Bespoke Development Manager

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 14/02/2024
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: IT
Location: UK-Wide
The opportunity

Bespoke Development Manager 

This role is part of the maturing of our IT Organisation, adding specialisation and technical knowledge into the Applications and Development team to help us support our IT project portfolio and current technologies.

Role Purpose

  • Manage an internal team of developers, engineers and technical analysts and  working with partners of various sizes and capabilities in order to provide the delivery capability needed to ensure successful solution outcomes
  • Interfacing with Business Change, PMO, other Technical Teams and Architects to communicate development progression and assuring quality of delivery
  • Own architectural blueprint for our bespoke applications (style, tooling, application communication strategy (APIs, servicebus, microservices) etc)
  • Work with team to formalise best practice standards and methodologies

Role Priorities

The immediate priorities are:

  • Manage the delivery of the Bespoke Development team and partners by having clearly defined and actionable metrics
  • Formalising the coding standards and processes currently in use, defining metrics to measure success and needs of team
  • Becoming familiar with the applications, integrated solutions, backlogs and current roadmaps
  • Modernise how we do development transitioning on premise solutions to Azure PaaS

Key Accountabilities

  • As an experienced Development Manager, you will lead development projects across predominantly Microsoft C# .Net MVC, SQL Server technologies and Web API’s as well as infrastructure focussed requirements and solutions. Managing the successful delivery of these solutions will require you to plan, coordinate and lead activities across the full delivery lifecycle.
  • Responsible for the resource management, recruitment, development and growth of our bespoke development capabilities.
  • Leading design phases on Business IT programmes, validating requirements and ensuring that all aspects of UX, data and solution design are within scope, complete, and deliverable.
  • Having responsibility for the architecture of data and solutions delivered to the business, both from internal and external suppliers.
  • Handover from development and pilot into supported production, ensuring that appropriate documentation and support models are in place.
  • Change, Incident & Release Management of Bespoke Developments.
  • Having responsibility for the on time delivery of quality solutions that meet business requirements.
  • Supplier and cost management of software and providers.
  • Supporting Business Solutions arising from M&A activities
  • Being a champion for innovation, analysing new technology solutions that could bring significant benefit to the business.

Skills and experience

A minimum of 3 years demonstrable track record of successful management of internal and external development teams to deliver complex technical and service solutions

You will need to have significant previous experience with the below tech stack: 

  • C#, .Net  & ASP.Net
  • Python and Javascript
  • MS SQL Server, SSIS, SSRS , T-SQL, Azure SQL Server, SQL managed instances,  Azure Database Migration Services
  • Source Control
  • Experience of Microsoft architectural blueprints and transitioning on premise application to the cloud
  • Azure Cloud development, Blazor, NServiceBus, CQRS and Domain-driven design, Scrum/Agile, API Design and management skills 
  • Data Engineering projects using  Data Lakes, Data factories, ETL techniques, Synapse and PowerBI
  • MS Logic and Power Apps
  • Azure DevOps

Experience with the following would be beneficial:

  • AI + Machine Learning
  • Analytics: Analysis Services, Data Lake Analytics, Data Catalog
  • DevOps: Application Insights

Key Competencies

  • Will use a coaching and influencing style to achieve outcomes rather than taking a prescriptive, directional approach.
  • The ability to produce high quality technical material, and to identify and develop opportunities to provide business benefit.
  • Working and influencing across multi-disciplined teams, with good operational and people management skills.
  • The ability to drive through innovations and best practices from concept to implementation.
  • Strong problem solving abilities with the ability to think ahead and anticipate problems, issues, and solutions.
  • The ability to build good relationships with clients/operational managers and colleagues.

Find out more about us:

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

Want to find more about our amazing benefits?

How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leicester, London, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role will be predominantly home based with travel as required into Birmingham or one of our other West Midlands hubs 

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.