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Deputy Head of Information Systems Office/Principal Developer

Ready for a key change role within the Assembly, supporting and reshaping the provision of information systems?

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This is a challenging new post within the Information Systems Office combining two distinct roles. The post holder will lead the Assembly’s Application Development and Business Relationship functions and also be the Deputy Head of Information Systems Office.

Deputy Head of Information Systems Office / Principal Developer

What we're looking for

The main duties and responsibilities of the job are:

  • To lead and manage the Application Development team, providing customised ICT solutions to facilitate the work of the Assembly, its Committees, its Members and the Secretariat.
  • To lead and manage the Business Relationship function, liaising with senior managers and staff across business areas involved in IT related projects and providing guidance and advice to the Business Relationship Manager as required.
  • To provide professional IS and IT expertise and advice to all users in the Assembly and to provide authoritative and expert advice on application development matters to the Head of IS Office, the Director of Parliamentary Services and the Secretariat Management Group in relation to the strategic provision of IS facilities and services for the Assembly.
  • To lead the development of, and support for, the ongoing development of the Assembly Information Management System (AIMS) covering the work of the Business Office, Committees, Hansard and other in-house procedural teams.
  • To be responsible for the provision of technical hosting and design services, consultancy and technical support for web-based Assembly platforms.
  • To take a leading role in software evaluations and development projects and to provide technical advice and support across a range of Assembly technologies.
  • To develop specifications for the procurement of ICT enabled business solutions and to lead, in an IS Office representational role, in discussions with potential contractors and suppliers within the specialism.
  • To lead the development, management and monitoring of IS and IT policies, procedures and systems relating to the work of the Application Development and Business Relationship teams.
  • To provide advice on the development, management and monitoring of other IS and IT policies, procedures and systems for the Assembly.
  • To prepare and maintain the financial, staffing, IT and training requirements for the Application Development and Business Relationship teams, for the approval of the Head of IS Office.
  • To be responsible for maintaining the security, confidentiality and integrity of all internally developed Assembly information systems.
  • To assist with the drafting, profiling and management of the IS Office annual budget with specific responsibility for monitoring those areas of the budget related to application software licences and subscriptions.
  • To assist in the day-to-day management of a complex team of IT specialists in the IS Office. This includes all aspects of project management, recruitment, training and performance management, preparation of business plans, SMG papers, management reports and updates on progress.
  • To comply with the Assembly’s Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work policies and procedures.
  • You may also be required to carry out other duties that the Assembly Commission reasonably requires of you.
What we're offering
Essential Criteria

Applicants must, by the closing date for applications:

1. Possess at least a Bachelor’s (or higher) Degree in Computing or other discipline relevant to Information Systems / Information Technology and at least 3 years’ experience of leading and managing an application development team;

AND

a minimum of one year’s experience in each of the areas described below at (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv):

 

(i) Application Development

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 or later
  • C#.NET and ASP.NET programming skills
  • Agile Development Processes
  • MVC Architecture
  • Entity Framework
  • Team Foundation Server

 

(ii) Application Development Lifecycle Management:

  • Azure DevOps including:
  • Azure Boards for capacity management
  • Azure Pipelines for build & release management
  • Azure Team Foundation Server for version control
  • Azure Test Plans for application testing

 

 (iii) Database Design and Management

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or later with experience of :
  • logical and physical data modelling and writing SQL code
  • design, support and maintenance of transactional replication for distributed databases
  • design, support and maintenance of always-on Availability Groups for high-availability and disaster-recovery

 

 (iv) Internet / Web technologies

  • a sound, in-depth knowledge of HTML including cascading style sheets (CSS), Bootstrap and Internet scripting skills such as JavaScript, JQuery, AJAX, etc

 

OR

 

2. At least 5 years’ experience of leading and managing an application development team;

AND

have a minimum of one year’s experience in each of the areas described above at (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv).

 

*NB Only those courses with a computing content of 50% or more will be considered and applicants must give full details on the application form of how the content of the course meets this requirement.

Quick Q&A for this job...​

The salary range is £57,245 – £58,981 (under review). This is an Assembly Grade 4 position. 

The Information Systems Office (ISO) sits within the Parliamentary Services Directorate and provides the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) systems and services to support the business of the Assembly. There are at present 17 staff in the ISO team supporting 650+ users including Assembly Members, their staff (including staff in Constituency Offices), Party support staff and Assembly Secretariat staff. Staff are predominantly Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) specialists and there are a small number of administrative staff. The Deputy Head of Information Systems/Principal Developer is a new role within the ISO.

The successful candidate will be accountable to the Head of Information Systems Office.

The successful applicant will be based in Parliament Buildings, Belfast.

Completed application forms must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 21 December 2020.

The Selection Process

There are five elements within the Recruitment and Selection Framework:

Experience – the knowledge or mastery of an activity or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it.

Abilitythe aptitude or potential to perform to the required standard. 

Technical – the demonstration of specific professional skills, knowledge or qualifications.

Assembly Skills and Behaviours –the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job.

Strengths – the things we do regularly, do well and that motivate us.

The elements which will be assessed for this role will be Experience, Technical and Assembly Skills and Behaviours and the selection method(s) that will be used are detailed below. Further information on the Recruitment and Selection Framework are included in the Guidance on Recruitment and Selection for Applicants.

The essential criteria reflect the experience and knowledge that an applicant must possess in order to be able to undertake the role. An eligibility sift will be carried out on the basis of the information contained in the essential criteria section of the application form. You must therefore demonstrate clearly in your form how, and to what extent, you meet with the essential criteria for the post. 

The selection panel reserve the right to use shortlisting as part of the selection process for this post. Should shortlisting be used, the shortlisting criterion listed in the Job Specification will be applied. The selection panel reserve the right to set a minimum standard for the shortlisting criterion which applicants must achieve in order to be invited to the interview stage of the selection process. If shortlisting is not necessary, all applicants who have demonstrated the essential criteria will proceed to the next stage of the selection process.  

The interview will address the information contained in the Job Specification and will assess elements of the Recruitment and Selection Framework.

Interviews are planned for week commencing 8 February 2021

Further information on the Recruitment and Selection process is available in the Recruitment and Selection Framework and Guidance on the Recruitment and Selection for Applicants.

The selection panel reserves the right to hold a further interview stage if deemed necessary. 

Application Pack: Deputy Head of Information Systems Office / Principal Developer

Below you will find everything you need to apply for the position.

Read all the information about the job and the associated guidance related to working in the Assembly:

You are now ready to complete the online application:

Please note the application form will be unavailable on Saturday 21st November between 00:00 – 09:00 due to maintenance on the system.

If you are unable to access the form during this time please try again later.

The deadline for applications expired at 12 noon on Monday 21 December 2020.

Further Information

If you require more information on the recruitment process, please contact the Human Resources Office on 02890 520327.

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Good Luck

Please note the application form will be unavailable on Saturday 21st November between 00:00 – 09:00 due to maintenance on the system.

If you are unable to access the form during this time please try again later.