Lead Developer

Gillian Heasman Recruitment
Biggin Hill Airport
10 Jan 2018
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join our Systems & Development department as a hands-on Development Team Leader, leading a team of highly skilled developers and delivering complex internal development projects across a variety of products and technologies.

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.

To apply for this role, in addition to having a proven management background you 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 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 departmental and business projects.

Duties & responsibilities

• Line management and personal development of a team of Junior and Mid-level 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

• Working closely with the UAT Team Leader to produce estimates and manage the transition from analysis through to design and delivery

• Provide regular and effective progress updates to and work closely with the Systems & Development Manager 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

• Supporting project resource scheduling and department capacity planning

• Contribution to the definition of departmental and systems strategies and progression of any allocated objectives

• Ownership, development and management of allocated departmental processes

• Work on a wide range of projects involving the implementation of new and existing systems, solutions and processes

• Take responsibility for making key decisions to ensure the successful implementation of all initiatives

Personal Profile

• Excellent customer service skills

• Excellent communication skills (telephone and written)

• Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills

• Sound judgment

• Initiative

• Flexible

• Detail-oriented


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


• 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 and websites using PHP, HTML and MySQL technologies

• Strong facilitation and coaching skills

• Excellent personal organisation and ability to prioritise and carry out multiple tasks

• Able to influence and drive projects to meet key milestones and overcome challenges

• Comfortable working without routine supervision

• A desire to remain technically capable and an expert in current technologies

Other Information

Reporting to: Systems & Development Manager

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