Opportunity: Software Development Manager (SDM), LAMP Platform – Stevenage, UK

Another job opportunity from electronic academic publishers Alexander Street Press:

Software Development Manager (SDM), LAMP Platform – Stevenage, UK

Alexander Street Press is an award-winning electronic publisher, providing innovative products to academic and public libraries worldwide. Highly regarded in our field, we produce online collections of textual, audio and video materials, and create tools to enable academics to find, use, and perform research on these materials. http://alexanderstreet.com

We’re looking for a manager with experience in developing software solutions in a library/academic environment for our UK-based software development team (4 staff). The company is experiencing significant growth at the moment and we see a lot of exciting opportunities over the next 5 years. To position ourselves to take advantage of this growth, we need to grow and develop our publishing platform as well working to improve the practices and productivity of our software development processes.

This position is for individual with 3-5 years of experience who would like the opportunity to take on challenging work and to further their career in management. You would work closely with our other software development teams based in the US and China and would be required to travel and potentially spend some time working with your colleagues in these other countries. You will be working alongside a peer group of very capable individuals and the behavioral requirements of the role reflect the importance we place on building an environment that challenges and supports personal growth.

This is a full-time position located in Stevenage, UK and offers a salary commensurate with experience.

Please send a cover letter, CV and compensation requirements to jobs@alexanderstreetpress.com.

Key Responsibilities:
Software development – Leadership and management of software development projects to meet business needs. Developing a shared understanding of the customer deliverables is critical and will involve close collaboration with peers across the company.

Productivity improvement – Identification of issues within the software development lifecycle and implementation of effective solutions that improve productivity, working with the other managers to ensure Best Practices are agreed and shared across the department. This responsibility encompasses all aspects of software development including systems, processes, communications and training.

Staff development – Leadership of a team of software developers, including responsibility for hiring, training, coaching, developing and inspiring them to growth their individual capabilities and, in turn, the company’s.

Platform Development – Identification of opportunities to further improve/develop the company’s technical platform to better support business strategy.

Behavioral Requirements:
Engagement with our community – Our products and services are better than competitors because we understand how to translate user needs into an effective solution. The SDM will understand customer needs sufficient to contribute to a discussion about how technology can meet them.

Passion – We are passionate about the products we publish, and this translates into a closer affiliation between personal/corporate goals. The SDM will enthuse their team and work colleagues.

Ownership – We are able to achieve more than competitors because we take individual ownership for delivery. The SDM will deliver on commitments made.

Agility – We operate in a fast-changing environment and can only maintain our lead if we can move swiftly to spot opportunities to be more effective. The SMD will grasp situations quickly, formulate and implement high quality solutions.

Open Communication – We rely on open communication to ensure we quickly identify our mistakes/success and learn from them. The SDM will listen and contribute freely and welcome criticism and support without being territorial.

Creativity – Creativity underpins our ability to generate better solutions than our competitors. The SDM will establish a creative atmosphere so their team can create imaginative solutions when current processes aren’t effective.

Humility – Knowing that you don’t know everything creates the opportunity to learn. The SDM will imagine better ways because they are comfortable being vulnerable.

Skills/Experience Required:

Proven and successful track record in managing full SDLC in a LAMP based environment.
Experience of leading software development in agile environment
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational, time management and project management skills
Experience in developing software solutions in a library/academic environment

The following skills/experience is highly valued, if not required:

Hands on experience in developing in the LAMP environment using MVC model
XML
Working as part of a distributed development team across different timezones, countries and cultures
Audio and/or Video streaming

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