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Head of Business Applications

Position - Head of Business Systems

Location - London (Hybrid)

Salary - £120,000 - £130,000 + Benefits


We are working with a development finance institution, owned by the UK Government, who aim to solve the biggest global development challenges by investing patient, flexible capital to support private sector growth and innovation. They have over 70 years of experience successfully supporting the sustainable, long-term growth of businesses in Africa and Asia, and have recently expanded to invest in the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean.

Part of an infrastructure and application transformation our client is seeking a Head of Business Applications. The role will be responsible for the organisations overall application landscape, ensuring coherency, aligning strategic priorities and the company's change requirements, as well as encouraging best use and adoption. In addition, the Head of Business Applications will essentially be the application owner for portfolio management system, one of their core platforms.


  • Develop and implement a strategy and road-map of the portfolio of applications in line with overall business goals, technical architecture standards and vendor application life-cycle.

  • Manage and balance the overall risk/benefit/ cost of applications.

  • Act as champion for strategic applications by taking a proactive stance to supporting business requirements, encouraging best use and adoption, aligning strategic priorities and change requirements.

  • Liaison with internal stakeholders across corporate functions and investment teams ensuring priorities are translated into an actionable and prioritised action plan.

  • Develop the life-cycle planning of business applications through the phases of strategise, design, select, deploy, operate, evolve, and retire.

  • Work collaboratively with teams such as the Investment Ops and Change Management to identify, prioritise and guide development to integrate applications where appropriate.

  • Develop and maintain supplier relationships to ensure correct stability and functionality is obtained.

  • Application owner for strategic applications used by the business.

  • Work collaboratively with Change Management team (responsible for managing large projects), with other function teams such as Finance, who have responsibility for managing enhancements of their systems.

The successful candidate would have

  • Ideally a strong knowledge of financial services systems and business functions in an investment environment.

  • Proven experience in delivering fit for purpose application solutions aligned with business requirements.

  • Excellent communication skills, liaising with senior levels of business (corporate functions and investment teams) as well as all levels of IT staff.

  • Proven experience in building effective relationships across business lines, and able to moderate and resolve conflicts.

  • Ideally knowledge of portfolio management, finance and treasury systems; with data management and Data warehouse skills being desirable.

  • Any experience in leading a Business Application team in an established mid-size financial services organisation being preferable

This role is hybrid with 2/3 days based in their central London office, and comes with a generous salary up to £130,000 plus bonus & benefits.

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