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Senior ICT Developer

This role sits within the Corporate Information Systems team who provide services to staff and students across the University sites. This team is responsible for data integration, development and technical application support.

The team are currently changing the programming language used for web development (from Perl to .NET) and this role will assist with this transition.

This is a varied and interesting role ranging from web application development to data integration scripts for transferring data to hosted systems to technical support for the University’s corporate information systems. This will require knowledge of web development languages as well as some knowledge of SQL. The post holder will be responsible for working in collaboration with key departments such as Registry Services, Facilities, Finance and Human Resources in order to develop web applications and data integration scripts for information systems critical to the University's business processes.

We are looking for knowledge in some the following areas:

  •  Scripting language: .NET/C#/ASP or Perl/PHP
  • HTML/CSS
  • W3C standards
  •  JQuery
  • Bootstrap or similar framework
  • AJAX.
  • SQL
  • MVC architecture
  • Web Services including RESTful
  • Version control (ideally GIT)

*Hours of work: Part time working may be considered for this role. If you are applying for this role on a part time basis, please specify the number of hours you would prefer. The standard full time working pattern is 9.00am to 5.00pm, Mon to Thursday and 9.00am to 4.30pm on a Friday. There may be some flexibility agreed around these start and finish times.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Sunday 14 Jan 2018

Reference number: ICT1709 - 3489

Job details

Job details

Salary
Band 7 £32,547 - £36,613 a year, with opportunity to progress to £39,993 a year
Hours
Full time, 37 hours a week and part time hours also considered (see * below).
Start
As soon as possible
Duration
Permanent
Responsible to
Corporate Information Systems Manager
Responsible for
N/A
Interview date
25/01/2018

Background

Background

We strive to be an outstanding university at which to be both a student and a member of staff. We have a national reputation as a very friendly community, where both staff and students feel genuinely valued and empowered to make a meaningful contribution. We are one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. We are now a community of over 10,000 students and 1,000 staff members, drawn from over 60 countries and a wide variety of disciplines, we are a major employer in the region. We have met the criteria for Investors in People for over 15 years and were shortlisted for the University of The Year in 2016.

We are committed to offering our staff the creative combination of challenge, opportunity and support which is needed to grow personally and professionally. Having the best people work at the University is central to the University’s ongoing and future success. We offer you a comprehensive induction, extensive staff development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including generous holiday allowance, pension scheme and access to excellent facilities. Staff can also access the University’s wide array of sports, educational and leisure facilities.

The University is a centre of intellectual and economic capital in our region, and a significant employer within the ‘knowledge economy’. We recognise and accept our responsibilities as a large employer and will continue to play a lead role in employer networks with the aim of enhancing the quality and number of employment opportunities for the region.

We have a strong commitment to inclusion and celebrate diversity in all our activities. The organisational culture is one that values difference, and we take positive steps to address inequalities in opportunity. We recognise that not everyone has equal opportunity to enter and remain in higher education as a student or a member of staff and our student admissions and staff selection processes are designed in such a way to encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Within the current staff, we employ a high proportion of people with disabilities, those from BEM backgrounds are more highly represented than in the local population, our age profile is well distributed and we employ a high proportion of women at all levels including senior management.

The ethos of the organisation is to ensure that all aspects of the environment are supportive of an individual’s development and will enable them to thrive and develop their full potential. Our values are clearly defined and embedded in the culture; this means that individuals behave with dignity and respect towards others and that achieving a balance for work/life is affirmed in our policies and practices.

The University has set out a set of values within its strategic plan that describe the culture and ethos of the organisation. These values are;

• Intellectual openness
• Desire to learn
• Best practice
• Equality of opportunity, inclusion and diversity
• Working with partners and the community
• Social responsibility
• Continuous professional development and the evaluation of practice

These values underpin the expectations, or standards, that the University has of its staff. This means that all employed within the organisation will be expected to;

• Make a high quality professional contribution
• Have an appreciation of the culture of the organisation and of the role of colleagues in all parts of the University
• Act with integrity, honesty, fairness and without discrimination
• Be explicit and straightforward in their dealings with colleagues, students and other clients
• Be committed to their own personal and others’ professional development by seeking new knowledge and skills to enhance individual and organisational performance.

These standards are included in every job description. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of how they have addressed these in their past experience, and how they intend to continue to do so if their application is successful.

In order to make these expectations clearer for each type of role, there are defined ‘professional behaviours’ included in each person specification and the selection process will include opportunities for applicants to demonstrate these behaviours.

 Working at the University of Worcester you automatically receive these benefits:

• generous paid holidays, increasing with the length of your employment and approximately 3 days additional statutory holiday (pro-rata for part-time staff)

• generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave

• sickness benefits, increasing with your length of employment

Pensions:

Every employee of the University has access to a occupational pension scheme. All schemes provide valuable benefits on retirement, as well as life assurance and protection for your family.

Childcare:

We have an excellent, Ofsted approved nursery on campus. The nursery cares for children, aged from 3 months to 5 years, of staff and students.

We offer a salary sacrifice scheme for any childcare costs, providing you valuable savings on tax and National Insurance.

Working at the University of Worcester you automatically receive these benefits:

• generous paid holidays, increasing with the length of your employment and approximately 3 days additional statutory holiday (pro-rata for part-time staff)

• generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave

• sickness benefits, increasing with your length of employment

We offer a salary sacrifice scheme for any childcare costs, providing you valuable savings on tax and National Insurance.

 

 

Main duties

Main duties

1. To work closely with users to develop, support, maintain and review in-house developed applications using .NET/C# and Perl languages and frameworks to ensure that they meet user requirements.

2. To create, maintain and monitor scripts to manipulate and move data between Corporate Information systems, such as the Virtual Learning Environment, Student Records system, Finance, Timetabling and others ensuring that the data is transferred across systems in a secure way and complies with the Data Protection Act and the University Information Security Policy.

3. To research, assess and evaluate new languages and frameworks for web development and advise the Corporate Information Systems Manager about the implementation of new technologies to inform strategic decisions for the development of systems.

4. To advise and train new and developing members of the Corporate Information Systems team. This includes responsibility for the quality of programming undertaken by other developers within the Corporate Information Systems team as they are learning and developing.

5. To work with other members of ICT Management to define the infrastructure requirements for web servers including hardware, security, and configuration to ensure that systems are scalable and meet performance requirements.

6. To work with other members of ICT to define backup schedules and to take responsibility for regular testing of backups for in-house developed applications and databases to ensure compliance with ICT Disaster Recovery plans.

7. To be proactive in advising users and planning technical solutions for systems developed in-house in order to develop systems that meet user requirements.

8. To be responsible for ensuring the security of data held in databases used for development and the security of any data in transit to off-site locations for hosted applications in line with the Data Protection Act and the University Information Security Policy.

9. To be responsible for all aspects of technical application maintenance, development and system administration for the applications supported by the Corporate Information Systems, team working with University users and external consultants, to meet user and system requirements.

10. Work within ICT change management procedures and understand the implications of any changes on users and systems to minimise disruption to users.

11. To be responsible for creating and maintaining accurate technical documentation in compliance with ICT Governance Standards.

12. To carry out any other appropriate duties as specified by the Corporate Information Systems Manager.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

 

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.


Essential Criteria

1. Experience working as an ICT Developer in a similar environment.

2. Demonstrable experience and knowledge of .NET/C# or Perl or PHP for web application development.

3. Experience of relational database principles, design and SQL.

4. Experience of working with JQuery, Javascript, Ajax, Bootstrap, HTML, CSS and XML/JSPON, W3C standards and MVC frameworks.

5. Experience working within Linux and Windows environments.

6. Understanding of how to ensure data security and compliance with the Data Protection Act.

7. Use of version control software for code management.

8. Excellent oral and written communication skills in both formal and informal situations, with the ability to communicate complex or detailed technical information clearly and accurately in the most appropriate format to individuals or groups who may have varying levels of technical knowledge.

9. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other members of staff across teams and with external organisations.

10. Excellent organisational skills including the ability to manage own workload, prioritise effectively and work to deadlines.

11. Strong commitment to quality while demonstrating the drive and motivation to deliver on time and to user requirements.

12. A logical approach to problem solving and a flexible approach to work.

13. A creative and innovative approach to development.

14. Detail orientated with good levels of accuracy.

15. The ability to work flexibly to include early mornings, evenings and weekends.

Desirable Criteria

1. A Higher Qualification (eg MSc, BSc, HND) in IT, Computer Science, or a related field.

2. Experience of creating data integration scripts for integration between a variety of on-site and hosted systems using API’s or data transfer scripts.

3. Experience of working with Education Information Systems such as Student Records, Timetabling, Virtual Learning Environments.

 

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration .

Visit www.naric.org.uk/visasandnationality  for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

 

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