Head of Software Development - Head of Software Engineering

London, England
£800 - £830 per day + Inside IR35
17 May 2021
14 Jun 2021
Matthew Pope
Job Type
HR Advisor
Contract Type
Full Time


Head of Software Development - Head of Software Engineering - GDS - GOV.UK


Job title: Head of Software Development

Job type: Contract

Duration: 6 months (with possibility of 6-month extension)

Sector: Public/Government

IR35 status: Inside

Location: Remote, then Coventry/Newcastle

Soft skill requirements:

  • Primarily, seeking someone to provide leadership and stability to the team.
  • Leading and coaching a team of software developers and test engineers, who can evidence leadership in a government organisation
  • Help solidify and advance the structure of the team, supporting us to find the right skills to make us sustainable.
  • Enjoy spending time with people, coaching, leading and motivating - a real "people person"

Technical requirements:

  • Expert n the field of Software Development, and have a broad knowledge of current and new technologies which you will use to bring people with you. You will have experience of leading a large and distributed development community
  • Agile and lean practices
  • Experienced working with teams collaborating with User Researchers, User-Centred Designers and directly with users
  • Systems design - specification and design of systems to meet defined business needs.
  • Ability to work with business and technology stakeholders to translate business needs into designs.
  • Communicating between the technical and non-technical communities
  • Experience in simplification of overly complicated processes


  • Prior experience of the GDS Service Standard - however, in-house experts can support with this

Head of Software Development - Head of Software Engineering - GDS - GOV.UK