Application Developer (Banner)

Location: Home

Closing date: 23/03/2018

Salary: 40-50k

Employment type: Permanent

Department: Group IT - Software

This role will be Manchester based, primarily working from home. UK/Worldwide travel to be expected

Job Purpose

  • Support the business requirements for the provision of internal applications services.
  • Deliver an effective support and maintenance service for primarily our student information system (SIS), Banner, in support of the student lifecycle, and our product catalogue and scheduling system.
  • Maintain, configure, upgrade and customise our Banner implementation along with the web service integration of Banner with other third party software within the student lifecycle system.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Support the business requirements for the provision of internal applications management services, analysing complex business problems and recommending solutions.
  • Work with outside product vendors and assist with the installation, configuration, and customization of their software products.
  • Implement application development requirements, with a constant focus on co-ordinating business efficiencies through the activities of applications development.
  • Liaise with IT infrastructure services, in support of applications maintenance and development activities.
  • Provide continual support of business processes that use one or many applications or application services through common communication channels and service desk ticketing software.
  • Maintain applications to support resilient and well performing delivery of services to multiple platforms.
  • Identify root cause of application problems, recommending paths to resolve, communicating solutions to business units, and fixing where appropriate.
  • Co-ordinate and assist each line of business with opportunities for shared applications and common business efficiencies.
  • Define, plan and manage releases of application updates.
  • Support improvement initiatives involving business applications.
  • Support the strategy for strategic, tactical and maintenance activities.
  • Take responsibility for: time management; reporting and monitoring; risk management; issue management; quality assurance and change management.
  • Act as technical expert for identified internal applications, sharing knowledge as appropriate through intranet documentation and running training sessions
  • Support other application team members and assigned resources as appropriate to the implementation of application related activities.
  • Carry out other tasks as agreed with their line manager.


Job Contacts

  • Internal:       -      Management teams of all lines of business.

                        -      Apollo Group ITS Infrastructure staff

                        -      Apollo Global Application Team

                                        -      All BPP staff

  • External       -      Applications providers and maintenance suppliers

                                        -      Infrastructure support providers


  • Decision-making authority
  • The direction of the activities associated with assigned internal applications development projects.
  • The priorities for applications support tasks.


  • Staff management/budgetary management
  • Resources to be managed as appropriate to assignment on application development activities.


Key Performance Measures

  • Internal Applications Service – Delivery of the internal applications service to the business, without significant failure or poor service performance.
  • Applications Support – Manage day-to-day tasks and issues with a positive and flexible approach.
  • Applications Delivery – Delivery of business applications, achieving tasks and associated deliverables as agreed on assignment to a development project or activity.
  • Technical Support – Ensures the necessary support and advice is provided in an effective manner, demonstrating a good technical understanding of identified internal applications.

Core Competencies

  • Achieving Results – Be aware of key business objectives, and ensure these are applied appropriately to all business activities.
  • Building Relationships – Able to develop effective relationships with all BPP staff, and be recognised as providing a supporting role.
  • Commercial and Business Awareness – Able to identify business opportunities, and be aware of the associated risks.
  • Customer Focus (internal & external) – Able to anticipate and understand customer expectations, and ensure customer requirements are met and expectations appropriately managed. Able to build professional relationships with customers and suppliers, and focus on solving their problems.
  • Communication – Strong communication skills suitable for the liaison with departmental staff and senior management. Demonstrate clear and straightforward communication, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, clients and customers including producing reports and preparing, organising and delivering presentations using appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Planning and Organising – Good at determining a course of action by breaking it down into smaller steps and by planning and resourcing each of these, making allowance for potential problems.
  • Understanding BPP – Understands and promotes BPP strategies, policies and procedures. Aware of how the organisation operates.
  • Teamwork – Able to contribute effectively towards the objectives of a team, and be able to share knowledge, ideas and information. Aware of the needs, objectives and constraints of those in other disciplines and functions.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making – Able to solve problems in a measured and creative way. Capable of independently assessing a wide variety of tasks, and be proactive in relation to identifying and undertaking activities that are to the benefit of the business. Be responsible for own decisions.
  • Influencing and Impact – Act in a professional manner, and exhibit the required behavior that should act as an example to other employees. Good at identifying goals and objectives, and motivating others towards their achievement.
  • Innovation, Flexibility and Adaptability – Undertake tasks with a positive attitude and respond well to management and client requests. Working locations may include a variety of BPP and client sites. Must be prepared to meet business goals and respond well to change.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Qualifications: Degree qualified and/or relevant professional qualification and experience (e.g. MCSD, MCSE, OCP), however applications from candidates with appropriate and relevant work experience or other equivalent qualifications will also be considered.
  • Significant experience working with and supporting Banner software implementations in a project environment.
    • Student module (SSB) and INB experience required, preferably covering versions 8 and 9.
    • Workflow, ODS and Degree Works experience desired.
    • Financial Aid Module experience preferred.
    • UC4 software experience desired.
    • Must have solid understanding of database concepts and be comfortable with writing ad-hoc database queries including PL/SQL.
    • Knowledge of basic Unix/Linux commands and shell scripting.
    • Experience working with Apache, Tomcat, Oracle Application server, and/or other application servers.
    • Working knowledge of Java beneficial.
    • Familiarity with development and continuous integration tools like Eclipse, Bamboo, Maven, Ant, etc.
    • Experience with version control software such as CVS or SVN.
    • Experience with both traditional SDLC and Agile best practices.
    • Experience working on large-scale, enterprise level projects.
    • Understanding of SOA Infrastructure.
    • Working knowledge of ETL concepts, actual experience a plus.
    • Aware of industry and professional standards (e.g. ISO 9001).
  • Training: Formal training in Service Management disciplines (e.g. ITIL).
  • Skills: Familiar with application development tools (e.g. Visual Studio, Oracle Developer). Familiar with specified programming languages (e.g. .Net, SQL, C#), and information capture techniques. Familiar with methods and techniques for structured reviews.
  • Analytical Thinking: Good at acquiring an understanding of a problem or situation, and developing an approach to interacting with the situation.
    • Strategic Perspective: Needs to keep overall objectives and strategies in mind, and not be deflected by matters of detail.
    • Stress Handling: Retaining objectivity and proper understanding of a problem or situation when placed under conditions of stress.
    • Applying standards: Good in application of relevant industry and process standards to all tasks undertaken.
    • Industry Developments: Must take initiative to ensure technical skills and specialisations are kept up to date in line with industry developments and ensure that all relevant skill sets are current.



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