Head of Development - North London - Unique Firm

  • up to £150k base for right candidate GBP
  • London, England, United Kingdom London England GB
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Westbourne Partners
  • 18 Sep 18 2018-09-18

I have recently been engaged by a unique firm based in North London who require a Head of Development. This is a newly formed role within the business due to significant growth the past few years. The role will be to be responsible for all of Development covering 5 teams with ~40 heads in total.

Head of Development - North London - Unique Firm

I have recently been engaged by a unique firm based in North London who require a Head of Development.

This is a newly formed role within the business due to significant growth the past few years. The role will be to be responsible for all of Development covering 5 teams with ~40 heads in total.

They are looking for a passionate technologist able to lead several teams of development engineers, optimising their output by aligning plans, development methods, engineering standards and an end-to-end application architecture.

You will be comfortable using the best mix of lean development practices across Scrum, Kanban and extreme programming and engineering techniques, and shape the teams to maximise the continuous delivery of high value, business-impacting change.

Your excellent communication skills mean you can share your technology vision with the team, both helping to shape the business strategy with the key stakeholders and creating the space in the engineering agenda to keep the systems health and flexibility ahead of their needs.

Mixing short-term tactical needs with longer-term strategic improvements, you will ensure your teams get the right opportunities for professional development and enshrine continuous process improvement and technology and process alignment as key enablers for continued success.

Their developers work closely with the business, operations and infrastructure groups in cross-functional teams. The business itself is strongly data-driven and, at the highest level, focused on large-scale process automation with 24x7 availability.

Your strong technical background will allow you to work closely with the Head of Engineering to implement standard approaches across teams that accelerate delivery while reducing risk. The core  applications are high-volume, event-driven, asynchronous, distributed systems. They have a strong emphasis on system availability, observability, active monitoring and alerting.

Desirable Technologies/Languages

  • Server Side .NET languages C# and F#
  • Experience of working with event streams and event sourcing (EventStore, Kafka, NoSQL)
  • Web Technologies (JavaScript, Restful Api’s, WebSockets)
  • Distributed messaging technologies
  • Experience of migrating a substantial code-base to cloud architecture and environment
  • Experience of high frequency and highly responsive systems
  • High availability technologies and concepts
  • Deployment automation and build environments (Bamboo, Jenkins, Octopus)

If you are interested in hearing more, please contact me at j.peters@westbourne-partners.com to discuss further