Head of Development

**Head of Development; Agile PHP/Perl – Fleet – £75-90,000 + benefits**

An Exciting position has arisen within a well-known technology company with their head office in Fleet to manage their development teams across platforms. Reporting to the IT director, you will have management responsibilities for ~5 teams containing 30 developers & testers and be in charge of ensuring that high quality software is delivered to agreed timescales, that the teams have all the support they need (including capacity to expand the team size through recruitment), and close working with the Solution Architect to maintain a stable and secure software architecture.

This role will be based in Fleet though will involve regular travel to the London development office.

The Head of Development will be responsible for the following:

  • Management of the development teams through a development approach which delivers high quality software in a timely and efficient manner, adapting the methodology where necessary to achieve the best results.
  • Line management and individual performance management of the Development Team Leads & QA Team Lead including monitoring performance and addressing issues, performing annual reviews, making the case for contract and remuneration changes, disciplinary process, identifying training and development needs.
  • Supporting and developing the team leaders with the management and development of their team members.
  • Working with the Head of Product and the Delivery Manager to achieve a prioritised backlog with agreed timescales and resource plan.
  • Providing feedback at high level to ascertain the technical feasibility of new projects before they progress.
  • Ensuring that timelines and the status of projects and tickets are communicated effectively between the development teams and the Delivery Manager and IT Director.
  • Working with the Solutions Architect to provide a software architecture for the platform that is stable, secure and maintainable.
  • Ensure any operational or capacity impact of projects is identified and that this is communicated and planned with the Operations Team.
  • Maintaining commercial awareness of the development work and budget responsibility for tools and platforms used by the development team.
  • Expansion of the development capacity through recruitment, career progression and exploration of offshore resources.
  • Working with the Delivery Manager and the Development Manager to build best practice processes across the development groups.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • A record of successful delivery of software applications as a team leader or development manager in a fast-paced environment.
  • A proven ability to plan, organise, prioritise, manage and track numerous concurrent development activities using modern development methodologies (such as Agile, SCRUM or Kanban).
  • Experience working on a high traffic, high availability website platform with large datasets.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to translate high business needs into technical solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels of the organisation.
  • Excellent people management, organisational skills and time management (experience of managing managers would be an advantage).
  • A deep understanding of the technical architecture, standards and processes required for a modern web platform, including microservices, containerisation, coding and testing approach, branching strategies, continuous integration and continuous deployment.

Our technical platform utilises the following, experience with these or similar technologies is desirable:

  • Modern Perl, with PSGI/Plack
  • Golang, OO PHP
  • Linux
  • Nginx
  • MySQL
  • Solr
  • Git, Bitbucket
  • Docker
  • Jenkins

**Head of Development; Agile PHP/Perl – Fleet – £75-90,000 + benefits**

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Job Information

Job Reference: HeadofDevFleet
Salary From: £25000
Salary To: £30000
Job Industries: IT
Job Locations: Fleet
Job Types: Permanent

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