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Design and Development Manager

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Recruiter: West Midlands Combined Authority
Listed on: 28th April
Location: West Midlands Combined Authority
Salary/Rate: £55,322 - £62,265
Type: Permanent

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We have a brand-new role for a Design and Development Manager to sit on the Digital and Data management team, within the West Midlands Combined Authority.

We need someone who can bring the organisation forward, using new technology to enhance the business. You will be a creative and forward-thinking individual who wants to step up your management experience and develop your current skills.

You will have extensive experience within design and development and have a technical background in order to manage and assist your team with their day-to-day roles. The main projects you will be involved with are the CRM system, integrated back-office software and website development.

The Design and Development Manager will be responsible for leading and developing the management and delivery of creative design, UX/UI design solutions and software development of Digital and Data systems and solutions, for the WMCA and Partners

What will you be doing?

  • Lead and develop the Development and Design teams, scheduling and overseeing their work, performance, capability and delivery
  • Determine and develop the software development methodology
  • Work with all areas of the West Midlands Combined Authority to advise clients on system development and design issues
  • Advise on provision of new systems and evaluate the cost/benefit of such new systems and developments
  • Oversee interaction design, content design and service design delivery team functions
  • Work closely with suppliers and contractors on complex and critical issues and negotiate and resolve both operational and development issues
  • Translate client requirements into detailed work programmes through highly specified project briefs, specific proposals for solutions development, modifications or replacement systems, testing schedules and user manuals
  • Assist in searching, tendering and selecting suppliers
  • Oversee the implementation of new systems, in accordance to the project plan and timescales and to facilitate or provide training to users of a new process or system
  • Provide analysis, design, development and testing using modern high-level languages e.g. C#, web development and Object Orientated Development when resource levels require it
  • Public face of the Transport for West Midlands API, listening to customer requirements and working with external developers to help them produce systems and apps using our data
  • Procure and manage work commissioned from external suppliers of specialist design, artwork and print and digital services

The Digital and Data team has recently been revamped. We are creating a high performing team that can provide excellent support to the complex multi functions of the WMCA. Our key aim is to deliver a robust, high-quality customer-focused Digital and Data function to our stakeholders. This is an exciting opportunity to join us at a time when we're modernising our ways of working and delivering significant advancements in our digital services - and your expertise will help develop and shape our future vision and implement cutting edge technologies.

About you

It is essential that you have led a team within a systems development or design environment. You will also need expert technical skills in modern design and development and expert business and technical analysis skills.

A degree or equivalent in the development or design field is also key.

Experience in introducing technological change programmes and systems design/architecture would be beneficial. A background in build and release management, conducting progress and code reviews and use of creation of API's would be advantageous.

Knowledge of government design principles and experience using task/bug management tools would be desirable.

If you have a systems development qualification or are a member of the British Computer Society or Society of IT Managers then we would like to hear from you.

About your application

The online Application Form you'll be asked to complete plays a key part in our recruitment and selection process. We use the information you provide to decide whether to invite you for an interview. It is important that you complete the Application Form as fully and accurately as possible. You will be asked to upload a Supporting Statement (not a CV) and this should include specific examples which demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria for the role for which you are applying. 

About us

WMCA is committed to a better connected, more prosperous, fairer, greener and healthier region. This is our vision. We will achieve our vision through living our values which are central to how we work and interact with our wider partners and stakeholders.

We're a partnership organisation. Our people feel valued and respected, have a can-do attitude and are innovators. We try new ways of doing things, we aren't afraid to fail, learn from what went wrong and try again. Our people are empowered to be creative and explore and innovate.

We are a "Leaders in Diversity" accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the more inclusive we are the better our work will be.

As an organisation, we will continue to adapt and develop to the opportunities and challenges ahead. We will continue to transform ourselves and our organisation into the best we can be, underpinned by our values and behaviours and everyone contributes towards achieving our vision.

Furthermore, wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance. We are very happy to discuss a flexible working pattern that suits your needs, so please do not let that be a barrier to applying. If your values align with ours and you're committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.


16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD. Hybrid working conditions are currently in place which means working remotely and coming to the office when required.