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Head of Software Development

£50 - £75k per annum
Closing date:

What will you love about leading our software development team?

This is an opportunity to lead our development team as we continue to produce cutting edge software tools for the global aerospace and automotive industries. If you’re an inspirational leader who can bring out excellence in people, use best-practice techniques in software development and manage advanced software products then you will thrive in this role.

Head of Software Development

York, UK.

Salary £50k - £75k (depending on experience).

Rapita Systems is a specialist in on-target software verification, performance profiling and timing analysis of real-time embedded systems. Our major customers are in the aerospace and automotive industries.

The work we do helps our customers to provide safer and greener flights – we are proud that the technologies we work with contribute to safe and reliable systems. We work with customers who design the latest low-carbon technologies, autonomous vehicles, advanced displays, and pilot support.

We have an innovative ethos and culture, and an open, flexible working environment.

About the Head of Software Development Role

Working with highly talented, enthusiastic and dedicated software engineers, your job will be to enable them to do their best, your goal is the team’s success. The Head of Software Development is responsible for leadership of the development team, managing both the people and software projects. It will include:

  • Planning and scheduling development, product management, feature planning.
  • Ensuring the quality of our products through best-practice techniques and process improvement.
  • Investigating and understanding customer needs, leading to the specification and design of new software and features. Driving current and future technology, coming up with innovative ideas and seeing them through to completion.
  • Helping and motivating the team to efficiently produce high quality software through mentoring and leadership.
  • Recruitment, performance review, team management.

A day in the life might include: a one-on-one meeting with a team-lead, helping an engineer resolve a bug, an all-team meeting, working with the marketing team on a feature idea, evaluating a new development and giving feedback to the team.

You will work with excellent engineers, helping them to grow, mentoring, leading, motivating and supporting everyone to contribute to the commercial success of the company.

Which technologies will you be working with?

The team works with many technologies, from a variety of programming languages (C, Ada, C++, Python, scripting) and specialist internal languages, through to embedded compilers, debuggers, and various management tools including GitLab, SVN, Bugzilla.

What would make you great at this role?

You need experience of managing a software team – this is a senior position that focuses on management.

You’ll need a software background – You need to have the technical background that lets you really understand what your team are doing and provide technical guidance.

It would be beneficial to have experience of highly reliable software, safety critical aerospace software, DO-178C, ISO 26262, agile processes, embedded software and product management.

Above all, you’ll need a positive “can do” attitude that allows you and the team to solve complex, technically challenging problems.


  • Flexible working.
  • 33 days of flexible annual leave (including bank holidays).
  • Private pension.
  • Cycle-to-work scheme.
  • And more…

Some remote working is possible, but you will need to be able to spend the majority of your time at the York office.

How to apply for the Head of Software Development role:

If you have the skills and experience required for this position, click “apply” today and check your inbox for an email providing more information on how to tailor your application.  Please ensure you attach a Cover Letter with your application. 

You must be eligible to work in the UK.

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