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Zonal Overview

Edinburgh, Scotland
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
£50 to £100 million (GBP) per year
For businesses looking for sustainable growth and improved efficiencies Zonal, the UK's No.1 supplier of Hospitality EPoS Systems, has the answer.

For 40 years we have helped hospitality companies achieve their business goals - large or ... Read more

Mission: Since 1979, we have helped hospitality companies achieve their business goals – large or small, pub, bar, restaurant, hotel or leisure venue. Zonal deliver world-class solutions, built around individual customer needs.

The unrivalled financial ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We are excited to have made it to the finals of the Scottish Financial Technology Awards in the Information Security category!

  • We have lots of new roles live so now is a really exciting time to join the growing Zonal family. Contact us at or see our website for more info.

    Zonal Careers

    Zonal serves up technology solutions for the hospitality sector and we are searching for the finest ingredients to join our growing team. Our success is down to our people, who have a hunger for delivering great service and creative solutions that makes us stand out from the crowd.

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Zonal – Why Work With Us?

Our story began back in 1979 when the McLean Family identified the need to monitor sales, stock and wastage in their family hotel near Edinburgh when they noticed shortfalls in stock and takings. Zonal founder, the late Ralph McLean, concerned over his £30 a night loss, invented a solution to manage and control operations and the first EPoS system was created.

That year, an employee of famed brewer Scottish & Newcastle came in for a pint and liked what he saw. The brewery went on to adopt the system across their pub estate, using it to enable both head office and site managers to have a level of information that had never before been available.

Zonal expanded its customer base and started to supply to the regional breweries and pub groups, including JD Wetherspoon and Greene King. In order to fund growth in the business the family hotel was sold and the business and family home moved to Forth Street in Edinburgh. The Forth Street site remained the company’s head office until 2014 when it moved to state of the art premises at Tanfield, still in Zonal’s home town of Edinburgh.

Zonal has developed and evolved from a small Scottish business to a company that employs over 700 people whilst still maintaining its proud Scottish heritage. Zonal remains a true family business with five family members on the board. To add external talent and expertise, the company recruited key roles such as CFO and COO as non-family members, who have been carefully selected so they fit with the Zonal ethos.

Today, Zonal solutions are used daily in over 16,000 leisure and hospitality businesses across the UK, ranging from restaurant and pub groups, night clubs to, garden centres. The company’s full product suite of technology solutions enable Zonal to offer a fully integrated service to any hospitality business.

Want to join the UK’s most exciting, fastest growing EPoS Company?

We’re the No.1 Supplier of EPoS Systems to the Hospitality Industry in the UK and we can offer a wide range of exciting and challenging career opportunities in the following sectors:

We believe that Zonal’s success depends entirely on the quality of our team. We are proud to employ a great team, but as we grow our business we need more brilliant people, just like you, to join our teams throughout the UK.

If you’re hard-working, forward-thinking, passionate and ambitious, we’d love to hear from you! For more information, drop us an email at


We are genuinely passionate about our company, our customers, our products and our people. Put simply, we want to be the best.


By employing the best people, we ensure we have great knowledge and know-how within our teams and this ensures we can offer the best products and services to our customers, keeping us ahead of our competitors.


We employ great people who are enthusiastic, forward-thinking and committed to the company. We work together to ensure our company success.


By continually innovating, we can stay ahead of our competition and deliver exactly what our customers want. New ideas help drive the business and allow us to develop our product suite, ensuring we are the best.

Zonal has been established for 40 years and has gone from strength to strength within the UK EPoS hospitality market.

Over the course of the last 5 years, we have doubled the size of our workforce, increasing from 320 staff to over 700.

We believe that Zonal’s success depends entirely on the quality of our team. Our goal is to recruit the most talented individuals, invest in their training and development, progress their business skills and help them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

If you’re passionate, hard-working, forward-thinking and ambitious, and interested in joining the Zonal team, we’d love to hear from you!

Zonal Benefits

  • Competitive salaries, reviewed annually
  • Annual profit share scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme (with Zonal making a contribution of 5% of your pensionable earnings, if you contribute a minimum of 3%)
  • Employee protection scheme comprising Life Assurance, Critical Illness and Income Protection
  • Cyclescheme
  • 33 days annual leave
  • Occupational sick pay scheme
  • Fantastic Company Culture
  • Relaxed Dress Code
  • Formal performance review process
  • In house training and e-learning centre
  • Provision of company car or van for field-based employees, supported by our fleet safety management programme
  • Free breakfast cereals, fruit and soft drinks

Zonal Culture

Since 1979 our success has continued and this is thanks to team effort and innovation. The numerous awards we have won are a testament to our winning culture, one which is open and supportive.

In May 2014, we won the prestigious title of “Family Business of the Year” at the Scottish Business Awards and were shortlisted for “Product Innovation of the Year”.  In December 2014, we also scooped the Herald Family Business Award for Business Innovations.

Zonal Reviews

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    Current Employee - Technical & Marketing Communications Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Zonal full-time (More than 10 years)


    Job Satisfaction
    Growing Rapidly
    Interesting Sector
    Nice People


    Busy, fast-paced rate of technology evolution

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Rewards

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Zonal Photos

Zonal photo of: Company HQ
Zonal photo of: Afternoon tea for this month's new starters. A great opportunity for them to meet each other and managers.
Zonal photo of: Recruitment Event being held on Thursday 16th May!
Zonal photo of: S1 Recruitment Award Winners for Best In-House Recruitment Team and Commendation for HR Team of the Year
Zonal photo of: Delighted that our HR Team have been short-listed for 2 awards at the s1jobs Awards this April!
Zonal photo of: Tanfield - HQ
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Zonal Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    React Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Edinburgh, Scotland
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Zonal (Edinburgh, Scotland) in May 2019.


    Sit down written test followed by a 3 Panel interview. This is the second and last interview I will ever be attending at Zonal. There really need to start outlining what skills they require prior to selecting to selecting candidates for interview as they are wasting everyone time. Prior to doing the test I asked the tech lead why there where asking .net questions for a contract React dev role? His response was that all the backend was in C# so you need to know that as well. I don't know why did they not advertise a React/C# developer as that is what they are looking for?

    Interview Questions

    • Half the written questions where C# .net related asking about subjects like abstract classes etc. The rest of the questions where standard JS and CSS questions with none on React.js.   1 Answer
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Zonal Awards & Accolades

  • Scottish Family Business of the Year (Large), The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards, 2018
  • Best In-House Recruitment Team, s1jobs Recruitment Awards, 2019
  • Commendation for HR Team of the Year, s1jobs Recruitment Awards, 2019
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