About the job
We’re looking for outstanding Software Engineers, who want to contribute to demanding and exciting digital services for the UK Government. Be part of changing the face of public services with the potential to dramatically transform the future of millions of people.
Our Engineers to build and run applications as part of a multi-functional agile delivery teams. What really excites the successful candidate is problem-solving and the opportunity to deliver innovative technology that carries real value for users. The candidate will be expected to draw value from collaboration with others, actively seek input from colleagues and value a multidisciplinary team over hierarchy.
The successful candidate will join Working Age (UC Digital) which is there to mature the Working Age and UC services to progress our agenda to redefine global standards of welfare provision, improving work incentives by removing the need to claim different benefits and reducing the risks associated with moving from benefits into employment.
You will be transforming how people experience our digital services through Jobcentres, through regular releases of new functions and maintenance.
As a Software Engineer you will develop and maintain software products that make up citizen and organisation facing services and contribute towards their design.
You will be responsible for the operational stability of the products you build, and be in a position to affect change in the on-going robustness and resilience of those products.
You will work within, and contribute to, the overall Software Development Lifecycle Process as part of a multi-functional Agile delivery team focused on one or more products.
ResponsibilitiesYour responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:
• Deliver software products which make up services for our citizens to consume.
• Ensure system robustness, resilience and stability.
• Design and develop reusable libraries and services and promote reuse across the department.
• Produce comprehensive suites of automated unit and integration tests to ensure code quality.
• Identify and resolve issues preventing delivery or continuation of software engineering activities.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Programming and Build
- Modem Standards Approach
- Systems Design
- Systems Integration
• Learning and development tailored to your role.
• An environment with flexible working options.
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
• An employer pension contribution of up to 27%.
• A generous annual leave allowance.
This 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 is from £35,310 (Band min) to £40,666 (Band max).
Where the maximum salary is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £10,126 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.
This role will be based out of our Leeds corporate hub.
The Department is committed to promoting flexible ways of working, whilst enabling the business to operate at maximum efficiency and will expect colleagues to work from a blend of locations, including some time working at home, as required. The corporate hub location will be the designated place of work and any remote or home working arrangement does not constitute a change to your designated place of work or contractual Terms and Conditions. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles
, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Stage 1 - Application:
Your application will consist of two parts:
1. A Personal Details application form.
2. An uploaded curriculum vitae including education, professional qualifications and full employment history and give details of key achievements.
All applications will be sifted based on the essential criteria below:
• Developing on cloud based environments like AWS and Azure.
• Have a good understanding of Test Driven Development.
• SQL and noSQL database applications such as Postgres, MySQL, and MongoDB.
• Containerisation – tools such as Docker and Kubernetes.
• Have 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.
A NOTE ON ANONYMISATION
Candidates are required to attach their CV as a separate additional document. Your CV must be in either PDF or word format. Personal details including your name and address must be redacted. Please be aware that if your CV contains personal details it will not be progressed to the next stage of the recruitment process.
Please include all other information that you would customarily provide when presenting a CV as the sift panel use this information to assess your application.
DWP operates an anonymised recruitment process. When entering information relating to your employment history you will be asked to remove any personal details that could be used to identify you. This relates to name and contact details which might usually appear on your CV/Personal statement. Failure to do so will result in your application being withdrawn.
Stage 2 – Technical exercise:
Candidates who are successful at sift will be sent a technical exercise to complete remotely.
The exercise will focus on the technical skills listed in this advert. Full details will be sent to candidates when the exercise is issued.
Candidates will have 7 days to complete the test from the date of receipt.
Stage 3 – Video Interview:
Unless you are otherwise informed, the final stage of the process will be a video interview via Microsoft Teams where you will be assessed against the Behaviour and Technical Skills detailed in the advert.
Full details will be sent to candidates who successfully reach this stage.
Sift and Interview Information:
Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised, so please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.
Interviews will take place in late November 2021, dates to be confirmed.
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
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Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.
A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.
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.
If successful but not transferring from another Government Department, 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.
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