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Principal Developer

Requisition ID:  17504

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  23-Sep-2022

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.


Salary: Salary in the region of £47,000 per annum.


Closing Date: This opportunity will close when we identify a suitable candidate. We will contact you within 5 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.


An opportunity has arisen for a Principal Developer to become part of our software engineering team within the IT Service at Newcastle University. You will act as the subject matter expert across the Microsoft Development toolset (e.g., .NET Development, Azure, PaaS) and be able to develop and support new and existing applications. You will also provide senior technical leadership to the rest of the team in these areas.


Working alongside other Principal Developers you will create and ensure development standards are met while continuing to promote current best practice and striving to work towards a DevOps culture. A key part of the role will be embracing cloud technologies and methodologies as we aim to move our applications to become cloud native. You will be given the opportunity to participate in local and national networking events to continue and support your professional development.


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 would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.


Informal enquiries may be made to Dave Sharples, Head of Software Engineering and Enterprise Solutions, at


Key Accountabilities

  • Lead the design and development of new applications and of new functionality to enhance and augment existing applications using a mixture of development tools and methodologies
  • 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
  • Collaborate effectively with business representatives from across the university to promote business ownership into the development process and to build positive relationships with stakeholders.
  • Lead the automation of application lifecycle processes like testing, deployment and monitoring to increase quality, robustness and return-on-investment of applications using DevOps techniques.
  • Lead the code review/peer review process to drive up quality and to encourage the sharing of best practices across the team
  • Act as the principal software development subject matter expert (SME) and use this knowledge to deliver excellence in operational support, project and change delivery and help in defining the future strategy and assist the team manager in delivering the overall service
  • Act as a deputy to the team manager if so required and take responsibility for management of tasks and activities allocated to them by their manager.
  • Act as a coach and mentor to other members of the team, share their knowledge and help to build up the capability of the team overall
  • Engage with stakeholders across NUIT and the University to build and maintain good working relationships and ensure there is a clear understanding of University requirements within the team
  • Manage the team and stakeholders through change facilitation using the standard university tools and processes (e.g. Azure DevOps, Service Desk,CAB) to ensure adherence to University strategy
  • Act as a trusted advisor, building robust and collaborative relationships with other IT and University leaders to develop a clear understanding of business needs.
  • Lead on any project or change related activity as part of wider NUIT or NU project teams
  • Be responsible for developing best-practise policies, standards, procedures and guidelines, guided by NUIT standards and other stakeholders
  • Any other reasonable duties that fall within the scope of the post, as allocated by the line manager


The Person

  • Substantial experience of working in software development and support team in a similar size and complexity organisation.
  • Extensive technical background in the software development technologies used by NUIT
  • Substantial experience of delivering software development and support services to a dispersed customer base in multiple locations
  • Experience of working with third party vendors and delivering an effective service using their services
  • 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




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.