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IT Software Developer

DG Partnership Ltd
Closing date
24 Jun 2022

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Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Full Time
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IT Software Developer - £25,000- £27,000 - Cudworth, Barnsley

The Role

Are you an experienced IT Software Developer looking to take on a new challenge? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

We are specialists in the collection, collation, and dissemination of vulnerable children's education data, looking to appoint an IT Software Developer to develop computer applications that allow our Local Authority users to monitor and manage the educational data of vulnerable children.

This role will become part of a very experienced IT Development team, led by the IT Development Manager who line manages the department. This team have an exceptional understanding of our customers' needs and the challenging environment in which they work. Our business year matches that of the academic year meaning that our busiest periods coincide with school terms when the highest level of operational service is required to run in parallel with our R&D work.

Key Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities of an IT Software Developer include, but are not limited to:
  • IT Software Developers at Welfare Call must be familiar with various computer languages, such as PHP, HTML, JavaScript, CSS.
  • They should understand SQL and database optimisation techniques used in MySQL/ Maria DB.
  • Produce clean, efficient code based on specifications which meet accessibility standards and guidelines
  • Writing automated unit testing to thoroughly test code and programs
  • Help support, troubleshoot, debug, fix and improve/upgrade existing software, documenting changes which are implemented
  • Create technical documentation for reference and reporting
  • Gather and evaluate user feedback
  • The successful candidate must be able to work in a team environment. They will work closely with systems engineers and computer programmers. They must be able to convey technical information in a language that is understood by non-technical people. They may work directly with users and various computer-related vendors. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must keep themselves up to date with various new technological changes, either in software or hardware. They must attend various classes or workshops to expand their knowledge. They must also be able to formally document their work.
  • They may have to train, coach, or mentor new or junior software developers. They may be required to travel from time to time to visit vendors or clients.

The Company

Welfare Call specialises in the collection, collation, and dissemination of vulnerable children's education data on behalf of nearly 100 Local Authorities across England & Wales. We monitor the attendance of over 35,000 children and young people from ages 0-25 using a call centre operation supported by a direct mark extraction API. This enables us to collect data from FE and HE settings, hospitals, secure children's homes, therapeutic communities, and youth offending institutions in addition to early years, primary and secondary school provisions. We also provide a cloud-based platform to facilitate multi-agency collaboration on assessment and planning frameworks such as the Personal Education Plan for Looked After Children. Data collected is fed back to our customers through a range of self-service and automated reports and an extensive library of Sisense Analytics Dashboards.

The Person

The key skills and qualities of an IT Software Developer:
  • Knowledge in JavaScript, HTML, CSS (Bootstrap v5x), PHP (7.4, 8.1), MySQL and Maria DB
  • Experience of working with IT Developers
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodologies
  • Experience with software design and development in a test-driven environment
  • Ability to work in a team and independently
  • Excellent communication skills and with the confidence to challenge colleagues in your own and other departments

If you are keen on joining this exciting, forward thinking company and taking the next step in your career, then please click the apply now button to find out more.
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