Development Services Manager

University of Cambridge - Clinical School Computing Service

The Clinical School Computing Service (CSCS) is seeking to appoint a strategically-minded, enthusiastic and people focused Development Services Manager who can lead a team of 3 staff in our Development Team.  CSCS is an IT department of 30, with a friendly and collaborative atmosphere and an ethos of professionalism and excellent customer service. Our specialist teams provide infrastructure, client support and development services to institutions within the School of Clinical Medicine as well as directly supporting the teaching and administrative functions of the School itself. We are based in the Clinical School on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which is situated on Hills Road.

The post holder will lead and manage a team of three Grade 8 System Developers. The team provides web application database development services both internally and to our customers. Customer projects form the majority of the work, and are done on a cost recovery basis; either via quotes for finite pieces of work, or via an on-going sponsorship for long term strategic projects such as the School's Virtual Learning Environment. The work performed by the Development Team drives the migration of student, patient and research data systems to online models, directly contributing to University's excellence in research and teaching.

As well as acting as a point of technical and process escalation for the team, this role will be responsible for co-ordinating development schedules, liaising with clients, and identifying new development opportunities within the School, with the ultimate objective of expanding the size and skill set of the team. As a member of the CSCS Management Team the role holder will participate in the operational and strategic functioning of the department to ensure service level targets are met and our staff and services are developed effectively.

Applicants are expected to hold a degree in a relevant subject or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and understanding gained through experience and professional qualification. The chosen candidate will have significant experience of:

- Leading the development of staff either as a line manager, supervisor, or technical lead.

- The development process, from requirements gathering and analysis to development, testing, deployment and early life-support.

- Employing development best practice; coding standards, naming conventions, commenting, use of version control systems.

- Software development environments and methodologies.

- Stakeholder management.

An ability to use and understand programming languages as well as a positive approach to problem solving and a helpful attitude are key qualities. Familiarity with project management methodologies (Agile, Prince2, PMBok) and enterprise IT systems (Active Directory, Virtualisation, Storage Area Networks) would be advantageous. Applicants are also expected to have excellent verbal skills and an ability to communicate and explain clearly on a wide range of strategic and technical issues.  Formal writing skills are required for system and policy documentation, business cases, reports and presentations.

This is a permanent Grade 9 post which has a (non-discretionary) salary scale of £38,896 - £49,230. It is envisaged that the successful candidate will start at the lower end of the salary scale and will work their way up to the top of the scale by way of automatic annual increment rises. Discretionary points for excellent work are available to a maximum of £55,389. The University offers generous pension contributions and 33 days of annual leave plus public holidays, and there are multiple discount and salary sacrifice schemes available

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. You should highlight in your cover letter how your skills and experience meet the criteria for this post, using examples of your achievements. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

The closing date for this position is Monday, 24th October and interviews are scheduled for Wednesday, 9th November; if you cannot be available on this date please mention this in your cover letter so that we can make alternative arrangements.

If you have any questions about this post please contact Philippa Hewett on

No agencies please: we will only accept applications from candidates who have applied via the University's web recruitment system.

Please quote reference RY10220 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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