FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION: Technical Lead
We have a new opportunity within our Digital Technology team for a Technical Lead.
This role will be responsible for leading all development activities in a nominated product area, including setting standards and implementing quality processes for third party developers. Primarily working in a Microsoft based tech stack, this role can involve hands-on development as and when required. Initially this role will be aligned to our Regulate product line which is responsible for delivering digital solutions for key FA processes such as Professional Club Discipline, Professional Player Registrations and Transfers, Safeguarding and other related areas.
About the Team
Technology is key to the FA’s transformation. From supporting grassroots via our day-to-day digital presence, to using data-led insights to drive the game – to developing future-focused platforms for professional football – our Digital Technology team is central to our future.
What will you be doing?
- Guide and mentor third party developers to ensure compliance with FA development standards and practises.
- Ensure that all code meets The FA standards and that correct process is followed, including use of source control systems.
- Monitor changes to existing code base to ensure on-going supportability and robustness of software solutions.
- Aid product owners in breaking down requirements into specific programming tasks and provide estimates where required
- Communicate project progress, timelines, and impact of changes clearly to delivery manager.
- Become familiar with all core FA applications in order to be able to assist or lead in the future development of such projects
- Keep up-to-date with latest developments in technology and demonstrate proactive engagement with developer communities.
- Be involved in developing software solutions as required.
- Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
- Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
- As part of The FA’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.
What are we looking for?
Essential for the role:
- Significant commercial web development experience using C# (.NET 4.5 & Core), ASP.NET MVC, T-SQL in an enterprise environment.
- Experience of leading teams of technical specialists through to successful delivery.
- Experience with MVC 5 / Web API / REST.
- Experience with logical data design, and in designing schemas for relational database systems.
- Experience with unit testing, TDD / BDD.
- Experience with design and development of n-tier architectures.
- Some Knowledge of OOP and common design patterns.
- Working knowledge of Agile/Scrum/TDD.
- IOC Frameworks: Autofac, StructureMap.
- ORM Frameworks: nHibernate, Entity Framework, Dapper.
- Significant experience and proven ability in developing web applications within enterprise architectures.
- Experience with Power Apps
- Must be able to break down technical projects into discrete tasks to assist in the creation of a project plan.
Beneficial to have:
- Technical university degree.
- Experience in building and consuming web services and related technologies such as WCF and REST.
- Experience of a CRM environment.
- Experience in Sitecore development.
- MCPD / MCSD Qualified.
- Experience developing and supporting high-volume public-facing web applications.
What’s in it for you?
We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, in order to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George’s Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.
We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:
- Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
- Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park.
- Free private medical cover.
- A contributory pension scheme.
- An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
- A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.
For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page
The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.
The FA oversees England international teams across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, and Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.
We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.
Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George’s Park or our Processing Centre, unless the role is advertised as a homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.
The FA, For All, For You
Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.
A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments – Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change – which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.
We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.
We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.
As part of The FA’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.