Senior Front End Developer
Department for Work and Pensions
Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 26th September 2023
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Are you someone who is passionate about user centred design?
Would you love to take user tested designs and deliver working products with our Software Engineers?
If so, apply now and become our next Senior Front-End Developer.
We’re looking for Senior Front End Developers to design, build and maintain our flagship service, Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is one of the highest profile digital transformation programmes in the world, praised for its fast and flexible response to the Covid-19 pandemic and now in use by over 5 million claimants and 30,000 staff.
Few other organisations globally can offer the same opportunity to work with cutting edge technology at this scale and to make such a critical difference to millions of people’s lives.
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.
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.
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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.
National Salary for this role is from £52,412 (Band min) to £63,517 (Band max).
The maximum National salary for the grade is £63,517, however a Digital Allowance of up to £3,634 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.
London Salary for this role is from £57,631 (Band min) to £68,918 (Band max).
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. A curriculum vitae including education, professional qualifications and full employment history, giving details of key achievements.
When giving details in your CV you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:
• Developed and shared quality test-driven code, using modern frameworks and development techniques utilising modern CI tooling.
• Integrated into backend services, working with cross-functional teams to ensure services are built to high standards.
• Experience of leading and nurturing Front-End Developers and also responsible for turning concepts into production-ready user-centred services.
• Experience of building multiple accessible and performant interfaces across various devices and browsers.
• Leading on the design and implementation of services that are consistent with the organisations vision and standards.
When giving details of your CV, you should therefore include details of the work and projects that you have been involved in, and your role therein.
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When uploading your CV, do not include personal information that identifies you. This means we can recruit based on your knowledge and skills, and not background, gender or ethnicity. Take out references to your name/title, Educational institutions, age, sex, email address, postal address, telephone number or nationality/immigration status.
• Please attach your 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 7 days to complete this activity.
Stage 3: Interview
If you’re successful at sift stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams.
At the interview we will discuss your offline test solution and you will be assessed against the experiences listed in the essential criteria.
Interviews will take place from Early October onwards.
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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.email@example.com 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.
The Civil Service values honesty and integrity and expects all candidates to abide by these principles. Please ensure that all examples provided in your application are taken directly from your own experience and that you describe the examples in your own words. Applications will be screened and if evidence of plagiarism or copying examples/answers from other sources is found, your application will be withdrawn. Internal DWP candidates may also face disciplinary action.
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 Digitalrecruitment.firstname.lastname@example.org 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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