Software Engineer Site Reliability

Office for National Statistics

Closing date: 16 Dec 2018

Reference number



」35,200 - 」40,249


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

ONS - Digital Services & Technology

Type of role

Information Technology
Operational Delivery
Project Delivery

Working pattern

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


37 hours FTE - minimum 30 hours

Number of posts



Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP10 8XG

About the job

Job description

The role

You値l be part of our in-house development team in Digital Publishing at the Office for National Statistics, working to ensure our infrastructure and build pipeline is delivered to meet the needs of our product team.

You値l thrive using agile methods and enjoy working openly, collaboratively and as part of a multidisciplinary team of front-end developers, back-end developers, site reliability engineers, UX designers, user researchers, service manager, product owner and performance analyst.

As a member of the Digital Publishing team, you値l share responsibility for:

The ONS Website
Our developer site
Our performance dashboard
Florence (our CMS)

We致e just launched a new container platform built with AWS, Docker and the Hashicorp stack (including Consul, Nomad and Vault). We also work with tools including Elasticsearch, Kibana and Prometheus. You値l also contribute to development work with Go, Java, Python, Kafka, MongoDB, PostgreSQL and Neo4j.

Main responsibilities

● build secure, resilient and scalable infrastructure to support the needs of the ONS digital publishing platform
● share knowledge of tools and techniques with your team (both developers and non-developers) and with the wider ops community
● provide support, documentation and tooling to enable the product team to share responsibility for ops work
● contribute to the design, development, deployment and support of the ONS digital publishing platform, taking responsibility for the quality of code you produce

Things you might be working on in a typical day

● iterate on the design and implementation of our container hosting platform and continuous integration and deployment pipelines
● improving the resilience, performance and observability of the platform and services which form the ONS website
● contribute to the development and live support of microservices and data processing pipelines
● participate in technical planning, design and code reviews

Skills and experience

These are the skills and experiences that might be suitable for this role. An interest in solving the problems we face is much more important than having experience in everything listed.

● experience in infrastructure and operations with detailed knowledge of AWS, Terraform and Ansible, and an understanding of web security, and microservice and platform observability and alerting
● understanding of software design principles, including event driven architecture, microservices and 12-factor apps
● experience of back-end development tools and technologies including Go and Java
● experience of data technologies including PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Redis and Kafka
● experience of build and deployment tools including Jenkins and Concourse CI using continuous integration and deployment techniques
● ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques, with a systematic approach to solving problems
● an awareness of technologies used for web applications, e.g. HTTPS, JSON and CDNs, and use of Unix-like operating systems, e.g. Linux and/or Mac OS
● understanding of agile environments and version control

Civil Service Competencies Level 3

Delivering at Pace
Changing and Improving
Collaborating and Partnering
Managing a Quality Service

Competency Framework

DDaT framework

For further information on the recruitment process please refer to the relevant 'selection Process' details below and also refer to the attachment at the end of the advert (additional information for candidates).



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Civil Service Pension Scheme contribution rates

We know that excellent results can only be achieved by investing in and retaining people who work for us. This is why our people count in more ways than one.

We look after the interests of our staff. We invest in training and development to enhance our skills and also offer a good work-life balance to improve well-being and staff retention.

As well as a competitive salary, you値l enjoy:

Generous holiday allowance 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days after 5 years service in addition to 9 public holidays
A good work-life balance family friendly working options including flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm
Childcare playschemes during Easter and summer available at a discounted rate
Career development and progression a recognised silver-accredited Investor in People, we develop our people at every stage of their career, providing a personal progression plan, on- and off-site training courses and opportunities to gain qualifications and professional accreditations.
Pension schemes (link in advert above)
Welfare Service provided through an Employee Assistance Programme which offers help and support in dealing with work-related and personal problems
A strong ethos of equality and diversity

Things you need to know


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.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

CV and covering letter with a statement of suitability to the role, followed by a competency/skills interview and presentation.

Please upload two separate documents to your application - a CV and covering letter containing a detailed statement of suitability only. (Please do not upload a Portfolio).

- Your CV should cover details of education, professional qualifications, employment history, as well as giving details of relevant experience.

- Your covering letter should contain details explaining why this post interests you, your relevant experience and skills, how you meet the criteria as detailed in the vacancy description, giving detailed examples of experience. Ideally your covering letter should be no more than two pages.


Successful candidates at sift, will need to provide clear examples of skills, talents, experience, suitability for the role in their submission of CV and covering letter.


If successful at the initial sift stage you will be invited to a competency based interview and as part of the interview you will be expected to deliver a 10 minutes presentation or technical demonstration (*please see details in the additional information document attached at the end of the advert).

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

Applicants who are near misses for this specific role will have their details kept on file for a period of 12 months and may be contacted in relation to or offered similar roles in the future.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Newport Site

Sift - w/c 17th December 2018

Interview - w/c 7th January 2019

Further information

ONS employees undertaking their probation or those who are currently under a formal plan must remain in their current post for the duration of the agreed period.

ONS employees who have successfully gained a lateral move or promotion that was advertised through the Civil Service Jobs either Internal or Across Government should remain in that post for a minimum period of one year before applying for any further advertised lateral moves.

ONS employees that are applying on promotion, or have been at their substantive grade for more than one year are eligible to apply for any vacancy that is advertised on the CS Jobs website either Internal or Across Government.

All ONS employees can apply for vacancies advertised as External.

Current Civil Servants will retain their existing salary if joining on level transfer or move to the minimum entry point, whichever is greater. *If transferring from a post with a London pay addition to a National post you will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone.

Civil Servants joining on promotion will receive either the minimum entry point, or 10% on top of their base salary in their substantive grade, whichever is greater. * Employees transferring on promotion from a post with a London pay addition to a National post will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone before the promotion increase is applied.

New entrants are normally appointed at the pay scale minimum for their grade although there is limited scope for negotiation based on skills and experience in very exceptional cases

For those successful candidates joining ONS we will record and retain your nationality information on our human resources management system for the sole purpose of understanding the nationality diversity within ONS. We will not report on this on an individual basis in a way that you would be identifiable. We will only retain this information for the shortest time needed. Should you wish for us not to collect and retain this information, please email:

This position/s does not attract a relocation package.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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