Head of applications and development

Michael James Associates
23 Mar 2019
31 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
My client a leading law form are looking for a Head of applications and development to join the company.


The Head of Applications & Development will oversee day-to-day activities and will support the business’s site/software/applications platforms that service the entire business.

The Head of Applications and Development is a demanding role that requires the occupant to be capable of leading cross-functional teams in a hands-on manner, diagnosing complex issues on the various platforms, and playing a key role in software/platform/application architectural, design and support evolution. This will require an organisational review across IT and the IT Operating Model– aligned to Industry practices including DevOps and Agile development/delivery and ITIL Support good practices.

The Head of Applications and Development demonstrates superior trouble shooting skills and has extensive knowledge in application design and construction. They will have a proven track record of using application development to add business value.

The Head of Applications and Development must have exceptional leadership skills and be a people person with an ability to develop strong, meaningful, and lasting relationships with others. They will be approachable reliable, and inspire trust in others who will then readily follow their direction and trust their insights

Initial Objectives

* Centralise all application development and workflow under one leader, a Head of Apps

* Create a phase one model to build an apps and dev capability

* Have full view of all separate activities and capabilities with regards to applications

* Upskill and retain existing staff and build talent management approach

* Identify and change the profile of focus on legacy v new applications

* Introduce a more consistent agile / DevOps approach to development

* To build an operating model that adheres to the strategic principles of re-use before buy before build and drives simplification

* To identify and embed the right tooling to underpin the operating model

Essential experience/skills

* The ability to think strategically; create plans, set goals, implement actions, evaluate processes / results and modify plans as required to be aligned with organisations overriding mission to create long-term value as measured by increasing profits and ROIC.

* Create an environment with stakeholders, colleagues and customers that fosters collaboration and drives future digital driven business growth.

* Proven as a technology leader / expert in digital delivery covering application of cutting edge technology in the web, B2C, B2B, mobile, CRM and related areas.

* Adaptable and dynamic with high levels of personal motivation.

* Experienced in multiple delivery methodologies including demonstrable experience of the shift from traditional methods and supporting legacy/heritage application estate to delivery of SaaS applications using agile methods. Will have implemented a continuous integration and continuous delivery capability.

* Strong commercial skills.

* Must be aware of core security principles and be able to identify the security features that may need to be built into a service.

* Have a genuine passion for technology across a wide range of business applications and experience of a cutting-edge technology organisation.

* Excellent communication and influencing skills with the ability to build effective relationships and communicate complex, technical issues clearly and succinctly to senior colleagues and stakeholders.

* Excellent leadership skills with the ability to inspire and motivate people at all levels and develop a high performing, professional team.

* Experience of designing lean business processes and insightful data analytics.

* Very strong leadership skills and passion to want grow and mentor a team.

* Excellent oral & written English (Must be confident to communicate clearly at Exec level as needed).

* Experienced in dealing with external partners and ensuring correct focus and value is delivered.

* Knowledgeable in industry best practice and able to adapt appropriately to meet business need and strategy.

* Able to manage multiple stake-holders and priorities concurrently

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