Head of Development

We’re looking for an experienced and ambitious Head of Development to join and help shape and grow our development team. 

Healthcare is one of the most exciting spaces within technology and its potential to impact peoples’ lives for the better is almost unlimited!


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About Bluedog, part of the Lucid Group

Bluedog has been producing remarkable creative materials for its clients, reaching and engaging healthcare audiences for over 25 years.

The Bluedog team has exceptional skills in creative design, digital design, motion graphics, video development and web design and development. We have a talent for creating the outstanding. By developing the right content, delivered at the right time, through the right channels, our creative approaches drive precision education that measurably changes belief and behaviour.

About the role

Within the role of Head of Development you will be the figurehead of the development department and be responsible for the performance and quality of that department. Key to the role is the ability to lead, support members of other departments with project technology related matters, be it client communication or liaising with a third-party provider, and set the benchmark and expectations for positive collaboration with other departments. In addition to this responsibilities for the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop projects both for clients, internal purposes to a high standard - setting the benchmark and expectation of the development team
  • Support developers as and when needed when working on projects
  • Ensure that the code being written by the development team is of a high standard with best practices implemented
  • Structured in an expandable and consistent way
  • Commented, well documented and easy to pick-up
  • Compliant with client guidelines
  • Trial new technologies as and when appropriate
  • Help with solutions architecture including code structure, database schemas, data relationships
  • Encourage developers to review each other’s code, and to openly discuss their approaches to code and problem solving
  • Ensure that deliverables to client are fit for purpose, and do not contain sensitive company information e.g. passwords, or if code has been re-used does not contain or reference content from another client / project
  • Identify and implement sustainable development practices and process that act to streamline and optimise the build, development, testing and deployment processes across common project types, and roll out to the development team
  • Work with other departments, to ensure that they are working in an optimal way to support the development department at all phases of a project’s life cycle
  • Work closely with the Creative Services Manager to ensure that the schedule is accurate, and that status changes are communicated to relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure that the company can be confident in the development departments understanding of technologies and platforms that our clients use
  • Keep on top of developments within Digital Health, to ensure that the development team can offer insight into topical subjects, and remains current and innovative in its response to client briefs
  • Ensure that the development team is continuously evolving:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of programming principles, platforms, frameworks and languages
  • Empower developers to feel part of the creative solution, and champion developer participation in all phases of the project from concept, to deployment

What we're looking for

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A computer science or engineering background with the ability to pick up multiple technologies and be highest point of escalation for technical issues
  • Proven experience building and leading a development team
    • Implemented processes such as:
      • Continuous Integration (deployment processes)
      • Code Reviews / Peer Programming
      • Testing (functional, unit, security, load)
    • Experience in configuring and architecting AWS
    • Experience in application architecture
    • Experience in database structures (SQL)
    • Extensive experience with PHP, Drupal and WordPress
    • Successful experience cultivating a culture of innovation, team spirit and inspiration across the development team and across disciplines
    • The ability to articulate clearly and concisely with project stakeholders (internal and client)
    • Strong project management and organisational skills
      • Be able to oversee internal workstreams of R&D projects, and internal products.
    • Strong JavaScript experience, both Vanilla JS and frameworks such as Vue JS or React
    • A strong attention to detail and the ability to oversee and work on multiple projects at any given time
    • Personable, approachable, respectful

What you'll be working on

Mobile Responsive Web Development

CMS Development (Drupal / WordPress)

Mobile & Tablet Applications

Interactive Touch Screen Experiences

Gamification & Interactive Challenges

Online Learning Platforms & Tools

Virtual & Augmented Reality

...Plus a load more

Benefits of working with us

Discretionary bonus

Employee discount platform with offers at 900+ retailers

Flexible Working

Private family healthcare and dental cover

25 days' holiday plus bank holidays, plus 3 Christmas closure days, and a celebration day of your choice

Flexible holiday buy and sell scheme

4x basic salary life assurance cover

Contributory pension of up to 5% of basic salary Lucid contribution

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"I’m new to Lucid and I’m surrounded by talent."

Andy Tarnai, General Manager

"We can’t wait to welcome new talent to the team."

Jo Troman, General Manager

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