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Swindon / Remote

The opportunity

As Software Development Manager, you will take responsibility for leading the data engineering a team of software developers in the design, development, testing, and deployment of quality software applications and services.
This is a hybrid role, with a minimum of 2 days per week in our Swindon office. 
The benefits:
  • Salary - up to £80,000
  • Bonus scheme - on target bonus -15%
  • Pension scheme - contribute up to 5% of your salary and Openwork will match you and put in an extra 5%
  • Critical illness cover
  • Income protection
  • Death in service 
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays, with the opportunity to buy up to an additional 10 days
  • A range of other flexible benefits to include private medical insurance, dental insurance and much more.

Delivering Today

  • Leading and managing teams of software developers. This includes hiring, training, and motivating team members, as well as assigning tasks and ensuring that deadlines are met.
  • Defining and communicating project goals and objectives. This involves working with stakeholders to understand their needs and requirements, and then translating those requirements into technical specifications.
  • Overseeing the software development process. This includes ensuring that the project is on track, that quality standards are met, and that any problems or issues are identified and resolved quickly.
  • Communicating with stakeholders. This involves keeping stakeholders informed of the project's progress, as well as addressing any questions or concerns they may have.
  • Providing technical leadership. This includes staying up to date on the latest technologies and trends and using that knowledge to help the team develop innovative and effective solutions.
  • Ensure Engineering policies are implemented and adhered to.
  • Ensure all team activities are aligned to the Engineering strategy and vision.

Tomorrow’s Success

  • Working with the Head of Engineering to: -
    • Help refine the Engineering strategy.
    • Write Engineering policies.
    • Push Engineering further on their DevOps journey.

What will you need to succeed?

  • Leading up to 2 technology teams of 4-8 people.
  • Managing the delivery of software development initiatives.
  • Software development background.
  • Understanding of different system architectures their pros and cons and the challenges as well as advantages they present.
  • Familiar with the latest trends in the software development industry with the ability to use these to improve the team’s productivity and efficiency.
  • Comfortable with cloud technologies with experience of at least one of the major providers.
  • Good understanding of DevOps
  • Familiar with observability, alerting and monitoring and site reliability engineering.
Skills and Competencies:
  • A strong understanding of software development principles and practices. This includes knowledge of programming languages, software development methodologies, and testing and debugging techniques.
  • Able to lead and motivate a team of software developers. This includes setting clear goals and expectations, providing guidance and support, and resolving conflicts.
  • Can communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences. This includes writing clear and concise documentation, presenting complex technical information in a way that is easy to understand, and listening to and understanding the needs of stakeholders.
  • Able to identify and solve problems that arise during the software development process. This includes being able to think critically and creatively, as well as being able to work under pressure.
  • Adaptable to change, open to new ideas and willing to facilitate change.
  • Stakeholder management.

Why us?

We're a dynamic, fast paced, and growing business with huge ambition. This is all made possible by the brilliant people who are part of The Openwork Partnership family. We're investing heavily in our colleagues, continuously striving to give them the platform to develop personally and professionally and reach their full potential.

We’re also very proud of our culture, as one of the Best 100 Large Companies to work for in 2022. The Openwork Partnership values, and respects individuality and we are committed to building an inclusive culture and environment which truly recognises and celebrates our colleague’s individual differences and identities – just like our financial advice, for us, it’s personal. We believe everyone can make a difference and your race, religion, disability, and gender will never be a barrier. At Openwork, we have a strong ethic of care for each other where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will bring your best self to work if you are trusted to choose when, where and how you do it.

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