Principal Developer

  • Job Reference: 105975100-2
  • Date Posted: 11 September 2019
  • Recruiter: Swansea University
  • Location: City, Swansea
  • Salary: £40,000 to £50,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: £40000 - £50000/annum
  • Sector: Education
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Why our University?

Swansea University is a research-led university that has been making a difference since 1920. We thrive on exploration and discovery and pride ourselves on offering the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life.

We have enjoyed a period of tremendous growth, and have achieved our ambition to be a top thirty research University, soaring up the 2014 Research Excellence Framework league table to 26th in the UK from 52nd in 2008.

Today, as we head into our 2020 Centenary, we are even more driven with ambitious targets to further enhance our reputation both across the UK and globally.

Why Solutions Development?

Solutions Development is part of the University's IT Services function and produces software solutions that are often at the heart of enabling the University to achieve its bold ambitions. These solutions take many forms ranging from systems that target international student recruitment to those that power the University's Research Excellence Framework submission. This makes the work incredibly varied, and means we get exposure to all aspects of University business, working with a broad range of people including students and academics.

We are proud of being outcome focussed and are incredibly passionate about using innovations in technology to create amazing user experiences and drive business impact. Agile values are at the heart of everything we do. We love delivering value early and often and we seek to always be better than yesterday! This sometimes isn't easy but we thrive on a challenge and getting stuck-in; if this sounds like you, then we're an ideal match!

We are truly cross-functional (and full-stack!) and specialise in user experience design, business modelling, systems design and integration, solution architecture, end-to-end testing and of course coding. It's not just about the tech skills however - we are passionate about having the right balance of soft skills, personalities and viewpoints and truly value the benefits that team diversity offers.

We are really excited to recruit a new Principal Analyst Programmer to join our thriving and progressive team!

Why our Team?

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a friendly, welcoming and supportive team with a focus on diverse work and often cutting-edge technology. As part of the team you can expect:

* To work in highly collaborative environment using the Scrum methodology and many other Agile patterns such as pair-programming.

* To work with a wide-range of exciting technologies. Our newest projects offer the opportunity to work on a cutting-edge technology stack which includes C# .Net Core (latest version) for the server side and the latest version of Angular on the client side.

* 2 full learning days per month. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days are included in our planning process, allowing team members to take a day in each sprint to focus on training to develop and maintain their skills.

* 31 days annual leave allowance (excluding bank holidays).

* Flexible working hours and would welcome applications from candidates who would like to work on a part time or job share basis.

* A newly refurbished, modern, open-plan office space on the 7th floor with spectacular views across Swansea bay.

* A generous salary and benefits package, including pension, childcare vouchers, discounted gym membership and more.

* A powerful development rig including 3 monitors and access to multiple stand-up desks.

Why this Role?

Don't let the job title deceive you! Principal Analyst Programmer really is our most exciting role as it will put you at the heart of solutionising, thought leadership, decision making and helping others to grow in their career. If impact is what you're after, you'll have it abundance! Some of your main responsibilities would include:

* Taking the Lead as the Scrum Master or Product Owner on projects as appropriate.

* Taking the Lead in the design, specification and development of the application architecture for new solutions, considering functionality, usability, data, integration, infrastructure, security, reliability, resilience and performance.

* Taking the lead on the analysis of requirements and the investigation of potential solutions for options appraisal.

* Lead the development of coding standards, policies, principles and guidelines. Ensure compliance to these standards throughout the team.

* Identifying opportunities within projects for team members to achieve CPD objectives.

* Horizon scanning, producing proof of concepts to rapidly assess the value of potential technologies and introducing them to the team as appropriate.

* Acting as a trusted advisor to the business, helping our colleagues to realise the maximum business value from technology.

Why You?

We know that people are sometimes put off applying for a job if they don't tick every box, but we realise that the 'perfect candidate' doesn't really exist. So, if you are excited about working with us and think you can do most of what we've listed, please apply. You could be exactly what we're looking for!

IT Services currently have an under-representation of women within the Department and we would particularly welcome applications from women for these positions. Appointments will be made on merit.

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation