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Head of Software Development

Location:Cape Town
Education level:Degree
Job level:Senior
Company:EDGE Learning Media

Job description

We are looking for a head of software development with excellent technical abilities, strong team leadership skills and problem-solving and decision-making experience. The head of software development is a key leadership role and sits on the executive team, reporting to the CEO.

Key responsibilities:
  • Lead the development team to deliver on both new development projects and maintaining existing technology systems
  • Be a key player on the executive team contributing both to overall strategy and management as well as representing the development team
  • Manage all IT infrastructure
  • Provide the developer team with team and technical leadership
  • Estimate and analyse technical implementations and time and resources needed to drive company strategy and product development
  • Research, improve and introduce new technologies, processes, and tools to improve technical efficiency and reduce technical debt across all products and codebases
  • Lead the hiring, training, retention, and growth of technical roles within the development department
  • Create reports to update the executive team on progress against targets
  • Provide mentorship and leadership across the organisation and specifically to developers and members of the technology team

Company Description

EDGE Learning Media is a holistic education company championing quality academic edtech solutions. We create tailor-made learning experiences for higher learning in a way that no one else can.


Technical Requirements:
  • Five+ years of experience in software development, as a developer
  • Two+ years of management experience leading or co-leading a team of software developers
  • Two+ years leading a software development team
  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, computer engineering or related discipline
  • Extensive project management experience in delivering software-based solutions
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to meet project deadlines, stay on track and communicate workflow obstacles while working on assigned projects with efficiency and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the Publishing, eLearning and Academic landscapes
  • Effective team management and motivation
  • Manage an innovation process to constantly improve software assets
  • Strategic thinking, anticipating the future and planning to put the business in a more powerful position through technology
  • Be able to deliver the purpose
  • Interest and experience in the technology aspects of education and education technology (ed-tech)
  • Manage ambiguity common in the intersection between a fast-changing industry and a growing company
  • Confidence, excellent, leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Project management, organising and planning skills
  • Creativity, problem-solving, ability to join the dots between unrelated notions and original ideas
  • Strong numerical and logic skills
  • Ability to be flexible in work assignments that may require changing priorities regularly

Posted on 23 Mar 13:39

Kim Cruickshank

+27 (0) 21 702 0686
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