A growing organisation
At SIDN, we've been striving for several years to increase the range of services that we offer. The aim is to become less dependent on .nl registrations. The SIDN Domain Name Surveillance Service is one of the lines of business that we've developed. However, as well as developing services, we've bought Connectis, a leading name in the field of on-line identification. As we've widened our activity portfolio, our organisation has been getting larger. We currently have ninety-five employees.
Getting the best out of yourself
In Effectory's most recent staff satisfaction survey, we scored 7.8 out of ten. That high mark is partly down to the way we encourage all our people to get the best out of themselves. As well as having the opportunity to take on challenges and work on worthwhile projects, our personnel have the chance to follow training courses, study for extra qualifications and attend conferences. We allocate 7 per cent of the wage bill to personal development activities. "If you work at SIDN, it's taken for granted that you know all about the latest testing and development methods," says Test Analyst Uzoma Uzegbu. "So, to keep adding to my knowledge, I regularly go on courses and visit seminars."
Great working environment
Excellent pay and conditions, an active staff council and a personal sponsorship budget that you can use to support a good cause of your choice. Those are just a few of the things that make working at SIDN such a positive experience. Uzoma also points to the informal atmosphere: "There are no Chinese walls here. Everyone is encouraged to have their own ideas and to take the initiative."
Wanted: test analyst
We are looking for a test analyst with at least five years' experience in software testing, who is TMAP and/or ISTQB-certified and knows about automated testing. In Uzoma's eyes, however, the most important thing is a commitment to delivering top-quality services. "We work to more exacting test standards than most organisations. So, to be a test analyst here, you need to be really diligent. We run the .nl domain, after all, and it can't be allowed to go wrong. That makes our work challenging, but in a good way."
Contributing to better applications
"What I like most about testing is knowing that I'm contributing to better applications," explains Uzoma. "My contribution is tracking down flaws in functional designs and applications. I've already been involved in a number of exciting projects, such as checking over the domain name registration system for .amsterdam."
Doing work that makes a difference to the world is very important for Uzoma. "Everything that we do at SIDN is for the benefit of the community. People here have a strong sense that they're not working for any narrow interest, but for the good of the country as a whole, or even for the good of the entire world. We're committed to making a real contribution to the community. I find that uplifting!"
Wanted: proposition developer
At least eight years' experience, good project management skills and knowledge of ICT and marketing. That's what our ideal new proposition developer will have. And, if you fit the bill, you can look forward to working on exciting projects in a great setting. So says proposition developer Daniel Federer. "Business development is a discipline you mainly associate with large corporations. It's unusual to have a business development team at an organisation of SIDN's size. What that means is that you get corporate-style opportunities while enjoying all the benefits of working for a small company, such as short communication lines and an informal atmosphere."
Working on new services
As a proposition developer, your role will be bringing new concepts to market. We are aiming to develop propositions in three fields: digital security, digital identity and digital usability. "The job involves a lot of teamwork," stresses Daniel Federer. "In the research phase, you'll often be working with external agencies for panels and qualitative analyses. At that stage, the main question to be answered is whether there is any demand for the service. Does it have any added value? Is it a good fit with SIDN? In the implementation phase, you'll be overseeing a project team. In other words, you'll be acting as a proper project manager."
A small organisation with a big status
"Our role as the registry for .nl gives a business developer a head start," Daniel believes. "The .nl domain is a great basis for developing new services. And, in the .nl registrars, you have access to an excellent sales channel. Finally, you're part of an organisation with enormous technical expertise. So, if you ever wonder whether an idea is technically feasible, the people with the answers are just across the corridor."
A dynamic organisation
We've changed a lot in the last few years. And we expect to change even more in the years ahead. Working for us will mean helping to build an organisation that is more agile and innovative, an organisation that always puts the customer centre stage. And, as the organisation develops, so will you. You'll have ample opportunity to follow training courses and learn new working methods. "If you're a business developer, you are by definition a pioneer," says Daniel. "But there aren't many organisations that can give you the opportunity to break new ground that you'll get here."
To learn more about these vacancies and about working for SIDN, visit werkenbijsidn.nl.