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Job Ref:  204564726
Employer:  cv-library.co.uk
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  United Kingdom
City:  Manchester
Post Code:  M13
Salary:  £50000 - £55000/annum
19/10/2016 09:35
Head of Software Development


£50k-£55k Dependent Upon Experience.

As Head of Software Development, you will lead and manage a team of software developers, supporting them in building industry leading, robust and innovative software solutions that are fit for purpose. You develop a strategy for the team to meet the company's goals and objectives, and to improve the quality of the service it delivers internally and externally. To plan and monitor the successful implementation of this strategy.

Head of Software Development - Team Leadership, Strategy & Planning

* To lead and manage a team of senior software developers and software developers. Line management responsibilities will include technical recruitment, appraisals, 121 meetings, identifying training needs, motivating and performance managing the team
* To drive the strategic direction of our products & services taking into account emerging and legacy technologies
* To oversee strategy for both product and bespoke code base platform definition and implementation
* To strategically decide whether we can inherit existing /support legacy code bases - and how we handle our growing levels of software support

Software Development

* To keep up to date with the latest software development technologies and methodologies
* To drive consistent standards and approaches throughout the team
* To write clean and healthy structured, well documented code
* To build future-proofed reusable core code libraries, which can be shared, in-order to drive further efficiencies throughout the team

Communication & Problem Solving

* To use your experience when reviewing and auditing legacy code
* To assist in critical support issues where your experience is required to ascertain the issue quickly and to find the more appropriate resolution
* To take control over critical support instances and putting into place the correct escalation and process to manage and resolve issue as soon as possible
* To create a culture of promoting new ideas or up-sell opportunities within the team for clients.

Technical Support

* To lead and oversee all technical quotes, analysis, specifications to make sure they are complete and accurate
* To support the business development team with pre-sale activities, contributing to RFPs where appropriate and assisting in large pitches to potential clients where required
* To oversee the technical strategy and implementation of our own internal development stream activities - to make sure they apply to the same standards that we would expect for client work

Innovation, Research and Development

* To proactively drive innovation with new ideas and options made available by new technologies
* To maintain and actively contribute to a list of innovation & research projects
* To assist by offering strategic and technical advice for anyone working on these projects

Key Skills and Experience

* A senior level software developer with strong and successful technical lead experience
* Experience of leading a team of developers
* A high level of AGILE/SCRUM experience, but also a full and broad knowledge of effective Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI&D) strategies and techniques
* Advanced level (knowledge and experience) of programming languages (.NET, C# & MVC) and methodologies
* Advanced level of understanding of HTML5 and CSS3 as well as previous iterations of these languages
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