteria

About You

  • Experience in both manual and automation testing.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Experience of test planning, analysis and scripting.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and work additional hours when required.


Technical Requirements:

  • SQL
  • Selenium
  • A professional accreditation (such as IQTSB/ ISEB) would be an advantage
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Test Analyst - Product Systems

Leicester - Enderby

salary £26,989

Summary of Role

Plan and implement effective test strategies in order to ensure the quality of a range of desktop, server and web-based software solutions.

Ensure that software delivery is problem free and meets the business and user requirements.

Responsibilities
Interpret functional specifications, in order to produce test plans and strategies.

Liaising with the development team and key business users in Agile development projects – attending scrum review meeting and develop targeted test plans and cases.

Design and develop manual and automated tests, producing detailed test scripts.

Liaise with development teams and key business users during the testing, providing updates and status reports and alerting potential issues.

Perform integration, performance and stress testing of client and server applications – including post-release checking where required.

Perform integration, performance and stress testing of third party software applications.

Criteria

  • Previous experience of test planning, analysis and scripting
  • Excellent people skills.
  • Knowledge of project lifecycle, testing lifecycle and technical architecture
  • Excellent attention to detail and methodical approach to problem solving.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and work additional hours when required.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-team department.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Experience of using SQL for database interrogation
  • Experience of Selenium Web driver for testing front end web applications
  • Experience of C#
  • Understanding of software testing types and when to use them
  • Have an understanding of the testing within an Agile Framework

Desirable

  • A professional accreditation (such as IQTSB/ ISEB) would be an advantage
  • Knowledge of the following tools (e.g. Team Foundation Server, Gherkin, Specflow, Microsoft Test Manager, Coded UI or similar) would be highly advantageous
  • Experience of API testing and API testing tools would be highly advantageous
  • Ability to provide maximum coverage with minimum tests
  • An understanding of automated tools and techniques with proof of their use
  • Knowledge of retail business environment processes.
  • Programming / scripting macros
  • Experience of testing XML message-based systems
  • Experience of preparing Quality reports, including analytical reports
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