Head of IT Development

Pertemps Scotland
£670 - £770 per day
23 Oct 2020
26 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Business Opportunity

Head of IT Development

Pertemps Scotland Ltd are working with our client in Edinburgh to recruit for a Head of IT Development in the Public Sector on a temporary basis for 6 Months with potential extension.
Due to current circumstances this role will be based remotely.
D/R - £670 to £770 (Outside IR35)

The main duties would be:

  • Lead, shape and develop multiple product domain aligned software development
  • teams to deliver solutions to:
  • Allow customers to create applications that represent their registration intention
  • Based on the structured data collected, automate the automatable parts of Dealings (DW) applications to significantly reduce the operational effort in the Intake and Settle processes
  • Simplify the Transfer of Part (TP) and First Registration (FR) operational processes through embedded burdens in child titles, extracting text from historical Sasine deeds, and further process improvements
  • Complete the development and rollout of the Organisations new mapping tools and spatial database such that the historic Digital Mapping System (DMS) is retired
  • Migrate historic operational archives to the new organisations Cloud Archive
  • Retire the historic on-premises archival systems
  • Decouple the services Finance provides to operational products from the legacy finance system
  • Replace and retire the Chancery and Judicial Registration (CAJR) Application with a serverless cloud-based design
  • Complete discovery and design and commence the implementation of the Register of Controlling Interests (RoCI)
  • Complete the Organisations migration to cloud-first design, development, and hosting through the introduction of a secure, governance-friendly platform supporting serverless, containers, and a robust CI/CD system
  • Requirement for head of IT development
  • Ensure new developments reduce the technical complexity of domain estate targeting reduction in the Organisations Product Sustainability Index of:
    • 50 points by January 2021
    • 130 points by April 2021
  • Provide strong leadership and senior-level advocacy for the delivery of technology solutions that support the Organisations current and future business transformation
  • Provide best practice guidance and planning in the implementation of product domain aligned development teams that are loosely coupled to other IT functions, take their direction from domain-aligned product managers, develop and support the products they create, and adhere to strong engineering and inclusive service design principles
  • Provide effective and inspirational leadership of the Organisations software development teams, making sure there is coherence between the organisations' strategic objectives and the development activities prioritised
  • Engage with stakeholders, including the leadership of Product, Service Design, Architecture, and Registration, to understand their requirements, and to agree priorities and technical solutions
  • Discuss and gain agreement on the approach and implications of the outcomes with the Executive Management Team (EMT)
  • Build and maintain a sustainable, high-quality digital estate
  • Maintain a performance culture of continuous delivery and continuous improvement that is orientated to tangible delivery outcomes
  • Maintain strong agile and lean practices across teams, making work visible, and objectives, motivations and roadmaps transparent
  • Manage department budget, maintaining a culture of value for money, working collaboratively across boundaries to ensure that the Organisation maximises its strategic outcomes within the resources available
  • Ensure the Organisations IT department has the exceptional talent to deliver its objectives, including:
  • Recruitment of permanent colleagues
  • Sourcing and management of contractors and 3rd party suppliers


Significant and demonstrable experience in the following areas:

  • Leadership of a product domain aligned software development department of at
  • least 10 teams and £20 million budget in an agile environment.
  • Leading role in sustainable agile transformations over extended (multi-year) periods in more than one organisation.
  • Servant-leading multiple high-performing, continuously delivering, cross-functional development teams in multiple environments including public sector
  • Recruiting and building high-performing agile DevOps and software development teams
  • Applying different agile and lean approaches and supporting context
  • Agile product and software development using human-centred, research-driven, inclusive-design practices, and the enablers required, ideally within Digital First framework
  • Software development, architecture and infrastructure in a forward-thinking agile organisation using:
    • Java
    • Event-based, microservice architectures
    • TDD
    • CI/CD
    • Openshift
    • AWS
  • Implementing technology strategies and managing delivery of associated technical services, solutions, architectures and technologies
  • Incrementally replacing enterprise legacy systems
  • Developing and leading staff development and training programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Public sector procurement
  • Managing budgets of ~£20 million
  • Knowledge of the Scottish Land Registration process


Experience with:

  • Securing software applications
  • Securing an IT estates