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Systems Development Manager

£48000 - £56000 per annum Excellent Pension & Holidays
Hybrid working

Job description

Morgan Hunt are currently recruiting for a Systems Development Manager to work on a permanent basis with our public sector client based in Glasgow.

Salary: £48k - £56k

Annual Leave: 41 Days

Generous Pension

Working Model: 1 day on-site per week.

Role Profile: Manage the support, development, implementation, and maintenance of business systems that operate across the administrative and research functions of the organisation in accordance with agreed objectives. Responsible for corporate-scale systems and services supported by the central Information Services Directorate. Responsible for line management of staff, system support and development, project management, and working with stakeholders at all levels to implement processes and systems which improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and implement organisation-wide IT systems projects through the project lifecycle, including collaboration with the Project Delivery Team. This includes producing project plans, procurement, monitoring progress, project reporting, and benefits realisation.
  • Identify new projects and opportunities, creating project initiation documentation, including project briefs, feasibility studies, and business cases for approval.
  • Line manage technical development and support staff, including the completion of Performance & Development Reviews, managing workload, mentoring, and recruiting staff where necessary.
  • Manage business-as-usual user and system support and training, and the maintenance of corporate systems, ensuring a high standard of service delivery, user satisfaction, and business continuity.
  • Manage the gathering, analysing, and documenting of business requirements for existing and new systems, mapping business processes, applying problem-solving techniques, and identifying future client needs and trends to create effective and innovative solutions.
  • Manage the development of system changes, ensuring coding and release practices are robust, and that systems are secure and comply with organisation regulations and legislative requirements.
  • Liaise with Project Teams and/or Business Managers to identify where and how technologies offered by Information Services can provide functionality to meet business needs.
  • Provide specialist and strategic advice to senior management, organisation committees, and working groups on approaches to IT systems solutions.
  • Manage communications and relationships with project stakeholders, third-party suppliers, consultants, professional networks, and government bodies.


  • Detailed knowledge of software development practices, lifecycles, and methodologies.
  • Extensive knowledge of project management methodologies: PRINCE2, Agile.
  • Working knowledge of business process analysis methodologies, e.g. Lean.
  • Working knowledge of service management best practice methodologies, e.g. ITIL.
  • Excellent knowledge of business and planning tools, e.g. MS Project, MS Visio, Jira.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft technologies: M365, SharePoint, Power Platform.


  • Management of complex projects across the full lifecycle with a successful track record of delivery.
  • Proven ability to lead and motivate teams.
  • Stakeholder and relationship management skills, including the ability to manage customer expectations and organisational change.
  • Ability to acquire technical knowledge rapidly and communicate with technical staff.
  • Ability to explain technology solutions to a non-technical audience.


  • Manage and be responsible for teams of approximately 4-8 staff.
  • Responsible for the operational support of 5-8 corporate systems.
  • Leading, planning, and managing 3-5 corporate projects.

Morgan Hunt is a multi-award-winning recruitment business for interim, contract and temporary recruitment and acts as an Employment Agency in relation to permanent vacancies. Morgan Hunt is an equal opportunities employer. Job suitability is assessed on merit in accordance with the individual's skills, qualifications and abilities to perform the relevant duties required in a particular role.

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