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Head Of Software Department At FCMVA

Date Posted: 26/Mar/2014
Deadline: 08/Apr/2014

Head of Software Department

Scope of Role

  • To lead and manage a team of software developers supporting them in building industry leading, robust and innovative software solutions that are fit for purpose.
  • To develop a strategy for the team to meet the company's goals an objectives, and to improve the quality of the service it delivers internally and externally. To plan and monitor the successful implementation of this strategy.
  • Responsible for the quality and technical approach taken by team members, ensuring it is inline with the company strategy and that projects are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Creating and maintaining a professional culture within the team, where individuals take ownership and are fastidious and proud of delivering excellence and quality.

Key Responsibilities

  • Team Leadership. To lead and manage a team of senior software developers and software developers. Line management responsibilities will include technical recruitment, appraisals, meetings, identifying training needs, motivating and performance managing the team.
  • Strategic Direction, Planning & Technical Leadership. 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 platform definition and implementation and how to handle our growing levels of software support.
  • Team Planning. To devise a tactical plan which can be collaboratively carried out by the team; to implement improvements to our products. services, processes and knowledge sharing within the team. To plan for team growth considering the blend I level of skills required within team.
  • 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-proof reusable core code libraries, which can be shared, in-order to drive further efficiencies throughout the team. To deliver code which is well tested and consistently error free. To design and build database schemas with integrity and scalability with data access layers that are optimized for performance and security.
  • Consistency within team. Facilitate technology and methodology decision making throughout team, including standardization of system architecture, reusable code base development, versions of software tools, best practice, source control and deployment processes.
  • Day to Day management of team. Assisting in resourcing decisions. Reviewing project progress and overview of the performance of all individuals in team. Coaching and performance management where necessary. Facilitating the smooth delivery of all projects, enhancements and support delivered by the team
  • Support & Problem Solving. 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.
  • Pro-active communication of opportunities. Creating a culture of promoting new ideas or up-sell opportunities within the team for our client's. Encouraging pro-active discussions with client delivery and account management teams.
  • Process Improvements. To contribute regularly to discussions regarding internal process and system improvements in order to ensure maximum efficiency across the company, including suggesting technical solutions to problems.
  • Cross Team Collaboration and Initiatives. To inculcate cross team ideas and initiatives; to bring products and services together. To make sure the development team integrates with other team's services efficiently.
  • Innovation Management & Research & 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.
  • Inductions and Training. To have a clear task list and plan for inducting new members into the team and bring them up-to-speed as quickly as possible. Making sure that all training and support that team members require are delivered internally or externally.
  • To provide training and workshops for clients and/or staff as required.
  • Industry Knowledge. To ensure your knowledge of the software development and trusted identity industry is kept up to date and to speak/contribute to public industry events and fora as required.

Main Requirements

  • Possess a Degree in Computer Science /Information Technology / Software Engineering / Computer Engineering / Telecommunications.
  • At least 8 years working experience in the relevant industries.
  • Knowledgeable in all aspects of Software Development Life Cycle.
  • Knowledgeable in the following solution platform architecture: Web-based n-tier and/or Client-server technology ( NET and J2EE platform).
  • Experienced in the following development syntax: C, C++, C#,ASP.NET, Java, XML, XAML, AJAX, DHTML, Javascript, VBScript.
  • Experienced in RDBMS: MS SQL Server, Oracle, 082, OLAP tools.
  • Knowledgeable in database modelling, design and normalisation.
  • Candidates must possess good analytical and logical problem solving skills.
  • Candidates should have strong communications skills in English (both oral

Method of Application
Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV to the following    email [email protected] within (2) weeks of publication of this advert.


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