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IT Release Lead

Region: Midlands

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon

Contract type: Permanent

Reference number: ITDI01039

Working pattern: Full-time

Closing date: 17th August 2022

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IT Release Lead


  • Competitive salary

  • Bonus of up to 17.5%

  • Up to 80% homeworking option available

About the role

We have a fantastic opportunity for an IT Release Lead to join our team. Deriving from an inhouse promotion, this exciting role involves working with our internal systems to ensure that developmental changes don’t affect the performance of our IT software. You will ensure changes are rolled out smoothly, working with key business stakeholders to obtain accurate feedback on the continued consistency of our IT systems.

You will coordinate, govern, report on and champion release activity within a portfolio of IT system releases, liaising with key release and business stakeholders. In this role you will ensure that IT system releases are delivered in line with quality and time parameters and minimise the risk and impact to the company’s live IT systems environment.

A great IT Release Lead will support with the delivery of IT system releases, implementing changes that meet the agreed deliverables, including those agreed through business change days and/or fault remediation work. You will monitor adherence to the Software Development Lifecycle, minimising any impact to IT applications and the production environment.

About you

As an IT Release Lead, you will have a passion for delivering excellent service. You’ll have great project management skills, and you will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and attention to detail. You will have a desire to develop your business awareness while taking ownership for your own area of work, working within a great team. You’ll also have:

  • Experience in a Financial services, insurance, investments and/or pensions environment (desirable)

  • ITIL awareness (desirable)

  • An understanding of various software development methodologies (desirable)

  • An Information Technology related degree, or equivalent industry experience. (desirable)

  • Formal qualification in technical area of specialism (desirable).

Benefits and Rewards

When you join our team, you can expect a supportive culture and an attractive range of rewards and benefits including:   


  • Competitive salary

  • Annual bonus (up to 17.5% of salary)  

  • Contributory pension scheme, up to 20%, including your 8% contribution

  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays + buy/sell/save holiday trading scheme

  • A Family Friendly policy that helps you balance your work and family responsibilities

  • Access to savings at High Street brands, travel and supermarkets

  • £20 contribution to a monthly gym membership – subject to T&Cs

  • Health and wellbeing plan - cashback for dentist, opticians, physio and more

  • Access to voluntary benefits, including health assessments, private medical insurance and dental insurance

  • Employee Volunteering - volunteer in the community for one day each year

  • Unlimited access to Refer a Friend £500 bonus scheme

  • Life Assurance cover of 4 x salary

  • Employee discounts of 15% on a range of NFU Mutual insurance policies. 


Working at NFU Mutual

We’re one of the UK’s leading general insurance and financial services companies. For over 110 years we’ve put our customers at the heart of everything we do. Our people are just as important to us. We pride ourselves on being “a great place to work” and are one of only 39 companies across the globe, and the only organisation with headquarters in the UK, to receive a Gallup Exceptional Workplace 2022 award. We were also named in the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies List 2021.   
We offer a supportive culture where we empower and inspire our people to perform, offer them opportunities to grow, and recognise and reward their contribution. Our people are proud to work for a company that respects them and their communities, and they trust us to be financially sustainable, so we are successful now and in the future.

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About NFU Mutual

We are a leading provider of General Insurance and Financial Services. From our strong farming roots we’ve grown to become a UK-wide organisation, turning over £1billion annually. Yet success hasn’t gone to our heads. We’re proud to remain completely customer focused, down-to-earth and committed to the rural communities we’ve grown from.

Our ethos - of trust, respect and personal service - lies at the heart of all we do and has seen us build an enviable reputation for exceptional member loyalty. Though we’ve been in business for over 110 years, we have big ambitions for the future. And that’s why we’re looking for talented people to join our growing organisation. Talented people like you.