Full Stack Developer

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Closing date: 22 Jul 2019

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£52,321 - £60,620
(includes a London differential of £4,150) - The post holder may be eligible for an additional IT allowance of up to £4,000 depending on experience and professional qualifications. This will be considered by the line manager upon appointment.


Grade 7

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern


Number of posts



Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3JJ

About the job


The post is based within the Digital team which reports in to the Director Digital, Data and Technology. The Digital team is committed to continuously improving the experience of everyone using Acas digital services.

Increasingly DDaT’s remit involves working with multiple interdependent suppliers and adopting new digital capabilities while retiring older ones. Our work is fast paced, with a focus on delivery and we adhere to Government Digital Service standards.

Job description

Purpose of the role

This role sits within Acas DDaT Digital team.

The developer will be responsible for developing Acas digital services. You will also be responsible for creating and leading a devops function and will role model an open and transparent approach to development work.

You will have responsibility for maintaining http://beta.acas.org.uk and http://tell.acas.org.uk. You will work within an agile delivery team to iterate and improve those services as well as delivering new features and providing technical expertise across the organisation.

You will be expected to develop and manage our Drupal content management system and github repository and component library, ensuring our code is open and available for others to use.

Previous experience of working within successful agile delivery teams in this role is essential.

Please read here for more information on the role of a developer:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/developer-skills-they-need

Main accountabilities

• Take responsibility for the full life cycle of development and to lead on best practice in alignment with our architecture patterns and governments standards
• Work with our 3rd party Drupal/AWS support partners to develop and maintain robust test and release processes
• Maintain and iterate frontend component library for Acas design patterns and elements
• Develop new templates, ensuring that all Acas code meets WCAG 2.1 accessibility principles
• Ensure all code is deployed to Acas Github repository, and that we have an efficient model for handling updates and bug fixes to code
• Manage the Acas performance platform through Heroku
• Ensure best practice for frontend standards across Acas project teams
• Build strong links with the developer community across government, and with colleagues in BEIS Digital team and the Government Digital Service
• Advocate for the user by presenting compelling evidence from user research within Acas to senior management and relevant external audiences
• Make sure the insight the Digital team produces is widely shared and used in decision making


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

Essential Criteria:
Demonstrable experience and skills:

 •Previous experience of working within successful agile delivery teams
• Content Management Systems, PHP, YAML, HTML5, JS, CSS, NODE.JS

Desirable Criteria:
Experience and skills:

• Drupal 8, Symfony framework, Sass, RESTful API design and development, JSON, AWS, Mulesoft


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace



Terms and Conditions
For further information on Acas’ Terms and Conditions, please visit: http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1564

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.
The criteria being assessed at level 4 of the success profile framework includes:

• Behaviours - the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job.
• Experience - the knowledge or mastery of an activity or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it.
• Technical - the demonstration of specific professional skills, knowledge or qualifications.

The selection process is in two stages: initial sift, and then an interview and an additional exercise.

Your application will be reviewed against the experience element of the success profile framework to assess your suitability for the post. If you pass this stage, and you have met the essential and eligibility criteria for this appointment, you will be shortlisted to interview and will undertake a technical skills test and an interview based on the behaviours stated.

How to apply:
Please submit your CV and Diversity Monitoring Form by email to: HRRecruitment@acas.org.uk

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

Name : HR Recruitment Team
Email : hrrecruitment@acas.org.uk

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Code and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact us on HRRecruitment@acas.org.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from us, you can contact the Civil Service Commission.

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