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2021 Placement Programme - Technology Support

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Technology Support

Aladdin is relied upon by dozens of the world’s largest organisations to manage their business around the world, 24/7, and no one knows Aladdin like us. The Technology Support business consists of system administrators, software developers, incident managers and project managers focused on maintaining the stability and efficiency of the Aladdin platform for BlackRock and our clients. We are a fast-paced team operating in a multifaceted environment, and we’re constantly seeking new ways to improve our efficiencies, processes and automation.

Life at BlackRock

Wonder what it’s really like to work at BlackRock? Our employees from offices all over the world share their thoughts on what makes our culture so special and unlike any other financial services firm – and what’s kept them here.

Our business contains eight teams:

Production Operations

Responsible for monitoring, supporting, and administering the interactive and batch systems which form the Aladdin platform, acting as a first responder for troubleshooting, problem resolution and critical issues. We also develop and support the tools used to manage and monitor the platform, along with third-party technologies such as Kafka, Zookeeper, Hadoop, Kubernetes and many more.

Enterprise Systems

Provides technology solutions for BlackRock's operations platform and to external client operational teams. The team is responsible for developing, implementing and supporting key Finance Operating systems globally. The remit extends to a wide variety of applications, with many different tech stacks across a wide range of in-house developed and externally hosted solutions.

Database

Responsible for every aspect of database technology and strategy at BlackRock. This includes database platforms like SAP Sybase ASE/Repserver/IQ, Microsoft SQL Server, Apache Cassandra/Solr, Oracle and Pivotal Greenplum and utilises Cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). We also build automated solutions in Python, Java and Perl to manage, monitor and capture a variety of data points to facilitate decision making, trends and analysis

Site Reliability Engineering

Works in partnership with our development and operations teams to continually improve Aladdin’s resiliency, scalability and performance. The team’s functions include software development, problem management, provision and implementation of in-house and third-party telemetry solutions, quality assurance, testing and developer experience, including the firm’s SDLC tooling.

Web Operations

Responsible for monitoring, supporting and engineering BlackRock’s web technology stack that services our Aladdin Platform and Aladdin Wealth
Technology digital offerings. The team works with a breadth of technologies, including Apache/Nginx, Consul, API gateways, Akamai and Kubernetes in complex multi-tenant environments. The team also develops their own automated solutions in Python & Java to scale team operations, to facilitate failover procedures and to provide web monitoring and metrics reporting capabilities.

Command Centre Operations

Responsible for BlackRock’s Incident, Problem and Change Management processes. We bring the firm together to identify, communicate and resolve complex technology incidents for BlackRock and our external clients. We are passionate about improving the reliability, scalability and performance of Aladdin.
Together, we help to deliver its evolution through our infrastructure and software release process. Our team also focuses on software development and
automation projects, data analysis and disaster recovery testing.

Platform Client Engagement

Provides a liaison between our Aladdin business and the Aladdin platform providing support for Aladdin client inquiries and initiatives, such as new environment builds, disaster recovery, business development support and management of projects for client technology requirements

Platform Project Management

Delivers and executes platform wide Aladdin initiatives through outcome-oriented project management. Our project managers work on some of the most complex, critical projects at the firm.

Our team is known for:

  • Fixing Difficult Problems: The most critical software and hardware issues come through and stop with us. We’re always looking for new solutions and projects to improve the performance and recovery of Aladdin.
  • Disaster Recovery: Hurricanes, snowstorms, hardware failure and software bugs all pose a real threat when there are trillions of dollars at stake.
  • Teamwork: We work with all areas of the BlackRock business, from developers to relationship managers to ensure we continue to provide extraordinary service as we grow.
  • More than just a team: It’s easy to picture us as a community rather than just a department. When we’re not solving some of the most complicated challenges in the FinTech sector, we’re coordinating Hackathons, Team Charity Days, Tech Meetups, running groups, table tennis, chess or video game tournaments and much, much more.

We partner with:

  • Internally: We work with Software Engineering, Aladdin Client Services, Relationship Management & Infrastructure Engineering.
  • Externally: We engage with external users of the Aladdin platform.

What capabilities are we looking for?

  • Critical thinking.
  • Decision making.
  • Multitasking.
  • Problem solving.
  • Technical curiosity.
  • Distilling large amounts of data.

Your learning & development will include:

  • Contributing to an exciting, collaborative environment with tremendous learning and growth potential.
  • Participating in assignments across various technology teams.
  • Learning our business and our technology stack.
  • Participating in hands-on technical and business work using sophisticated technologies.

Placement Programme – 6 and 12 Month

Our 6 and 12-month placements give you the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be part of BlackRock. You’ll have real-world responsibility from day one and contribute to our success in helping to meet the evolving needs of our clients. You’ll gain and develop new skills as you build the foundation for a successful career.

We offer placement positions in Edinburgh (Aladdin® Client Services and Technology Support) and in London (Software Engineering and Client and Product Management).

The Placement Programme acts as a feeder to the Full-Time Analyst Programme.

Eligibility

Undergraduate or master’s students required by their degree or university to complete a long-term internship. Candidates should have less than 18 months of directly relevant, full-time work experience and be graduating in:

  • 2022 for 6-month placements
  • 2023 for 12-month placements.

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