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Senior Developer

The Open University
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
£45585 - £54395 per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Manpower have an exciting opportunity to join our client, the UK's largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education as a Senior Developer based at their prestigious site in Milton Keynes (this is a hybrid role and will require working from the office when required).

This is a full-time, permanent role.

Depending on experience, this role is paying between £45,585 - £54,395 per annum, pro rata.

As a Senior Developer, you will be based in the Data and Student Analytics Team who support stakeholders from across the University by enabling them to make evidence-based decisions using insight and analytics. This new role will be responsible for Full Stack web development, in order to create high-quality data and insight applications for staff and students.

This will entail developing applications ready for adoption, collaborating with Business and IT to transition services effectively, in an agile delivery environment.

Key Accountabilities

  • Full Stack Web Development to create high-quality data and insight applications for staff and students.
  • Leverage Azure suite to develop APIs conforming to The Open University's API standards.
  • Implement continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) pipelines to automate software delivery and streamline the development process.
  • Develop applications ready for adoption, collaborating with Business and IT to transition services effectively, in an agile delivery environment.
  • Produce and/or review designs for systems which are feasible and cost effective and meet requirements.
  • Produce outputs that adheres to industry standards and quality requirements
  • Participate in a collaborative development process that includes peer code reviews.
  • Assist the delivery manager in removing blockers by collaborating across stakeholders and providers.
  • Provide technical input to the analysis of business partner requirements.
  • Develop, document, communicate, and enforce technology standards policies.
  • Liaise with IT teams to resolve any cross-function design issues and escalate, if necessary.
  • Liaise with stakeholders, as appropriate to enable delivery of high-quality applications.
  • Provide estimates as part of the estimation process for development activities.
  • Provide technical support in incident and problem resolution.

Key Skills Required

  • Substantial experience in .NET framework, and building web applications
  • Experience working with MVC architecture
  • Knowledge and experience of good web and user interface design and web standards.
  • Solid understanding of version control using GIT and experience of creating CI/CD pipelines.
  • Familiarity with Azure Functions and Azure API Management (APIM) for developing applications and managing APIs.
  • Experience with Test-Driven Development (TDD), including automated unit testing and integration testing.
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary development teams using multiple related technologies.
  • Knowledge and experience of software engineering tools, practises, methods and standards including some of but not limited to Cloud IaaS, PaaS and SaaS Services, infrastructure as code, continuous integration, continuous delivery.
  • Able to demonstrate the full range of system engineering skills from design to post-implementation support.
  • Knowledge and experience of creating and applying standards and best practice in IT delivery.
  • Knowledge of systems reliability and performance engineering especially in a cloud context
  • Proven understanding of Azure DevOps
  • Knowledge of Agile/Scrum methodologies


  • Experience of working in the Higher Education sector.
  • Knowledge of Azure workstack, ensuring efficient data storage and retrieval in a cloud environment.
  • Familiarity with OData standards to enable consistent and efficient data access.
  • Certified as a Cloud Developer from a reputed public cloud.

Our client promotes diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Manpower are working with The Open University as their strategic partner for all temporary, contingent and permanent requirements across their various locations.

How would you like to help someone change their life?

The Open University is the UK's largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education. Our research underpins the teaching we deliver to some 200,000 students as the UK's largest university. Nearly three quarters (72%) of Open University research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Uniquely we operate within the four nations of the UK, with nation offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh as well as regional offices in England and our head office in Milton Keynes.

All of our roles play a key part in our students' journey. The Open University helps anyone in the UK better themselves, whatever their age, background or circumstances. Dip into our series of Open Diaries and discover what it's like for our students to take that life-changing step that you could be a part of.



Jo Priddey
I started working with the OU as temporary staff through Manpower during the pandemic. I thought the initial training was fantastic and felt well prepared to start working. When I was offered a permanent position it was great that the OU took my personal needs into consideration so that I am able to complete my degree and work 4 days a week.

Charles White
The recruitment process was smooth from start to finish. As an applicant, it was useful to have the selection process made clear to you from the outset. Communication from Manpower was, and remains, good. Excellent candidate care continues to be provided, they are both responsive and proactive.

So far the Open University has been the best job I have ever had, a very relaxed environment, everyone open to helping one another, no pressure and all trainers prioritise the quality of calls rather than the quantity.

Sarah George
Whilst working at the Open University, the support I have received has been outstanding; from colleagues at advisor level, to the senior management team, there is not a question or query that has not been resolved without a swift and appropriate response.

Thecla Chakunte
Working with the Open University has opened me to a lot. There are a lot of trainings to improve your skills and open you to other possibilities. There is room for growth. A lot of it. And did you know you can study for FREE as permanent staff? Wow! There are other juicy perks too.

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