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Head of Software Development

aspire cambridge
Cambridgeshire, UK
Closing date
18 Jan 2021

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As the company grows we are looking for an experienced Head of Software Development to oversee a small but growing team developing our clients flagship product. The team covers the areas of design, development, testing, documentation and release.

Responsibilities will include:

Working effectively with Product Managers, Sales and Account Managers to agree company objectives, product priorities and target delivery dates
Reviewing and prioritising detailed change requests and bug reports in line with agreed objectives, priorities and targets
Understanding potentially complex use cases in order to oversee the design of the architecture for the products to be built
Assignment of tasks to and day to day management of the Software Development, Documentation, Test, Release and IT teams
Tracking progress against plans and ensure proper communication of any changes to agreed release dates
Identifying, monitoring and communicating risks and issues that affect release scope, schedule and quality
Develop and Maintain a test strategy and framework including use of automation tools, processes and best practices
Ensuring all associated materials are up to date and of a high standard for each release including:
o Release notes
o Upgrade instructions
o Help documentation
Ensuring that all releases, including upgrade scripts and instructions, are tested prior to each release on all supported platforms
Creating, implementing and maintaining a continuous improvement plan for software development and testing
Establishing clear organisational structures and succession plans
Developing the team through appropriate training and/or recruitment
The candidate
The successful candidate will have:

A minimum of a 2:1 degree in computing, maths or scientific subject from a Russell-group or equivalent university
At least 7 years experience of leading a software development team producing a complex, highly configurable, client server application in an agile environment
Experience of delivering regular product releases into a variety of environments to time and budget
Experience of line management of highly skilled and diverse teams
Knowledge of the following (essential)
o Client server architectures using React/Javascript for the client and Spring/Java for the server
o Database technologies, in particular MS SQL Server or Oracle
o Client and server side testing tools and methodologies
o CI/CD pipeline best practices
Knowledge of the following (not essential but advantageous)
o Web services
o Micro-service architectures What you can expect

A caring company that provides a flexible and safe working environment
An opportunity to shape the future of software development
A fast-growing, ambitious company with opportunities for you to grow Start: ASAP
Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Hours: Mon to Fri Full Time
Salary: £75,000 to £85,000

If you are interested in this position, feel you have the relevant experience and skills and would like to apply, please call our team on (phone number removed) or apply online.

Whilst we'd love to get back to every applicant, it is not always possible, so if you haven't heard from us within 3-5 days, please note that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

Aspire Cambridge is acting as an Employment Agency in regards to this Permanent opportunity
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