Head of Development

Head of Software Development 
 
A well established, global business based in Surbiton, Surrey are looking for an experienced Head of Development to join their IT team.    The Head of Development responsible for leading the implementation and improvement of all development processes including design and development of technical solutions. 
 
This senior role offers the opportunity to manage a motivated team of development resources currently working on technology that crosses the International estate. The role will have responsibility for all development work undertaken along with the continual improvement of the processes, tools and approaches used to deliver system developments.  Working within a hybrid Agile/Waterfall methodology for delivery, this role includes oversight and management of the SCRUM teams globally.  The standard Project team structure will consist of approx. 2 in house developers, 12 outsourced developers , 6 BA’s , 3 PM’s and 4  QA/ test  resource that act as one unit in order to develop and implement changes on behalf of the business. 
 
Key responsibilities of this Head of Development role are:
 
Manage the Business Case process from creation, review, management and beyond to delivery and implementation
Become the Technical Product owner for the bespoke software solutions created
Owning the processes and leading improvement of the core development related activities from design through to release
Working with other IT leadership team members to ensure processes support the effective transition of projects into and through delivery phases
Leading development team leads, managers, scrum masters, POD team members and team leaders to identify, trial and implement process improvement ideas
Contributing to the future direction of the large estate of primarily bespoke systems through the Systems Strategy and system roadmaps
Facilitating the translation of system roadmaps and strategy through projects system and solution designs
Providing support to and a point of escalation for project teams when undertaking tasks within development phases
Providing ongoing support to ensure the continued personal development of direct reports
Supporting management of and planning for the department programme of work
Supporting project resource scheduling and department capacity planning
Providing expert advice to internal customers through consultancy tasks
Contribution to the definition of departmental strategy and progression of any allocation strategic objectives
 
To be suitable for this role you will possess the following:
 
Strong people management and leadership skills, the ability to lead and influence others
Strong facilitation and coaching skills
Experience in working with and influencing all levels of seniority; able to influence and drive projects to meet key milestones and overcome challenges
Extensive experience in the development and delivery of systems and practical experience of systems design at an architectural level
Experience in various software development lifecycle approaches and methodologies, requirements analysis, and project management
Significant practical experience leading and managing the delivery of system development projects
Significant practical experience in a variety of software development approaches including Agile, RUP and Waterfall
Significant experience in the design of bespoke and packaged software solutions at both architectural and implementation levels
 
The salary on offer for this role is up to £110,000 plus benefits.
Salary:
£110,000
Type:
Permanent
Location:
London - South
Sector:
IT Management
Ref:
18715
Contact Name:
Amy Lawrie

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