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Head of Software Development

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    £70000 - £80000 per annum, Benefits: Pension + benefits

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    Alex Hamilton

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    over 1 year ago

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A UK financial services company with a first class reputation for excellence is seeking a highly experienced technical expert to create a world-class, agile, development practice, delivering thought-provoking SaaS solutions that challenge and excite the clients.
The Job

Drawing on your experience, the Head of Software Development will lead the full transformation of the company's development practices, taking an instrumental role in re-defining how software is delivered. 

Working with the Director of Digital, the role-holder will develop the software roadmap and strategies, establishing new, modern and high quality development methods as well as acting as a thought leader for software development best practice. This will include developing and implementing initiatives to improve code quality/standards, scalability and efficiencies, as well as managing a move across to using The Atlassian Stack and migrating existing software away from Microsoft SQL.
Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities
  • Collaborate with the Director of Digital to drive the strategic direction of software solutions, providing recommendations on emerging technologies and how/if these should be implemented;
  • Plan, design & manage the transformation of the core software solution into a fully scalable, cost efficient SaaS product;
  • Facilitate technology and methodology decision making, including the standardisation of application architecture, high quality code base development, branching strategies and deployment processes;
  • Implement robust development practices, ensuring all code developed is clean, well-structured, well-tested and consistently error free;
  • Proactively manage the entire software development and QA function;
  • Represent the business in key technical conversations with clients (including prospects), ensuring that at all times the firm's technical expertise is evident;
  • Providing technical consultancy to new business opportunities and supporting the Director of Digital in senior negotiations (both internal & external);
  • Proactively drive innovation with new ideas and options made available by new technologies;
  • Lead and manage a growing team of software developers, business analyst and software tester;
  • Foster a continued focus on craftsmanship and excellence across the development team.
Competencies & Experience
  • Proven track record in a comparable role, leading the development of innovative technology solutions;
  • Excellent technical credentials - able to demonstrate an extensive technical knowledge including understanding of latest technologies;
  • Demonstrate experience and understanding of what is required to build and deliver the very best SaaS solutions;
  • Experience/knowledge of:
             o Atlassian Stack;
             o PostgreSQL
             o .NET core
             o RESTful API
  • Experience leading Agile working methodologies, ensuring the delivery of accurate, timely and quality solutions;
  • Articulate and empathetic in all types of communication, able to handle pressurised situations in a calm and logical manner;
  • Must be able to alter communication style according to audience, in particular translating complex technical concepts into plain-English for those not working in a technical role.

To apply forward a CV to Alexander Hamilton at BWD Search & Selection