About the job
We’re looking for outstanding Java Software Engineers, who want to contribute to demanding and exciting digital services for the UK Government. Be part of creating the Governments flagship welfare reform programme, that will change the face of public services and have the potential to dramatically transform the future of millions of people.
Our Engineers to build and run applications as part of a multi-functional agile delivery teams. What really excites the successful candidate is problem-solving and the opportunity to deliver innovative technology that carries real value for users. The candidate will be expected to draw value from collaboration with others, actively seek input from colleagues and value a multidisciplinary team over hierarchy.
Software Engineers build, develop and maintain products that make up the DWPs digital services and contribute towards their design.
You are responsible for the operational stability of the products you build, and are in a position to affect change in the on-going robustness and resilience of those products.
You work within, and contribute to, the overall Software Development Lifecycle Process as part of a multi-functional Agile delivery teams focused on one or more products.
ResponsibilitiesThe ideal candidate for this role will be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Recent experience with Java 8 (or newer) in large scale, transactional microservice architectures.
• Developing on cloud based environments like AWS and Azure.
• A good understanding of TDD and BDD.
• SQL and noSQL database applications such as Postgres, MySQL, and MongoDB.
• Containerisation – tools such as Docker and Kubernetes.
• The skills to build up a useful, robust automated test suite to support a continuous deployment environment.
• Knowledge and experience of APIs, RESTful services and Microservice Architectures.
Your responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:
• Deliver software products which make up services for our citizens to consume.
• Ensure system robustness, resilience and stability.
• Design and develop reusable libraries and services and promote reuse across the department.
• Produce comprehensive suites of automated unit and integration tests to ensure code quality.
• Identify and resolve issues preventing delivery or continuation of software engineering activities.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Programming and Build
- Systems Design
- Systems Integration
- Modern Standards Approach
• 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
The salary for this role is from £39,957 to £45,018 p.a. Where the maximum salary is offered an additional allowance up to £8,913 may be paid for exceptional candidates depending on skills and experience.
In all cases the additional allowance is non-pensionable. The requirement to continue paying an additional allowance and the amount payable is subject to review at least annually.
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. Only in very few circumstances (where there have been exceptional skills demonstrated which are in limited supply for example) may existing Civil Servants be able to negotiate their starting salary if the role has been advertised externally, prior to accepting the post.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles
, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Your Personal Statement should outline, in no more than 1000 words, how you meet the essential criteria, outlined in the job advert. To be successful in this, you must provide as much information and detail as you can, outlining what you did, and what the outcome was. The information you provide will be used to assess your application at the sift stage of the selection process.
The information you provide on your application form will be used to assess you against the essential criteria listed in the advert.
The sift panel will use the information relating to your employment history (your CV) and your personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge.
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.
Applications must include:
A. A completed Personal Details application form.
B. A curriculum vitae with education and full employment history, giving details of key achievements relevant to the skills and experience outlined in this job description.
C. A personal statement outlining how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the job advert.
A NOTE ON ANONYMISATION
*Due to DWP’s use of anonymised recruitment practices it is not possible for applicants to upload/attach a CV; any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form. Please ensure you provide sufficient information to enable to sift panel to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role.
Please include all other information that you would customarily provide when presenting a CV/cover letter, as the sift panel use this information to assess your application.
DWP operates an anonymised recruitment process. When entering information relating to your employment history you will be asked to remove any personal details that could be used to identify you. This relates to name and contact details which might usually appear on your CV/Cover letter. Failure to do so will result in your application being withdrawn.
If successful at Sift you will be invited to complete a remote coding test. Details of the test will sent to candidates at the time. You’ll be given 7 days to complete and return the test to Us.
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.
Only candidates that have been successful at the previous stage will be invited to attend.
If at any time through the selection process, you do not meet the minimum standard required for this role we may contact you to discuss an alternative position.
Sift and Interview dates:
Applications will be sifted and interviews held 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.
Interviews to be conducted via Microsoft Teams, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals will need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time, to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. Whilst a lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance, and expectation of UK residency may range from 3 to 5 years. Failure to meet the residency requirements needed for the role may result in the withdrawal of provisional jobs offers.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 circumstance 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.
If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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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.
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