Department for Work and Pensions
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Are you an experienced Software Engineer?
Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment continually looking to evolve?
Are you looking for an opportunity to support and develop digital products across the civil service?
If this sounds like you, you may be perfect for this role.
We have roles available for Senior Software Engineers and Software Engineers to join multidisciplinary agile teams within the department.
You'll collaborate with analysts, architects and engineers to design and build software products that are more efficient, accessible, and available for all of our users.
You will assist in the design of software products and infrastructure that make up our services in collaboration with architects and senior engineers.
With a focus on operational stability, robustness, resilience, availability and quality you will be accountable for the code your teams produce.
As a Software Engineer your responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:
• Work as part of a multi-disciplinary agile team responsible for turning concepts into production-ready services.
• Responsible for building performant systems that can handle large traffic, data processing pipelines and large data sets.
• Write, share and review quality test-driven code, using modern frameworks and development techniques.
• Responsible for integrating with other services and data sources, working with cross-functional teams to ensure services are built to high standards.
• Responsible for ensuring that the implementation of services/solutions is adhered to approved designs.
Our Senior Software Engineers (Grade 7) 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.
You will be a leader in our team, you will coach and mentor Software Engineers.
Our Software Engineers (SEO) build our products and applications - with researchers, testers, architects, analysts and designers - as part of multi-functional agile delivery teams.
The essential criteria are outlined in the selection process details.
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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.
SEO Grade Salary for this role is from £38,469 (Band min) to £41,480 (Band max).
Where the maximum salary of £41,480 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £15,000 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.
Grade 7 Salary for this role is from £50,155 (Band min) to £60,781 (Band max).
Where the maximum salary of £60,781 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £5,000 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. An anonymised 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:
• Recent experience of open-source technologies such as Java or NodeJS.
• Developing on cloud-based environments like AWS and Azure.
• SQL, Oracle and noSQL database applications such as Postgres, MySQL, and MongoDB are requested.
• The skills to build up a useful, robust automated test suite to support continuous integration.
• Knowledge and experience of APIs, RESTful services and Micro service Architectures.
• A good understanding of TDD and BDD.
When giving details in 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
• 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 the Coding Test, you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams.
There, you will be assessed against the experiences listed in the essential criteria above listed in Stage 1.
Interviews will take place at regular intervals throughout the advert.
Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.
The evidence you provide in your application must relate to your own experiences. If evidence of plagiarism is found your application will be withdrawn.
Please note- near miss offers at HEO grade may be offered to candidates who do not meet the SEO Grade standard at interview for this advert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:Contact Government Recruitment Service via email@example.com as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
Complete the “Reasonable Adjustments” 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.
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