22 Oct '21
Design Practice Lead

Information Technology, Western Cape CPT - Northern Suburbs

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JOB ANALYSIS REPORT: Design Practice Lead

One of the largest Retailers in Africa is looking for a dynamic and forward thinking individual to join the team. As an experienced Software Designer you will be responsible for ensuring that the Company has world class software design resources and practices. You must also  ensure the continued improvement of the design practice to keep pace with international design practices and technology evolution.

The Design Practice Lead is the main steward of the Company’s software design practices. This person is responsible for ensuring world class software design resources, practices and standards and that these practises and standards are properly executed when delivering software changes. The Design Practice Lead must ensure the continued improvement of the design practice to keep pace with international design standards and practices.

JOB OBJECTIVES

  • Define the software design standards, processes and tools to be
  • Ensure adoption of defined software design standards, processes and tools with all stakeholders including other software engineering disciplines within the Group
  • Drive the continuous improvement of Software Design standards, processes and tools with alignment to international best practices
  • Ensure resources performing software design practices are appropriately skilled
TASK INFORMATION
  1. Define the software design standards, processes and tools to be used.
  • Define standards and guidelines with templates for software design artifacts in alignment with upstream and downstream disciplines. These must cover all aspects of software design (UI/UX, Application and database)
  • Define the software design processes and activities necessary
  • Identify and define the use of software design tools to facilitate the design

2. Ensure adoption of defined software design standards, processes and tools with all stakeholders including other software engineering disciplines within the Group

  • Identify individuals and forums that will constantly communicate and drive the adoption of the defined and software design standards, process and tools to all stakeholders
  • Identify individuals and forums that will conduct quality reviews to ensure adequate adoption of the defined and software design standards, process and tools
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure quality reviews are scheduled and executed in line with agreed processes and deliverables.
  • Identify adoption issues and escalate to governance team where necessary
  • Produce review reports where
  • Provide oversight and guidance to artifact consumers to ensure high-quality solutions are created that conforms to the set standards.

3. Drive the continuous improvement of Software Design standards, processes and tools with alignment to international best practices

  • Ensure the effectiveness of the various software design practices can be measured and that improvement areas can be identified and targeted for improvement.
  • Ensure that international software design best practices are evaluated on a regular basis and adopted where appropriate for the Group
  • Ensure that new/improved software design tools are evaluated on a regular basis and adopted where appropriate for The Group
  • Identify individuals and forums that will constantly communicate the improved software design practices to all stakeholders and drive adoption of the changes.

4. Ensure resources performing software design practices are appropriately skilled

  • Maintain an accurate list of all IT staff performing software design
  • Identify skills gaps of IT staff performing software design
  • Define training plans for filling any skills gaps
  • Ensure execution of training plans to fill any skills
  • Identify new training solutions to enable adoption of new software design practices
  • Identify appropriate training providers and negotiate pricing for training
  • Ensure recruitment of appropriately skilled staff software design
  • Perform capacity planning to ensure we are able to meet demand for software design skills
  • Create recruitment strategies that include identifying recruitment partners to ensure we are able to provide appropriately skilled software design resources when required.

JOB-RELATED EXPERIENCE

 

Time

Essential

Desirable

Working experience within the IT industry

10 +

years

X

 

Strong Experience with Software Design modeling

practices (UML, Activity diagrams etc)

4+ years

X

 

Strong Experience with Software Design across all sub

disciplines (UX, Application and Database)

4+ years

X

 

Strong Experience with software development

3+ years

X

 

Experience with evolving and implementing software

design practices and tools

3+ years

X

 

Experience in Identification and formulation of

Standards, Artifacts, and Processes

3+ years

X

 

Demonstrated expertise in designing solutions to

embrace micro services

2+ years

X

 

Demonstrated expertise in designing solutions to embrace the use of containers and container

management systems (Docker and Kubernetes)

2+ years

X

 

Project management experience of mid-sized projects.

2-3 years

 

X

Retail industry experience with an understanding of

retail business processes would be advantageous.

2-3 years

 

X

FORMAL QUALIFICATION

 

Time

Essential

Desirable

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, MIS, or related; a

combination of relevant education and experience will be considered

 

 

X


JOB RELATED SKILLS

 

Time

Essential

Desirable

Strong analytical, problem-solving and logical skills with attention to

detail

 

X

 

Excellent team-working, interpersonal skills

 

X

 

Delivery of compelling presentations to all levels of stakeholders and

excellent communication and relationship-building skills

 

X

 

Develop proposals and excellent written communication &

presentation skills

 

X

 

Excellent organization and facilitation skills

 

X

 

Strong conflict management skills

 

X

 

Software Design tools/suites

 

X

 

Software Design methodologies and practices

 

X

 


COMPETENCIES

Essential

?     Persuading and influencing

?     Applying expertise and technology

?     Formulating strategies and concepts

?     Creating and innovating

?     Delivering results and meeting customer expectations

?     Presenting and communicating information

?     Analyzing

Desirable

?     Relating and networking

?     Planning and working with people

?     Entrepreneurial and commercial thinking

?     Leading and supervising

?     Coping with pressures and setbacks












 

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