Friday, 17 June 2016

Software Development Manager vacancy at the British Oceanographic Data Centre

About the role

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) relies heavily on software developed in-house to manage and disseminate complex marine science data sets. Hence, software development is key to our success. The purpose of this role is to lead BODC's software development, including: team capability, software development tools, methodologies and technical strategies.
This appointment is a permanent position offered on Natural Environment Research Centre (NERC) terms and conditions based at the British Oceanographic Data Centre, National Oceanography Centre in Liverpool.


£45,271 to £49,207 per annum, depending on experience.

About you

You may already be an experienced software development manager looking for an exciting opportunity to apply your expertise in a data-rich research environment or perhaps a development team lead (or architect) looking for that next step into a management role. You will have an interest in and an aptitude for building high-performing development teams and well-designed software systems. Experience with specific technologies (but we don’t use much Microsoft) is less important than an understanding of development methodologies, tools and teams. Reflecting the growing importance of our software development team, this is a new position, so would suit someone with initiative who wants to contribute to the scope of the role.
Your work experience will be complemented by a good honours degree (or masters) in Computer Science. An interest in marine or environmental science and in working with scientific data would nicely round out your suitability.

What we can offer you

In return for your contribution, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 local and public days. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)

The British Oceanographic Data Centre is part of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and works closely with other groups in NOC to provide a deck-to-desktop data delivery service to the UK marine science community. BODC is part of a worldwide network of oceanographic data centres created to support global, regional and climate-related studies of the world’s oceans. We are at the forefront of managing and disseminating large, complex environmental data sets. We are a component of NERC’s environmental data centre network and collaborate widely with other international data centres on international initiatives to make data discoverable and easily available to scientists, the marine community, industry and the public.

About the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena Swan – a scheme that recognises excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education.
There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.
For further information visit BODC & NOC or contact Dr Graham Allen to arrange an informal chat about the role.

How to apply

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS); for further information about the role please visit their website at, quoting reference number IRC226489. Applicants should provide a CV and covering letter explaining your suitability for the position. If you are unable to apply online please contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003. Further particulars are also available as a PDF.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 03 July 2016. It is proposed that interviews will take place during July 2016.
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