Job Title: Deputy Head of Information Systems Office/Principal Developer
Salary range: £57,245 – £58,981 (under review)
Grade: Assembly Grade 4
Directorate: Parliamentary Services
Business Area: Information Systems Office
Accountable to: Head of Information Systems Office
Accountable for: Application Development team and Business Relationships team
This is a challenging new post within the Information Systems (IS) 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. This is a key change role within the Assembly, supporting and reshaping the provision of information systems and enabling other parts of the business to perform effectively. The successful delivery of information systems in a rapidly changing technical environment presents many strategic, operational and technical challenges to the post holder.
The post holder will lead a specialist team of 12 staff, developing and supporting the information systems required to successfully facilitate the work of the Assembly. The post holder will require a clear focus on the timely production of high-quality, bespoke procedural systems which are critical to the effective operation of Assembly business. The primary responsibility will be the ongoing development and support of the Assembly Information Management System (AIMS) – a complex suite of applications which records and publishes the procedural work of the Assembly – as well as the development and support of a wide range of corporate applications.
The post holder will be responsible for the availability, effectiveness and support of business critical Assembly Chamber and Committee systems, ensuring that the office is adequately resourced to provide direct support to the business.
The post holder will provide strategic direction for and management of the development function, ensuring that the team works effectively and efficiently. They will oversee the delivery of project and contract management, 1st line support of third party applications, database administration and cloud infrastructure provisioning. They will also prepare and maintain the financial, staffing, IT and training requirements for the Application Development team.
The post holder will assist and support the Head of Information Systems and Strategy in managing a very demanding and wide-ranging workload of competing priorities, often to be completed within tight deadlines.
The post holder will assist in the management of the distinct teams of ICT staff across the Information Systems Office, to ensure the overall effectiveness of the corporate IS and ICT services provided. They will provide advice on the development, management and monitoring of IS and IT policies, procedures and systems for the Assembly. They will also provide strategic and authoritative technical advice and assessments on the ongoing development of the Assembly’s business critical Chamber and Committee systems.
This is a key role in the organisation, and the post holder will have significant influence on any discussions relating to IS matters. The post will frequently involve a “challenge” aspect to the plans of other Assembly Business units and/or Directorates and this requires excellent communication skills and a degree of assertiveness when required.
The post holder will also be responsible for managing the Assembly’s Business Relationship function, which acts as a strategic contact between Information Systems Office and Assembly business units to assist in, and improve the planning and delivery of ICT enabled projects.
At present, the Assembly’s Infrastructure function will continue to be managed by the Head of IS Office. However, the structure of the IS Office is reviewed on an ongoing basis and management of the Infrastructure function may, in the future, fall within the remit of the Deputy role.
The main duties and responsibilities of the post are:
Applicants for the post of Deputy Head of IS Office / Principal Developer 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;
a minimum of one year’s experience in each of the areas described below at (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv):
(i) Application Development
(ii) Application Development Lifecycle Management:
(iii) Database Design and Management
(iv) Internet / Web technologies
2. At least 5 years’ experience of leading and managing an application development team;
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.
Should shortlisting be required, the following shortlisting criteria will be applied:
Experience of providing strategic advice, both verbally and in writing, to the highest level in an organisation (i.e. Management Board or Chief Executive) on Information Systems projects and issues.
The following Assembly Skills and Behaviours will be assessed during the selection process:
Building relationships and effective communication
…is creating and maintaining positive, professional and respectful internal and external working relationships through effective and appropriate communications.
Initiating improvement and delivering change
…is looking for and being open to new and innovative ideas and improvements to the service provided. It is being flexible and adapting positively and professionally to sustain performance when the situation changes, workloads increase or priorities change. It is about forming sound, evidence-based decisions and being accountable for results.
Managing & Leading Self and Others
… is setting high standards for ourselves. It is about guiding, motivating and developing others to achieve high performance. It is about engaging others in delivering a corporate vision of excellence, expertise and innovation in support of the Assembly as a legislature.
Parliamentary & Political Understanding
…is displaying an appropriate understanding of the wider political environment; what the Assembly does and how our role fits in; and the level of public scrutiny to which the actions and decisions of Assembly staff are exposed. It requires impartiality, integrity and political sensitivity.