Software Developer

DfE Digital -

Full-time (Permanent)
£36,498 - £42,297
Published on
3 June 2021
Deadline
13 June 2021

Our software development community is an integral part of DfE. We are recruiting Software Developers, to invest in our growing digital and technology services. We are looking for skilled developers, who either have experience with Ruby on Rails, .NET or related technologies to join our delivery teams.

You will work with user researchers, product managers, designers, business analysts, delivery managers, and content specialists as part of a multi-disciplinary team to directly deliver better outcomes for users. You will innovate to radically transform how public services are delivered and improved.

We work in the open. You can see what our teams are shipping on GitHub:
DfE Software Development.

Job description

As a software developer, you will


  • Work with the development community to ensure we build sustainable digital products.
  • Work to modern development standards, practices, and techniques.
  • Build automated tests to support our continuous deployment environment.
  • Advocate user-centric, agile approaches which focus on rapid, effective delivery of high-quality digital services.
  • Help build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development community, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance.
  • Transform government into a modern, agile development centre by embedding practices like Test Driven Development, continuous deployment, and DevOps.
  • Support sharing of methods and technologies across teams, government, and the industry by helping to organise events.

    Responsibilities

    We would like to hear from developers that can show evidence of the below essential criteria:

  • Good knowledge of software development using Ruby and the Ruby on Rails framework,C#, .NET, or similar development frameworks.
  • Experience working with technical teams to deliver user-focused services in an agile environment.
  • Experience of good practices such as Test-Driven Development, CI/CD, and DevOps as well as modern development workflows, ideally using GitHub.
  • Knowledge of good software design principles such as OOD, SOLID, and design patterns.
  • Experience of RESTful API design and loosely coupled microservices architectures.
  • A good understanding of web application security
  • Enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, mentoring others, and working in a diverse and inclusive multi-disciplinary team

    It would be advantageous if you could also demonstrate the below Desirable criteria:
  • A cloud-first approach and experience of IaaS and PaaS solutions as well as understanding infrastructure-as-code and containerisation
  • Experience of mentoring and supporting your colleagues, whether one-to-one or in groups, and a passion for building teams and communities

    Desirable criteria will only be assessed in the event of a tie break situation to make an informed decision.

Technical skills

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

  • Modern standard approach
  • Programming and build
  • A systematic approach to problem-solving

Benefits

Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Department’s transfer / promotion policies.

As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen’s Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days’ bank and public holidays.

We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.

As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Experience and Technical skills.

Application


Review of applications:

Candidates should complete the advertised Civil Service Jobs application by submitting an up-to-date CV aligned to the essential criteria in the advert. We will assess against this criteria


Candidates successful at sift will be sent an assessment


Assessment

Candidates will be sent an assessment which has been designed to test the Technical Skills specified in the advert. It is anticipated that assessments, with the scenario and guidance for completing the assessment, will be issued within 2 weeks of the advert closing date.

You will be given 48 hours to complete the assessment independently, with responses being submitted within the 48 hours from receiving the assessment. The panel will then assess how you have met the Technical skills in your submitted response. Each Technical Skill will be given a score and those who meet the minimum pass mark will then be invited to interview.


Interview

During the interview, candidates will be asked to provide further evidence of their Experience, as detailed in the Selection Criteria within the Responsibilities section of the advert. You will be assessed against these technical skills:

  • Modern standard approach.
  • Programming and build.
  • A systematic approach to problem-solving.

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