Chief Technology Officer - First4Lawyers

We are looking for an experienced CTO to oversee the use of information technology. You will be the one to devise the company’s IT strategy and ensure that all systems necessary to support its operations and objectives are in place.

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Role

Chief Technology Officer - First4Lawyers

Starting Salary

Attractive Basic Salary and Benefits Package

Hours

Full-time

Location

Remote/Hybrid

Why Join Us?

An outstanding opportunity to join one of the UK’s most recognised and successful legal brands.

Launched in 2008, First4Lawyers have successfully established themselves as the UK’s largest independent legal marketing collective. With an enviable reputation for excellence, we work with some of the country’s leading law firms and have been repeatedly recognised as being the best in our sector through numerous industry awards and earning a 5-star Excellent rating on Trustpilot.

Having recently added a law firm to our wholly owned group of companies, we continue to invest and expand our teams as we strive towards our vision to be the UK’s number one legal services provider.

Using our extensive knowledge and experience of the legal market, we want to find the very best individual seeking an exciting and rewarding position as we take the next step towards our vision and complete the extension of our brand across additional consumer focused legal services.

How to Apply

If you think you fit the bill and you’re interested in working with us then please apply by emailing a covering letter and CV, detailing what you will bring to this role to: Head of Personnel at [email protected].

The role

Reporting Line:

Reporting to the Managing Director.

Salary:

Attractive basic salary and benefits package.

Hours:

Full-time (37.5 hours per week).

Location:

We offer flexible conditions to our team and this role will include an element of both office-based and remote working in accordance with the demands of the position.

First4Lawyers offices are conveniently located in Huddersfield town centre (HD1 2HE post code) close to the motorway network and within easy walking distance of the mainline railway station and bus terminal allowing for an easy commute from major towns and cities across the North West including Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield, Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax and Manchester.

About Us

First4Lawyers Group comprises two core divisions: First4Lawyers and First4InjuryClaims, both of which are committed to helping customers deal with any legal issues they may have.

Launched in 2008, First4Lawyers has grown to become the UK’s largest multi-award winning, independent legal marketing collective for law firms. As the most seen legal brand, we represent some of the UK’s leading legal firms including many Legal 500 firms and Chambers & Partners.

We have a clear vision to be the UK’s number one legal services provider, achievable with our friendly customer centric approach that is driven by our fantastic team and their dedication reflected in our 5-Star Excellent rating on Trustpilot.

About the Role

A new and unique role within the business, we are looking for an experienced CTO to oversee the use of information technology (IT).

You will be the one to devise the company’s IT strategy and ensure that all systems necessary to support its operations and objectives are in place.

As an excellent CTO, you will be expected to have a solid IT background and consistently keep up to date with advancements in the field. Apart from your education and experience to support your suitability for this position, you must have every quality of a leader and a strong strategic and business acumen.

The goal is to ensure that information technology adds the maximum value to our company to facilitate the continued success of our business.

About the candidate

As we are business that specialises in lead generation for the legal sector. The ideal candidate will have B2C digital marketing experience, although this does not have to be connected to the legal industry and the role may well be suited to someone with a background in e-commerce.

You will need to be a tech all-rounder and will be able to demonstrate previous CTO experience, comfortable with being the key individual tasked with making executive technology decisions on behalf of the company, including managing a technology budget and making investments to align the company with its vision for its technological needs. You should be a strategic thinker, an effective communicator, and an expert in technological development.

You will work directly under the Managing Director, as part of the Senior Management team, and will act as a technology expert, communicating with employees, stakeholders and customers to ensure that the business is utilising the appropriate technologies to support the business objectives.

You will be hands on at all levels. Self-sufficient where possible but possessing the requisite skillset to be able to personally establish the technological skills, resources and systems the business might require (both internally and externally as appropriate). It is essential that you can influence those around you to demonstrate the value of technological advancements whilst being able to interpret direction as part of a wider non-technical leadership team.

We operate a number of applications and platforms across the business based on a variety of programming languages, including but not limited to .net, SQL, Umbraco (CMS). Significant prior exposure would therefore be an advantage.

Candidate responsibilities

➢ Setting a timebound vision for how technology will be used in the company

➢ Developing technical aspects to ensure that technological resources meet the company short and long-term needs to align with business goals

➢ Select and implement suitable technology to streamline internal operations and help optimise their strategic benefits

➢ Design and customise technological solutions to improve customer experience

➢ Plan the implementation and future support of new systems and provide guidance as appropriate to IT professionals (internal and external) and other staff within the company, helping departments use technology profitably

➢ In conjunction with the Board, approve purchases of technological equipment and software and establish partnerships with IT providers

➢ Oversee the technological infrastructure (networks and computer systems) in the business to ensure optimal performance, security and reliability

➢ Direct and organise IT-related projects

➢ Monitor changes or advancements in technology to discover and propose ways the company can gain competitive advantage

➢ Monitor KPIs and IT budgets to assess technological performance

➢ Analyse and manage the costs, value and risks of information technology to advise senior management and suggest actions accordingly

➢ Ensure that all technology practices adhere to regulatory standards as an absolute minimum

Requirements

➢ Masters degree in computer science or related field

➢ Proven experience as a CTO or similar leadership role

➢ Knowledge of technological trends to build strategy

➢ Understanding of budgets and business planning

➢ Ability to conduct technological analysis and research

➢ Excellent verbal and written communication skills

➢ Leadership, interpersonal and organisational abilities

➢ Strategic thinking

➢ Superior analytical and problem solving capabilities

➢ Will almost certainly have previously performed a technological development role

➢ Thrives in the constant evolution of improving technology

➢ An understanding and appreciation of B2C digital marketing/e-commerce with any direct to consumer sector

➢ At ease within a fast-moving business and able to cope with multiple simultaneous demands in a timely manner

➢ Ideally will have worked in a regulated environment (potentially with an awareness of the Financial Conduct Authority)

Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate their personal behaviour and approach matches First4Lawyers values as outlined below:

Quality

We are committed to delivering excellence in everything we do. The quality of our work exceeds expectations.

  • You will be driven to deliver, go the extra mile and be open to learning and continual self-development.

Professionalism

At First4Lawyers we do what we say. We are knowledgeable, organised and efficient and we work hard to ensure we get the right result for our clients.

  • You will be proactive and do what you say. You will be a role model and able to ‘grasp the nettle’.

Respect

We value and support our clients and our colleagues and treat everyone with dignity and respect.

  • You will listen to others and value diversity.

Integrity

We work with the utmost integrity and accountability. Our stated values are reflected in our day-to-day behaviours. We set the standard in the industry and we do not cold-call.

  • You will be open and honest, approachable, fair and reasonable.

Client focus

We put the client first. We are passionate about what we do. We are committed to learning about our clients and their needs so that we can add real value.

  • You will value our clients and be able to build effective relationships.

Team work

At First4Lawyers, we work as one team to deliver excellent results.

  • You will be collaborative in your approach, sharing ideas and helping colleagues to achieve targets and goals.

Package and Benefits:

Our aim is to establish and maintain an employee benefit program that makes a difference to each of our employees' day-to-day lives, whether that is looking after their health and wellbeing by offering free health assessments and massages, or giving everyone an extra day off in the year to enjoy their birthday.

Our benefit package includes:

Generous basic salary and bonus incentives

Private healthcare (after probation period)

Access to interest-free travel loans

Workplace pension scheme

Perkbox exclusive discount scheme (after probation period)

Annual leave of 25 days per annum plus bank holidays

Birthday leave – an extra paid day off on your birthday each year

Staff social club with regular events throughout the year

What Happens Next?

If you’re interested in working with us and want to develop your career in an exciting and rewarding environment, please apply by emailing a covering letter and CV, detailing what you will bring to this role to: Head of Personnel at [email protected].

Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive, if you haven’t heard from us within four weeks, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

First4Lawyers is an equal opportunities employer and treats applications solely on merit.

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