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Analyst Developer

Requisition ID:  24980

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  24-Jan-2023

We are a world-class, research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


SalarySalary in the region of £38,000 per annum.


Closing Date: This opportunity will close when we identify a suitable candidate. We will contact you within five working days of your application to advise you of the shortlisting outcome.


The Role


Over the last 18 months, we have reimagined the way we deliver our University IT Services, building a world-class IT department responsive to the needs of our global community. We’re growing significantly and we’ve created new opportunities and made changes to how we work. Our people have been at the centre of this change, with a particular focus on development and opportunities to learn new skills.


This role is an opportunity in the Software Development team. As part of the team, you will use the full development lifecycle to create and deliver in house software to support a cohort of 28,000 students and 6,500 staff across disciplines, both domestically and internationally. This involves working on everything from in house strategic systems to research projects and systems to support the student lifecycle including course delivery, student information and result management.


The successful candidate will have knowledge of web technologies and languages including C#, ASP.NET, JavaScript (ideally including frameworks such as Node.js) and be comfortable with using web services, JSON and XML. You will have had exposure to design patterns, particularly MVC and the clean code architecture.  A good working knowledge of SQL is an advantage, as well as the ability to pick up new concepts and code easily. Experience of working with an agile methodology and with source control systems such as Git would also be an advantage.


The University is an exciting and dynamic place to work, dedicated to world-leading education and research. Benefits include excellent pension; flexible working options; a minimum of 37 days holiday (including public holidays); discounted travel for the Metro and local bus services; and discounts for national retailers. You can find out more on our benefits web page.


We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we offer flexible, blended working.


Informal enquiries are welcomed and may be made to Marc Birkett, Software Development Manager, at


Key Accountabilities

  • Design and develop of new applications and of new functionality to enhance and augment existing applications using a mixture of development tools and methodologies – this encompasses both business analysis and software development
  • Continuously update applications to:
    • Identify and fix defects
    • Maintain support for dependent software components
    • Ensure adherence to security standards and best practices
    • Ensure compatibility with underlying infrastructure provision
  • Assist other teams and stakeholders through change facilitation using the standard University tools and processes (eg Azure DevOps, Service Desk, CAB) to ensure adherence to University strategy
  • Support the automation of application lifecycle processes like testing, deployment, and monitoring to increase quality, robustness, and return-on-investment
  • Take part in the code review/peer review process to increase code quality and to encourage the sharing of best practice
  • Work with business representatives from across the University to promote business ownership and build positive relationships with stakeholders
  • Ensure any issues are escalated efficiently and ensure management is aware of any issues and potential consequences
  • Act as a software development point of contact and use your knowledge to deliver excellence in operational support, project and change
  • Understand the technology roadmap and assist in its implementation as directed
  • Deliver any project or change-related activity as part of wider IT Service or University project teams as required
  • Ensure that policies, standards, procedures and guidelines are followed
  • Any other reasonable duties that fall within the scope of the post, as allocated by the line manager

The Person

  • Previous experience of working in a software development team either through employment or higher education
  • Technical background in relevant technologies such as C#, ASP.NET, MVC, JavaScript and/or JavaScript frameworks such as Node, Vue, React or Angular
  • Experience of delivering software development services to a dispersed customer base in multiple locations
  • Experience of working with third party vendors
  • ​​​​​​​Demonstrate the ability to identify and implement new and innovative technologies to support customer needs, drive up quality and improve value
  • Able to demonstrate focus on customer needs
  • ​​​​​​​A working knowledge of cyber-security processes and practices
  • Experience of the delivery of phone-based Apps on Apple and Android devices (Desirable)
  • Awareness of supporting technologies to support processes such as version control and continuous integration and delivery (Desirable)
  • Awareness of working with an Agile methodology in a sprint-based fashion (Desirable)



Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.