Who are we?
The AFD Group is a group of privately-owned and managed businesses, based at the exciting Mountain View Innovation Centre near Ramsey, Isle of Man. Operations began in Scotland in 1983 as a home-based operation, largely involved in the supply of computer systems and office equipment.
Our current operations include the development and supply of Address Management Software, Children’s Animated TV & DVD Series, Holiday and Events Facilities as well as Property and Facilities Management.
In 1997 the business HQ moved to Ramsey, Isle of Man, and due to continued growth, has moved three times since arriving on the Island, establishing the Isle of Man’s first Technology Park at Mountain View in 2015. We also operate our businesses from other premises in West Yorkshire, Western France and Texas, USA.
The AFD business has been profitable since 1985, and together currently turns over more than £10 million pounds per annum across the various businesses in the group.
You can learn more about AFD here.
What do we do?
AFD Software is best known as specialists in the development and sale of rapid, accurate address validation software. This technology helps computer users quickly enter address and banking data into all sorts of applications, databases and web sites – not only saving time, but ending up with much more reliable data. Thousands of organisations use our solutions to save them time, money, and to provide the best possible service for their customers and clients.
You’re likely to find software like ours in use on web sites when you order online, when you ring up for an insurance quotation, when buying or selling a house or when making a holiday or theatre booking. Schools and colleges use our products in student administration and hospitals to help keep patient records accurate. Charities rely on AFD products to help them efficiently manage their donor records and banks use them as part of "Know your Customer" procedures.
All our Address management products are described in detail at www.afd.co.uk/products
You can find out more about other AFD Group companies on the following web sites:
- Mountain View Innovation Centre – www.mvic.im
- Friends and Heroes Children’s TV Series – www.friendsandheroes.com
- Spring Harvest Holidays – www.springharvestholidays.com
Why work at AFD?
There are lots of reasons why people work – and they are not all about earning money! It's fair to say that working for AFD is challenging – we set ourselves very high standards – but it's also rewarding: financially, in personal development and the knowledge of a worthwhile job done well. AFD places great value on its staff; there is no doubt that they are by far our most important asset.
Anyone can rise to senior roles with or without paper qualifications. Put simply, our staff get to do what they are best at, and no-one needs to be promoted away from this in order to get recognition. AFD’s culture is based around honesty, integrity, hard work and customer focus. Staff have a genuine interest in serving our customers and finding solutions to their needs.
Training and mentoring are key benefits to working at AFD. With staff development being central to the annual appraisals, your skills and abilities will grow both in and outside of work and your line manager will guide you on this well-walked path. We invest heavily in our commitment to life-long-learning and personal development – in which AFD encourages on-the-job, distance-learning and off-the-job training for all its employees, covering training costs and expenses for approved courses.
Being a technology company, AFD Software utilises the latest innovations and available technologies to help staff get the job done. By investing heavily in our hardware and systems that keep it working well we make sure our customers keep receiving our services and our staff are always able to serve them.
The AFD business is founded on objectives which recognise its role in society – local, national and international – and takes an active role at all levels. In just one initiative, at the end of each year in November or December, AFD holds its Annual Charity Event which celebrates staff-nominated donations to a range of charities, with each annual event typically celebrating AFD donations totalling over £750,000. These donations go to support a wide range of local, UK and international charities, including those involved in medical care and research, disaster relief, youth work and work amongst those with disabilities.
AFD Staff enjoy a generous salary and benefits package. All AFD employees are paid above the National Living Wage. Not only are our salary rates highly competitive, we offer:
- A generous paid holiday allowance - which increases by one day for every complete year of service - with no limit!
- The opportunity each year to donate at least £500 to a charity chosen by the staff member – at no cost to them.
- A commitment to sensible pensions with generous employer contributions.
In addition, Isle of Man employees may enjoy additional benefits available under Isle of Man employment legislation, including:
- A monthly tax-free grocery voucher scheme.
- A Company Electric Vehicle Scheme (after qualifying service).
- A Loyal-Staff Interest-Free Mortgage Scheme (after qualifying service).
More than a Job
We know how to have fun! Twice a year, our entire team spends a week together at Mountain View for staff meetings and team building activities. With some of our team spread across the UK, it is essential to create stronger bonds and working relationships with different teams. AFD recognises great value in these times – and has organised a range of events – from treasure-hunts to go-kart derbies, raft building to a litter-picking competition – and team members’ families often get invited too. Our Charity night is a personal highlight for many in the team who themselves are involved in the charities benefitting – closely followed by our staff Christmas party and, of course, the “Secret Santa”!
In addition to organised get-togethers, AFD staff regularly meet socially outside of work. Recently our admin team took on “Exit Strategy”, an interactive game which requires both team and problem-solving skills in order to escape from a locked room.
The UK sales team meet regularly throughout the year for meals, cinema visits and trips to the golf driving range. Staff on the Isle of Man “compete” regularly in ongoing table tennis, pool and board games tournaments at work and the UK team brush up their table tennis skills on the table provided to them in the Bradford office. Members of the admin and accounts teams even have an annual camping trip and regularly attend bingo nights.
We’re not all just about fun and games, though - the UK team also gets together to help a local charity in Bradford, we support staff involvement in approved charities with company resources, and regularly provide staff time, venues and other resources to help encourage and mentor the next generation in their education.
Sometimes we just cry together. When you’ve lived and worked together for decades, tragedies do sometimes come along. It is nice to know that your work-mates (and employer!) are there as a listening ear – or ready to lend a practical hand when the going is tough, illness strikes or family members are under pressure.
The Company has appointed a company chaplain to be available as an additional independent listening ear for our staff.
AFD Headquarters are just outside Ramsey, Isle of Man in a stunning rural location, with views of the Island’s Mountain – including the famous Mountain Course of the Isle of Man TT and other motor sport events. Mountain View Innovation Centre is one of the most resilient technology parks in the world.
The site has a coffee shop, dedicated fitness facilities and recreational area, including a pool table, table tennis and other table games. There are showers on site, a large commercial kitchen, restaurant and other facilities. There is ample space for car parking on site plus lots of green space with wonderful open views to the hills. AFD encourages employee families to share this space at mealtimes and for family events.
Core business functions including Research & Development, Quality Assurance, Finance, Customer Support, and Customer Administration teams are all based at this location.
AFD Software also operates from a secondary location in the UK, a modern, well equipped office located in Bradford.
Information Technology Apprenticeship
Are you a bright, self-motivated, talented individual with a keen interest in IT?
We have an exciting opportunity for a select number of talented individuals to start an IT career in an established, highly respected and world-class software and Technology Facilities business, in a vibrant, modern and friendly working environment based at the exciting Mountain View Innovation Centre.
Closing date for applications Wednesday 21st August 2019.