Manchester-based Working Time Solutions has appointed a new chief technology officer to spearhead the ongoing development of its workforce planning and management software.

Paul Roberts joins with over 20 years’ experience across software architecture, database design, public and private cloud computing and implementation of complex international systems.

Most recently he was head of development and delivery at Fundtech FSC, a provider of SaaS-based global transaction technology to banks and corporations, which was acquired as part of a $1.25bn deal with Canadian FinTech company D+H in 2015.

Kevin White, managing director of Working Time Solutions, said: “Paul has an impressive track record of developing technology and talent that delivers significant value to clients.

“Attracting someone of his calibre from the FinTech industry demonstrates the strength of our proposition and its increasing relevancy.

“Resourcing models are coming under increasing pressure from Brexit, technological disruption, customer expectations, rising labour costs and public scrutiny of employment arrangements.

“Our technology enables employers to create flexible working patterns that respond to changing demand, which is crucial to managing labour costs and maintaining a productive, healthy and happy workforce.”

Roberts’ new role sees him join the board of Working Time Solutions and he will head a 12-strong technology team responsible for the development of its innovative Work Suite product set and integration with client HR systems.

The specialist software enables organisations to design, implement and manage flexible shift patterns and rosters that dramatically improve productivity, enhance customer service and support employee wellbeing.

Roberts will lead the roll-out of Working Time Solution’s new SaaS technology, which includes MyTime, a self-service platform that enables employees to securely view and manage their shifts, holidays, and time banks using their personal mobile devices.

He said: “Demand-Led Rostering is a rapidly growing area of HR technology and I’m looking forward to helping clients deliver a step change in productivity and employee wellbeing.

“We have a strong platform and a clear roadmap to further enhance our SaaS, analytics, compliance and mobile functionality.”

Established in 1994, Working Time Solutions’ diverse client base includes Premier Foods, Wales & West Utilities, Unilever, Dublin Airport, London Ambulance Service and Cheshire West and Chester council.

The business has helped organisations deliver over £100 million in efficiencies whilst supporting the creation of full-time roles by reducing the need for overtime, agency staff and zero hours contracts.