Dev Ops Engineer

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 30th September 2021


Reference number



£35,310 - £50,792


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of posts



Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield

About the job


This vacancy is linked to the following vacancies:

138592 - Dev Ops Engineer

135535 - Senior Dev Ops Engineer

138811 - Senior Dev Ops Engineer

Please read the Selection Process Details for further information on the linked campaigns.

We are looking for multiple enthusiastic DevOps Cloud Infrastructure Engineers.

As a DevOps Cloud Infrastructure Engineer, you will be part of a team-oriented environment building next generation cloud native infrastructure using technologies such as Terraform, Ansible, and Kubernetes.

You will be working on some of the largest and most exciting transformational digital programmes currently in the UK. These projects will impact every aspect of our society and every corner of the country.

You will be responsible for CI/CD pipelines and DevOps toolchains and strive to put automation at the heart of everything you do.

You will craft and implement solutions that are highly available, resilient, scalable, extensible, and maintainable within multiple cloud environments.

You will be working in a highly agile environment with a focus on iterative, test-driven methods.

You will contribute to the overall DevOps process in line with product strategy and the wider community in conjunction with the Head of Engineering Strategy, Head of DevOps, and Head of Site Reliability Engineering.

Job description

As a DevOps Cloud Infrastructure Engineer you will take charge of the infrastructure, continuous integration, and continuous delivery pipelines for your products. You will work with peers to set the strategies, standards, measures and benchmarks, for products in the wider DevOps community.

You will be working with senior stakeholders and developers to deliver on a combination of AWS, Azure, GCP, and our on-prem platform, with a focus on enabling the true hybrid cloud.

With a keen eye for detail, using your cloud native expertise you’ll ensure products are measurably and demonstrably robust, resilient, fault tolerant, and self-healing.

You will provide support and technical leadership to peers and more junior colleagues, including apprentices.

You will be accountable for the code and services your team’s produce, ensuring they’re continuously refactored and evergreened for optimal performance.


Your key responsibilities will be to:

• Work within a DevOps Engineering team providing support and technical expertise to create a DevOps culture and implementing automation best practices.

• Provide advice and guidance to others in the organisation.

• Have responsibility for large blocks of work, for employees in varied disciplines and with a wide span of leadership, breaking down user stories into tasks.

• Design and manage the tactics for building reusable libraries, templates and services, and own the development of medium-long term strategies for product lines.

• Contribute to the strategic direction for DevOps teams within the wider engineering community.

• Contribute to the sharing of knowledge, documentation and good practice with the wider Engineering community.

• Provide advice and suggesting courses of action, provide coaching, mentoring and support to your team and other Software and DevOps Engineer colleagues and peers.

• Communicate and collaborate wide variety of external bodies and organisations on a local, regional, national or international basis, leading community discussions about DevOps best practice within Engineering.


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

• Experience of providing technical leadership and support within a team of DevOps Engineers.

• Significant experience of Linux Operating Systems.

• Significant experience of infrastructure-as-code across cloud providers using Terraform.

• Significant experience of configuration-as-code across cloud and on-premise environments using Ansible.

• Significant experience of Version Controls systems (Git and GitLab CI).

• Significant experience of working in an agile environment building, deploying, supporting, and operating cloud applications (in particular AWS and Azure).

• Significant experience of containers and containerised workloads e.g. orchestration services such as Kubernetes and ISTIO.


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

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

Technical skills

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

  • Technical Breadth
  • Coding and Scripting
  • Programming and Build


• 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 if based in Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, Blackpool or Manchester 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.

Salary for this role if based in London is from £39,957 (Band min) to £45,018 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £5774 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. Successful applications will be appointed in merit by location.

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 London, Blackpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield 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


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 & Sift

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. All applications will be sifted based on the essential criteria in the advert, using the information you provide in your completed application form.

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

You may be invited to undertake a brief preliminary discussion which should take no longer than 20 minutes in total via Microsoft Teams. The purpose of the conversation is to further explore your experience for the role and what interests you about the role. This conversation provides you with the opportunity to share some personal insight as part of the shortlist stage of this campaign.

The conversation will result in a pass or fail decision; it supports the panel’s overall assessment of evidence to shortlist candidates demonstrating the best fit with the role.

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.


* Candidates are required to attach their CV as a separate additional document. Your CV must be in either PDF or word document 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.

Please note that this vacancy consists of several linked adverts for the same roles but in different locations or grades. The vacancy references are as follows: 135535, 138811,137338 and 138792.
If you wish to apply for both vacancies we may sift and interview you only once. Your subsequent application will be automatically marked as ‘Campaign duplicate’ status and your sift and interview scores will automatically be carried across.

You must submit an application for every vacancy you wish to be considered for. If you apply for more than one of the linked vacancies, you will be scored on the first vacancy you apply for and you will only progress if you pass the sift on the first application. These scores will then be allocated to all of the other linked vacancies you have applied for at all stages of the application process (sift and video interview).
You will only be invited to attend one interview. It is therefore important that you fully submit your first vacancy application and then continue to complete your applications for each vacancy you're interested in as sifting and invitations to interview will be issued on an ongoing basis.

Please note that if you fail to book or fail to attend an interview and have not contacted us then your first application and any linked applications will be withdrawn.
If you are successful, once an offer has been made all other applications linked to this campaign will be withdrawn.

If you no longer wish to be considered for one of the linked vacancies, please ensure that you do not withdrawn from your first application. We know that things change so please note, if you no longer wish to be considered for any location you will need to withdraw all your linked applications.

Stage 2 – 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.

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.

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. Reserve candidates will be appointed in order of merit 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

Reasonable Adjustment

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

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 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.

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 :  Mimi Enefiok
Email :
Recruitment team :
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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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