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Software Team Leader

Salary:                    Grade 7 (G7 scale) £39,992 – £49,149

Hours:                     1 FTE

Duration:                Fixed term 18 months from start date

Location:                Oxford Road, Manchester

Responsible to:     Matt Machin, Information Systems Programme Manager


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Role details

Job Title: Software Team Leader

Reports to: Information Systems Programme Manager

Responsible for: Software Engineers / Software Developers

Organisational Unit: Centre for Health Informatics, Institute of Population Health

Location: University of Manchester, Oxford Road

Duration: TBD


Key accountabilities

We have a vacancy for a software team leader. The successful candidate will be a talented, self-motivated team manager with the ability to lead a team of software engineers who set for themselves the highest professional standards. This is an excellent opportunity to utilise your skills, knowledge and experience to make a significant contribution to improving the health of the population and the efficacy of the health service. You will be based at the University of Manchester, with the possibility of occasional travel to work with partner Universities or NHS organisations.

Operational responsibilities and tasks

  • To line manage the software team, setting objectives, prioritising work and monitoring progress.
  • To take responsibility for the delivery of software for multiple mobile health projects using a Scrum methodology
  • To ensure that the software developed within the team is of a high quality
  • To manage relationships with partners and collaborators including representing the software team at project meetings
  • To work closely with the other software team leaders to ensure consistency of approach across all projects within the research group.
  • To work closely with the Information Systems Programme Manager, reporting progress on projects and escalating issues as needed
  • To communicate developments, both internally and externally, via new media methods as well as through traditional avenues
  • To contribute to the development of funding proposals for both research council and industry partners
  • To mentor new members of the software team
  • To keep up to date with knowledge of emerging technologies and new strategic directions that develop in this fast moving environment
  • Produce deliverables to agreed deadlines and objectives.
  • Maintain deployed software, including investigation of and fixing of defects
  • Produce technical and user documentation.

Person specification


  1. Computer science degree or a scientific degree with a substantial amount of computation
  2. Experience of software development using an object-oriented programming language (C#/C++/Java).
  3. Experience of developing or leading the development of web-based and mobile applications
  4. Experience of leading a software team or experience of a senior software engineering role taking responsibility for significant aspects of one or more projects
  5. Experience of mentoring less experienced software engineers
  6. Experience of all aspects of the software lifecycle including agreeing requirements with customers
  7. Significant experience of working closely with customers or other partners on projects
  8. Very strong communication skills; able to write clear and accurate documentation appropriate for its target audience; able to present and explain detailed technical information to both technical and non-technical audiences
  9. Self-motivated and tenacious; able to work both independently and in a team; able to adapt to changes in roles and tasks; able to manage time effectively, and deliver within a defined timeframe.


  1. Experience of the Scrum software development methodology including running stand-ups and planning and review meetings
  2. Line management experience
  3. Experience of one or more of the following: JavaScript, Android app development, iPhone app development, Cordova, JQuery Mobile, AngularJS, Spring Framework

What we can offer you

Exceptional benefits package including:

  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life insurance
  • Generous holiday allowance plus 4 closure days
  • Flexible and friendly working environment including flexi-time
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loans for public transport
  • Staff discounts on a range of services, from books to computer software to car hire
  • On-campus nurseries
  • Tax relief on your childcare


The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH)

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health was created on 1 August 2016 when the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences were brought together in a new, integrated structure to deliver a truly translational approach to the life sciences, ensuring smooth research pathways – from pure discovery science through to clinical application and patient care.

With a total annual income of over £300 million, and over 3,000 members of staff, the new Faculty is comparable in size to a medium-sized UK university. Thirty undergraduate and 90 postgraduate programmes will offer our 11,000 students opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they need for a successful career.

The Faculty’s matrix structure will facilitate interdisciplinary working and enable us to learn from each other and share best practice; and our eight, strategic Research Domains will help to articulate our research strengths, drive large-scale, collaborative research activities and strengthen relationships with our research and healthcare partners.

The integration of discovery biology, clinical application and patient care within a single Faculty, particularly in a region with notable health inequality, provides us with a real opportunity to have a very significant and positive impact on people’s lives.


Our strategic partnerships

The new Faculty will inherit a number of key strategic partnerships that underpin its ambitions to develop ground-breaking research.

Working alongside six local NHS Trusts, the Faculty will be a key member of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) – a federation of equal partners that unites leading healthcare providers with world-class academics and researchers. It aims to be a global centre for the delivery of applied health research and education and provide leadership for our local and regional health systems.

It will also play a leading role in Health Innovation Manchester (HInM), which was launched in September 2015, as part of the UK Government’s decision to devolve health and social care responsibilities to Greater Manchester.  HInM offers a unique opportunity to bring together health and social care, academic and life science related business resources across the region to deliver an innovative health ecosystem that can help accelerate innovation into our local health and social care systems, enhance our global scientific standing and act as a magnet for inward investment.

Key partnerships in the charitable sector include Cancer Research UK; Diabetes UK; and the Wellcome Trust; and the Faculty will also have research and funding links to a number of commercial organisations including Unilever, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Boots, who will help us to bring new drugs and products to the market.


Working for the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester strives to make our community a welcoming, caring and enthusiastic one, fuelling ambition with opportunities and support to help us all achieve our personal and professional goals.

Our diverse job opportunities include an attractive benefits package with family-friendly policies that provide for flexible working. We care deeply about career and personal development, offering a structured induction programme for new staff, an annual performance and development review, staff training for all career stages and mentoring opportunities to support your career development.

We have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and students, and are proud to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve.

As a global institution, situated at the heart of a lively, culturally diverse city, we welcome applicants of all nationalities. To help international job applicants plan for life in the UK, we have put together some useful information on passports and visas, travel to the UK, accommodation and a number of other practical considerations.



We are seeking a talented software team leader who can apply their skills, knowledge and experience to manage the development of innovative software to improve health care and research in the Centre for Health Informatics. The successful candidate will have a passion for technology and developing software combined with a genuine enthusiasm to make a difference to the health and well-being of the population. The post holder will lead a range of projects related to mobile health and the software developed will include both mobile and web-based applications. The post is based at the University of Manchester in the Centre for Health Informatics.