Technical Delivery Manager 202420

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 17th April 2024



Reference number



£38,320 - £43,320
The Maximum includes a Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA) up to £5,000 per annum, pro rata, which may be agreed. This allowance is discretionary and will depend on candidate's qualifications and experience.
A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

JNCC - Digital and Data Solutions

Type of role


Working pattern

Full-time, Job share

Number of jobs available



This post will have a base in Peterborough or Aberdeen. JNCC has adopted a hybrid working approach, allowing colleagues to benefit from time in the office, with the flexibility also to work from home. Employees are expected to work from our office base or at external meetings or events for 1 – 2 days a month as a minimum, this will vary by team and the exact balance will depend on the nature of your role. We can provide more details at the interview and offer stages

Job summary


We’re small enough (c.300 staff) that your voice is heard by everyone including the CEO, but big enough that we have all the skills, resources and people you’ll need to get the job done. All our staff are passionate about conservation and making a difference to the world we live in. We have a very flexible, inclusive and welcoming organisational culture. Our Executive Management provides employees with the freedom and tools you will need, and our friendly team will assist you in your role.  

Post background

This exciting new post will lead a team of application developers to deliver innovative environmental data products, cutting-edge earth observation solutions, and bespoke applications to meet the evolving needs of JNCC. The postholder will join the Digital and Data Solutions Team which works across the organisation to deliver application development alongside data engineering, project management, data protection, and information management expertise.

The postholder will lead a team of four developers, facilitating new development by selecting appropriate technologies, managing Agile delivery of work, and liaising with customers internal and external to the organisation. Alongside this, you will work with the team to support, monitor and maintain existing applications and tools. 

You will be leading a portfolio of projects that is highly varied and dynamic. You might find yourself working on utilising public cloud services and national supercomputing resources or helping to develop JNCC’s approach to data and metadata management. Working with our technical project managers and key scientists, the successful candidate will help organise development time and assignments as well as advising on technical aspects of project delivery.

Within the team there are lots of opportunities to work on projects of interest and collaborate with like-minded developers and data engineers. An interest in nature conservation and ecological knowledge would be helpful to you but are not a requirement.

Job description

Post Duties 

  • Line Manage four developers including, but not limited to, day to day assignments, prioritisation of tasks, performance reviews and professional development.
  • Coordinate and deliver a small portfolio of highly technical projects from start to finish. In many cases, this will include enabling the application development team to deliver work through facilitation of technical decision making, task assignment, management of risks and blockers.
  • Engage with users and key suppliers to firm up specifications, manage expectations, conduct user acceptance testing and ensure new applications are fit for purpose.
  • Support, monitoring and maintenance of our suite of existing tools and applications, including managing the utilisation of AWS and JASMIN (storage and data analysis supercomputer platform) environments.
  • Develop solutions to produce environmental data products at scale.
  • Advise leadership on technical strategy and help shape organisational approach to cutting edge system development.
  • Manage the digital development budget in line with JNCC monitoring and reporting requirements. This may include supporting procurement processes for systems and licences to inform project plans and existing system maintenance.
  • Keep abreast of new IT technologies and techniques and complete individual Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to maintain technical currency in languages and methodologies.

Person specification

Please demonstrate in your personal statement the experience and behaviours listed.


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

  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

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

  • Knowledge of software/applications development – with lifecycle product experience in the design, development, testing, implementing and support and maintenance of software systems.
  • Detailed knowledge of cloud hosting solutions (AWS preferred) and Python
  • Experience and knowledge of open-source development models and general IT industry trends.
  • Knowledge of data standards, assessing data quality, translating data between different formats.
  • Please outline how you meet all the technical requirements

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Please outline how you meet all the technical requirements
Alongside your salary of £38,320, Joint Nature Conservation Committee contributes £10,347 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
Equality and diversity

JNCC is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected and see this as a good place to work. JNCC has a responsibility to ensure that we have an inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment, bullying and prejudice will not be tolerated. Our selection process is determined on fair and open competition and regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership.

Continuous professional development (CPD)

Employees are encouraged to keep developing skills and professional knowledge.
JNCC has made available, and encourages employees to use, on average, five working days per annum for CPD activities with access to related funding

Leave entitlement

JNCC annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum. After five years’ service, leave entitlement increases to 30 days per annum.
In addition to annual leave, JNCC offers 12 public and privilege days per annum, three of which are explicitly reserved for office closure between Christmas and New Year.

Work/life balance

JNCC supports flexible working hours and practices to help employees strike a good balance between work life and personal life.

Our policies are family-friendly and include flexi-time, flexible working patterns, compressed hours and dispersed working. JNCC also offers paid maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave, over and above the minimum statutory entitlements. Some work/life balance benefits are available following a minimum length of service.

Any move 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

Civil Service Pension

Employees will have the opportunity to join Civil Service pension arrangements, which include a valuable range of benefits. JNCC makes a significant contribution to the cost of employee pensions.

Employee Assistance Programme

JNCC provides employees with a free and confidential support service which gives unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support to help employees prepare for and manage all of life's ups and downs, events and challenges.

Trade Union

JNCC has entered into a partnership agreement with its recognised Trade Unions: Prospect and PCS, which employees are able to join and be involved with.

Salary sacrifice schemes

Employee Discount Scheme

Civil Service Sports Club

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a statement of suitability. In your statement, refer to the experience and behaviours on the Job description.

Please use the STARR technique

  • Situation: Set the stage. 
  • Task: Explain where you fit in. 
  • Action: Describe each step. 
  • Results: Impress with your achievements.
  • Reflection: what have you learned 

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


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).
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.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Recruitment Team
  • Email :

Recruitment team

  • Email :

Further information

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of appointment on the basis of merit by fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact in the first instance.

Share this page