Applications Specialist job description

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Applications specialists may fall under a range of job titles, including Applications Engineer or Application Development Specialists. Their primary role is application and software design, in order to provide product solutions for specific business needs. The role requires the job holder to manage the entire process of building applications, from the design process, to creating, testing and rolling out the application.
The main duties of an Applications Specialist include; designing a product solution in line with specifications given by business managers, implementing software and taking it live to staff members, offering support services for users, coaching users within the business and meeting with clients.
The role requires the job holder to have a professional and proactive work ethic and work well within a team dynamic. The professional should have experience with problem-solving and trouble-shooting and be able to organise their own workload. Most companies will require that job holders have a bachelors or masters degree in an IT or computing subject, and candidates are likely to be asked to prove competence in software design, information systems and programming.
A typical salary ranges from £20,000 to £25,000 and many companies offer an annual bonus and excellent benefits package.

Description

Application Specialists are known by several job titles. These include:
• Mobile Application Specialist
• IT Application Specialist
• Web Application Specialist
• Application Development Specialist
They may specialise in software or application design, programming or management. They understand the full process of designing, creating, testing and implementing applications.
An Applications Specialist usually performs many of the following tasks:
•  Preparing projects for go live
•  Supporting different versions of software
•  Checking for bugs
•  Designing product to specifications
•  Coaching team members
• Attending meetings
•  Managing projects
•  Conducting presentations
• Working with product managers
• Meeting clients

Skills

• Preparing documentation
• Resolving issues
• Being proactive
• Being focused
• Being a team player
• Being a good communicator
• Being accurate
• Organisation
• Project management
• Troubleshooting
• Being analytical
• Being technical and analytical
• Being professional
• Being amenable

Education

Applications Specialists work within the information technology industry therefore they are required to have the relevant certifications. Depending on the level of their positions, Specialists may require a Bachelors or Masters Degrees. Areas of specialisation may include Programming, Software Design, Computer Science, Engineering or Information Systems. Microsoft Certifications (MCSE, MCSD) may also be acceptable.

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