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The work of our Software Engineers at the Manchester and Glasgow hubs

What is your role and why is it important? 

I work in Shared Application Services (SAS) at the Home Office as the Principal Engineer leading projects in Manchester and Glasgow. SAS is part of the Digital, Data and Technology team and leads on software engineering across the Home Office.   

My primary focus is on police and public protection technology, working on systems for police forces and Homeland Security. I work with delivery managers, programme managers, service leads and engineers to deliver new services. 

SAS consists of around 300 people, and we're looking to build our teams over the next few years as the services we support grow.  

All our live jobs are on the Home Office Careers website - or see Manchester specific roles at the bottom of this page. 

We do everything from Level 2 support of applications through to greenfield development and day-to-day running of platforms to enable digital services.  

Our work has the potential to improve people's lives. This could include simplifying processes to apply for passports, applying for birth, death or marriage certificates, through to preventing smuggling by monitoring container movements at ports and providing strategic intelligence platforms. 

What inspired you choose a career in digital and technology? 

I became interested in technology when I first started programming on a BBC Micro computer at school. I went on to study Engineering at university and started my career building software for water distribution systems.  

As someone with dyslexia, I'm much happier using digital forms because I can use the spell check functionality to ensure I’ve filled it out correctly. I think it's important to be able to deliver services that are inclusive. 

It's clear that providing accessible services with users in mind is crucial for delivering inclusive services. How do you and your team do this?  

We build usability functions into our software from day one. We work closely with content and service designers, following the Government Digital Service (GDS) guidelines for accessibility and usability.  

This means we are mindful of font sizes, colours and formatting to support people using assistive technologies such as screen readers. All of this is supported with user research and testing. 

What type of projects do you and your team deliver in Manchester and Glasgow that impact the public? 

One project we are currently working on relates to the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, one part of which reforms the way in which births and deaths are recorded following being registered in England and Wales, enabling the move from a paper-based system to an electronic register. 

We also work on policing systems such as the Modern Slavery Registrar, where large companies are required to upload their modern slavery statements. We're also building the Domestic Homicide Review repository to bring together all documents relating to the domestic homicide review. The variety of work is vast and far reaching.  

What tech stacks are you and your teams using to deliver these services projects? 

Our typical tech stack is based around Java and Spring Boot, typically using persistence backed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). We make use of messaging services like Kafka and other Government systems such as Gov Notify.  

As we have so many systems, we have a huge diversity of languages and frameworks. We have applications written in C# and the .NET framework as well PHP/WordPress and Drupal. For frontend technology, we are big users of JavaScript/TypeScript and React. 

What are the benefits of joining the Engineering team at the Home Office?  

Our teams work on a 40/60% split between the office and working from home as part of the hybrid working model. This helps people achieve a balanced lifestyle, but also to catch up with colleagues and discuss projects in a less formal way.  

I’ve met and worked with some of the most inspiring engineers, user researchers and broader technical experts here, all with a genuine commitment to deliver high quality services for UK citizens. There’s a real opportunity for you to learn and grow alongside an exceptional engineering team.  

Watch our Home Office employee benefits video to hear about what you could be entitled to as a member of the team.  

Find out more and apply 

Interested in a career with us? Take a look at our Engineering page on the Home Office careers website to find out more about working with our brilliant Engineering team at the Home Office. You can also visit our website to apply directly for our live roles and check out the Manchester locations roles below. 

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What's NewFeatured stories and upcoming events with the Digital, Data and Technology Team at the Home OfficeRead our blog about how we are becoming more user-centred in our approach to the design and delivery of our products and services, whilst working alongside other technical professions, to build a complex data-driven product. To learn more about why it is our goal to find ways of embedding diversity and inclusion into our research and design practices, visit our blog page.To learn more about what it's like to work within the Delivery Profession inside the Home Office, visit our blog page. You can find more stories from the team and be the first to hear about upcoming events on our Digital Data and Technology LinkedIn Life and Home Office Careers pages. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------You can read about the professions and roles on our careers website. Hear from the teamWatch the videos to hear from Software Engineers, Charlotte and Sulthan within the DDaT Engineering team about the projects their working on and how delivering public services at the Home Office can positively impact millions of lives every day.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Home OfficeThe Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and policing every day, our work delivers outcomes for UK citizens, providing them with the means to travel the world, tackling illegal migration and removing foreign national offenders, disrupting terrorist attacks and organised criminal groups, stopping people from becoming victims of crime and supporting those who require asylum and safeguarding.To achieve all this, we rely on talented people with a wide range of skills. This includes digital, data and technology skills, where we are recruiting to our teams based in Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow and Croydon. Learn more about our work and organisation The DDaT Profession Career Framework features over 150 defined roles, grouped into 9 skills clusters – with staff often employed across fast-paced, multi-disciplinary teams: The 9 clusters are: ArchitectureCyber Security Data Engineering IT Operations Product Quality Assurance and TestingTechnology Delivery Management User Centred Design Why join Home Office Digital, Data and Technology?Home Office Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) designs, builds and develops services for the rest of the department and for government. Our role is to enable transformation through improved business efficiency. The DDaT function is made up of around 2,300 staff, augmented by a number of supplier partners. Every year our systems support up to 3 million visa applications, checks on 100 million border crossings, up to 8 million passport applications and delivers 140 million police checks on people, vehicles and property. The scale of our projects is matched only by the opportunities for our people.We are a friendly team who will support and challenge you to contribute. Our culture is inclusive, progressive and values the unique contributions everyone makes. Our tech strategy is also clear: we work in agile product- and user-centred teams, with cloud native and interdisciplinary working as the focus. Digital inclusion, accessibility and forming a technical community across departments are also key. Our main delivery centres are in Manchester Sheffield, Croydon, Glasgow, but we also have offices in Southport, Westminster, Liverpool, west London and north London. The team in Manchester is based in The Soapworks which is within the Media City boundary, 1½ miles from Manchester city centre, 2½ miles away from Manchester Piccadilly station and a 2-minute walk from the Exchange Quay tram stop.We offer a range of benefits for staff, including outstanding pensions schemes and a serious focus on continuous professional development. Learning and DevelopmentWe offer Learning and Development opportunities relevant to your role, which could include: AWS training and certification, Azure training and certification, O’Reilly Books as well as high quality management training, for example.In addition, we offer allocated study leave and support when studying for a relevant qualification or other accredited development. This may include BCS Membership, for example, or study towards a degree or masters qualification. Diversity & Inclusion We are committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, creating a welcoming, inclusive workforce where people can bring their whole selves to work. We’re proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the Civil Service, a Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Equality Employer and a Social Mobility Foundation Top 75 employer. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and are a Disability Confident Leader. Our benefits Competitive starting salaries for your gradeAn additional allowance of up to £13,700 for candidates with exceptional skills and experienceA Civil Service pension with employer contribution rates of between 26.6% and 30.3%, depending on salary A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity Learning and development tailored to your roleAn environment with flexible working options25 days annual leave on appointment, rising to 30 days after 10 years' service, plus 8 days public holidays and 1 day additional privilege dayWe also offer:Season ticket loans and rental deposit loans Cycle to work and payroll givingEmployee discounts - including a huge number of retailers (via the Edenred platform), Microsoft Home Use programme and gym membership A variety of staff recognition schemes Health and wellbeing initiativesStaff support networksMaternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaidUp to 5 days paid leave for volunteeringStudy leave and support for studying for a qualification or other accredited development relevant to your roleJoin us and make a difference If you’re looking for a digital career where you can make an impact, using cutting edge tech and have the opportunity to build your CV with projects that will help you stand out from the crowd, see our current available roles on offer. You can also read our blog to learn more about our people and the brilliant work they do and follow us on LinkedIn and X.

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