Studio 29

Software Development Manager

  • Location George, Western Cape
  • Category Software Development Manager
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary Negotiable
  • Ref # 5571

The Role;

  • Act as a technical owner of a set of applications.
  • Manage relationships with Business Product owners and ensure that business objectives are reflected in the technical processes which they manage.
  • Manage a team of Project managers, front and backend developers, and QA support staff.
  • Manage a set of projects (potentially across teams), ensuring that the applications remain adaptive to emerging client needs in its duration.

Areas of responsibility may include but are not limited to:

Client Relationship Management & Networking

· Ensuring alignment to business requirements, and building trust with clients by displaying managerial competence

· Understanding business requirements, business systems and process context, impact, and risks

· Participating in, planning/strategy sessions, reporting

· Interfacing to other teams where required

· Interfacing to external clients, vendors where required

Delivery and Support of Specific Applications

· Management of activities within the overall team

· Participating and enabling the business Prioritisation process

· Scheduling and prioritisation of tasks and resources

· Coordinate: Build, Test, Deliver, Fix, Change Requests

· Capacity management: delegation of tasks, review of execution, and providing feedback to team members

· Resolution and prevention of issues

Technical capacity, quality and standards

· Ensures that the Technical Application capacity exists for a particular set of systems

· Understanding business' future requirements

· Preventing technical issues from arising by proactive management

· Produce and enable a Capacity Plan for the Application

· Ensuring adherence to Quality, Standards, SLA adherence, adherence to PM and SDLC standards

· Making recommendations for the improvement of the SDLC, PM or ITIL processes

Project Management of projects

· Acting as a Project Manager for selected projects

· Delivering specific projects to produce internal or external capacity

· Management of activities within the SDLC (Acting as process owner)

· Participating and enabling the business prioritisation process

· Scheduling and prioritising tasks and resources

· Taking ownership of production issues and driving to resolution

· Adherence to Quality, Standards, SLA’s and SDLC standards

Human Capital Management

· Ensures that human capacity exists in the team being managed

· Driving the skills development of team members, coaching of team members for performance, and coaching on career development

· Recruitment, staff training, conflict management and creating a welcoming working environment

· Performance management (objective setting, feedback, appraisals, incentives and bonuses, addressing poor performance)

Contribution to Digital Systems Strategy

· Contribute to Systems strategy & technical direction

Personal Attributes and Skills

· Drives Results

· Passion for delivery and quality

· Values Driven

· Optimistic

· Learns on the Fly

· Resilient

· Instils Trust

· People Savvy

· Drives Results

· Problem Solver

· Leadership Skills

· Strategic Agility

· Manages complexity

· Balances Stakeholders

· Thrives under pressure

Education and Experience

· Matric

· BSc in Computer Sciences/ Information Systems or equivalent IT tertiary qualification

· Applicable Management Development courses would be advantageous

· Applicable project management experience


  • ITIL (Incident, Change, Release, Problem Management)
  • SDLC (Agile Methodology experience would be advantageous)


  • Minimum 5 years Systems Development experience
  • Relevant experience managing a software development team for large commercial entities, or demonstrated leadership capabilities
  • Exposure in driving key strategic initiatives in a Business Unit