Senior Systems Developer (Library Systems)

SOAS, University of London - Library and Information Services Directorate

About SOAS

SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and is celebrating its Centenary in 2016.   

The role and its responsibilities

We have an opportunity for a Senior Systems Developer to join the Information Systems division of the Library and Information Services Directorate. SOAS is developing world leading repositories and digital collections of research materials and has embarked upon and is a part of a major development of an Open Source library management system in collaboration with several US universities.

You will be responsible for supporting and enhancing the SOAS library systems and SOAS’ research repositories including the Endangered Languages Archive. You will seek to deliver improvements either directly or through the Open Source community. The post is split between systems administration, analysis of business issues and the development of new software solutions. In addition, you may be required to undertake some project management and will be expected to offer guidance and mentoring to more junior staff. You will formulate strong relationships across the Information Systems teams and the user community on the development and use of corporate systems across the School.

Skills, qualifications and experience

You will have experience and knowledge of all phases of the software development cycle and will have detailed knowledge of the operation of enterprise class information systems. You will be able to demonstrate a proactive, tenacious and effective approach to problem solving and to the resolution of complex technical issues. Your experience and skill set will include data manipulation, substantial use of SQL and programming and scripting languages such as Perl. 

Experience of working with Open Source systems would be an advantage. Excellent communication skills and customer care skills are vital as you will be working closely with all elements of the business and will be networking with colleagues from other institutions. Within a given framework, you will be expected to manage your own time and priorities.

Further information

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and School closure days, pro rata for part time staff
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket loan, IT equipment loan
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial childcare support

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please visit where you will need to complete the short mandatory online application form.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact Liz Maggs, Head of Corporate Systems (Business Services), email: or tel: 0207 898 4204.

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 14 November 2016.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

Equality Challenge Unit, Gender Equality Charter Mark: Bronze award holder. Addressing gender inequalities and imbalance in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

SOAS values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer.

Share this job
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information