|Listed on:||17th December 2019|
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Reports to: Head of Enterprise Archtiecture
Team: Technology Development
Business unit: Technology
The Technical Specialist should act as a conduit and ambassador between architecture and development, to develop and drive standards across the function, and ensure solutions are fit for purpose. The Technical Specialist will work alongside the technology development leadership and management team, to ensure technical solutions are aligned to the technology strategy, UCAS' architectural principles and designs, and deliver value to our customers.
Oversee the design process for application software
Through product design, development, testing, and transition into operation, technical specialists are involved in every step of the application software development lifecycle. This involves creation of models and prototypes, evaluation of risks and defects, analysing specifications, and customising applications for specific customer needs. With a focus on agile methodologies, test automation, and continuous integration, technical specialists are expected to review and make suggestions to improve and enhance the delivery and deployment process.
It is the responsibility of the Technical Specialist to produce and maintain artefacts relating to application design, integration processes, testing procedures, and deployment approach, relating to each product developed. The Technical Specialist will work with the technology development leadership team to produce and maintain the function development standards, guidelines, and pattern catalogue.
Technical subject matter expertise, support, and leadership
The Technical Specialist acts as a subject matter expert, technical coach, and mentor, and ensures that designs, standards, and best practices are understood and followed by the development community. The Technical Specialist will act as a technical lead and authority across a range of technologies, and work to establish reusable patterns and approaches. They should act as a point of escalation for resolution of technical issues and function best practices, with a view to raising the standards and capability of the team.
Technical specialists drive technical innovation within the function. This includes improvements to existing processes and practices, and the adoption of new technology and tooling. Where appropriate, new tooling, technology, or designs should be documented and presented for review at the Technical Design Forum or Architecture Review Board, as appropriate.
Key duties and responsibilities:
The Technical Specialist reports into the Head of Enterprise Architecture.
Our values in action
Customer-focused - We understand what our customers want, and we act on their changing needs.
Collaborative - We collectively create an engaging and positive work environment.
Accountable - We take ownership of our individual and organisational performance.
Service excellence - We realise, grow, and maximise our potential.
Trusted - Individuals are trusted to make informed decisions and take appropriate risks.
This role profile sets out the scope and main duties of the post at the date when it was drawn up. Such details may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or the level of responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot of themselves justify a reconsideration of the level of the post. All UCAS employees are expected to be flexible in undertaking the duties and responsibilities attached to their role and may be asked to perform other duties, which reasonably correspond to the general character of their role and their level of responsibility.