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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 550-strong and growing. A Finnish company, our HQ is in Helsinki and we have offices in Tampere, Stockholm, Oslo, London, Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. For more information, visit http://www.futurice.com.
About this position:
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
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.