Head of Platform Delivery

Employer
Student Loans IT
Location
Darlington, UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
30 Oct 2020

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Sector
Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Permanent
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Salary: Competitive
Glasgow/Darlington
G7 - Permanent

We'll accept applications up to 5th November and interviews will be scheduled shortly thereafter.

** Please note 5 years UK residency history is required for additional security clearance**

Why SLC?

Do you have a passion for all things digital? Are you technically-minded with a keen interest in the latest technology developments? Do you have the skills to play a key role in ensuring our organisation is a digital, customer-focused centre of excellence?

If so, we might just have the job for you.

What's the job?

The Platform Delivery department sits within the Technology Group and provides the full range of technology platform delivery and support services. The department has ownership of all SLC technology platforms, and provides end-to-end delivery & deployment capabilities, based on the principle of cloud-first, using continuous delivery techniques to provide secure, scalable and quality business services within an DevOps culture.The Platform Delivery department sits within the Technology Group and provides the full range of technology platform delivery and support services. The department has ownership of all SLC technology platforms, and provides end-to-end delivery & deployment capabilities, based on the principle of cloud-first, using continuous delivery techniques to provide secure, scalable and quality business services within an DevOps culture.

The Head of Platform Delivery will engage with technology and product stakeholders to translate their needs into a series of coherent technology platforms. Utilising DevOps and continuous deployment techniques the deployed platforms scale with the needs of our customers and enhance the customers experience. Creating a clear roadmap for the modernisation of legacy services while developing new platforms, solutions and techniques to transform the department into an enabler of reliable, scalable and secure services supporting SLC's diverse stakeholder groups. The transformation includes the definition of new operational model, and sourcing strategy that provides SLC with long-term sustainable capabilities across technology platforms.

Key responsibilities:
  • Accountable for the resilience and scalability of SLC technology platforms, networks and infrastructure
  • Maintain strategic vision of technology platform roadmaps, functionality and needs of the customer; Deliver technology solutions that meet those needs
  • Work collaboratively with application owners and security teams across Technology Group to define and execute a data centre strategy that provides a secure and robust transition to public cloud
  • Provide leadership and direction across all areas of Platform Delivery ensuring that operational model is aligned to and complements the needs of the business and internal software stakeholders
  • Contribute to and lead the set-up of robust DevOps processes, practices and standards for the Platform Delivery department, providing reusable capabilities to support the wider Technology Group adoption of DevOps practices
  • Working with a mixture of in-house and third party teams and services, provide a resilient, secure, and highly available platform for our products and services to run on
  • Develop and baseline annual budgets, monitor monthly costs and provide forecasts of future spend
  • Manage external supplier relationships to ensure a highly effective service is delivered; Challenge suppliers where expectations are not being met; Build effective working relationship with suppliers.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for innovation and continuous improvement in programme / project delivery in line with agreed standards, architectures, and governance.
  • Challenge traditional working practices to create an environment which allows innovation and champions new ways of collaboration and working


How do I apply?
This role requires the following knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Demonstrable and practical experience at a senior level, in public or private sector, of working with senior colleagues to deliver IT platforms and manage technology change
  • Experience of working in a technical IT environment, with a clear understanding of system architectures, integration, systems components, and service delivery
  • Experience with Agile methods and techniques, with a bias to testing best practice techniques and DevOps
  • Proven people management skills with the ability to also manage partner/provider relationships
  • Experience of supporting and managing multiple line of business units, vendors and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work with vendors to define work, adhere to commercial guidelines and manage performance to ensure value for money and successful outcomes
  • Demonstrable experience managing technical teams responsible for production services in cloud environments


Sound good? If so please apply below and a member of our dedicated Recruitment Team will be in touch!

**Please note - As part of the selection process, SLC uses third parties to perform a number of pre-employment checks including reference, criminal record and credit reference. They may supply us with information that will assist us with our recruitment decision**

This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/91032537
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