Designing software systems for ‘the city'

Using the latest technology to supply software for the Stock Exchange is the task of a team leader/business analyst vacancy with Chelmer.

Title: Team leader systems/business analyst at Chelmer in Auckland.

Function: To lead team of five developers and analysts on a variety of intranet/internet-based projects from start to finish.

Description: Involved in designing, analysis, development and project management of software projects. Reviewing each stage of the design process. Mentoring junior staff.

Dosh: $80,000 to $90,000

Using the latest technology to supply software for the Stock Exchange is the task of a team leader/business analyst vacancy with Chelmer.

The 13-year-old business specialises in providing software and information systems to the New Zealand financial community, with the local bourse a key customer. The firm is headquartered in Wellington and employs 40 staff.

It also has a software development centre in Auckland which employs 15 developers and analysts working on a variety of internet - and intranet-based projects, plus modifications to client-server systems.

Chelmer is also looking for a VB developer, C++ developer and a systems/business analyst for the Auckland centre.

The team leader systems/business analyst will be in charge of five people, says software group manager Geoff Weatherall. The person takes the business requirements of specific projects and draws up specifications for the system and also handles quality assurance processes.

In addition to developing and analysis, the successful candidate will be closely involved in reviewing each stage of the design process. Weatherall says testing of systems starts at the beginning of the design process, not once the product is written. The team leader will also act as a mentor to younger staff, handle HR issues and project management.

Weatherall says the successful candidate is expected to have experience in leadership plus experience of the whole software development lifecycle, particularly design “in a formal way”. A university degree is not necessary, but at least five years’ experience in analysis is.

The person is likely to be a senior systems analyst, a team leader or a development team leader with sufficient design experience. “We are probably looking for someone with a technical background rather than a business background,” he says.

The job could lead to business consultancy, or even to Weatherall’s role as development team manager.

He says a special characteristic of the job includes the chance to work with the leading-edge technologies that the financial industry demands. Chelmer uses a variety of technologies, including client-server using VB and SQL server, but is moving into Java.

The salary is negotiable, depending on experience, but at the “upper end of the market scale”, says Weatherall — in the $80,000s.

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