Development Manager

SmartSearch’s award-winning platform provides a comprehensive Anti-Money Laundering verification suite for UK and international markets, protecting our clients through the most advanced and comprehensive features available from an AML provider.

In 2021 we were recognised by the Financial Times as one of the Top 1000 fastest growing companies in Europe for the 4th consecutive year and won the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Award - Digital & Technology, as well as being named in the renowned RegTech100 list for 2022.

SmartSearch has grown rapidly by fostering an incredibly collaborative and supportive culture. As we continue our ambitious growth plans, we will strive to remain a truly exciting, rewarding, and unique place to work.


The ideal candidate will excel at leadership and maximizing the potential of the development team. They will not necessarily be an experienced SW Developer, as there is no expectation to write code in this role, but they will be accomplished at working in a project management capacity within a SaaS environment.

Reporting to the Head of Technology, the Development Manager will oversee our in-house development team through the software development lifecycle using agile project management methodologies. You will be responsible for managing personnel in the development team, setting team and individual priorities and objectives.


  • 5 years commercial experience in a similar role

  • Experience managing development teams to achieve the best results and personal growth of individuals

  • Strong understanding of the software development lifecycle

  • Strong understanding of Agile methodologies and can champion Agile within the business

  • Experience managing performance and conducting appraisals

  • The ability to communicate effectively with the wider business including product teams and senior stakeholders


  • Experience directly managing development teams is an advantage

  • Knowledge of web-based applications

  • Knowledge of third parties integrations via RESTful APIs


  • Liaise with the Product Team to define timescales for delivery of development projects

  • Setting attainable goals to team members to complete projects on time

  • Running daily stand-ups to promote collaboration

  • Providing guidance to team members to encourage work productivity

  • Liaising with the Product Team to ensure on-time delivery of development requests

  • Managing multiple projects at once

  • Resolving performance issues and making revisions when necessary

  • Ensuring that DevOps is up to date with all tasks, estimates and work items

  • Monitoring and evaluating the completion of tasks and projects against estimates

  • Managing the release process, communicating with internal stakeholders to ensure seamless delivery

  • Identifying any blockers and liaising with Development Architects and/or business stakeholders to resolve

  • Be part of the Information Security committee and will be responsible for ensuring secure development methodologies within the team


  • We have fantastic facilities at our head office in Ilkley which was designed with employee welfare and fulfilment in mind and includes numerous breakout areas, reading space, an onsite gym, onsite parking, gaming area, pool table and table tennis, free fruit delivered weekly

  • There are excellent progression opportunities within our company growth plans based on personal development goals and regular feedback and reviews

  • Training and development is provided by talented team members, enthusiastic leadership and industry experts

  • Our excellent benefits package includes 25 days annual leave rising with each year of employment up to a maximum of 30 days per year.

  • Employee referral bonus

  • Various weekly recognition schemes

  • Employee engagement and activities committee that plans activities throughout the year

  • Two big company celebrations per year - summer and winter events

  • Company pension scheme, comprehensive private medical scheme and life insurance

  • We are an equal opportunities employer and have a proactive focus on inclusion & diversity and supporting social mobility through our DE&I Group; we are keen to meet with a diverse pool of candidates

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