Spiral was established in 1998 with a vision to transform the oil industry’s use of software, providing innovative capabilities which help our clients make the most efficient use of every drop of crude oil. Since then, Spiral has gone from strength to strength and we were honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2012. Spiral is now part of Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management.
As part of the Schneider Electric Software organisation, Spiral has a strong development and technology focus, with over two thirds of our staff in software development roles. We provide industry-leading technology for the process industries, focusing in particular on the oil and petrochemicals sector. We are committed to maintaining and building our technology lead making significant investments into research and development each year.
We have a proven track record of working with our clients to push the knowledge envelope of their industry, identifying how new technologies can help them improve performance and efficiency. By bringing modern mathematics and information technology to bear, over the past 17 years we have changed the perspective of the industry on how to process crude oil. Our software now plays a key business role for over 100 client companies across more than 350 sites worldwide—including all of the oil majors.
Our supply chain toolset, launched in 2010, expands the scope of our tools into a much broader market encompassing planning, scheduling and logistics optimization. A strong development roadmap will continue to extend the end-to-end toolset capabilities as well as addressing other process industries, such as food & beverage, chemicals, mining and pharmaceuticals.
Spiral tools run complex and computationally-demanding mathematical models to predict the behaviour of industry processes. The emphasis is on developing robust, highly optimised and scalable solutions offering flexibility across desktop, web, mobile and programmatic interfaces. Typically, global implementations of our tools span hundreds of users across an organisation. Support for thin client and cloud-based implementations allows client companies to minimise implementation costs while maintaining high performance with granular control over access to data and services.
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Spiral has a proven track record of attracting and retaining outstanding individuals. We pride ourselves on maintaining a positive, friendly work environment where extraordinary people can make the most of their talent, develop their skills and work as part of a great team.
Our offices are located in the Cambridge Science Park, Europe’s longest-serving and largest centre for commercial research and development. The Science Park provides a number of first-class facilities including a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, children’s nursery and an attractive landscaped environment for walking and jogging.
Spiral’s modern offices provide facilities and technology of the highest standard, making for a comfortable and efficient work environment. Our spacious open-plan seating environment with daylight balanced lighting is complemented by meeting and breakout spaces for collaboration, private work and socialising with colleagues. We maintain a fully-stocked kitchen with daily deliveries of fresh, quality food for all staff.
As you would expect from a leading-edge software company, our computing facilities are state-of-the-art including two large monitors for all staff and powerful development machines. We make the most of modern software to help make our work as productive and enjoyable as possible, including Pluralsight training and the latest versions of Microsoft development tools.
Our development and QA engineers work as part of Agile teams with a focus on delivering innovative, high-quality software that exceeds our customers’ expectations. As part of the broader Schneider Electric Software organisation, we have access to a deep global pool of expertise and resources. We run an exchange programme which provides opportunities to spend time working in another part of our global business.
The Spiral Users’ Meeting (SUM) is an annual event where we showcase our latest innovations to clients. We work together as a team to bring together this high-quality event, building skills in a broad range of areas and giving a unique opportunity for staff in a range of disciplines to meet with our user community.
We offer an attractive benefits package including an annual bonus scheme, a competitive contributory pension scheme, BUPA health and dental cover, life insurance cover and a number of other benefits.
Spiral is continuing to grow and we are looking for exceptional people to join our team across a wide range of roles.
In software development, we are looking for talented programmers in a number of key skill areas including core business logic; scalable server components and cloud; web and desktop UI/UX; distributed high-performance computing; mathematical modelling and optimization. Our primary software development platform is Microsoft Windows with code written in C# and C++ using the latest language capabilities and libraries.
We are also looking for software QA engineers/testers to work as part of our agile development teams, with particular interest in skills such as automated testing and QA for scalable web and SaaS solutions.
In the area of delivery and support, we are looking for supply chain consultants to work closely with customers to deliver successful solutions, and IT specialists to design and maintain our Cloud and SaaS solutions.
We also have opportunities in sales, marketing, technical authoring, technical support and project management.