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DC Thomson Pathways Programme

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Location: UK: Offices based in London, Glasgow and Dundee but welcome applications for remote working

Opportunity: 6-month returnship programme

Starts: September 2022

Apply by: 1 June 2022

DC Thomson brings its newly developed returners programme to you, part of Pathways, the company’s new approach to recruitment.

DC Thomson recognises that returning to the workplace can be a challenging time and is delighted to be partnering with Women Returners to launch its new six-month returnship programme. The company is committed to supporting you at every stage of your journey, making the transition back into work as seamless as possible. Its Product & Technology and Insights, Data and Audience teams have identified a number of opportunities to make its returners programme a success.

Why DC Thomson?

DC Thomson is one of the leading media organisations in the UK, with a community of 1,600 colleagues with different strengths, experiences and perspectives, united by a shared goal of building brands that inform, entertain and delight audiences across the globe.

People and communities are at the heart of everything DC Thomson does: the colleague communities, the communities they live and work in and the communities it builds around its brands.

About the Programme

The programme offers a professionally-paid, six-month placement with the strong likelihood of permanent employment at the end of the programme. During your time on the programme, you’ll be leveraging your previous skills and experience to undertake a role in the business.  You’ll also be fully supported with:

  • Career returners coaching programme delivered by Women Returners
  • A ready-made peer support group, you’ll be joining the programme as a cohort
  • A mentor to help you navigate your return, DC Thomson has in place a hugely well-respected mentorship scheme that you will be part of
  • A learning-led culture where colleagues are given the support to enhance their careers
  • A buddy to ask your day-to-day questions

The programme’s commitment to you is ensuring you have a supported and valuable experience.

The company supports flexible working where possible to allow colleagues to balance home and working lives. It is happy to talk flexible working at interview.

DC Thomson’s Product and Technology Function

As the largest digital transformation in the company’s history continues apace, the centralised Product and Technology team is a true engineering and product focused centre of excellence. The team is made up of Full-Stack Engineers, Front and Back-End Engineers, UI/UX talent, Product Owners, DevOps Engineers, Data focused skills and Agile thinkers. It focuses on the quality of products delivered, rather than the quantity and take pride in sharing expertise across the diverse range of DC Thomson brands.

DC Thomson’s Insight, Data and Audience Function

The Insight, Data and Audience (IDA) unit brings together the component parts in understanding audience behaviour, motivations, purposes and opportunities. IDA colleagues work as data analysts, social media and search specialists and performance and brand marketing experts.

The unit identifies needs, understands audience perceptions, develops user mindsets, uncovers pain points and feedbacks on how it might improve experience or better connect our brands and products with their needs.

It works across many areas of the business, from running audience development bootcamps with content teams, user testing with prototypes built by UX and digital product teams to supporting market discovery for new opportunities.

Who is the programme for?

DC Thomson is looking for individuals with expertise across technical disciplines including:

  • Software Engineering
  • Data Analysis
  • UX/UI Design
  • Project Analysis
  • Business Analysis
  • Product Ownership

DC Thomson is looking for returners who are looking to get back into work after a break of at least 18 months. During your career break you may have been volunteering or working on a smaller-scale or may not have been in any paid employment for some time. You must have the right to work in the UK.

How to Apply

To apply for the DC Thomson Pathways Programme, please submit your CV and cover letter to womenreturners@dcthomson.co.uk. Please include the role you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

Please contact womenreturners@dcthomson.co.uk with any questions and one of the team will be able to help.

The closing date for applications is 1 June 2022.