Senior Systems Developer

SOAS, University of London - Library and Information Services Directorate

Fixed Term post for 12 months from start date

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.  This is a key role designed to bridge the gap between the developer and the business and to ensure that issues are correctly documented and understood so that development work can be focused on exact customer requirements.  The role also undertakes development tasks which may include programming (including web and database programming) and some hardware configuration.

As a Senior Systems Developer within Corporate Systems (Business Services) you will manage small projects and provide guidance and mentoring to Analyst Programmers and contract staff.   You will liaise with Suppliers and will represent Information Systems to the School and in particular to the users of the School’s Business Services.

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.  Excellent communication skills and customer care skills are vital in this role.  Experience of working with Finance Systems, particularly Unit4’s Business World, and HR Systems, particularly Northgate’s ResourceLink would be an advantage.

Your programming experience will include substantial use of SQL.  Experience of programming and scripting languages such as Web Development, Perl and the LAMP stack would be an advantage.    

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

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: 28 November 2016.

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

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

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