Lead Developer

While predominantly known for the role Cafcass takes in supporting 135,000+ Children and Young People in family court cases, what may be less well known is that our targeted use of technology is a key factor in ensuring we are at the forefront of our sector.

We’re a digital organisation rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018, and we continually invest to drive performance and efficiency; we have wholly cloud-based technology stack that is essential in supporting and enabling a diverse, flexible and highly mobile workforce. Technology is a critical enabler for our staff and we are proud to work hand-in-hand with colleagues to provide the tools and service that ultimately benefits children and families.

But there is always more to do. We mostly work with a range of private sector partners to deliver our IT service but we also have an in-house development team. And we’re expanding to reflect the scope of our work and its importance to the organisation and are looking for an Lead Developer to join our fast-paced and innovative team.

In this position you will play a key role in:

  • Leading the in-house IT applications development team, providing a business-focused service
  • Prioritise and allocate the work of the team, supporting the Development Manager in the management of the backlog
  • Develop in house applications to meet business needs

The successful candidate will have experience of:

  • Leading and managing a team of developers
  • Developing SharePoint applications using CSS, JavaScript and jQuery and be familiar with Microsoft solutions such as Power Automate
  • Working with external service providers
  • Database design and development, reporting tools and languages including SQL and SSRS

We are completely flexible on location and while it is reasonable to expect some national travel may be required at times, this isn’t expected to be a predominant feature.

The above should hopefully give you a strong sense of what we’re looking for but we also recommend you review the full job description (go to ‘Available documents’ above). If you haven't already, please click here to visit our careers pages to find out more about the team and the projects they will be working on in the next few years. 

We are optimistic of attracting a lot of interest in this role and so strongly encourage applicants to a) ensure their CV is tailored to this role, and b) answer the application questions fully, in order to give you the best chance to stand out.

Finally, we would like to give you an indication of dates we are working towards (although they are subject to change):

Last date for applications:  Sunday 29th November

Initial interview:  TBC

Final assessment:  TBC

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We are also a Disability Confident Employer which further underlines our commitment to employ, train, retain and develop the careers of colleagues with disabilities.
Please be advised successful applicants will be subject to a range of pre-employment checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). In accordance with the DBS code of practice and our own policy, should an individual have a declared criminal offence an individual assessment will be completed. Further information on what the assessment covers can be found by viewing the Cafcass DBS policy


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