Head of Development

Development · Newcastle Upon Tyne or Remote, Newcastle upon Tyne
Department Development
Employment Type Full-Time

About Qrious


We love solving problems. We work across sectors and countries.


We’ve built an inclusive and highly collaborative culture that brings out the best in everybody. We share our successes. We encourage continuous learning and actively work together to inspire innovative thinking and continuously evolve our designs.


This is a fantastic opportunity for a talented Head of Development to join our ambitious and talented team at an exciting time as we continue to grow our business. 


The role 


This is our most senior Development role – our Head of Dev will provide strategic direction, counsel and support the development team’s delivery of our projects, both internal and external.


You’ll be there to lead our software developers, supporting them in building industry-leading products using robust architectural practices and innovative software solutions that are fit for purpose.


It’s your job to guide our technical team in world-class development practices and technologies, ensuring our technical ideation and implementation is aligned to the overall Qrious strategic direction.  


Your key responsibilities will include:


  • Effectively manage relationships with client contacts (client facing) and internal scrum teams
  • Supporting our sales and business development teams in winning new work
  • Work within client guidelines to produce innovative solutions
  • Present work and articulate technical executions at client level
  • Take briefs accurately from clients or other members of the scrum team and working with our Solutions Architect to translate these into technical requirements and roadmaps
  • Continuous improvement across the department
  • Train and lead, both formally and informally, members of the team in commercial and technical skills
  • Monitor and mentor all of our developers
  • Coaching our teams and our clients in Agile practices
  • Being a Scrum Master where required, running the full production process ensuring continuous delivery practices
  • Innovation, using the latest technologies
  • Implementing and overseeing roadmap strategy for technology, testing, quality assurance and data in our business
  • Producing accurate and detailed technical documentation
  • Producing comprehensive and accurate estimates for work
  • Leading our support function
  • Ensuring our technical teams are testing work thoroughly against specifications and test plans to avoid errors and re-work
  • Setting us up for success through technology partnerships and certifications


What does the right person mean to us?

You’ll need to:


  • Be a natural born leader, able to translate complex technical concepts into easy to understand language for clients and internal teams to understand
  • Be a strong leader, with a professional attitude and lead-by-example work ethic
  • Be bright, highly self-motivated and driven
  • Have the ability to multi-task and stay organised in a dynamic work environment
  • Be analytical and inquisitive, with excellent attention to detail
  • Be credible, confident and articulate, with excellent communication and presentation skills and the gravitas to deliver ideas clearly and concisely to internal and external stakeholders at all levels of seniority
  • Be reliable, flexible and cooperative
  • Be diplomatic and tactful
  • Be personable and approachable, with an enthusiastic and motivational nature and an overall passion for technology


What we need from you:


Your attitude is your most important personal attribute, but we’d also like you to have a minimum 5 years relevant experience in a leadership role within technology.

You will be as comfortable attending meetings with clients as developing and scoping work with internal teams. Your creativity and technical excellence will manifest itself in a wide range of technologies and strategies which will help Qrious to distinguish itself from the competition and offer its’ clients a truly engaging and superior experience at every technical touchpoint.

With previous experience in line management, you will be responsible for the organisation, support and mentoring of our development team. We are looking for a commercially astute Lead who understands the practicalities of resourcing and delivering a digital project well – working alongside the Experience Design and Delivery teams to ensure work is delivered on time and to budget.

Whilst we are technologically agnostic when it comes to working with our clients, we’d like you to have working knowledge of:

  • .Net
  • JavaScript
  • Umbraco
  • HTML5
  • ASP.Net
  • Microsoft Azure & MSSQL

You need to be ambitious to really flourish in this role. We want you to take the lead on all things development and technology and make the department your own.


In return we can support you with:


  • 1 to 1 mentoring and investment in your learning development and wellbeing
  • A competitive salary and generous profit share scheme
  • A company pension scheme
  • Best-in-class IT hardware of your choosing
  • 26 days annual leave plus statutory UK bank holidays
  • Understanding that work is just one part of your life
  • A great culture and regular social activities


Our Application Process


It's essential that you read the following section carefully and submit all of the information we are looking for. If you don’t, we won’t be able to consider your application. 

Naturally we’d like to see your CV, and please let us know what your current notice is and what your salary expectations are.


Should you then successfully get through our CV review, we will invite you to an initial conversation. As part of that discussion, we would like you to inspire us by preparing a short (max 15 minutes) presentation that answers the following four questions:


  • Why do you want to be part of our company, and culture?
  • What motivates you in your role?
  • Which aspect of this role is likely to be most challenging for you?
  • How can you help us develop and grow as a business?


We look forward to receiving your application!

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    Newcastle Upon Tyne or Remote, Newcastle upon Tyne
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