Development Manager

Federations & Major Events
United Kingdom
Full Time
Competitive
8 / 07
This role is responsible for managing a small team of in-house developers within the Digital Technology division at The FA as well as indirectly managing a large team of third-party developers from our technology partners.

Full description

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

The Role

This role is responsible for managing a small team of in-house developers within the Digital Technology division at The FA as well as indirectly managing a large team of third-party developers from our technology partners.

The role is a management one where the main focus is on coaching and developing people and ensuring we are following best practise development approaches and standards. As we work with technology partners, the role also needs to be very focussed on working effectively with offshore development teams.

The majority of our work uses Agile methodology so familiarity with Scrum is essential for this role. Our main technology stack is Microsoft Azure, although we also have some projects using Google Cloud Platform. Knowledge of either or both platforms is essential.

Key Accountabilities

Leadership:

  • Provide clear leadership and direction to all aspects of software development
  • Take ownership for maintaining and implementing Development team strategy and standards across projects
  • Promote and develop a performance focused culture. Provide regular feedback to team members and research and provide development and training opportunities
  • Organise regular Development team meetings to maintain a high level of communication within the development team and work on team initiatives
  • Ensure development resources are aligned behind priority activities within the Digital Technology division
  • Create an inclusive, diverse, and supportive environment that reinforces FA values and culture, ensuring the acquisition, retention and development of talent.
  • Responsible for setting direction for Development activities performed by our third-party technology partners

Development:

  • Ensure that the team develop software solutions in alignment with the agreed Business Requirements and Solution Architecture
  • Ensure that all code meets standards, and that a proper development process is followed, including use of source control systems
  • Put in place robust and repeatable software development practices
  • Establish development coding standards and code review process.
  • Act as the Subject Matter expert on all areas of Software Development
  • Ensure development knowledge is maintained and documented in Confluence
  • Help improve our lean and agile development processes and work with our DevOps team to move towards a CI/CD release strategy
  • Ensure the development team are fully trained in scrum delivery and are familiar with all standard scrum ceremonies
  • Input into a roadmap for our technology platform ensuring we keep up to date with best practise software tools and versions

Other:

  • Support the development and continuous improvement of IT policies, process and documentation in order to continually enhance the overall service to the business.
  • Proactively keep up to date with latest developments in technology.
  • Maintain familiarity with all core systems within The FA in order to be able to assist in the future development of such projects.
  • Proactively demonstrates required behaviours in line with the expectations of the role.
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet The FA's changing priorities
  • Communicate with Product Managers, Product Owners, Delivery Managers and Stakeholder on development progress and activities
  • Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.

What we are looking for

Essential

Technical

  • Proven experience in managing Software Development in a complex environment of legacy and new applications
  • Deep knowledge of established industry standards and best practice in Software Development
  • A development background based on large, enterprise scale projects, ideally in a corporate environment
  • Knowledge of our primary tech stack i.e., Microsoft Azure cloud, Microsoft .NET (C#); SQL Server Development; ASP.Net MVC, Single page apps (Angular/React)
  • Expert in Test Driven Development (TDD), Unit Test Frameworks and Tools
  • Expert in Source Control, code branching and continuous Build and Integration processes (CI/CD)
  • Other

    • Expertise in team leadership and demonstrable history of successfully leading development teams, managing people, and aiding the successful delivery of IT projects
    • Strong communication skills including being able to effectively communicate the key strategy and reasoning behind technical decisions to non-technical people
    • Knowledge of Agile, especially Scrum methodology, is essential

Desirable

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • MCPD / MCSD Qualified
  • Experience of Sitecore development
  • Excellent stakeholder management, communication and influencing skills
  • Technology experience within Football or other sporting associations/stadiums
  • Knowledge of sports administration systems
  • Active participation in football in a playing or non-playing role
  • Knowledge of Google Cloud Platform

What we can offer you

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

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