Development Manager
Dimension Data
Cape Town, South Africa
8d ago

Looking for the next step in your career? Enjoy a challenge? Do you have an ambition for innovation? Want to make a difference?

If you join our growing global team, you’ll be working for an industry leader with offices across five continents, in over 47 countries and more than 28 000 employees.

You will work with some of the leading world brands across the Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies who are all relying on Dimension Data to help them use the power of technology to achieve their ambition in this digital era.

You’ll be part of a team who’s passionate about making a difference to the way technology shapes how we live and work whether it’s protecting the rhino, connecting the G20 Summit, or revolutionising cycling, giving you the opportunity to do great things.

You’ll be joining a Global Top Employer, recognised for investing in talent because people are at the heart of our success.

You provide the skills, passion and ideas, and we’ll provide the platform to realise your ambitions.Great talent. Great teams.

Great work. Great opportunities.

Want to be part of our team?

Aligned with the principles of Lean and Agile development, SAFe emphasizes the value of nearly autonomous, self-organizing, cross-

functional teams and Agile Release Trains. This supports a leaner management infrastructure, with more empowered individuals and teams and faster, local decision-

making. Traditional, day-to-day employee instruction and activity direction are no longer required.

  • However, all employees still need someone to assist them with career development; set and manage expectations and compensation;
  • and provide the active coaching they need to advance their technical, functional, individual, and team skills and career goals.

    They also have a right to serve as an integral member of a high-performing team.

    Also, self-organizing ARTs do not fund themselves or define their mission. That remains a management responsibility since it is an element of implementing the strategy.

    Much of this traditionally rests with the role of the development manager. The adoption of Lean-Agile development does not eliminate the need for sound management.

    However, in SAFe management lies with those who can adapt, thrive, and grow in this new environment.


    The development manager (or engineering manager) for system development) is a manager who exhibits the principles and practices of Lean-

    Agile leadership as described above. Further, the manager has personal responsibility for the coaching and career development of direct reports, takes responsibility for eliminating impediments, and actively evolves the systems in which all knowledge workers operate.

    They have final accountability for effective value delivery as well. A summary of responsibilities is highlighted below.

    Personnel and Team Development

  • Attract, recruit, and retain capable individuals
  • Build high-performance teams; establish mission and purpose for individuals and teams
  • Perform career counseling and personal development
  • Listen and support teams in problem identification, root cause analysis, and decision-making
  • Participate in defining and administering compensation, benefits, and promotions
  • Eliminate impediments and evolve systems and practices in support of Lean-Agile development
  • Take subtle control in assignment of individuals to teams; address issues that teams cannot unblock; make personnel changes where necessary
  • Evaluate performance, including team input; provide input, guidance, and corrective actions
  • Serve as Agile coach and advisor to Agile Teams
  • Remain close enough to the team to add value and to be a competent manager; stay far enough away to let them problem-solve on their own
  • Program Execution

  • Help in building Agile and , as well as the building plans that enable them
  • Help develop, implement, and communicate the economic framework.
  • Participate in workshops; support teams by helping them remove systemic impediments and implementing continuous improvement backlog items
  • Protect teams from distractions and unrelated or unnecessary work
  • Assist the with readiness and activities
  • Participate in PI planning, , and
  • Build partnerships with Suppliers, subcontractors, consultants, partners, and internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide other resources as necessary for teams and ARTs to successfully execute their and roadmap
  • Reinforce the Essential SAFe practices
  • Identify delays in the system by facilitating or participating in value stream mapping
  • Alignment

  • Work with Release Train and Solution Train Engineers and stakeholders to help ensure alignment and execution of
  • Work with the , , and to establish explicit content authority
  • Continuously assist in aligning teams to the system mission and vision
  • Help ensure the engagement of , , and other stakeholders
  • Transparency

  • Create an environment where the facts are always friendly’
  • Provide freedom and safety, so individuals and teams are free to innovate, experiment, and even fail on occasion
  • Communicate openly and honestly with all stakeholders
  • Keep backlogs and information radiators fully visible to all
  • Value productivity, quality, transparency, and openness over internal politics
  • Built-in Quality

  • Incrementally adopt the practices for software, hardware and firmware.
  • Understand, teach, or sponsor technical skills development in support of high-quality code, components, systems, and solutions
  • Foster
  • Understand, support, and apply and )
  • What would make you a good fit for this role?

    Requirements : Education, Training and Experience :


    Software Engineering Qualification preferred


    At least 8 years’ work experience

    At least 6 years’ experience in a relevant field

    Good experience in managing the development and / or operations of client-based assessments Extensive experience gathering and documenting functional and technical requirements for information technology projects

    Experience working in a consulting organisation

    Experience developing, maintaining and delivering end user training

    People management and leadership experience

    Project management experience

    Join our growing global team and accelerate your career with Dimension Data. Apply today.

    Diversity in Dimension Data

    Dimension Data is an equal opportunity employer with a global culture that embraces diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be unfairly discriminated against on any arbitrary ground including race, colour, sex, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other protected category.

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