We have a little secret at Futurice. Our developer positions are not open positions at all. Not really. They are more like sample role descriptions you might have at Futurice. But we never really hire for a specific project or a position.
This has a lot to do with our daily work. As an agency, we have a very versatile portfolio of projects. Different kinds of problems require different kinds of tools. That's why we work with a variety of technologies, and look for people with versatile backgrounds. We expect our people to be able to adapt to new situations, languages, and frameworks.
What can Futurice offer you
Probably the best part about working at Futurice are the colleagues. You get to work with some of the most brilliant and talented professionals of the digital world. In Futurice, software engineers work closely together with our designers, analysts, and business consultants, as well as with our customers from various industries. We work in teams, not as lonely riders at client projects. Our aim is to grow the next generation of digital leaders, and that's why this is the place to be for learning.
You will be developing top-notch services in an environment that promotes constant self-improving and sharing ideas with colleagues, through team work, and also event or conference participations. Our public reference cases should give you an idea about what kind of concrete things you could be working with.
We also offer a competitive compensation, and a work culture that has been awarded internationally. You can find more evidence of this on our blog posts, our free-time open source sponsorship or pro-bono work.
There are two things that we really want to highlight: freedom and responsibility. Those are the most important things on offer here, as far as your quality of life goes. You’ll be given freedom to make your life here as rewarding as possible and to do things your way. At the same time we expect you to take responsibility and action on things that matter, big or small. It could be organising a new way to onboard our new hires to Futu-family or learn that new framework and share your new knowledge with your collegues, clients or publically. Sometime the action is taking your colleagues to afternoon tea when they most need it.
Experiment. Try new things. Drive what you are passionate about. Fail interestingly, succeed spectacularly. These are the sort of things we’ll give you a lot of leeway to do. Whenever you need support, we’ll do all we can to help you move in the direction you want.
What do we expect
So, what are we looking for then? We are looking for people who have strong programming background, and good motivation to learn more. It's hard to define exactly what that means, but there are some signs that we are looking for:
1. You have a solid understanding of programming and computers
We don't expect our people to be deeply experienced on computer hardware, as we rarely do embedded systems. But understanding what a processor and memory does, and how binary code, Assembly, C or higher abstraction languages differ from each other, is definitely something that a programmer should know. You don't have to be a top expert on the subject, but you should know at least enough to understand the principles well.
2. You know at least a few programming languages well
Know, as in, you can create something useful with the language from scratch. Not just Hello World, but something that has an actual use. You understand the basic paradigms of the languages. You know the strengths and the weaknesses, and you know where a certain language is used in the real world. Most of all, you can compare the languages to each other, and tell the essential differences.
3. You are excited about what you do
Yes, motivation is very important in your daily work. Not just for yourself, but for us as an employer as well. We want our people to enjoy their daily work. And that's why you should find working with designing and building services exciting. When you have an internal motivation to learn new things, facing even the more difficult situations is not a problem. For instance, when programming is something near to your heart, you care about the quality of your own work.
If you are really excited about programming, then you most likely can show it in a way or another, and this is something we value a lot.
4. You care about the end users and clients
This is something particularly important to us. We work with digital services, meaning that the software we build has human users. It's not enough to create technically well built software, when in the end, the success of the product depends on how user-friendly the end result is. It's not necessarily about being a designer, but rather understanding who is going to use the software and why.
Same applies to working with clients. They are humans too.
5. You fit into Futurice's culture
This is the part that is hard to define. But it is equally important as the technical requirements. As a rule of thumb we are looking for people who are smart, get things done and are nice to work with. So nice that you would feel sorry when they start in a new project and you are no longer able to work with them on a daily basis.
To convince us that you are one of us, don't just tell us where you have worked or studied. Tell us who you are, and where you are heading at. Describe what you already know, and what you will learn next. You might also want to take a look at our five steps to a great application for more inspiration.
NOTE: We are currently not able to offer visa sponsorships for Sweden, so unfortunately we can't take applications from outside EU/EEA forward.
Futurice is a new breed of innovation consultancy that has digital values at its core. We inject life into digital solutions by designing innovative mobile apps and online software – all with a focus on user experience and interaction. We believe that the winning recipe for digital projects is happy people, happy customers, and happy users. Our customers span financial services, media, automotive and energy, amongst others.
Founded in 2000 we are over 400-strong and growing. A Finnish company, our HQ is in Helsinki and we have offices in Tampere, Stockholm, London, Berlin and Munich. For more information, visit www.futurice.com.