Software/Systems Developer (Intern) - Heaward Solutions



Staffordshire University


6 Months

Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm or similar

Smart Casual





As part of the Staffordshire Digital Innovation Partnerships project, Staffordshire University has entered a partnership with Heaward Solutions, an independent specialist community consultancy business. 

To support this partnership Staffordshire University are looking to recruit a Software / Systems developer on an internship basis for a period of 24 weeks (approx. 6 months).
Working with both Staffordshire University and other partners the post holder will help Heaward Solutions achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by leading the development and deployment of a SaaS based new bespoke monitoring and evaluation (M&E) platform designed for use by small to medium-sized not-for-profit organisations.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone to get involved in a highly innovative project. Supported by Industry and University experts, you will research, analyse, plan, and implement a solution that can then be used as a proof of concept by the company. 

Duties and responsibilities

1. Review and assess existing evaluation frameworks and tools that have been identified through the Keele Digital Advisors project to identify and learn from these what has been done well and identify gaps.
2. In collaboration with the MD create a detailed specification for the proposed app and a companying website/dashboard. This will be easy to use and highly configurable in order to meet the differing needs of individual users and collect input, output and outcome/impact data.
3. Assist the MD to recruit a suitable panel of Staffordshire-based N4P organisations to inform and assist with product development.
4. Work with the company's chosen IT partner to identify the most appropriate and cost-effective technology and use this to develop the planned new M&E platform. This is anticipated to take the form of a mobile phone app (Android and IOs) with an accompanying website/dashboard).
5. To research appropriate academically validated outcome/impact evaluation tools/frameworks and after identifying any licensing challenges, where possible integrate these into the platform.
6. Plan and coordinate product testing.
7. To work with the Research and Marketing lead to plan and implement the branding of the product and its launch.
8. Ensure that where required/possible the company’s existing systems are integrated with the new platform/tool (Xero, Stripe, Active Campaign etc.)
9. Identify the best strategy to protect the company in relation to its intellectual property around the new platform and set out a roadmap to implement this pre-launch. 
10. Act as the primary point of communication between the company/project and the Staffordshire University ensuring that the academic resources of University are used effectively to help ensure the project progresses as quickly as possible and is successfully delivered.
11. To undertake any other duties appropriate to the post.

Skills and experience

  • Experience of software development including mobile phone apps with linked web-based applications.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and ambitious with determination and commitment to making a difference.
  • Willingness to accept accountability and the drive needed to complete the project successfully.
  • Attention to detail and taking pride in their work.
  • Ability to take ownership of a project and work collaboratively with both internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work as part of a team or with minimum supervision.
  • Commitment to completing the full internship.
  • A high level of skill using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Significant familiarity with app and website development.
  • Degree or equivalent experience in an information technology subject.
  • Ability to travel across Staffordshire as required.
  • Experience in conducting primary research, ideally in a social science-related area (but this is not essential).
  • Understanding of the UKs not-for-profit sector.
  • Experience of ‘no code’ solutions such as Bubble (
  • Familiarity with facilitating system integrations (API, Zapier, etc.)
  • Experience with social sciences research.

Parkhall Business Village, Stoke on Trent, ST3 5XA

Additional information

  • The position is offered on a full time, fixed term contract for six months (24 weeks).
  • Hours and Days: Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm or similar.
  • Dress Code: Smart/Casual.Rate of pay: Hourly rate of £11.25, plus holiday entitlement.
  • Start Date: November/December 2022 (subject to agreement).
  • The role will be primarily office based with scope for limited home/remote working.

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