Head of Discovery

It's in the name. Discover, explore, delve into and examine.

Microsoft Partner - Silver Application Development Gold Cloud Platform Crown Commercial Service Supplier

The Head of Discovery at Razor takes a note out of Stephen Covey’s book and ‘begins with the end in mind’. This role combines technology expertise with sophisticated client scoping to uncover the clients’ vision, needs, requirements and strategy. Once you're walking in the shoes of the client, speaking their language and understanding their TLA’s, you will collaboratively create high level solutions and roadmaps that take them to their destination. This is called a Discovery and it’s essential for the successful delivery of a project.

You will be the Discovery vanguard. 🙋‍♀️ You will define best-in-class approaches to discoveries and upskill, empower and refine our colleagues in the Production Team to run discoveries too. Through your guidance and definitions of best practice, you will provide oversight to project teams to help them deploy the right frameworks, tools and techniques to get the most from client meetings. There is a fine balance between consistency and made-to-measure, and you will know when to go off-script and what elements are a requisite.

In discoveries that you run, you will bring your skills of commercial awareness, business operations and technological possibilities to understand the client’s problems. You will provide strategic consultancy to bring together the clients’ dream and our experts within Razor. You will provide oversight of the design and definition of the solution, and provide a thorough handover to the project team during the build phase. In this role, you will also have to jump on the keyboard to complete hands-on technical implementation. You may not have expertise in every area of the Production Team, but you will have very strong technical, development skills and be able to lead specialists in the UX/UI fields.

Because of your strengths in visualising the future and mapping out how to get there, you will often be included in new business and up-servicing conversations. You will work closely with the Head of Commercial and clients to explore clients’ technological strategy. Discovering the bigger, deeper, smarter picture, and exploring how Razor can support multiple projects to transform business strategy.

To be successful in this role, you first have to be inquisitive. 🤔 Ask a million questions. Be open, curious and ready to be proved wrong. There is no fixed approach. No ‘right’ way. But there are best practices, excellent approaches, innovative thinkers, and transformative theories. Your role is to find the best combination of these elements to forge the path for our clients and colleagues.

Here are a few of the tasks and responsibilities that you would have:

  • Set a clear vision of the Discovery process and further client strategization
  • Define and present the vision and roadmaps for solutions for our clients
  • Oversight and leadership of all Discoveries to ensure a consistent and thorough scoping process
  • Develop frameworks, tools and techniques for the Discovery process that all colleagues can understand and apply
  • Execute technical Discoveries to collect requirements, understand the problem and explore solutions with clients and internal specialists
  • Leadership of specialists during the Discovery process who offer UX/UI and Development expertise
  • Provide presales consultancy to support Account Directors in winning new business opportunities
  • Complete hands-on technical implementation, as required

Okay, this sounds amazing! Where can I sign up? Email us at [email protected] 😃

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The inside view of the Razor Sheffield Office

A little bit about us and Razor. Razor is a technology consultancy. Strangely for a technology consultancy, we put technology after people. People come first which is why we always look to understand first, then respond. We don’t have a single product and we are constantly developing the future. We help organisations develop strategies and forge the vision of their future and we create disruptive and sustaining innovations. We work with the latest technologies and move quickly. The pace is fast, really fast and we have a lot of fun on the journey.

We believe that we have a strong positive and energetic culture. You will hear phrases like “leave your ego at the door” and “go forth and do something and ask for forgiveness if it doesn’t work”. We pride ourselves on encouraging people to push the boundaries and to have autonomy. We provide the direction and support, you bring the passion, energy and ideas to help us get there.

Some might refer to these as benefits, we don’t, we believe these are the basics;

  • Great salary
  • Attractive pension (4% matched contribution)
  • Generous holiday
  • 35-hour working week
  • Hybrid, flexible work arrangements
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Enhanced maternity and parental pay
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee benefits scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Breakfast, fruit and snacks
  • Regular social events
  • Mental health and wellbeing programme
  • Headspace subscription
  • Razor business holidays, 2 per year
  • Paid Christmas closure
  • Birthday off
  • Enhanced sickness policy

And we're working to introduce even more!

The real benefits that are harder to replicate;

  • Greenfield isn't an anomaly and is commonplace.
  • The latest technology and practices. Not just tinkering but used in the real world.
  • The opportunity to grow and be pushed.
  • A tech business actually run by tech people.
  • A culture of mentoring over management.
  • Real, true authentic passion and love for what we do.

There are more benefits of working at Razor.

You are interested, aren't you? Of course you are, who wouldn't be! We bet that you are thinking, what do I do now? The answer; get in touch.

Drop us an email at [email protected] or if you fancy having a bit of fun, register your interest via our fun little API and we will get the conversation started!

We can't wait to hear from you 🙌

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