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IT Software Developer (ITS Band 4/HEO) -Health and Safety Executive

Government Digital & Data -

Full-time (Permanent)
£34,509 - £37,724
Published on
30 May 2024
24 June 2024

IT Software Developer (ITS Band 4/HEO)

Health and Safety Executive

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£34,509 - £37,724

A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Higher Executive Officer

Band 4

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Information, Technology and Services (ITS) - Information Technology Services

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of jobs available




Aberdeen, Ashford (Kent), Basingstoke, Bedford, Birmingham, Bootle, Bristol, Buxton, Cardiff, Carlisle, Carmarthen, Crewe, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxted, Plymouth, Sheffield, Wrexham, York

About the job

Job summary

Keeping people safe and healthy matters and that’s what we do at the Health and Safety Executive. Every day, everyone on the team contributes to protecting lives and we apply our expertise to help influence change in mindsets about health and safety throughout industry. We undertake world-class science to build our knowledge about safe working practices, and then apply that understanding to the workplace, guiding every part of the economy to function safely. And when accidents happen, we investigate and hold those at fault to account whilst ensuring that lessons are learnt across industries. We are a modern, independent, data drive Regulator and we are proud to have made Great Britain one of the safest places to work in the world.

Technology, data, and digital services underpins everything that HSE does. We are a knowledge organisation, with a wealth of experience in keeping people safe. It is the responsibility of the Information Technology Services Division to ensure that everyone in the organisation can access our data and information, to share it and to use it to make effective decisions. We support over 3000 colleagues working in a hybrid style at home and in 26 offices across Great Britain. Our services keep inspectors functioning effectively and efficiently on industrial sites nationwide, from oil platforms in the North Sea to our deepest mines and quarries.

Job description

We strive to constantly improve the technologies and services supporting the organisation. Our end user computing devices are leading edge, and we are making significant progress in delivering new cloud-based services. Our service management and information management services are very highly regarded within the organisation and pride themselves on excellent customer service. Our commercial team has built strong relationships with suppliers and our project management team is embedded in our corporate change programme, transforming the older legacy systems that have underpinned the organisation for a long time.

We are a learning team, and everyone is encouraged to undertake training, development and courses that will keep them and the team current and excited by new opportunities. The team works well because everyone’s contributions and ideas are listened to and valued, and we can only grow and improve, if there is an enthusiasm to explore our disciplines and try new ways of working.


The post can be based in any HSE location (except for our London offices), however attendance at HSE Headquarters in Bootle will be required for Full ITS Meetings at minimum twice per year. For further information about HSE locations please click here.

Hybrid Working

At HSE, we are proud to be able to offer our people the opportunity to work in a hybrid way which combines working from home and the office.  This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your allocated office will be your contractual place of work.  There will be a requirement to travel to the office for various activities e.g., collaborative working, supporting, and training colleagues.  If hybrid working is suitable for you and your role, the arrangements will be determined primarily by business need, but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be considered.  Therefore, we would encourage candidates to consider if the commute from home to the office is a feasible distance to travel before making an application.  Please note that if you are successful, hybrid working will be discussed prior to taking up the post.

Please note: This post will require the successful candidate to provide a level of application support out of normal office hours (Monday-Friday 0900 – 1700). This will include responding to important application issues and implementing scheduled changes and fixes when required.

Person specification

This is a very exciting time to join ITS as we continue to support HSE in the transformation of our IT services with a focus on modernising our IT Operations. As part of an internal software development function within HSE’s Information Technology Services, you will join a team responsible for the development, testing and support of HSE applications. A software developer designs, runs and improves software that meets user needs. The applications are hosted on a number of technologies (e.g. Azure; SQL Server; Ingres;) and developed using a variety of tools.

In this role, you will be responsible for writing clean, secure code following a test-driven approach and creating code that is open by default and easy for others to reuse. HSE’s IT Services are currently undergoing a modernisation and we are about to get started on significant IT enabled Business Transformation. We are reinforcing in-house capability to give us the skills and experience we need to take our ambitious business plans forward. This post provides a challenging opportunity for a junior software developer to further their career and expand our development capability. Working in a small, technically skilled development team, you will develop and enhance small line of business applications.

As a Software Developer for HSE, you will help to develop new information systems and manage changes to operational information systems which support the work of HSE.

Main duties: 

  • Develop software solutions as part of a development team, including unit testing of developed objects/code 
  • Manage, Support and develop more junior members of the development team 
  • Document the design and build of systems being developed 
  • Plan and account for project work to deliver systems development 
  • Support the Change lifecycle, developing changes for operational systems
  • Support the Application Maintenance team in keeping systems running when required  

Essential Skills and Criteria:  

The successful candidate will have experience in the following:  

  • Experience of full Agile Software Development life cycle  
  • Experience of full stack software development experience including C#/ASP.Net,  Javascript/Typescript frameworks (such as Angular or React), SQL database development and automated unit/integration testing 
  • Experience of developing applications for cloud computing infrastructures such as Azure, AWS or GCP, including modern cloud CI/CD practices 
  • Good communication skills; with the ability to convey complex technical concepts clearly and concisely. 


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others


Alongside your salary of £34,509, Health and Safety Executive contributes £9,997 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension

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