Head of Applications

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
£64,603 - £73,630 per annum (Grade 8)
Apr 01, 2021
End of advertisement period
Apr 28, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

It’s an exciting time to join the Information Services department at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland’s #1 Modern University 
Edinburgh Napier University is forward thinking, leading, modern university. 

The Information Services department is one of the largest professional services within the university responsible for the provision of technology, systems and library services. We are well regarded by both colleagues and students for the wide variety of services provided and, importantly, the collegiate and professional way they are delivered.  The last year has demonstrated the resilience and dedication of the IS Team, a team that is greater than the sum of its parts.  

You would be joining us at an exciting time when we are reshaping the leadership team and building our capabilities to underpin all aspects of University operations and provide key enablers to deliver the ambitious University strategies for Learning & Teaching, Research & Innovation and Internationalisation. To do this, we must observe sector and technology trends, listen to our users’ needs, develop core, interoperable capabilities, designed in such a way that they can be re-used in multiple contexts, and ensure that these are expertly delivered.

The role 

This key leadership role reports directly to the Director of IS, with line manager responsibility for the following: Information Systems Development Manager, Applications Systems Development Manager, Finance Systems Manager and the Student Systems Manager. 

As Head of Applications you will lead a high functioning team responsible for all application services across the University such as student systems, the Virtual Learning Environment, corporate systems and the University’s web presence. From inception through design, implementation, maintenance and retiral, you will lead in a way which embodies a culture of openness, collaboration and continuous improvement. 

You will drive forward the University’s application and information strategy to underpin the emergent Digital Strategy and deliver a robust platform for the Learning & Teaching, Research & Innovation and International strategies. In order to do so, you must stay abreast of the technology trends, foster excellent relationships with strategic suppliers and build networks with other HEIs and industry.

This role will lead the development of a Service Design capability which will take a user-centric approach to the design of application services, using user research to inform design decisions, thereby ensuring that the solutions we develop are appropriate for the organisation and are based on evidenced need, and embedding services through varied and effective adoption techniques.

Who we are looking for

We will look for you to evidence your expertise in leading, developing and supporting diverse high-performing teams to a common set of goals and objectives, with a proven track record of leading the delivery of enterprise-class application services in a complex organisation to support the organisation’s strategic imperatives. You should have demonstrable experience of working in a responsive and agile environment, while ensuring a customer centric approach is used at all times. 

You must show experience of architecting, designing, building and maintaining a robust application estate which meets industry best practice and delivery with a Service Design approach to underpin digital transformation

If this opportunity sounds of interest please click here for our recruitment pack and here for the JD

Benefits we offer can be viewed here.

Additional information
To apply: Please send a covering letter and CV to K.Crabbe@napier.ac.uk  
Interviews: Stage 1 Monday 10th May 2021 via Webex