Head of Application Development

  • £110000 - £130000 per annum
  • London, England, United Kingdom London England GB
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Cornwallis Elt
  • 09 Mar 18 2018-03-09

Our client, a global investment management business with over 500bn of assets under management are looking for a head of application development to join their IT leadership team on a permanent basis. This leadership role is accountable for the totality of

Application Development across all of the investments business. The head of Application Development will be responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of all internally developed applications, bespoke applications developed by third parties and the relationships with these development partners. This role requires solid technical development experience, proven project management acumen, and a user-experience approach to technology development.

  The development of applications internally is becoming more closely integrated with the business users as Agile development practices are adopted. It will be an important part of this role to foster this evolution and enable the appropriate level of autonomy of these agile teams.

As a member of the COO senior team, the role contributes to the development and execution of the enterprise wide technology strategy, and ensures its alignment with the business strategy and the delivery of capabilities required to achieve business success.



    • Set the mission and vision of the Application Development organisation to foster a business-oriented / user-experience oriented culture and mind-set driven by a full lifecycle management approach to applications.
    • Provide strategic direction and oversight for the design and development of applications that fulfil the needs of the business; aligned to the ongoing support of these applications.
    • Ensure the appropriate ongoing development and maintenance of existing platforms
    • Direct, manage and oversee a team of highly skilled individuals
    • Provide direction and coaching to the application development teams.
    • Drive the continued evolution of Agile practices across the Application development function
    • Be responsible for the development of the application development strategy and roadmap, and ensure its integration with the overall technology and enterprise strategic plans.
    • Work with the technology senior management team on the overall application portfolio and governance required to prioritize resources.
    • Act as a trusted advisor, and build and maintain relationships with the other key technology heads, other members of the senior COO group and business executives to develop a clear understanding of business needs; ensures cost-effective delivery of applications and features to meet those needs, and be able to respond with agility to changing business priorities.
    • Work closely with the COO, the head of COO business management and the head of PMO to  manage the annual budget for Application development  and ensure it is consistent with overall strategic objectives.
    • Assessment of external and internal development capabilities required to achieve desired competitive positioning.
    • Champion Application development  in the Technology organisation's innovation efforts and its role in experimenting with new solutions to take advantage of business opportunities.
    • Work with HR and the COO senior team to develop an application development "people strategy" that aligns with the business and Technology strategy.
Skills Required
    • Experience working in Technology at senior levels not necessarily within financial
    • Demonstrable experience practicing / leading Agile development and continuous delivery techniques
    • Excellent knowledge of and understanding of the day to day operations of a global firm
    • Proven leadership responsibilities in an environment of change.
    • Experienced in large, cross-functional teams influencing senior-level management and key stakeholders effectively across the organisation and within complex contexts.
    • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, organisation design and development.
    • Exceptional ability to develop and communicate an application development vision that inspires and motivates staff and aligns to the Technology and business strategy.
    • Effective influencing and negotiation skills in an environment where resources may not be in direct control of this role.
    • Excellent analytical, strategic thinking, planning and execution skills.
    • Expertise in budget planning and financial management
    • Deep understanding of current and emerging software engineering technologies and techniques and how other enterprises are employing them.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a strategic people plan that ensures that the right people are in the right roles at the right time and that employees are highly engaged and satisfied.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts and technologies to business heads, and business concepts to the application development workforce.

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