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Head of Technology

Contract Type: Full Time
Location: Hertfordshire, England
Salary: £140000 - £180000 per annum
REF: 3985_1668435872
Contact Email: joanna@trprecruitment.com

Job Description

We are searching for an exceptional leader for a leading and rapidly growing hands-on agency that powers the marketing and technology of hundreds of sites across the UK. Reporting directly into the Managing Director you will inherit a semi-mature product development team with the goal of taking them to the next level. A leader who will foster cohesive and strategic projects across a team of 25+ people encompassing engineering, IT, business analysis, QA and operations.

If you want to be part of a passionate, hard-working team with a vision to take on one of the most competitive digital industries in the world, this would be the right place for you. A fun work environment, opportunities for career advancement, the chance to make an early impact and loads of perks!

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the technology team to continue the planning, development and implementation of the roadmap, including timely decommissioning of our legacy systems and the creation and transition to a sustainable architecture, based on best practice
  • Own the planning and prioritising of resources across the Technology team to ensure an effective balance between our tech transformation, our BAU project delivery and ongoing maintenance and support of our platforms and services
  • Work collaboratively with the stakeholders, where relevant, at all levels across the organisation to ensure that our technology services and products are customer-led, cost-effective, scalable, easy to use and meet current and future needs
  • Further develop our capability, processes and team structures in managing change, agile software development and rapid deployment, cyber security, data management and service management
  • Ensure that a clear vision and delivery plan for our technology services is communicated to all staff and that ongoing delivery is transparent and well- communicated across the group and that all dependencies and risk are well managed
  • Ensure teams are well-balanced and have (or to have access to) the correct skills to succeed.
  • Accountable for the technical assurance in house solutions and the solutions and services from outsourced suppliers and contractors
  • Provide overall technical leadership and direction to the organisation and the technology team, encouraging controlled innovation and improvement in the technology and data systems, processes and ways of working
  • Role model our values and lead the development of our culture in your team

Person Specifications:

  • 15+ years of experience with a 4+ years in a management position
  • Previous experience in a senior software engineering role (preferably architect level)
  • A track record of running a technology organisation of >20 people
  • A track record of building and scaling high functioning technology organisations
  • A track record of developing technology strategies aligned with business objectives and following through with exceptional planning and tactical execution
  • Previous entrepreneurial or division head experience
  • Experience in high performance/high throughput platforms
  • Still remains hands-on with technology on some level
  • Equally strong in people management and organisational structure as in technology - appreciative & supportive of the role people play in bringing tech to life
  • Able to identify gaps, weaknesses, and risks on all levels of the technology organisation and plan and mitigate accordingly so that it remains robust and able to deliver in the face of change
  • Equally strong at delivering value individually as being able to deliver through others by leveraging their strengths
  • Frequent use of data when making decisions
  • A good balance of high-standards, detail-orientation, and pragmatism
  • Doesn't sacrifice long-term value for short-term results
  • Ability to balance competing interests across often divergent requirements