Archer Recruitment - Sam Perrin

Sam is one of our founding partners, starting Archer Recruitment back in 2007. He has over 20 years experience in IT Recruitment. Sam specialises in senior appointments; placing CTOs, Heads of Engineering and Development Managers with companies in Dublin.

He has the expertise to offer leaders looking to take the next step in their career and to companies looking to make a key hire at a senior level.

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Software Development Manager Jobs/Software Engineering Manager Recruitment and Jobs in Ireland

The Development Manager role is a crucial one – but it can also be difficult to pin down.

Development Managers come in many shapes and forms. But still, there are some things they have in common. In general, Development Managers provide high-level leadership and guidance to development teams. They run teams efficiently and they may wear project manager hats, and embed agile development methodologies and even act as the scrum master. They might be the technical lead or the product owner and manager. However, they’re the crucial point of contact and they ensure smooth operations between different teams.

We appreciate that the role of the Development Manager changes depending on the organisation, the technology stack, and the development methodology. We understand there are many different types of Software Engineering Managers and if you would like to discuss your specific needs and skills, please feel free to reach out to one of our specific consultants or 

Please feel free to reach out to us directly to discuss your specific needs or situation.

We also have a range of management tools to assist you with hiring and managing your teams.

See below to find Development Manager jobs in Dublin, Ireland. If any of the below jobs are of interest to you don’t hesitate to get in contact with our expert recruitment consultants today.

How to Become a Software Development Manager/Software Engineering Manager?

Becoming a Software Development Manager or a Software Engineering Manager involves a combination of technical expertise, leadership abilities, and management skills. Here’s a typical path someone might take to achieve this role.

Most Software Development Managers start their careers as software developers or engineers, so a strong foundation in computer science is crucial. This is often acquired through a bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field, although some individuals may enter the field through self-study or coding bootcamps. As a software developer, it’s important to gain a deep understanding of programming languages, software development methodologies, version control systems, and other core technologies relevant to your industry.

After gaining several years of experience in software development, individuals often progress to senior or lead developer roles. These positions typically involve more complex problem-solving, decision-making, and often some degree of mentorship or leadership of junior developers. This experience is key in developing the technical leadership skills necessary for a management role.

At this point, it can be beneficial to gain some formal management skills. This might involve pursuing an MBA or a master’s degree in a field like software engineering with a focus on management. Alternatively, many professionals opt for industry-specific certifications, like the Certified Software Development Manager (CSDM) offered by the IEEE Computer Society or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Next, a role as a team lead or a project manager can provide valuable experience in managing people, budgets, and timelines, all of which are crucial skills for a Software Development Manager. These roles often involve balancing technical work with project coordination and team management.

Finally, after proving their ability to lead a team and manage projects successfully, individuals may be promoted to the role of Software Development Manager. In this role, they oversee the work of a team (or teams) of software developers, coordinate with other departments, manage resources, and make strategic decisions about software projects.

Even after achieving a management role, continuous learning remains important. The field of software development is always evolving, and staying up-to-date with new technologies, methodologies, and best practices is key to being an effective manager.