Quest Software Engineering Graduate Rothsay

London 19-05-2023
Open Source

Rothesay is a UK insurance company purpose built to protect pensions. We are the largest specialist pension insurer in the UK, managing over £50bn of assets and securing pensions for over 810,000 people. We secure pensions for over 170 pension schemes and insurers including British Airways, Post Office, ASDA, National Grid and Aegon.

At Rothesay, we are striving to transform our industry. We believe deeply in creating real security for the future and our leadership in finding new and better ways to do that is the key to our success. To do that, we need the very brightest original thinkers to bring creativity as well as rigour. Rothesay is a rewarding place to work, where quality people can thrive and prosper. We pride ourselves on the connections our people build, many of whom have been with us for over ten years.


Job title:           Quest Software Engineering Graduate 2023

Role type:         Permanent


The engineering team at Rothesay develops and supports systems used by front office (trading, risk, strats, capital, pricing) and middle office (operations, finance).

We are currently working on a significant multi-year project ‘Project Quest’ to migrate all pricing models, trade booking and risk management systems to new in-house developed software (historically we have used systems and platforms provided by Goldman Sachs).

We are looking for graduates to join our team to get involved in the Quest project. The day to day of the job will involve developing an understanding of requirements for an element of the system that we are building, contributing code to the new system and working with the team on testing of software components.

This is a great chance to work with and learn from Rothesay’s team of extremely highly regarded, experienced and friendly software engineers. At Rothesay every employee has the opportunity to make a real impact to the business. The engineering team are open to new technologies and creative ideas.



  • Working with internal Rothesay stakeholders to understand requirements and how they translate into application/system features, including proposing ideas of your own to solve business problems
  • Enhancing existing systems and developing new systems according to the user requirements
  • Contributing high quality, well tested source code to our codebases


Skills & Experience:


  • Experience writing code in 1 or more programming languages and a strong interest in developing your software engineering expertise
  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving capability
  • Ability to learn quickly and work with varied programming languages and technologies
    (the primary languages that will be used are Python and Rust)
    (experience with the proprietary "securities language" Slang is not expected – but the role may involve some Slang development)
  • A team player with excellent communication skills



  • Python programming experience
  • Rust programming experience
  • A track record of contributions to an open source project
  • Linux/Unix experience
  • Microsoft Windows experience
  • Cloud computing experience



  • Technical Skills - Demonstrates strong technical skills required for the role, pays attention to detail, takes initiative to broaden his/her knowledge and demonstrates appropriate analytical skills
  • Drive and Motivation – Be a self-starter; successfully handles multiple tasks, takes initiative to improve his/her own performance, works intensely towards extremely challenging goals and persists in the face of obstacles or setbacks
  • Client and Business Focus - Effectively handles difficult requests, builds trusting, long-term relationships with clients and service providers, helps the client to identify/define needs and manages client/business expectations
  • Teamwork – Demonstrate evidence of being a strong team player, collaborates with others within and across teams, encourages other team members to participate and contribute and acknowledges others' contributions
  • Communication Skills - Communicates what is relevant and important in a clear and concise manner and shares information/new ideas with others
  • Judgement and Problem solving - Thinks ahead, anticipates questions, plans for contingencies, finds alternative solutions and identifies clear objectives. Sees the big picture and effectively analyses complex issues
  • Creativity/Innovation - Looks for new ways to improve current processes and develop creative solutions that are grounded in reality and have practical value
  • Influencing Outcomes - Presents sound, persuasive rationale for ideas or opinions. Takes a position on issues and influences others' opinions and presents persuasive recommendations



Rothesay actively promotes diversity and inclusivity. We know that our success depends on our people and that by nurturing a culture that values difference, we create a stronger, more dynamic business. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability or age.


Disclaimer This position description is intended to describe the duties most frequently performed by an individual in this position. It is not intended to be a complete list of assigned duties, but to describe a position level.  The role shall be performed within a professional office environment. Rothesay has health and safety polices that are available for all workers upon request.  There are no specific health risks associated with the role.


Applications are now closed