Development Practice Lead

Cape Town
Posted 2 years ago

As a recognized software engineering authority with effective leadership capability, the Development Practice Lead is responsible to lead and drive software engineering practices across all the group design and development teams, continuously improve software engineering standards, and lead agile ways of working and setting, and enforcing software engineering standards for design and development work products. The Development Practice Lead role is responsible to create, lead, manage, and mentoring a practice of highly skilled Software Engineers across the delivery organization.


Job Objectives

  • Lead the definition and continuous improvement of solution delivery methodologies, standards and tooling from ideation through to production
  • Drive the adoption of the new ways of working including SDLC standards, processes and tools with both IT and Business stakeholders: Providing thought leadership to senior executives on new development methodologies.
  • Manage the end-to-end integrated Devop toolchain and the associated portfolio of SDLC solutions required to enable the defined SDLC methodologies and to facilitate the automation of SDLC processes (JIRA, ARIS, Sparx, Swagger, Bitbucket, QC, Jenkins, etc.)
  • Build and mentor teams of SDLC tooling specialists to effectively build, manage, and use the SDLC tool chains



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems or a related field, or equivalent work experience or 3-year tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline, e.g. computer science or engineering or computer science related technical certification with 2+ years’ proven people management experience.



  • Experience within the IT industry.
  • Microsoft .NET and C# programming experience in a mainstream programming language like Microsoft.Net, C#, JAVA, ABAP, etc.
  • Experience in Cloud Services (Azure, AWS, Google).
  • Experience with recruiting talented team members.
  • Experience with Agile software development life-cycle principles.
  • Experience with creating career development paths and managing the career development of individuals.
  • Experience in the Identification and formulation of Language, Standard, Artifacts, Tools, and Processes.
  • Demonstrated expertise in a variety of application development methodologies and practices (including agile and waterfall).
  • Demonstrated expertise in a variety of application Design methodologies and practices for medium to large enterprises.
  • Excellent technical development and design skills with the ability to be able to mentor others to improve their skills. Desirable
  • Experience with all aspects of IT projects from business analysis, architectures, system analysis, and design through development, testing, implementation, and production (SDLC) and how DevOps interact with this in the Cloud.
  • Retail industry experience with an understanding of retail business processes would be advantageous.


Knowledge and Skills 

  • In-depth knowledge of the Systems Development Life Cycle
  • Advanced influencing, interpersonal and communication skills are required to contract with, engage and influence senior leaders and technical specialists, as well as coordinate complex initiatives across a number of teams.
  • Proven ability to establish and manage relationships with various individuals at differing levels of the business. These include, but are not limited to senior leaders, technical specialists, and support staff.
  • Ability to build effective relationships and build a strong and positive team.
  • Developed people management skills that are critical to service a number of cross-functional needs, including people with strong academic backgrounds and technical skills.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and logical skills with attention to detail.
  • Excellent team-working, interpersonal skills.
  • Delivery of compelling presentations to all levels of stakeholders and excellent communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Develop proposals and excellent written communication & presentation skills.
  • Excellent organization and facilitation skills.
  • Strong conflict management skills.
  • UI Design design methodologies.
  • Experience using and managing a wide range of software development languages, databases, tools, and methodologies.
  • Design and Development for Cloud solutions in AWS or Azure or Google Cloud.
  • API integration (on-premise and cloud).
  • Ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • Focused on doing things correctly rather than quickly.

Deadline for applications is 2022/04/30

For more information, call Nova Buchan on 073 393 9731 or send your CV to

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