Head of Systems Development

Skipton Building Society
Skipton, UK
15 Aug 2019
09 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Introduction

A rare opportunity has arisen to join our Senior Leadership team in a role that will support Skipton's strategic goals. Reporting into the Chief Operating Officer, as our new Head of Systems Development you will lead multi-disciplinary teams to build industry leading products that are aligned to our strategic roadmap.

Working collaboratively with peers you will also help to develop the overall IT strategy, setting the vision for the software development and testing capabilities needed for the future.

Main Responsibilities

Leading a team of circa 80 developers, testers and architects to design, build and test best in class software products to cost, quality and time. Working with key business stakeholders, including IT, Digital and Information Security, to ensure that both functional and non-functional requirements are met.

Maintaining high colleague engagement levels, fostering cross functional collaboration and developing a high-performance continual improvement culture across the teams.

Keeping abreast of industry trends, ensuring that process enhancement and technology adoption opportunities in the software development and software testing disciplines are identified and assessed, to continually improve and maintain the necessary pace of change.

Contribution to the development and overall execution of the IT strategy.

Implementation and oversight of robust governance frameworks over application architecture and design, software delivery, software testing and steady state software enhancements.

Developing and enhancing MI to keep track of software delivery cost, quality and time performance measurements and ensuring that technical debt is assessed and tracked.

Budget ownership

Ideal Candidate

The key competencies for this role are:

Strong and influential leadership skills Stakeholder management Ability to meet tight deadlines under pressure Commercial awareness Management of risk in a regulated environment

The information systems landscape has never been more complex or fast paced, so we are looking for someone who can lead teams through change and ambiguity. You'll have effective delivery control skills, including risk/resource management, contingency planning and change control processes. Alongside this you'll have the communication and influencing skills required to drive change forward, bringing in the right people along the way.

You'll have a working knowledge of systems development, testing and architectural principles and an understanding of information systems & software delivery trends, methodologies and toolsets.

About Skipton Building Society

At Skipton Building Society we are not just another Financial Services Institution we are a mutual organisation, which means we are owned by our members and believe in placing them at the heart of everything we do. The same goes for our people. We can only be successful as a business if we have great people and we believe in treating people as individuals. Our values are Trust, Ownership and One Team which reflect the attitudes and way of working everyone here displays on a daily basis, and which are key to the delivery of the outstanding level of personal service we offer our customers.

We're committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where every colleague has an opportunity to fulfil their career potential. We respect and appreciate the value that our colleagues' unique differences can bring and offer consideration for anyone seeking a more flexible work-life balance. If you have a need for flexibility then please let us know.

Why Work For Us

We're committed to paying our people fairly for the role they undertake and provide a wide range of benefits to support our colleagues' finances and wellbeing, including our Employee Assistance programme, the opportunity to buy extra holidays and shopping discount vouchers You'll be able to shape your career within your team and can expect a structured learning and development programme where you'll be valued recognised and rewarded.

More information on our benefits can be found here

Skipton are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably skilled or qualified applicants, regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation or age

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