Senior Java Engineer
Department for Work and Pensions
Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 15th October 2023
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Are you looking for a Senior Java role that will deliver solutions to improve people’s lives?
Do you want to solve complex engineering problems that will reach out to the lives of millions of people through critical DWP services?
Are you collaborative, agile and test driven in your approach?
We’re looking for Senior Java Engineers to lead, design, build and maintain our flagship service, Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is one of the highest profile digital transformation programmes in the world, praised for its fast and flexible response to the Covid-19 pandemic and now in use by over 5 million claimants and 30,000 staff.
Few other organisations globally can offer the same opportunity to work with cutting edge technology at this scale and to make such a critical difference to millions of people’s lives.
Please note - this role requires you to pass a security clearance check. For further information on this please see selection process details.
Our Senior Java Engineers lead and set the strategy as well as build our products and applications - with researchers, testers, architects, analysts and designers - as part of multi-functional agile delivery teams.
What really excites us is problem-solving. We have a unique opportunity to deliver innovative technology that carries real value for millions of users.
Our teams draw value from collaboration, actively seek input from colleagues and value ideas - from across disciplines, grades and job titles -over hierarchy.
You’ll also be part of a supportive Engineering community of practice, with hundreds of engineering experts from across the UK united by passion and purpose. We’ll give you the tools and time to build your capability, with coaching, mentoring, qualifications and formal learning, meet-ups or whatever else works for you.
You will be a leader in our team, you will coach and mentor Java Engineers.
We are extending our already skilled and creative Java Engineering team.
You’ll share a brilliant environment with colleagues from across DWP and wider government, making it the perfect place to collaborate and build networks.
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• An employer pension contribution of up to 27% For further information please click here.
• Annual leave rising up to 30 days, (based on your working pattern).
• Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.
• Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring.
• An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Race Network, National Disability Network (THRIVE) and many more.
This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is where an employee works part of the week in their DWP office and part of the week from home. This is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business need but personal circumstances and other relevant circumstances will also be taken into account. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.
Salary for this role in London is from £55,149 (Band min) to £65,950 (Band max).
The maximum salary for the grade is £65,950, however a Digital Allowance of up to £9,831 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.
Salary for this role in National locations is from £50,155 (Band min) to £60,781 (Band max).
The maximum salary for the grade is £60,781, however a Digital Allowance of up to £15,000 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.
Our offer to successful candidates will be based on an assessment of your skills and experience as demonstrated at interview.
Existing Civil Servants who secure a new role on lateral transfer should maintain their current salary.
Existing Civil Servants who gain promotion may move to the bottom of the next grade pay scale or 10% increase in salary whichever would be the greater.
Selection process details
Stage 1: Application
Applications must include:
1. A completed Personal Details application form.
2. A curriculum vitae including education, professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details of key achievements.
When giving details in your redacted CV you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:
• A proven track record of building Java applications (minimum version 11).
• Experience of building in cloud-based environments like AWS and Azure.
• An Excellent understanding of TDD and BDD.
• SQL and noSQL database applications such as Postgres, MySQL, and MongoDB.
• The skills to build up a useful, robust automated test suite to support a continuous deployment environment.
• Knowledge and experience of APIs, RESTful services and Microservice Architectures.
When giving details of your redacted CV, you should therefore include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in, and your role therein.
For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .
Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised. Please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.
• Please attach your redacted CV as a separate additional document in either PDF or word format.
• If your CV contains any personal details your application may be withdrawn.
Stage 2: Coding Test
If you are successful at Stage 1, you will be invited to complete a coding exercise. You will have 5 days to complete this activity.
Stage 3: Interview
If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the experiences listed in the essential criteria.
As part of the interview you will be asked to do an exercise relating to your understanding of coding in Java.
Interviews will be confirmed at a later date should you progress.
Offers of employment: Following the interview stage, should you not reach the required standard for the advertised Grade 7 role, we may be able to offer you a role which would be a grade below the advertised post under our “Near Miss” process. Any candidates falling into this category will be contacted once the interview results have been released. You will be asked to indicate if you are interested when completing your application.
A number of these roles will require you to have an additional security level- Security Clearance (SC). The remaining posts require you to have Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS).
As part of our process, you may be asked to indicate whether you wish to be considered for a Security Clearance (SC) role.
For more information regarding clearance please see National security vetting: clearance levels.
Please note - Failure to pass either check (whichever is applicable) may affect you taking up employment within DWP.
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A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.
Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location.
Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf.
However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing Pre-EmploymentChecks.firstname.lastname@example.org stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.
Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP's terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.
The Civil Service values honesty and integrity and expects all candidates to abide by these principles. Please ensure that all examples provided in your application are taken directly from your own experience and that you describe the examples in your own words. Applications will be screened and if evidence of plagiarism or copying examples/answers from other sources is found, your application will be withdrawn. Internal DWP candidates may also face disciplinary action.
At DWP we value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce.
We consider visible and non-visible disabilities, neurodiversity or learning differences, chronic medical conditions, or mental ill health. Examples include dyslexia, epilepsy, autism, chronic fatigue, or schizophrenia.
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