Senior Software Developer

Home Office Digital, Data and Technology -

Full-time (Permanent)

We’re passionate about building software that solves problems. We’re home to some of the most important public services in the United Kingdom and are transforming how we use data and technology to improve these.

Our software has been used to stop terrorist attacks, ensure applications and delivery of passports is efficient and developing and supporting a wide variety of GOV.UK services such as getting married or forming a civil partnership or applying for a visa.

We develop over 500 services which have millions of users worldwide.

Your Mission

As a Senior Developer you’ll take ownership over the products, features and services your team looks after, being curious at heart with a desire to make things better. You’ll prioritise the focus on being one team with a passion for nurturing, coaching and sharing your knowledge with others whilst ensuring high quality code is delivered in line with project goals and delivery cycles and thrive using agile methods.

You're role will be focused on delivering secure, reliable and scalable software and supporting your team with technical tasks when needed as well as evaluating and advising on design choices and ensuring that software is high quality and balances technical and business considerations.

You'll also be defining and documenting test cases for new systems and maintaining live systems to ensure ongoing performance• evolving new approaches/solutions with other professions through discoveries, maintain a focus on development and deployment and helping prioritise and direct technical tasks across your team, to balance new and live services.

Who we're looking for

You'll be a senior developer who is confident developing applications, passionate about making a difference and want to be involved throughout the product lifecycle, from idea generation, design, and prototyping to execution, and shipping whilst having experience with:

  • backend, frontend, or full-stack development, with detailed knowledge of either Java or Javascript (and frameworks such as Node or React)
  • databases and DB technology (RDBMS, NoSQL etc)
  • working with an agile environment
  • full software delivery lifecycle
  • working practices such as test driven development (focusing on automation), continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • a cloud-based approach, selecting cloud components and defining infrastructure as code to integrate them (Kubernetes, AWS, Azure, and/or Google Cloud etc.)

Some of the benefits our engineers enjoy!

  • one of the higher starting salaries across the Civil Service
  • a Civil Service pension with employer contribution rates of between 26.6% and 30.3%, depending upon salary
  • 25 days annual leave on appointment, plus 8 days public holidays and 1 day for the Queen’s Birthday, rising further with service
  • flexible working options to enable you to achieve the work life balance that right for you including part-time, flexi time and job sharing  
  • training and development opportunities tailored to your role
  • an in-year bonus scheme
  • a culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • season ticket loans and rental deposit loans
  • cycle to work and payroll giving
  • employee discounts - including a huge number of retailers (via the Edenred platform), Microsoft Home Use programme and gym membership
  • a variety of staff recognition schemes including thank you vouchers
  • health and wellbeing initiatives including monthly mindfulness sessions
  • staff support networks
  • maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid
  • maternity and adoption support leave (paternity leave) of 2 weeks full pay
  • up to 5 days paid leave for volunteering
  • study leave and support for studying for a qualification or other accredited development relevant to your role

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