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Senior DevOps Engineer Intellectual Property Office-SEO

Government Digital & Data -

Full-time (Permanent)
£44,482 - £54,945
Published on
18 June 2024
4 July 2024

Senior DevOps Engineer

Intellectual Property Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 4th July 2024


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£44,482 - £54,945

Maximum salary amount includes Recruitment Retention Allowance and Technical Allowances of up to £8,238. Scare Skills Allowance of up to £6,212 may be applicable. Final salary package will be dependent on skills and experience.

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Business area

IPO - Digital, Data and Technology Directorate

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of jobs available




About the job

Job summary

Please note: Applicants should review all aspects of this advert to ensure a thorough understanding. If reviewing via a screen reader, please note that the Job Description, Benefits and How to Apply sections have been emphasised

Job description

Overview of the Senior DevOps Engineer role

About this Role

Are you passionate about collaborative working and problem solving? Do you enjoy using your technical skills to help teams work more effectively and get software into the hands of users more quickly? Are you looking for a new role in an organisation that treats you as an individual and supports you on your professional and career development journey? Then this is the role for you!

We have an exciting opportunity to join our DevOps Enablement team, within the Platform Engineering group, during the IPO digital transformation journey. Working within an established team, this role provides an opportunity to turn innovative ideas into customer value using a range of technologies and delivery platforms.

Person Specification

  • Strong understanding of DevOps principles and experience of working in a DevOps or iterative development culture.
  • Excellent knowledge and proven experience implementing continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) tools, including pipeline design and administration.
  • Experience with automated testing and embedding this in CI/CD pipelines.
  • Demonstrable experience in service support including troubleshooting and incident resolution.
  • Experience in identification and tracking of risks and issues.
  • Experience of knowledge sharing and mentoring junior members of the team.

Technical Skills

  • Substantial development or scripting experience in one or more of the following:
  • Substantial experience in administration and configuration of Azure DevOps Pipelines (preferred) or other CI/CD orchestration tools.
  • Substantial experience supporting the build and deployment of, or coding in one or more of the following or equivalent:
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code such as Terraform
  • Experience in containerisation technologies and platforms such as Docker or Azure container services such as Azure App Services, Azure Functions, Azure Logic Apps or Azure Container Registry or equivalent.
  • Experience in managing and supporting distributed source code repositories (Git).
  • Experience of consuming cloud platform resources (Microsoft Azure preferred).

Working Style

This role will be carried out in-line with IPO Hybrid working arrangements where staff are currently expected to spend at least 20% of their time working onsite from one of our offices. This role is based in our Newport office.

The requirement for attendance at an office location can vary by role so we would encourage candidates to discuss working arrangements with the recruiting manager to agree a reasonable balance between working from home and the office.


  • Unlimited Pluralsight video learning access
  • Access to Microsoft’s ESI training suite
  • Pension: 27.1% - 27.9% employer contributions
  • Hybrid working with no core hours
  • Substantial support for career progression
  • 25 days annual leave moving to 30 days in annual increments
  • You will also get 8 days public leave and 1 day privilege leave

How to apply

Click the 'Apply now' button and complete the application form by uploading an anonymised copy of your current CV.

Your CV will be used to assess your suitability for the role therefore please ensure that you evidence the essential requirements listed in the person specification above.

Please note after the sift stage, candidates may be placed on hold due to a high volume of applications.

For further information on the sift and interview stages of this recruitment campaign, please head to our 'Things you need to know' section below.

For further information around the Civil Service recruitment process, please visit our civil service careers page - IPO – Recruitment Support , Civil Service Careers (

Person specification

For a thorough understanding of the role and general day to day duties, please refer to the attached Role Profile.

Alternatively, If you require job-specific information, please contact Dominic Read.
Telephone: 01633 433189


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Please see attached role profile document.


For more information about what’s on offer at the Intellectual Property Office please review our IPO benefit pack attached to the bottom of this advert.

Please note that benefits may be subject to change.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Additional details on security and vetting

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check and if successful you must also hold, or be willing to obtain, a higher Security Clearance.

For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals will need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time, depending on the level of clearance, to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. For this role the successful individual will need to have consistently lived in the UK for a minimum 5 years in order to meet the relevant security clearance.

Further information on the vetting process can be found at United Kingdom Security Vetting - GOV.UK (

Please note that the IPO do not hold a sponsor licence, therefore if applicable please ensure your VISA enables you to work in the UK at the IPO without sponsorship.

If you have questions regarding this or are unsure if you meet the eligibility criteria, please contact

How to apply

Candidates to note:

  • All communications will be electronic therefore it is vitally important that you check your Civil Service Jobs account regularly, as well as your spam/junk email folder
  • When making an initial application for this role please ensure that you refer to and have read the attached role profile.


An initial sift of applications will be carried out to create a shortlist.

This will be based on the evidence provided for the following Success Profile elements:


Please upload an anonymised copy of your current CV. Your CV will be used to assess your suitability for the role therefore please ensure that it demonstrates your technical skills and experience against the essential requirements detailed in the role profile document.

Please note: candidates will be required to complete a technical test if they pass the sift stage.


If invited to interview Behaviour, Experience and Technical based questioning will be used.

Specific information regarding the Success Profile elements that will be assessed at interview will be contained within the interview invitation.

Interviews for this role will be carried out virtually via Microsoft Teams (video).

Please note:

  • There may be important information contained within the job role profile candidates may also wish to refer to. We recommend candidates download and save a copy of the role profile for reference.

This post is being advertised to Internal, across Government and external candidates at the same time.

Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted or considered.

Should you have any queries or require any assistance in this matter, please contact the IPO Recruitment team at  prior to the closing of the post.

In line with Government guidance, successfully appointed candidates will need to provide documents for our Right to Work checks. Information on this will be sent within the invite to interview text.

Diversity Statement

The IPO is an inclusive employer where diversity is respected and differences valued. Our positive approach to diversity allows us to select the most suitable applicants free from bias on factors such as age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, and many more protected characteristics. 

If you require an adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, then please let the recruitment team know via ;

Candidates to note

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Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

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