The person and the role

We’re looking for an experienced Technical Director to join the team in our Manchester office.  This is a new role, created to drive forward our technical offering and to ensure excellent and consistent standards across our technical teams. You will also be responsible for the development of the team and leading on resourcing and implementing new technologies.

You will also be passionate about helping us use digital to protect, save and change lives. We achieve this through our work with charities, non-profits and CSR projects. We’re fortunate to partner with organisations tackling poverty and homelessness, promoting equality and learning, and building solutions to issues that define our times, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and HIV/AIDS.

Responsible to:  Managing Director
Responsible for:  Front End and Platform Development Teams
Salary:  Dependent on experience
Contracted hours: 35 hours per week, with a flexible approach expected to meet business needs and regular travel across the UK.

Key Responsibilities

You will:
  • Be accountable for the technical architecture, delivery and quality of client products
  • Manage and direct the Front End and Platform Development teams, including personal development planning and carrying out appraisals
  • Contribute to strategic planning for future technical roles including producing job descriptions and assisting our Talent Manager with the hiring process
  • Communicate with clients and third-party vendors
  • Support the project management team with their technical understanding of progress, issues and blockers across projects
  • Direct systems architecture design and pitching this to new clients
  • Support the Senior Leadership Team with the sales pipeline  
  • Identify opportunities for growth within current clients and products – helping product managers interrogate feature backlogs
  • Ensure the best technical practices across client engagements
  • Ensure there is a deep understanding of clients’ businesses and their technical solution needs across the delivery team

 

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  • 5+ years leadership experience of multi-disciplined technical teams
  • Proven track record in a senior development role and experience of leading a technical team
  • Exemplary skills in presenting complex technical solutions to business and charity leaders, technologists and investors simply and with credibility, without falling back on jargon.
  • Track record of delivering new products and software solutions
  • Excellent communicator with outstanding leadership skills
  • A consultative approach, skilled at gaining buy-in and commitment from the team
  • A Strategic Thinker – Commercially aware with an understanding of how to exploit technical developments and create competitive advantage
  • Outstanding technical skills with the ability to research and understand new technologies and developments
  • Highly logical problem solver demonstrating strong insight
  • A good understanding of coding standards, preferably in both front and back end development
  • A good understanding of PHP, .Net, C#, HTML, CSS, Java, Javascript and database technologies
  • Agency experience is essential

Competencies and Attributes

  • Collaboration and Leadership – You’re looking to change, grow and succeed as a person and to raise the level of the team around you.
  • Accountability – You’re self-directed, self-organising and able to take responsibility for working to priorities, addressing challenges and getting results
  • Managing Expectations – You make clearly defined commitments and stick to them
  • Decision Making – You make decisions based on evidence and you’re able to keep a cool, logical head with the best interests of the client, project and delivery team in mind
  • Embracing change – You believe there is always a better way and can confidently adapt to change whilst maintaining control of budget, timelines, quality & relationships
  • Resilience – you can handle differences of opinion and take control of challenging situations proactively and independently but know when to ask for help
  • Attention to Detail – You don’t let things slide and value the little extras that make a big difference
  • Always learning – Every day is a school day and you’re always looking for opportunities to learn and share your knowledge with others

Benefits

Our bright and airy open plan offices are right in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter within easy walking distance of all major train, tram and bus stations. We are united not only by a desire to do good with digital but by the open, supportive culture that encourages and rewards innovation. We are constantly looking for opportunities to try new technologies, tools and processes. If you’ve got an idea, we’ll take the time to listen and empower you to try it out.
We offer a competitive salary based on experience and a transparent approach to how we assess and reward high performance.
Other perks and benefits include:
  • Flexible working hours and opportunities to work from home
  • 9-day fortnights – every other Friday off
  • 20 days + 8 public holidays paid annual leave and the ability to purchase up to 5 more days through a salary sacrifice scheme
  • Paid sick, emergency and compassionate leave
  • Childcare and eye care vouchers
  • Company pension scheme
  • Wellness days – a no-questions-asked day off if you need it
  • Mental health first aiders on site
  • Bring your dog to work days
  • Interest groups for initiatives such as public speaking, workshop facilitation, Agile working and more
  • Active groups for regular Yoga sessions, walking, cycling and racquet sports 
  • Cycle to work scheme and other salary sacrifice schemes providing tax efficient ways to pay for parking, gym memberships and more
  • A staff perks package offering free mobile phone insurance and money off high street and online shopping, technology, motoring, travel, food, experiences and popular attractions
  • Work on Mac or a PC, specced to the demands of your role
  • Free tea, coffee, vegan milk and fruit all year round, ice cream in the summer
  • £1,000 annual personal development allowance, access to training materials and the ability to attend conferences and networking events where relevant

How to apply

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