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Technical Director

Employer
ZeroLight
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
15 Sep 2021

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Sector
Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Permanent
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The Technical Director will take responsibility for a number of key client projects within ZeroLight, delivering these from concept to full implementation, ensuring that time estimates are accurate and projects are fully resourced in order to translate customer requirements into world leading user experiences.

This is an exciting newly created role within ZeroLight and the successful candidate will use previous team management experience to establish a new team of high performing developers.

This role will have overall responsibility for technical delivery on numerous projects or workstreams, reporting progress to the CTO and presenting solutions to any issues that arise during the lifecycle of your projects.

The successful candidate will leverage the core ZeroLight technologies to deliver on and exceed customer expectations, whilst creating and leading engaged and innovative teams.

Post-Covid, ZeroLight plans to offer a hybrid working model so we're willing to consider candidates who are seeking remote positions from around the UK. There will be regular visits to the Newcastle studio required.

Detailed responsibilities for this level of role include

Ownership & Accountability
  • Deliver projects on time and in line with original estimates in terms of project length and resourcing, this will often include an awareness of concurrent projects that must be accounted for.
  • Translate company objectives into department objectives and ensure these are met.
  • Use extensive individual as well as team knowledge in order to effectively delegate tasks to necessary individuals and achieve departmental objectives.
  • Work with the commercial and delivery teams on proposals, project plans and change orders, to provide accurate estimates whilst identifying potential resourcing conflicts, and where necessary highlight additional resource requirements to HR/CTO to initiate recruitment process.
  • Organise work schedule for department in line with project requirements.
  • Report and track KPIs associated with individual projects.
  • Ensure issues relating to your projects / services are discussed with the CTO along with your proposed solutions, and that risks or delays are communicated as soon as possible to all stakeholders.
  • Make difficult decisions in a fair and efficient manner, backed by evidence.
  • Management of company tools such as Tempo, Jira, Activity Timeline to ensure your team is aware of the importance of using these and do so in a timely manner.
People
  • Responsible for achievement of department goals and overall team performance through effective performance management, setting challenging objectives for individuals and supporting them to progress in their career.
  • Ensure that your team is fully resourced, providing visibility on any resource issues in advance to guarantee that the project is not impacted.
  • Recruit and onboard new employees working closely with the Talent Development Team.
  • Continually work with individual employees to develop their expertise and identify growth areas (not only at PDR time), discuss how they can progress their careers and the level of responsibility required for them to do this.
  • Ensure that all your Line Management responsibilities (PDRs, pay reviews, holistic support) are a top priority and carried out in the required timeframes.
  • Identify and manage suitable outsourcers / contractors, ensure their time is maximised whilst on projects.
  • Collaboration & Communication
  • Facilitate and lead communication across your team and across departments, ensuring that the technical design & architecture is in line with company strategy.
  • Ensure you have an oversight on collaboration with other teams to safeguard seamless delivery of projects (for instance, where projects have dependencies across multiple departments).
  • Develop a culture of collaboration, asking questions and sharing knowledge within your team.
Quality First
  • Be a strong advocate for quality first across company and department groups whilst also promoting the importance of quality first within individuals.
  • Ensure that the development process works alongside QA to ensure the highest quality project deliveries.
  • Innovation
  • Identify and implement significant opportunities in innovation that pushes ZeroLight ahead of industry competitors.
  • Market Focus
  • Act as main technical contact when dealing with external clients (although Associate TDs may handle the bulk of this).
  • Effectively interpret and feedback to clients based on strong awareness of market. Able to influence and guide client requirements with clear communication style.
  • Demonstrate a consistently professional relationship when dealing with clients and when discussing clients with your team.
Innovation
  • Identify and implement significant opportunities in innovation that pushes ZeroLight ahead of industry competitors.
  • Market Focus
  • Act as main technical contact when dealing with external clients (although Associate TDs may handle the bulk of this).
  • Effectively interpret and feedback to clients based on strong awareness of market. Able to influence and guide client requirements with clear communication style.
  • Demonstrate a consistently professional relationship when dealing with clients and when discussing clients with your team.
Market Focus
  • Act as main technical contact when dealing with external clients (although Associate TDs may handle the bulk of this).
  • Effectively interpret and feedback to clients based on strong awareness of market. Able to influence and guide client requirements with clear communication style.
  • Demonstrate a consistently professional relationship when dealing with clients and when discussing clients with your team.
Requirements
  • Significant team management experience and an enthusiasm for developing talent is required.
  • Must have strong software engineering and debugging skills.
  • Should be proficient in at least two of the following C#, C++, JavaScript, Python
  • Previous experience communicating directly with clients - managing expectations and translating complex technical requirements.
  • Experience of developing different application types - mobile, desktop, web etc.
  • Ability to write well-structured, high level code with consideration for both maintainability and optimisation.
  • The ideal candidate has experience of dealing with large multi-national customers and the intricacies that this entails.
  • Experience of working in Unity.
  • Experience with modern web app frameworks like React.
  • Experience of maintaining any online services.
  • Strong mathematical skills.
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