Auto Trader UK
We started life as a magazine in 1977 and we’ve grown and evolved alongside our customers. In 2013 we became a fully digital business and we’re proud of our rich heritage which gives us over 40 years of brand heritage and trust.
Our purpose is to Drive Change Together, Responsibly. 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 alike.
At Auto Trader, we are committed to nurturing a culture where everyone can reach their full potential. A workplace where we celebrate the uniqueness of our people, supporting their wellbeing and development and enabling them to be their best selves at work.
Our Diversity and Inclusion vision is to nurture our inclusive culture and enrich our workforce with diverse individuals who collaborate to benefit our business, industries and communities.
Position: Operations Programme Manager
Nicola is an Operations Program Manager at Auto Trader, a role she enjoys as it involves activities that are inherent to her, problem solving and delivering solutions. Another role she is passionate about is being a mum, both roles blend well as they have similar traits, organisation, creativity and balance.
Balancing a career and homelife is supported by Nicolas husband, they both share the responsibility of raising their child in our blended world (her husband is Welsh). It is important to them to make sure their son grows up with the knowledge that no one should be left behind because of inequality. This is partly the driver behind Nicola getting involved with AutoTrader’s Diversity and Inclusion Networks, Nicola is a member of both the BAME and Women’s Networks, with both platforms providing the opportunity for Nicola to actively contribute to AutoTrader’s community both internally and externally.
Nicola states ‘Culture, fun and constant development keeps my interest in working at AutoTrader, I’ve achieved 6 different roles in the last 15 years, covering customer service, technical support and operations.
I am proud to work at for a company who values and embraces difference, it’s a place I’ve thrived not only professionally but personally too.’
Position: Data Engineering
Steven achieved a PhD in Molecular Biology at The University of Manchester, looking into what happens when light shines on a fungus. He enjoyed writing code to help analyse his research data, but felt unable to pursue a career in tech without formal training.
He reconsidered his choices after teaching for a few years and decided life was too short not to try getting into tech. He secured a place on the Auto Trader graduate scheme in 2020 and joined the Data Engineering team, where he now lives his dream of writing code for a living.
Steven is passionate about diversity and inclusion. This is partially driven by his personal experiences: growing up a target of homophobic bullying, being stigmatised for mental health issues, and feeling scared and isolated after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He is actively involved with the Auto Trader Employee Networks and strives to help make a difference to the business and the communities around us.
Steven states ‘I love working at Auto Trader because I feel comfortable bringing my true self to work, knowing I’ll be accepted for who I am.
I have every confidence that Auto Trader will support me with any future needs I might have, and that sense of understanding, safety and security is one of the most important things I could wish for from my employer’
We were thrilled to be included in last year’s Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. Each year, more and more organisations are showcasing the great work being done, and so being recognised again on the list is a testament to the brilliant people who are driving our inclusive culture at Auto Trader. It’s important to participate in the inclusive top 50, as not only is it a celebration of the incredible work we do across our business, including our guilds and networks, it’s also a reminder that we can always do more. Being part of Inclusive Companies over the years has also been a fantastic opportunity to meet, network and learn from other businesses who are also driving to make their organisations a more inclusive place for everyone. A big thank you to the wonderful team at Inclusive Companies for all their hard and impactful work.