Lead Developer

  • Job Reference: 00000973-1
  • Date Posted: 8 April 2021
  • Recruiter: RSPCA
  • Location: Southwater, Sussex
  • Salary: £45,000
  • Sector: Fundraising - Digital, I.T. Director, I.T. Manager
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Job title:  Lead Developer

Location:  Southwater / Home based with occasional travel (Temporarily based from home due to COVID)

Salary:   Circa. £45,000 

Hours:  35

Closing date: 10:00 Wednesday 21st April 2021

We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Developer to join our high performing IT Solutions Team at the RSPCA!

As a Lead Developer you will be providing an effective delivery service for the continuous development of the RSPCA’s strategic and business critical applications and platforms such as Liferay. You’ll be engaging directly with the organisation and be involved at all stages of the development lifecycle.

Your responsibilities as a Lead Developer will include writing code, analysing data, and contributing to the design and implementation of software.You’ll also be part of the website development which is integral to a number of transformation programs, supporting the enhanced experience for volunteers and providing improvements for the knowledge and guidance provided to the general public. 

We’re looking for a highly motivated LeadDeveloper who is comfortable working with multiple stakeholders across the organisation and externally. The role involves management of a small team of four Developers and a Test Analyst (two onshore and two offshore), planning and allocating work and operating as a point of escalation for the team to maximise internal resources with high demands. 

It's a very exciting time to join the RSPCA as we launch our new strategy to 2030 and beyond 'Together for Animal Welfare', our people are at the very heart of our strategy and plans.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Having technical responsibility across all stages and iterations of software development and programming

  • Planning and driving software construction activities

  • Adopting and adapting appropriate software development methods, tools and techniques

  • Defining, monitoring and reporting on systems development projects supporting the organisation’s objectives and plans

  • Developing roadmaps communicating future development activity

  • Understanding client requirements from collecting data to analysis and problem resolution, fulling identifying client needs

  • Performance management of direct reports, providing support and guidance and facilitating effective working relationships

  • Providing technical expertise to enable configuration of software for systems testing and collaboration with technical teams to agree integration plans

  • Supplier management involving reviewing supplier performance data and supporting on the resolution of supplier related incidents

  • Undertaking regular code reviews to ensure efficiency, accuracy and adherence to best practice

You’ll have:

  • Degree educated in Computing, Data Science or Mathematics or equivalent experience

  • Previous experience working in a developer role and in a senior capacity

  • Ability to take ownership of software solution delivery and improvements (e.g Salesforce, Liferay, Talend)

  • Knowledge of Java and general websikills, using SOAP or REST web services/API’s

  • Experience of designing and delivering systems and integrations

  • Experience of translating business requirements into technical specifications and buildable solutions

  • Experience of performing code reviews

  • Formal qualifications in Agile or SDLC would be desirable 

What’s in it for you: 

You’ll have an opportunity to work for the largest animal welfare charity in England and Wales. 

We value and recognise our employees’ contribution and are proud to offer an extensive benefits package that includes:

35 hours standard working week, 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days with service; a generous pension scheme with associated life assurance and group income protection scheme; access to private healthcare scheme; support for professional development after qualifying period and access to our employee assistance programme.We also offer free parking on site.

How to apply: 

An application form and job description can be downloaded from the RSPCA Jobs page.  

We do not accept CVs without a fully completed application form.

Please send your completed application form to ResourcingTeam@RSPCA.org.uk quoting reference LD3672 by the closing date of Wednesday 21st April 2021.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications are received.

All online information and documents are available in alternative formats, including Braille and large font, upon request from the Resourcing team.

We strongly believe in being an innovative, diverse, and inclusive organisation and recognise that diversity in all of our people will help achieve that purpose and our mission more effectively. 

We strongly encourage and seek applications from a wide diversity of candidates and in particular welcome applications from minority ethnic, black, and candidates with disabilities, who are currently under-represented at the RSPCA. 

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