Head of Software Engineering, Brno

# of Openings
Development (DEV)
Position Type
Permanent Full-Time

Role Description

The Head of Software Engineering (Brno) is the functional owner of development in Brno.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Day to day leadership, mentoring and professional growth of FNZ’s developer population:
    • Develop a career progression framework for developers.
    • Provide leadership and direction to ensure on-going consistency in software build projects.
  • Ensure effective recruitment, development and succession planning across the developer population, including:
    • On-boarding and employee lifecycle.
    • Co-ordination of job grading’s to ensure departmental consistency.
    • Remove key-man dependencies and knowledge gaps, by developing skills and capabilities within the teams as required to meet the development plans of FNZ.
  • Develop a ‘community’ within the Developer teams, facilitate sharing of best practice and knowledge transfer and encourage a culture of continuous improvement and innovation within the team.
  • Actively identify and promote opportunities for efficiency or process improvements.
  • Drive software development best practice.
  • Own and maintain the Agile software development life cycle process within FNZ.
  • Oversee and ensure the adherence to agreed standards and processes specifically SDLC within the developer community.
  • Promote the development of platform capabilities and re-use where it is appropriate to do so.
  • Collaborate with the Technical Architecture function to drive and implement architectural advancement and ensure that architecture guidelines are followed.
  • Identify and implement appropriate design and development methodologies, best practices, coding standards, documentation and tools.
  • Ensure adequate Unit Tests are developed, maintained and are passing to ensure required quality gateways are met.
  • Take an active role in understanding the business domain and FNZ platforms to ensure software is delivered in line with FNZ specifications.
  • Work collaboratively with the Business Architecture and Business Analyst functions to continuously improve requirements gathering.

Experience Required

  • With a strong track record of ‘making things happen’ you will have a background in formal software development practices and processes and be comfortable managing the people working in this space on diverse, simultaneous projects of varying complexities.
  • Strong people and personal relationship management skills, project / resource management, problem solving and change management.

  • Professional and positive approach, be self-motivated and be strong in building relationships across disciplines.

  • Experience leading and delivering the development of professional grade, high-volume/high-availability software applications.
  • Understanding of the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) process and Agile development.
  • Lean and DevOps Experience would be advantageous.
  • Technology engineering experience; specifically, in software application/ product development.
  • Applicable experience in managing/leading software development teams in enterprise level, large scale, environments including management of sourced services.
  • Minimum BSc or equivalent in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electronic Engineering or another discipline if appropriately offset by industry experience.
  • Hands on technical expertise in the development and/or architecture of systems utilising current technologies.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and teaming skills; skills and experience in executive level communication and presentations.

About FNZ

FNZ is a global financial technology and asset servicing provider which powers the wealth management, administration and custodian platforms for some of the world's leading financial institutions. These customers include life insurers, retail and private banks, asset and wealth managers and financial adviser groups based across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.


We believe that enhancing client engagement, lowering costs, delivering a seamless service and enabling personal solutions are key to helping people achieve their financial goals. We partner with major financial institutions to enable them to provide wealth management services to their clients across direct, intermediated and workplace channels that reflect these principles.


We develop long-term partnerships with our customers to enable them to get to market quickly with a market-leading digital proposition, transform their customer service offering and grow assets under management across multiple distribution channels.


Our customers include AMP, ANZ, Aviva, AXA Wealth, Bank of New Zealand, Fideuram Vita, HSBC, Mercer, National Australia Bank, HSBC, Santander, Santander Asset Management, Standard Life, UBS and Zurich.  In all we partner with 42 institutional customers worldwide. 


FNZ employs over 1,000 people with offices in Edinburgh, London, Bristol, Brno (Czech Republic), Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Wellington.


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