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Technical Development Team Leader

Location: Brentwood, CM14 (with travel to London office as required + hybrid working option available)

Salary: competitive

Department: IT

Contract: Permanent

Application deadline: 10 December 2021

The role

 The Technical Development Team Leader will provide direction and drive the team forward in terms of performance, quality and delivery of software developments and changes to IT systems at NatCen.

The role will be responsible for creating and delivering strategies that enable the team to perform continual improvements and perform efficiency reviews of processes and development technology.

Passionate about creating a culture of accountability and able to inspire the role will motivate and inspire a committed team to deliver within timescale.

All short-listed applicants will need to demonstrate proof of right to work in the UK.  At NatCen we receive a high volume of great-quality applications, we therefore may close a vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date, early applications are therefore encouraged.

The candidate

The successful candidate will have demonstrable and hands-on development experience (preferably web applications) in technologies such as;:

  • visual studio (C#) 
  • SQL server
  • Using modern development techniques such as MVC
  • Have proven management skills to mentor and develop technical teams to achieve targets
  • Have project management skills and ability to work well under pressure and to manage deadlines effectively
  • Able to provide clear and accurate costing estimates for work undertaken by the software development team
  • Keep users and other stakeholders appraised of progress, pro-actively highlighting issues or mitigating problems that may arise
  • Perform analysis and provide specifications whilst ensuring you and the team work to them and any other specifications provided by third parties

In return, you will have a varied role working closely with the Director of IT & Systems and a highly motivated, friendly and talented Software Development Team to deliver and implement exciting development technologies that will make a positive impact within the national research industry.   

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About the National Centre for Social Research

At the National Centre for Social Research, we're driven by the belief that social research has the power to make life better. Our research influences policy makers, practitioners, academics and the media, shaping our understanding of the world we live in and how it is changing.

We offer a friendly, flexible, supportive and stimulating working  environment, with a range of benefits, including a generous defined contribution pension scheme with life assurance, learning and development opportunities, season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme and an extensive employee benefit/discount voucher scheme.

Why work for us

As well as a competitive salary and excellent working environment (including home/office hybrid) you will be working for the largest independent social research organisation in the UK. We are proud of the benefits we offer our employees which include

  • 25 days holiday (plus 8 bank holidays) and flexible working
  • Generous company pension scheme;
  • Life insurance and health cash plan;
  • Cycle to Work scheme and season ticket loan;
  • Career development, professional subscriptions support and mentoring support from industry-leading experts.

Application process

The National Centre for Social Research is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment and committed to equality of opportunity. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented and marginalised groups.

We therefore ask that you follow the recruitment application process below:

Please submit your completed application for employment form, CV and personal statement outlining your skills, experience and why you would make a great addition to the team by email to applications@natcen.ac.uk.

Job reference: HR/TDTL21

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