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Zonal Overview

Edinburgh, Scotland
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
IT Services
£50 to £100 million (GBP) per year
Zonal is a UK-based, family-owned connected technology provider, offering a comprehensive, integrated suite of technology solutions to more than 16,000 hospitality and leisure businesses across the country. For businesses looking for sustainable growth and improved efficiencies ... 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 success of Zonal has ... Read more

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Zonal – Why Work With Us?

Zonal was established in 1979, when the McLean family identified the need for a solution to manage and control their hotel operations near Edinburgh. The solution was the first electronic-point-of-sale (EPoS) system on the market, invented by Zonal’s founder, the late Ralph McLean.

This early EPoS system was admired by legendary brewer Scottish & Newcastle who then adopted our system across their network of pubs, providing both head office and site managers access to a wealth of information.

Ralph handed the reins over to his son, Stuart, who became CEO of Zonal in 1997. Alongside his talented team, Stuart continued to grow and transform the company into what is now: the UK’s largest hospitality technology company.




Zonal has develed and evolved from a small Scottish business to a company that employs over 500 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, CTO and COO as non-family members, who have been carefully selected so they fit with the Zonal ethos.

We now serve more than 16,000 businesses, including bars & pubs, restaurants, garden centres, holiday parks, theatres and many more. From small independents through to large chains, some of our customers include JD Wetherspoon, Greene King, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, ATG & Haven Holidays.

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.

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.

We're really proud of our team. Our people are our biggest asset.

We want our peole to love what they do and develop their careers with us. From apprentices to graduates, to the most experienced levels and everything in between, we look for exceptional and passionate individuals to join our family across the UK.

What are YOU waiting for? Come and join us..............join the Zonal family.


Zonal Reviews

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    "It's what you make of it"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Zonal full-time (More than 3 years)


    Most of the staff are genuine please to work with. Delievery managers are generally great people to work under as most encourage good working practises, personal development and support their teams.


    Development side of the business is segregated to the rest of the business. Whilst dev teams implement agile like practises, pressure from sales and senior management can be counter intutive.

    Common to deal with negative / skepitcal individuals which can be infectious, like in many organisations.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve flow of communication. More transparency in decisions.

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Zonal Photos

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Zonal photo of: Visit of Kate Forbes MSP
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: S1 Recruitment Award Winners for Best In-House Recruitment Team and Commendation for HR Team of the Year
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Zonal Interviews



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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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