Lead Developer

Lead Developer

Guernsey or Salford Quays
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We have an exciting role for a Lead Developer to join our Technology team in either our Guernsey or Salford Quays, Manchester office.

It’s a great opportunity to join First Central at a time of continued growth. The role will contribute to the development and support of the Group’s Core Application portfolio.

The successful candidate will develop the Group’s core software applications and lead the day-to-day operations of a team of developers.
Job responsibilities
  • Develop technical capabilities to forward the Group’s Core Applications as directed by the Development Manager
  • Provide technical expertise to the Service Delivery Function that supports Core Applications
  • Lead a team of developers, as directed by the Development Manager, in delivering technical solutions through the common approach
  • Help shape and ready technical solutions for development by working in collaboration with i-business stakeholders, solution architects, business analysts and test analysts
  • Support relationships with the other areas of IT to ensure the development team works in harmony with the other change and IT functions
  • Support the Development Manager with the day-to-day line management of a small development team, ensuring all objectives are aligned to the Group’s strategy
  • Work with the Chief Architect to ensure solutions support the architectural direction of the company’s technology
  • Work to the agreed prioritisation of requirements for development and to the agreed delivery dates against these requirements by understanding the business priorities, the technical capability and the strategies of both the business and technology
  • Design and produce any necessary supporting documentation to enable IT to manage new components and processes
Skills, knowledge & experience
  • Strong experience of enterprise service-oriented development 
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience of Microsoft .NET development 
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Azure Platform and Services 
  • Strong leadership and people management skills 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Complete understanding of a service-based approach to technology, including component, service-oriented and event-driven architectures 
  • A good eye for detail
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • An organised and proactive approach
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
What can we do for you? 
We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle, including a company pension scheme, group life assurance, enhanced maternity and paternity pay, professional subscription fees, the opportunity to buy additional holiday, health cash plan, help with travel expenses and the opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work.

Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.

If this sounds like your next role and a company you’d like to work for, what’re you waiting for? Apply today!

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