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Auto Trader UK Overview

Manchester, England
501 to 1000 employees
1977
Company - Public
Advertising & Marketing
£100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
We believe that there’s nothing more important than trust and transparency in today’s automotive marketplace. A transparent market makes car buying fair, inherently generating trust and building better relationships.

We do this by ... Read more

Mission: Our purpose is to lead the future of the UK's digital automotive marketplace. We aim to improve the process of buying and selling vehicles in the UK, by continually evolving the ecosystem to provide a better experience for consumers, retailers and manufacturers ... Read more

Company Updates

  • It’s not about ticking boxes, it’s about making a difference. So proud to be No.9 at the Inclusive Companies Awards IT50. The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers Auto Trader UK #ICA19 #IT50 #diversity #autotraderuk #proud

  • We are delighted to join the #IT50 once again! Thank you to The Inclusive Companies Network for recognising the work of our incredibly passionate and talented people, without whom none of this would be possible. ⭐️#diversity #inclusion

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Auto Trader UK – Why Work With Us?


90% of our team are proud to work at Auto Trader. What more can we say? If you do want to know more about why, here’s a great place to start.
 
Our six values are important to us, not just because they got us where we are today but because they underpin everything we do, from recruitment, career development, recognition through to the delivery of our products and services.

They’re designed to be practical and achievable and lived by every day. Here’s our definition and what they mean to us:

Community-minded – we look after each other and think of others before ourselves. We respect diversity and advocate inclusion. We make a difference to the communities around us.

Courageous – we are bold in our thinking and overcome our fears. We challenge the conventional and run towards and embrace change.

Curious – we question why and search for a better way of doing things. We ask questions, actively listen and we are always learning.

Determined – we have the conviction to do the right thing. We have stamina, resilience and roll our sleeves up to get the job done. We are passionate about our customers.

Humble – we are open, honest and approachable. We recognise success in others and ourselves. We admit and learn from our mistakes

Reliable – we focus on the outcome and if we say we’re going to do something, we do it. Our work ethic is strong, and we perform under pressure.

Core benefits

 

  • 25 days holiday increasing to 28 days – after five years of service
  • Group personal pension – you contribute 3% and we contribute 5% of your salary
  • Free healthcare options – choose between Bupa Private Healthcare for you and Simply Health Cash plan for you and your dependents
  • Life assurance – Four times your salary for your beneficiaries (or you can buy even more)
  • Income protection insurance – a group policy that can secure some of your income
  • Employee assistance – 24-hour support and advice

 

Flexible benefits

·       Maternity, paternity, and adoption leave – enhanced pay

·       Buy/sell holidays – buy up to five days and sell up to five to spend on other benefits

·       Annual share save scheme – a great opportunity to participate in the success of our company by ultimately owning shares at a discounted price

·       Three ways to get to work – cycle to work (12-month lease agreement), discounted car parking in Manchester, season ticket loan (pay for your ticket over a 12-month period)

·       Give as you earn – donate from your gross salary so your gift goes further

·       Auto Trader discounts – across a wide variety of retailers

We expect people who join us to be proactive with their own career and here are some of the ways we help you take your career to the next level: 

 

  • Supportive environment – we encourage you to experiment, learn and grow
  • Masterclasses – focusing on communication, leadership, team building, planning and organisation
  • Conferences - attend some of the best conferences in the industry to not only aid your development, we just ask that you bring what you have learnt and share it with your colleagues! 
  • Mentoring - we have an active mentor network to support your own development, and for you to support others
  • Volunteering in the community – two paid working days a year to give something back

 

We also have a number of employee-led guilds that focus on accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement. These provide fantastic opportunities to shape the Auto Trader culture as well as to develop your own skills and experience.

 

Our six values are important to us, not just because they got us where we are today but because they underpin everything we do, from recruitment, career development, recognition through to the delivery of our products and services.

They’re designed to be practical and achievable and lived by every day. Here’s our definition and what they mean to us:

  • Community-minded – we look after each other and think of others before ourselves. We respect diversity and advocate inclusion. We make a difference to the communities around us 
  • Courageous – we are bold in our thinking and overcome our fears. We challenge the conventional and run towards and embrace change
  • Curious – we question why and search for a better way of doing things. We ask questions, actively listen and we are always learning
  • Determined – we have the conviction to do the right thing. We have stamina, resilience and roll our sleeves up to get the job done. We are passionate about our customers
  • Humble – we are open, honest and approachable. We recognise success in others and ourselves. We admit and learn from our mistakes
  • Reliable – we focus on the outcome and if we say we’re going to do something, we do it. Our work ethic is strong, and we perform under pressure

 

 

 




Auto Trader sits across the technology, automotive and advertising industries and is a major consumer brand. We are:
  • Data-led: Data, and the insight derived from it, power everything that we do from new products and development to enhancements to search and advertising. Our colleagues are organised into high-performing, data-oriented squads to ensure we are agile and quick to respond to change.
  • Inclusive: Ensuring Auto Trader is a diverse, inclusive and conscious employer that contributes positively to its communities is a key strategic priority for our business.
  • One team: We have built a simple, lean and relatively flat-structured organisation, and we value our people and their opinions. We host an annual employee conference to share ideas, bringing colleagues together from Manchester, London and those based in the field around the UK.

We sponsor, host and attend a series of exciting events all year round

For a list of all our events please visit www.autotrader.co.uk/jobs 

Auto Trader UK Reviews

  • Featured Review

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    "A Really Excellent Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Auto Trader UK full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    From a developer's point of view, this has to be one of the best web companies to work for in the North of England, and probably nationally. They have excellent, cutting edge tech (early adopters of cloud and containerisation), truly Agile practices, and pretty boundless ambition. The business is strong too, but one of the real cultural strengths is that they are very reflective, very aware of their weaknesses and vulnerabilities and move fast to remove them. The culture is all-pervasive and mostly very positive. The atmosphere is overwhelmingly friendly, and from the top down it is a company run by, and for, real people. I really enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    The location (central Manchester) wasn't right for me, but of course that will not be a problem for everyone. The car industry is facing some structural headwinds which may hit them in the future but so far they seem immune. At the moment they are riding high, but there are some potentially very serious competitors out there.

    Advice to Management

    Stay uncomplacent.

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Auto Trader UK Photos

Auto Trader UK photo of: Circus of Acceptance
Auto Trader UK photo of: Manchester Pride Ready
Auto Trader UK photo of: For #internationalwomensday on the 8th March & in celebration of the theme #pressforprogress we’re giving away books celebrating women who had a significant impact over the years.
Auto Trader UK photo of: These LGBT inspired land yards went like hot cakes when they first arrived at the office!
Auto Trader UK photo of: In 2017 153 of our colleagues spent time with local communities local to where we live and work. Making a difference is very important to us.
Auto Trader UK photo of: In February we celebrated LGBT history month. One lucky person was the winner of these amazing books from our social media competition!
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Auto Trader UK Interviews

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    Graduate Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Auto Trader UK (Manchester, England) in August 2019.

    Interview

    Interview initially comprised of four stages; online application via the AT website, numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning tests online, a phone interview and an assessment day. At each point in the process bar the reasoning tests, AT are interested in you as a person, your ambitions for joining the company and your interest/experience in the specific role.

    The assessment day usually involves a one to one interview and a group task amongst other activities. If you are successful in reaching this stage , you are given plenty of information in advance, and time to prepare for the day

    Throughout the whole process AT ensure you are made to feel welcome and really put in the effort to give you the most relaxing space to be your honest self. Their recruitment team is a testament to the quality of Auto Trader as market leader, overall very impressed.

    Interview Questions

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Auto Trader UK Awards & Accolades

  • Lord Mayor's Award, Manchester Pride, 2016
  • The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For, Sunday Times Best Companies, 2017
  • Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, Best Companies, 2018
  • Best Commercial Float 2018, Manchester Pride, 2018
  • MEN Business of the Year, Manchester Evening News, 2018
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