Principal Software Engineer - Cloud (Remote)

UK Hydrographic Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 18th October 2021

 

Reference number

155607

Salary

£53,721 - £57,771
Dependant on skill set & experience a recruitment & retention allowance of up to £10,000 maybe available. Total package worth up to £83,889.11

Grade

Grade 7

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

UKHO - Technology

Type of role

Architecture and Data
Digital
Geography
Information Technology

Working pattern

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

Number of posts

1

Location

The role will be contractually based at our Head Office in Taunton. We are working remotely at present but envisage a hybrid working model post pandemic whereby you will be able to balance your work location between working remotely and in the office, you must be able to travel to the office as required

About the job

Summary

Opening statement

The UK Hydrographic Office is a leading centre for hydrography, providing marine geospatial data to inform maritime decisions. We work with a wide range of data suppliers and partners to support maritime navigation, safety and security around the UK and worldwide.

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to join us as a Principal Developer who with others across the Technology Division will be responsible for the implementation of our cloud strategy and its ongoing evolution. This is an opportunity to influence and progress the strategic direction of UKHO in its adoption and ongoing use of the Cloud.

We are moving to becoming a cloud first organisation and there is a huge drive in the company to adopt cloud technology - alongside others that compliment it, such as: Infrastructure as Code, CI/CD of infrastructure and cloud configurations, containerisation, and DevOps generally.

Our cloud strategy looks to adopt a multi-cloud approach, utilising the best cloud solution depending on need from Azure, AWS and GCP.

The UKHO provides data to its customers through a number of well-established web and desktop services. We are also moving into new markets for innovative maritime data products which will reach new and existing customers through cloud-based software services and infrastructure. These services are developed by our in-house development teams and by external partners.

Our new services will be built largely from cloud and open-source components, requiring the use of PaaS and SaaS components as well as bespoke software development. They will require more resilience and will use the latest continuous delivery technologies and techniques to ensure we can quickly deliver value and innovation to our customers and effectively manage risk, quality, and the security of our products.

Job description

You will work with delivery team and business teams, leading the day-to-day technical and best practice choices, ensuring that our cloud adoption and ongoing implementation and software development meets industry best practice for quality and continuous delivery. You may line manage and mentor some senior technical colleagues.

Additionally, you will have responsibility with others , for the ongoing implementation of our multi cloud strategy.

Responsibilities

• Leading, shaping and delivering technical best practice within software engineering and future capability for the cloud working across a range of technical and business teams.
• Acting as a Subject matter expert around the design and delivery of cloud applications
• Creating and implementing infrastructure designs that reflect the major benefits of cloud such as scalability, availability, redundancy, and security.
• Providing subject matter expertise to delivery teams around their adoption of cloud solutions.
• Sitting on the relevant governance boards for approving cloud designs and implementations.

Additionally, you will have responsibility - with others - for the ongoing implementation of our multi cloud strategy. This will include:
• Working closely with the Enterprise and solution software architect practice ensuring that our cloud designs meet the needs of the business while not accumulating technical debt.
• Ensuring that the whole lifecycle of cloud adoption is managed
• Working with practice heads of various technical teams ensuring that we focus on relevant cloud skills.
• Engaging across wider government and industry, ensuring that we both contribute and learn from other organisations cloud adoptions and implementations.
• Providing recommendations to the senior leadership on cloud related technology, design, and implementation
• Practices and approaches to improve support for the cloud in delivery teams are introduced, working with the principal developer (Support), and the Digital Delivery Capability to support the UKHO’s support model.

Full brief of the Behaviours, strengths, ability, knowledge, skills and experience required. Please note that we will only score against the sift and interview criteria and not the information below:

Success Profiles (Behaviours)
• Managing a quality service – level 4
• Changing and Improving – level 4
• Seeing the big picture – level 4
• Leadership – level 4
• Communicating and influencing – level 4
• Working together – level 4

Success Profiles (Experience)
Essential:
• Extensive (4 years + ) experience of one or more cloud platforms (Azure, AWS GCP) in a software development, technical design, operating , or architecture capacity
• Extensive experience of technical leadership
• High level of knowledge and experience in lifecycle management, support and operation of digital products and services
• Extensive experience of software, systems, or data design

Desirable:
• Experience of edge computing
• Formal cloud certifications

Success Profiles (Strengths)
• Networker
• Organiser
• Team Leader
• Service Focussed
• Problem Solver

Technical:
Essential
• Practical extensive experience of multiple modern programming languages (Python, Java, .Net)
• Track record of designing, developing, and managing cloud solutions across a range of applications and services.
• Minimum 2 years of experience with “infrastructure as code” (IAC) and using tools such as Terraform, CloudFormation, Ansible, Puppet, & Chef.
• Expertise in development process automation, including continuous delivery techniques, continuous integration, and other DevOps related practices

Desirable:
• Experience of multiple cloud platforms in a software development, technical design, operating , or architecture capacity

Things you need to know
• This role is open to full time, part time, job share. The UKHO will consider flexible working or workplace adjustments, where appropriate.
• Security – successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check and gain a Security Clearance
• This position is a permanent position non-reserved post which is open to full time, part time and job share candidates. The role will be contractually based at our Head Office in Taunton. We are working remotely at present but envisage a hybrid working model post pandemic whereby you will be able to balance your work location between working remotely and in the office, You must be able to travel to the office as and when required.

Pay
Further information can be found in the attached Document “ Additional Pay Information”.

SC – non reserved
This is a Ministry of Defence non-reserved post and although open to UK, British Commonwealth and European Economic Area nationals, successful applicants will require a security clearance (SC) and therefore need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 12 consecutive months within the last 5 years.

Behaviours

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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • (Technical) Extensive (4 years + ) experience of one or more cloud platforms (Azure, AWS GCP) in a software development, technical design, operating , or architecture capacity
  • (Technical) Expertise in development process automation, including continuous delivery techniques, continuous integration and other DevOps related practices
  • (Experience) Extensive experience of technical leadership
  • (Technical) Practical extensive experience of multiple modern programming languages (Python, Java, .Net)

Benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support your lifestyle, including generous leave allowances, flexible working hours, a lift-share scheme, enrolment in the Civil Service Pension scheme, and regular training and development opportunities.

We operate from a brand new state of the art, award-winning building with an onsite gym, cafeteria, and state of the art meeting rooms; a Chaplaincy service; and an Employee Assistance Programme. We have several internal networks available for you to join, including: Mental Health Group, STEM Ambassadors, Woman’s Network, Pride Network and Disabilities group. Travelling to UKHO onsite parking, electric car charging ports, and cycle-to-work scheme are available.

Full-time employees receive 26.5 days annual leave per year, increasing to 31.5 days annual leave after five years’ service (pro-rata for part-time employees).

We offer many flexible working options. These include: a flexible working hours scheme with up to two days per month Flexi leave, remote working, part-time working, job sharing, paid special leave, career breaks, and unpaid leave. We want you to feel part of something bigger and we encourage team-spirit and a community feel in our workplace.

Parents with children will be supported to enable you to manage work and family responsibilities. We offer an on-site independently run nursery with discounted prices for children of UKHO employees.

Any voluntary move to UKHO, from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. However, you may be eligible for other government schemes including Tax Free Childcare. You can determine your eligibility at https://childcarechoices.gov.uk

With regards to maternity, adoption, and/or shared parental leave the flexibility to have up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid leave. Paternity leave of up to two weeks is available with full pay, subject to certain qualifying criteria.

We offer at least 5 days’ learning and development to each employee per year, with professional membership subscriptions, mentoring, and Civil Service-Learning available to all.

We offer a great work / life balance. Peoples’ start and end times are built around their own preferences and around a 10am – 2pm team time, where delivery teams are focussed on building things. We’re all set up for working from home and encourage people to make use of this if they prefer. We are committed to providing part time options and reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. We give you one day a month towards your own development and some tools to learn with, such as Pluralsight, cloud credits and training courses. We have a great investment in our community, with regular software community meetups and a network of guilds to join across a variety of subjects.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
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.
Sift/ Interview dates

The sift is due to take place w/c 25th October 21
Interviews are likely to be held w/c 1st November 21
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed date

Short-list Criteria

You will be short-listed against the following criteria: You will be required to write a Personal Statement outlining your evidence and examples against the below 3 bullet points.
• (Technical) Extensive (4 years + ) experience of one or more cloud platforms (Azure, AWS GCP) in a software development, technical design, operating , or architecture capacity
• (Technical) Expertise in development process automation, including continuous delivery techniques, continuous integration and other DevOps related practices
• (Experience) Extensive experience of technical leadership

Interview Criteria

You will be interviewed against the following criteria:
• (Technical) Extensive (4 years + ) experience of one or more cloud platforms (Azure, AWS GCP) in a software development, technical design, operating , or architecture capacity
• (Technical) Expertise in development process automation, including continuous delivery techniques, continuous integration and other DevOps related practices
• (Experience) Extensive experience of technical leadership
• (Technical) Practical extensive experience of multiple modern programming languages (Python, Java, .Net)
• Changing and Improving – level 4
• Communicating and influencing – level 4
• Working together – level 4

Further Information
We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit (reserve) list for up to 6 months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post.

It is likely we will be able to start your employment with BPSS clearance (your clean DBS certificate and satisfactory references that we will obtain) before your SC clearance is successful – this is called a conditional offer.

You will be presented with an unconditional offer only once you have obtained the necessary level of clearance for the role.

If your fail to gain SC, whichever is appropriate for the role you have applied for, your employment with UKHO will be terminated immediately.

Our ability to start employment on a conditional basis is subject to the specific requirements of the role and cannot be guaranteed; please contact our recruitment team if you would like further information: Recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk

Please note, if you have not been resident in the UK for the last 5 years (for SC clearance) then you may be requested to supply the information below:
• Evidence of your actual overseas residence (bills or rental agreements confirming addresses etc)
• Police Certificate providing confirmation that no criminal record is held in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of employment from an employer in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of residence or travel from friends, companions or fellow travellers that have knowledge of or have been in the company of you, when resident outside of the UK.
• Reference from a UK based organisation maintaining contract with a sponsorship of you, while residing overseas

Disability Confident – Guaranteed Interview

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

By ‘minimum selection criteria’ we mean that the evidence you provide in your application must demonstrate that you meet the minimum pass mark, set by the short-list panel, for each criteria listed in the ‘short-list’ section, above. The short-list panel will not be made aware of any disability you may choose to declare; this information will be processed solely by HR, in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

If you are a disabled candidate, please ensure you complete the Equality and Diversity form or inform our HR department at recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk if you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme.

Civil Service Recruitment

From 01/10/2020, UKHO’s HR Department is to provide a Fair Processing Notice (FPN) to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview.

These candidates will be informed that, as one aspect of pre-employment screening, their personal details – name, NINO and date of birth - will be checked against the Civil Service Resourcing Extract Internal Fraud Database (IFD) and that anyone included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can show exceptional circumstances.

UKHO’s HR Department will also include the FPN wording advising of the check against the extract IFD in the advert for employment for the pilot departments.

UKHO’s HR Department will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the IFD.

From 28/06/2021- All new applicants, after they have been successful at interview, will be checked against the HMRC PAYE Employment History Database to verify employment records.

UKHO’s HR Department will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when the employment check will be carried out.

UKHO’s HR Department will inform the candidate if the check verifies the employment history.

UKHO’s HR Department will inform the candidate if the check shows gaps in the employment history and will request references from the applicant to cover the employment gaps.

Civil Service Commission
Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.
- To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
- To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

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 :  recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk
Email :  recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk

Further information

The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk 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 the UKHO’s Recruitment Team, Human Resources, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN or email recruitment.queries@ukho.gov.uk , in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at: Email: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk or in writing to: Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

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