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Head of Development

Job Description

Join a government agency with a mission to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and to reduce health inequalities. As the Head of Development you will be central to decisions about the future of the digital service portfolio, technical delivery, on-going success and continuous improvement.


  • Scope, design, plan and execute software development projects. Be responsible for the technical delivery, on-going success and continuous improvement to our portfolio of web and mobile apps

  • Help develop and support services by contributing code, testing technologies, and producing rapid prototypes

  • Setup, configure and maintain DevOps tooling and to drive adoption of new tools so teams can improve their integration approaches

  • Work with continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD), Orchestration tools, TDD and code quality

  • Work with cloud technologies (AWS/Azure), enterprise integration tools and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools

  • Deliver digital services in GOV using the GDS service standard

  • Enable a positive technical culture, applying agile methods to development and completing quality assurance practices

  • Advise product managers on the estimated effort and technical implications of current user stories, as well as those in the backlog

  • Provide technical leadership and consultancy to both internal and external development teams, ensuring infrastructure is fit for purpose, whilst meeting time and budget restraints

  • Integrate software application components, whether developed internally or via external partners

  • Build and maintain technical roadmaps, looking ahead for future opportunities or blockers, and ensuring decisions by development teams align with the strategy

  • Leading, managing, and developing all direct reports, ensuring that technology, culture and ways of working are embedded across the team