Head of Development

Overview

Job Title

Head of Development

Type

Permanent (full-time)

Office

London Wall

Salary

Competitive

To lead and manage a team of Front-end web developers, supporting them in building industry leading, robust and innovative web solutions that are fit for purpose.

To develop a strategy for the team to meet the company’s goals and objectives, and to improve the quality of the service it delivers internally and externally. Responsible for the quality and technical approach taken by team members, ensuring it is in-line with the company strategy – and that projects are delivered on time and on budget. Creating and maintaining a professional culture within the team, where individuals take ownership and are proud of delivering excellence and quality.

This is an office-based position with some remote working. Please only apply if a daily commute to London is feasible. During the current pandemic this is a full time remote working role.

Role Responsibilities

  • To lead and manage a team of web developers. Line management responsibilities will include technical recruitment, appraisals, 121 meetings, identifying training needs, motivating and performance managing the team
  • To devise a tactical plan which can be collaboratively carried out by the team – to implement improvements to our products, services, processes and knowledge sharing within the team
  • To facilitate technology and methodology decision making throughout team, including standardisation of system architecture, reusable code base development, versions of software tools, best practice, source control and deployment processes
  • To review project progress and overview of the performance of all individuals in team
  • To keep up to date with the latest software development technologies and methodologies
  • To drive consistent standards and approaches throughout the team
  • To write clean and healthy structured, well documented code
  • To build future-proof reusable core code libraries, which can be shared, in-order to drive further efficiencies throughout the team
  • To deliver code which is well tested and consistently error free
  • To design and build database schemas with integrity
  • To assist in critical support issues where your experience is required to ascertain the issue quickly and to find the more appropriate resolution
  • To take control over critical support instances and putting into place the correct escalation and process to manage and resolve issue as soon as possible
  • To lead and oversee all technical quotes, analysis, specifications to make sure they are complete and accurate
  • To support the business development team with pre sale activities, contributing to RFPs where appropriate and assisting in large pitches to potential clients where required
  • To oversee the technical strategy and implementation of our own internal development stream activities – to make sure they apply to the same standards that we would expect for client work

Key Skills

  • A senior level software developer with strong and successful technical lead experience
  • Experience of leading a team of developers
  • Advanced level (knowledge and experience) of programming languages and methodologies
  • Advanced level of understanding of HTML5 and CSS3 as well as previous iterations of these languages
  • Advanced level of WordPress development
  • Experience of managing, directing and motivating staff to deliver projects with stretching scope and objectives
  • Proactive and highly organised, with strong time management and planning skills
  • Able to meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure
  • Experience at advising key stakeholders at senior and board level

About COGORA

Cogora sits at the heart of a highly-engaged community of 220,000 healthcare professionals. For over 25 years we have produced incisive and inspirational content through our market-leading portfolio of media brands. These, in turn, provide the data and insight that give us a deep understanding of what our audiences think, what they do and what they really need. Our in-house agencies combine these resources to create innovative and flexible solutions, educational programmes and marketing campaigns that deliver measurable, impactful outcomes.

  • Flexible working hours
  • Office centrally located in-between Bank, St Paul’s and Barbican
  • Pension scheme
  • Local company discounts
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle to work loan
  • Monthly office drinks 
  • Summer and Christmas party
  • Additional day off for your birthday
  • Option to purchase additional holiday