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Head of Software Development

University of York - IT Services

The University of York is an iconic Russell Group University, set in the picturesque medieval town in North Yorkshire. It’s made up of about 25,000 users and with a turnover of around £400m per annum.

It is an exciting time to join the University as they emerge from the pandemic with new ways of working and a strategic change programme that is underpinned by an ambitious programme of digital transformation. If you are looking to make a real difference and bring a new view on technology and ways of working, this might be the perfect opportunity for you.

The University is now embarking upon a digital transformational journey, enhancing and focusing strongly on improving the overall experience for both students, staff and its wider communities along with delivering efficiencies and value for money for all. Investment in AWS, Salesforce, mobile app, UX, WIFI and cyber security is underpinned by user-centred design and agile working to create a high-performing IT team delivering services across the breadth of University business.

The role

As Head of Software Development, you will lead the software development function in Digital Services and manage a team of around 30 technical professionals that develop the university’s complex software products and wide-ranging application estate.

You will be responsible for several service delivery teams that create high quality front end and integration services for staff and students. You will work closely with the Digital Services Projects Team to ensure service developments are resourced appropriately and with Development Team Leaders to define overall architecture and the software development lifecycle. You will coach teams and help the organisation to consolidate Agile approaches to development and service management.

You will assist the IT Services senior leadership team by providing guidance and recommendations regarding software development technologies, integration and related architecture.

You will oversee software development, vendor and partner relationship management and identify IT-related developments and emerging technologies that will enhance the University’s plans and initiatives for the future.

Your profile

  • Significant experience of leading a software development team in a highly pressurised, large complex environment
  • Ability to contribute to the strategic direction of the department and the services it runs
  • Budget, procurement and supplier management
  • An understanding of how teams develop and support services on AWS or other comparable Cloud platforms
  • A broad understanding of software development including integration and architecture
  • Experience in one or more of the frameworks used by the team is essential for the role: JavaScript/TypeScript, React, Node.js/TypeScript, CloudFormation, CDK, React Native, React Redux.
  • Service development using Agile methods such as Scrum and Kanban would be advantageous
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience


  • You will be a driven and dynamic leader who is experienced at engaging, challenging, negotiating and influencing at all levels
  • High level, proven inter-personal and communication skills are essential, as is the ability to lead, and motivate a team of technical professionals
  • Adaptable and flexible with the ability to form strong working relationships with stakeholders across the organisation at all levels

As an employer of choice, the University of York offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Competitive salary package dependent on experience
  • 30 days annual leave plus public holidays
  • Excellent pension package (23.7% employer contribution)
  • Access to training and development opportunities
  • Flexible and remote working arrangements available
  • Subsidised onsite gym and discounts on a number online and retail venues

Closing Date: Wednesday 29th September 2021
Virtual Interview Date: Week commencing 11th October 2021

The University is working in partnership with HAYS Technology on this appointment. To view more information about working at the University of York and this vacancy please visit our designated recruitment microsite:

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

Location: York
Salary: Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th September 2021
Closes: 29th September 2021
Job Ref: 9856
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