• IT Applications & Development Manager

    Job Locations UK-Bath
    Job ID
    Information Technology
    Permanent Full-Time
  • About the Role

    Royds Withy King is about to embark on an extensive IT programme of works to upgrade the application and platform architecture that will support its on-going growth and development. We are seeking an IT Applications & Development Manager to play a pivotal role in delivering this programme as well as overseeing a team of 4 Developers.


    Reporting to the Director of IT, the IT Applications & Development Manager is a key part of the IT Management team and is responsible for the leading the development and maintenance of the Royds Withy King’s application, systems, integrations and data solutions in line with business and client requirements.


    You will act as the subject matter expert for the IT Applications and Development function, overseeing and leading a team of 4 IT Applications Developers and providing advice and direction to all levels of personnel within the firm. You will primarily focus on two core areas:

    Strategy, Governance and Process: the ownership, implementation and development of robust and applicable development standards, change and demand management processes and technical architecture roadmap.
    Technical Management: the implementation of upgrades and new systems; and the maintenance, troubleshooting, documentation, automation and improvement of existing systems.


    Duties will include:


    • Provide support and mentoring to the IT Applications Development team, including talent, knowledge sharing (including Key Man Risk areas) and succession planning
    • Work with the Head of IT Innovation and Solutions to research, recommend new technologies and services, including Business Case and Proof of Concept
    • Assist in the scoping and selection of new technologies, technical services and contract renewals
    • Develop, own and deliver the IT Applications, Data and Integrations roadmap for the firm
    • Manage the development and delivery of new and existing technology solutions
    • Ensure that application, data and integrations are solutions are fit-for-purpose and aligned with development/architectural principles, standards and roadmaps.
    • Own and develop the Software Development Lifecycle for the firm, including coding and development standards, quality assurance and Information Security considerations
    • Own and develop the IT Development Demand Management / Impact Assessment processes
    • Assist with the gathering and definition of user requirements where required
    • Develop and maintain effective ways of working throughout the department and organisation including process automation and simplification
    • Lead the IT development phase of projects and support the transition of solutions through to acceptance in BAU



    About You

    Knowledge & Experience:

    • Previous experience working in technical development or delivery role- Essential
    • IT related Degree or equivalent- Desirable
    • Professional certifications, past or present- Desirable
    • Experience of the definition, development and delivery of technical architecture mapping and roadmaps- Essential
    • Experience of managing and developing a team- Desirable
    • Understanding of Agile, Scrum and Waterfall development/delivery methodologies- Essential
    • Knowledge of development principles and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, security and operations-Essential


    • A customer centric and service focused individual Essential
    • Ability to perform in a multi-faceted role – include strong technical knowledge, people management and process definition and improvement- Essential
    • Ability to lead and mentor technical teams- Essential
    • Ability to interface and communicate at the business/customer level- Essential
    • Programming (.NET and SQL) skills and knowledge-  Essential
    • Web development (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery) skills and knowledge- Essential
    • Artificial Intelligence, analytics/machine learning, large scale data engineering skills- Desirable
    • Platform development and implementation skills- Desirable
    • Microsoft Office – particularly PowerPoint and Visio- Desirable
    • Infrastructure knowledge- Desirable


    • Leads by Example- Is a role model for living RWK Values and provides clarity for others about current and future business direction
    • Has positive impact and Influence- Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills, builds strong internal and external relationships
    • Manages Performance and Contribution- Able to optimise the talent, expertise and experience of team members in meeting organisational and individual objectives
    • Coaches and Develops Others - Plays an active part in nurturing and developing people, has a positive expectation of others’ ability to learn grow and develop
    • Manages Change and Ambiguity- Responds positively to new and changing requirements, supports and inspires others through change
    • Focuses on Innovation and Developing the Brand and Business -Demonstrates creative thinking keeping the client at the heart of ideas and innovates to grow the business

    About Us

    Royds Withy King is a UK Top 100 law firm with robust commercial, private client, personal injury and clinical negligence practices. It has the combined expertise of over 500 staff across offices in Bath, London, Oxford and Wiltshire and is a founding member of the international network of independent law firms, Interleges.


    Royds Withy King uses its experience to put clients ahead of the curve and places client relationships at the heart of everything it does. Royds Withy King achieved eight top tier rankings in The Legal 500 2017 and 39 lawyers were ranked as ‘Leaders in their Field’ in Chambers & Partners UK 2018, both leading guides to the law.

    The firm is proud to be ranked for the last five years as a Sunday Times 100 Best Company to Work for. Royds Withy King also received a three star ‘extraordinary’ accreditation from Best Companies in 2017 – one of just six UK law firms to have done so.

    For further information about Royds Withy King, visit roydswithyking.com, follow us on Twitter @RoydsWithyKing or read our latest news and views on LinkedIn


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