Development Manager

Salary: £45,454 - £67,338 + Car Allowance + Pension + Annual Bonus + 28 days holiday + PMI

Water is the lifeblood of Yorkshire. 5 million customers use it every day, to make a round of brews, clean a mucky pup or get the washing on. 140,000 businesses rely on it to make steel, style hair or brew pints. And behind every river, reservoir and coastline looked after, every brew made, and every business supplied is Yorkshire Water.

At Yorkshire Water we believe technology holds the key to making the most of this precious resource, and taking care of it, now and in the future. We have a five-year plan that will see us investing heavily in our Technology. Enabling us as department to focus on our capabilities, increase our delivery and responsiveness for our customers and develop skilled technical and data experts.


The Technology and Change Delivery teams are the experts behind our Technology Strategy, and lead our ability to meet the needs of Customer, Operations and Corporate functions. Responsible for our architecture and delivering Strategies in an Agile way that allows us to harness efficiencies and roll out complex projects and programmes.


We are now looking for a Development Manager to join us on this journey. The Development Manager is accountable for the development of reliable, secure and resilient application solutions and services that support the end-to-end IT solutions required by Yorkshire Water and affiliated companies. This includes overseeing the design and build of all application solutions in their area and ensuring that the solutions are fit for handover to support and operations.


This means no two days will ever be the same but as a Development Manager you will need to really own it and can expect your role to involve.


  • Work closely with the Agile Release Train (ART) and support the Release Train Engineers (RTE’s) on the effective delivery of the technical products which support the business benefit case.
  • Ensure the solutions are delivered on time and to high quality standards against each delivery plan
  • Ensure the team can understand functional and non-functional requirement and deliver the solutions to high quality standards
  • Engage with partners to mitigate any critical skill gaps
  • Take accountability for the development of process improvement initiatives
  • Lead the team to deliver excellent performance by setting expectations aligned to business targets and the broader Customer benefits case.
  • Ensure that the team have appropriate progression plans in place and support individual’s development plans


It goes without saying that we are looking for individuals who are great communicators and comfortable conversing and influencing senior leadership stakeholders. A Development Manager who fosters a culture of excellence by defining and refining methods, standards, governance and assurance and is a technical expert and champion of data, technology and analytics throughout everything they do.  


Skills and Experience:  

  • Strong Development background
  • Proven track record delivering software solutions using both agile and waterfall
  • Extensive experience of managing and leading development team with experience of driving sustainable performance against challenging business targets
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of delivering solutions with integration across the system landscape
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of application architecture and development practices
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Strong customer ethos


How we go about doing our job really matters to us. We all care about what we do, so whatever we’re working on we own it and make sure it gets done. We don’t just do this on our own as we know that we’re better together – whether that’s with our colleagues, customers, communities or stakeholders we use the power of people to make amazing things happen. And we’re not afraid to try new things, challenge ourselves and others – we’re always learning as that’s how we’ll improve.


We’re straight talking, respectful and we get things done with care and compassion, we value, understand and embrace difference. We have heart.


Although you will have a permanent friendly office to inspire collaborative thinking, and there may be occasions when there is a business need to attend the office (we offer a car allowance to help get you there) we do offer flexible hybrid working arrangements. We appreciate that we all live busy lives and crave now more than ever a good work/life balance, so together we can discuss what this might look like for you as an individual. After all we know we are all good on our own but together there’s no stopping us!  

What's in it for you?

Career enhancement and development, colleague well-being and a genuinely positive work experience for all are key priorities. We are continuously evolving and improving our ways of working and you will support us in achieving our vision of 'taking responsibility for the water environment for good'.

If you feel this opportunity is suitable and you match the skills required, then please apply on line and complete the application process.

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

The Kelda Group provides water and sewerage services to domestic and business customers across the UK, managing the following subsidiary companies: - 

Yorkshire Water, is the main subsidiary company providing water and sewerage services to 4.7 million people and 130,000 businesses in the Yorkshire region. Its activities are regulated by the Water Services Regulation Authority, Ofwat Loop Customer Management Ltd specialises in delivering customer service support to Yorkshire Water that includes billing, debt recovery and incident management. Employing more than 600 people, Loop have built up an impressive list of industry awards and achievements since being created in 2000 and is currently listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 list as being one of the best companies to work for.

Kelda Water Services (KWS) manages Kelda's non-regulated water and waste water contract operations. It is now the second biggest player in the UK market for outsourced clean and waste water services.

Kelda Water Services Retail offer quality, integrity and partnership but it is never just about the technologies behind our solutions in water. It is about the structure, delivery and even the financing of those solutions, and about giving our customers a level of convenience they never knew was possible.

KeyLand Developments Limited (KeyLand Developments) is responsible for managing, developing and disposing of the group's surplus property assets, either on its own or in partnership with outside organisations.

Kelda Group values equality, diversity and inclusion we believe that everyone should be treated with respect. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, religion or belief and trade union membership.

Kelda Group reserve the right to close this position before the published closing date, should the need occur. We therefore advise that you complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

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