Hello to Rob Bowley

This week we welcome Rob Bowley to CoopDigital as head of engineering. If you’ve been following our blog posts you’ll know that we’ve been working hard to build our digital engineering team and Rob will lead that newly formed community in CoopDigital.

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Rob spent many years as a software engineer before moving into leading and growing technology teams for fast-paced start up/high growth organisations. He has a long history of successfully practising and advocating agile/lean methodologies and is excited to be bringing his experience to the CoopDigital team.

After 15 years in London, we’re delighted that Rob and his family are moving to Manchester. You’ll hear more from Rob in the coming months on the blog.

Welcome Rob.

Dave Johnson
Director of Engineering

Testing Co-op Membership, an update

I recently joined the CoopDigital team as Head of Engineering for Membership. I’ve been working alongside the team for the last 10 months for PwC, so it’s been great to see the team develop and deliver the new Membership product and start testing Co-op Membership with our 68,000 colleagues.

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George Callaghan

We’re learning lots, the team will share more over the next few weeks, but here’s some initial findings:

  • 69% of all colleague membership transactions were made with the new membership card
  • over half of our colleagues have used their new card
  • 50% of new membership online account access has been via mobile, 31% via desktop and 18% via tablet
  • over 2000 charities have completed an application form to be in receipt of the 1% for your community, and are now being reviewed

So what next?

Answering this question has been shaping my first few weeks within Co-op. The team has been working through the roadmap with the product owners, incorporating feedback from our colleagues, workshopping solutions for the market launch priority items, reorganising ourselves to enable agile delivery across the entire technology stack and also doing a bit of coding on the side.  

I’ve also been working with the digital engineering leadership team to plan our recruitment for the rest of the year. This means we’re hiring, if you are interested in joining this exciting team have a look at our vacancies.

Georgina (George) Callaghan.

Gender bias in job adverts.

We’re looking for lots of digital people to come and join us @CoopDigital and I’m helping to find them. I was interested to see if there was any link between the gender of the writer of a job advert to that of the applicants. Here’s what I’ve found out so far:

Content Designer

  • Advert written solely by a female
  • Total applications received: 25
  • Female applicants: 13
  • Male applicants: 12
  • This means 52% of applications are from women

Polly1

 Digital Delivery Manager

  • Advert written collaboratively between female and male colleagues
  • Total applications received: 17
  • Female: 3
  • Male: 14
  • Only 18% of applications are from women.

Product Manager

  • Advert written solely by male colleague
  • Total applications received: 40
  • Female: 5
  • Male: 35
  • Only 12.5% of applications are from females.

Looking at the stats above there appears to be a link between the gender of the writer and the diversity of the applicants.

So how to tackle this? 

There is some great research surrounding gender bias within job adverts. The Women’s College Coalition found that men apply for jobs when they meet 60% of the criteria, while women wait until they feel they meet 100%. We should definitely consider this when writing future adverts. Do we really need all 10 bullet points highlighting role accountabilities? Could we scale down to just 5 and open ourselves up to more relevant and diverse applications?

What about the look of the advert? The colour, format and font used? All things to consider and I’m to go away and do more research on this.

I am going to use this gender decoder to check all new job adverts. The study that it was based on found that masculine-coded language puts women off more and that the effect on feminine-coded language on male applicants is only slight. Here are some blog posts on the subject that inspired the tool:

http://www.eremedia.com/ere/you-dont-know-it-but-women-see-gender-bias-in-your-job-postings/
http://madebymany.com/blog/can-a-few-well-chosen-words-improve-inclusivity

I’d be interested to hear any experiences or findings anyone else may have on this subject.

Polly Haslam

Our latest vacancies
Product Managers (applications now closed)
Delivery Managers (applications now closed)
Content Designers (applications now closed)
Head of Engineering (applications now closed)

 

 

 

We’re Hiring

We’re hiring user researchers, designers, product managers, delivery managers, service managers, service analysts, business analysts and engineers, lots of engineers…front end, back end, testing, operations and architects.

If you are motivated by values and pioneering new forms of co-operation using the internet at scale, by listening to and understanding the needs of real people then we’d love to hear from you.​

Follow the links below to apply, we’ll be adding many more roles each week.

Tom, Ben, Danielle, Jamie and Dave

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