Head of Application Development

Job Title: Head of Application Development
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: City of London, London
Salary: Negotiable
REF: OJ873992_1578946774
Contact Name: Jonathan Lalude
Contact Email:
Job Published: 7 months ago

Job Description

Job Description

Head of Application Development


Company Overview

I'm currently working with a leading Insurance company who is looking to hire a Head of Application Development reporting to the CIO. The company brought in a new CIO last year who has restructured and created this role as a result. You would have direct management responsibility for 8 staff and play a pivotal is defining the company's technology capability moving forward.

Your Responsibilities

  • Directs and drives the Application teams (internal and external) to deliver solutions that meet business requirements, are well architected, well documented and tested.
  • Provides coaching, mentoring, and leadership to the team. Develop and grows the existing Application Developers, Solution Architects and Build/Release managers into a highly functioning, efficient, and effective team.
  • Identifies priorities and deploys resources to best meet the project needs, taking responsibility for team deliverables, and assisting in the overall planning and implementation of the project portfolio.
  • Determine and manage short- and long-term Application priorities, goals, results, and objectives. Work closely with the business to understand, define and prioritize business needs. In conjunction with Regional Heads of IT Business Engagement & Program Delivery and the BA/QA Manager, identifies need and justification for resources to continue to support business objectives.
  • Responsible for managing 3rd party Application Development Managed Services providers aligned with area of application responsibility, project schedules, technical risks, problem solving, issues management and milestone tracking
  • Provides vision and supports actions to ensure innovation and competitiveness in terms of products, services, technologies, processes, etc.
  • Aligns Developers and Solution Architects with PMs, BAs and QA leads to ensure the business requirements are well understood before the development activities start.
  • Lead Code Reviews with the solution architects.
  • Manages the team within defined Application Development and Support budget.
  • Support negotiation and administration of vendor, outsourcer, and consultant contracts and service agreements for all 3rd party development activities.
  • Grow and develop individuals and the team, ensuring the attraction, development and retention of top talent.
  • Ensures application development processes comply with all Regulatory Compliance obligations.
  • Develop and maintain a detailed overall knowledge of their respective specific capabilities and functions, system architecture, and required technical infrastructure.

Required Experience

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of operational IT services and delivery principles, using appropriate tools and methodologies
  • 5 years+ business experience with a proven track record of successful support and delivery
  • Significant experience in a decision rights on delivery model
  • Understanding of latest market development and innovations within the Global Insurance sector
  • Experience of working with or in a London Market Insurance, Reinsurance or Services organisation

Please apply now if you are interested in being considered for this position.