Manager | Application Development | Financial Services

£60000 to £70000 per annum
26 Nov 2018
24 Dec 2018
Ahad Shadab
Contract Type
Full Time
Manager - Application Development 


A hands-on Development Team Leader, leading a team of highly skilled developers and delivering complex internal system development projects across a variety of products and technologies.

As an experienced Development Team Leader, whilst being highly technical and hands-on capable, you will lead development projects across predominantly UNIX, Oracle based technologies. Managing the successful delivery of projects will require you to plan, coordinate and lead activities across the full delivery lifecycle. This will include working closely with the Program Manager, Project Managers, coordinating business analysts, architects and developers, as well as liaising with key project stakeholders as required.

Working closely with other team leaders you will ensure the structured and coordinated planning of your team`s development. Your technical background and experience will ensure you can offer the support and guidance required being able to support and assist developers at code level.

This role offers challenges across a wide variety of projects and responsibilities, including the opportunity to influence the future direction of the systems and inspiring both business stake holders and developers to achieve beyond expectation and positively differentiate what we can provide when compared to our competitors. Candidate will also be responsible for many of the technology solutions such as evaluating and integrating 3rd party applications.

Candidate must have a proven management background and must also have proven technical capability and a track record in software development combined with experience in the leadership of software development teams and delivery of projects within a software development environment. 

You will be joining a large team of diverse skills and experience and the job requires a motivated individual who is experienced in taking responsibility and can independently deliver results on both generic product level as well as client specific projects.

The Role

- Line management and personal development of a team of highly skilled developers
- Managing the delivery of multiple complex simultaneous system development projects from design through to release
- Capable of understanding and contributing to the technical solution from design through to code level
- Manage application quality through code reviews, automated testing where appropriate and generally reduce technical debt
- Working closely with Program Manager, Project Managers and Business Analysts to produce accurate delivery estimates and manage the transition from analysis through to design and delivery
- Provide regular and effective progress updates to and work closely with Development Project Managers to ensure the management of any delivery risks or issues
- Define delivery phases of the project including activities, sub-activities, and milestones ensuring these are documented and used as the basis for the project event log, issues and risk log and any subsequent reporting
- Ensure awareness, involvement and support from the key stakeholders and participants by building strong project teams and maintaining robust communication on the project status throughout its life cycle
- Participate in reviews and meetings and provide updates on project progress
- Take responsibility for ensuring that risks and issues are identified and managed closely and drive all stakeholders to deliver on time and to the required quality standards
- Work closely with relevant teams internally to ensure alignment and coordination across operations as part of the seamless implementation of existing and new systems
- Contributing to post implementation reviews helping to demonstrate success or otherwise of projects
- Coach and mentor team members to achieve their career goals
- Keep up with technology to find the best solution for business opportunities
- Participate and/or lead in the recruitment process
- Work on a wide range of projects involving the implementation of new and existing systems, solutions and processes

The Requirements

- Experienced in leading application development in Financial Services Sector.
- Ideally, the successful individual will have proven technical expertise gained via working in an appropriate role within the pensions industry with a particular focus on DC Pension Schemes and be able to interpret Scheme Rules and Practices, HMRC Rules and Regulations and Pensions and related employer legislation
- Experience of people management and the ability to lead and influence others
- Experience in formal personal development planning and individual, team and process performance management
- Proven experience in leading and managing the delivery of system/software development projects in a structured environment
- Experience in a variety of software development approaches and methodologies including Agile and Waterfall
- Experience in both architecture and implementation-level software design
- Experience in requirements capture, analysis techniques and process improvement approaches
- Experience in the development of software using UNIX, Oracle, SQL, Python, PL/SQL, C, Pro*C technologies
- An understanding and exposure to Version Control System such as PVCS, GIT etc...
- Experience with Data Modelling concept and tools
- Excellent personal organisation and ability to prioritise and carry out multiple tasks
- Comfortable working without routine supervision
- A desire to remain technically capable and an expert in current technologies

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