Apprenticeship - Junior Software Engineer

London (Greater)
24,000 pa
07 Oct 2020
31 Jan 2021
Role Type
Start Date
12-18 months

Working at Amex – UK 30 Sec

American Express is continuing an exciting transformation driven by an energetic team. This diverse and creative organisation has the power to shape our technology and product roadmap. If you have an interest in improving your skills in a tech environment while meeting innovative thinkers and serving our customers across physical and digital spaces, join our transformation team!  


Apprentices will have the opportunity to work across a multitude of features across various departments, from teams using Spring Cloud and Webflux for reactive Java services, or Node.js driving React web applications and even polyglot microservices. To teams using the latest in Cloud Native technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes and Golang. With the latest versions of Kotlin and Swift language features driving the mobile team. We're often experimenting with new technologies; it's all about picking the right tool for the right job and giving you the skills and knowledge to use them.


We are looking for Apprentices to join in our 18 Month Software Engineering Apprenticeship which will give you real on-the-job work experience whilst allowing you to gain a Level 4 Java Software Engineering qualification. Our Program has been designed to nurture our next generation of technical specialists and leaders. We’ll provide you with continuous training and development, 20% in house classroom-based training with 80% on the job learning. With a tailored development plan and opportunities to increase your skills throughout, you'll receive support in your placement team from your leader, buddy and mentor, to aid you in securing a permanent role in one of our teams, We are committed to providing Apprentices the opportunity to work on projects that can make a long-lasting impact on the business, as well as a good experience through multiple networking events during the programme.


What type of work can you expect to do in Technology at American Express?


  • Identify exciting opportunities for adopting new technologies to solve existing needs and predict future challenges

  • Develop software applications as part of a Scrum team

  • Learn technical skills, write code, conduct code reviews and testing

  • Work with product managers to prioritise features for new products and manage a list of requirements based on industry trends and new technologies

  • Design work, such as user experience or graphic design

  • Working and collaborating in an Agile Environment

  • Bespoke learning and development programme, e.g. technical, leadership, networking and soft skills

  • Take part in social activities, charity days, and projects with other Apprentices and Graduates


Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.


Minimum Qualifications

Are you up for the challenge?



  • Creative, collaborative and curious thinker with a desire to learn

  • An Eye for detail and the ability to identify opportunities for innovation and change

  • Passion for technology

  • Ability to effectively communicate with non-technical business partners

  • Capable of working well and contributing meaningfully in a team environment

  • Fluent English communication

  • Prior ​coding knowledge/experience in at least one programming language

Good to have:

  • Experience of developing products or projects either in an academic, professional or personal setting

  • Some entry level software development experience or design or creative experience

Educational Requirements:

  • A Levels preferably grade C or above (or equivalent i.e. BTEC) in STEM related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)

  • A*-C Grade GCSE Maths & English

  • *Please note that if you have studied/achieved a Level 4 or above in computer science, you are not eligible to apply*


Why American Express?

There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.

American Express has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years, backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.

We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the best future they envision.

Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.

The powerful backing of American Express. 

Don’t make a difference without it.

Don’t live life without it.


Equal Opportunities Statement 

American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law


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