Senior Front End Developer

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 27th September 2021

 

Reference number

137815

Salary

£49,171 - £67,151

Grade

Grade 7

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role

Digital

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

2

Location

Blackpool, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

About the job

Summary

In Health we are looking for a Senior front-end developer to work in our Personal Independence Payment Teams, helping deliver new agent services and contribute to the Health engineering community.

The DWP Design System team is looking for a Senior Front-end Developer to help deliver the department’s ambition to re-use design, code, research, data and best practice across multiple services, products and tools.

Job description

As a Senior Front End Developer you will be a skilled Practitioner and a role model in software craftsmanship. Responsible for ensuring best practices are adhered to across the department and guiding teams on how to deliver quality software products.

You will assist in the design of software products that make up citizen/agent services in collaboration with Architecture and Engineering principles. With a focus on operational stability, robustness, resilience, availability and quality you will be accountable for the code your teams produce. You will have expert level knowledge of modern web development stacks, web standards, user experience, progressive enhancement, performance, accessibility, browser compatibility, tooling and pipelines.

Responsibilities

Your responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:

• You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary agile team responsible for turning concepts into production-ready user-centred services.

• You will be responsible for building accessible and performant interfaces across multiple devices and browsers.

• You will write quality test-driven code, using modern frameworks and development techniques within a test driven development (TDD) environment.

• You will be responsible for integration into the back-end infrastructure of a service. Responsible for adhering to and shaping the high standards to which DWP products and services are built, ensuring that the team uses modern web development techniques.

• You act to ensure that the design and implementation of services is consistent, both internally and with the rest of wider UK government services.

• You will be responsible for Building, maintaining and sharing reusable libraries of code. Responsible for contributing to cross-government code libraries.


ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

The ideal candidate for this role will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Experience of front end architecture and demonstrable experience of building front end in an iterative environment.

• Experience with and able to share knowledge in node.js development.

• Demonstrable experience of cross-browser, device, automated and accessibility testing.

• Experience of modern client-side web development techniques, tooling and pipelines.

• Experience handling constructive criticism and constructively review other people's work.

• Experience of working with software engineers in technical teams in complex environments.

• Experience of clearly explaining technical decisions and other ideas.

Behaviours

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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Programming and Build
  • Modern Standards Approach
  • User centred agile & design practices

Benefits

• 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.


Salary Information:

Salary for this role is from £49,171 (Band min) to £59,589 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary of £59,589 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £7,562 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 can be based out of either Blackpool, Newcastle or Leeds corporate hub locations.

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

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 Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
Stage 1 - Application & Initial Sift:

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV & personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed in the advert.

All applications will be assessed and sifted based on the essential criteria in the advert, using the information you provide in your completed application form.

The sift panel will use the information relating to your employment history (your CV) and your personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria.

When giving details of your employment history, you should therefore include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in.


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 relevant to the skills and experience outlined in this job description.

3. A personal statement outlining, how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the responsibilities section of the job advert in no more than 1000 words.


A NOTE ON ANONYMISATION:

*Due to DWP’s use of anonymised recruitment practices it is not possible for applicants to upload/attach a CV; any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form. Please ensure you provide sufficient information to enable the sift panel to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Please include all other information that you would customarily provide when presenting a CV/Personal statement, 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 – Video Interview: If you are successful during the initial sift based on the information provided in your CV and personal statement, you will be invited to a partake in a technical test over Microsoft Teams. This will last 15 - 30 minutes and further details will be provided in your invitation to the call.

Stage 3: Video interview and Technical Test. 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. You will be invited to this video interview if you are successful at Stage 2.

Candidates will be asked to complete a technical task (up to 30 minutes) on a specific topic. Further details will be provided to candidates invited to interview.

Throughout the whole recruitment process – application, tasks and interview – the accuracy and clarity of your communication will be assessed.


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 early October 2021, sift and interview dates to be confirmed.


Other information:

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

Reasonable Adjustments:
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.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via DigitalRecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

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.

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.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Caicy Sandford
Email :  Caicy.Sandford@dwp.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  digitalrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: HR.BUSINESSASSURANCE@DWP.GOV.UK. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission here to visit Civil Service Commission

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