Software Developer *amended closing date*

HM Land Registry

Closing date: 19 Aug 2019

Reference number



£25,247 (plus IT allowance of up to £4,609 may be payable)


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Information Systems - Digital, Data and Technology Directorate

Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time


All requests will be considered

Number of posts


Expected posting length



Plymouth, South West

About the job

Job description

It is an exciting time for HM Land Registry (HMLR) as we continue to embark on a major transformation programme. HMLR's ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

Our existing software systems form part of the critical national infrastructure, safeguarding land and property ownership valued at £7 trillion, enabling over £1 trillion worth of personal and commercial lending to be secured against property across England and Wales.

We are now looking for Software Developers to join these teams. This is not a long application process – just upload your CV and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

The Role

As a Software Developer you will contribute to the implementation of software solutions through the production of high quality code. You will be involved in key stages of the development lifecycle throughout the build and deployment of the software through to providing support during the life of the service. You will bring coding expertise to the team, working closely with others to produce quality code that is efficient and maintainable to resolve the problem.

The Person

We are seeking Software Developers who will work with the team to deliver coding and design, including reports and prototypes, researching and trialing new technologies. To meet the requirements for this role you will be able to carry out all appropriate build activities including design and code. You will be able to contribute to forward planning activities whilst aligning your own workload to team delivery timescales. Good communication skills are essential as part of the role you will share knowledge with others within the developer community of practice and beyond.

The Digital, Data and Technology Directorate is the in-house IT division for HMLR. We are currently recruiting several roles to ensure the directorate’s teams contain the right blend of skills, experience and knowledge to take our major transformation programme forward. These teams are at the heart of the move to a digital, data-driven organisation with the ambition to provide our customers with cutting-edge digital services.

Five Things you didn’t know about working for DDaT

Located in the vibrant waterfront city of Plymouth, our environmentally friendly offices provide a great setting in which to work. Hundreds of miles of stunning coastline and 368 square miles of Dartmoor National Park are within easy reach.

The organisation

Our Business Strategy for 2017-2022 sets out our aims of:

• brilliant at the basics;
• a comprehensive Land Register;
• world-leading through Digital Street – our ground-breaking research and development project exploring how land registration might work in 2030;
• opening our data;
• expert people; and
• financially strong.


HMLR offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements, generous leave allowances and flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

We also offer:

• an employee recognition scheme;
• long-service awards;
• maternity and adoption leave of up to 26 weeks’ full pay, followed by 13 weeks’ statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid;
• paternity leave allowance of two weeks plus four days’ paid leave;
• paid time off for public service duties, for example if you are an armed forces reservist;
• paid volunteering leave;
• a social and sports club in every office;
• the opportunity to compete in national Civil Service competitions for a wide variety of sports;
• access to our employee assistance programme for counseling and support on a wide range of issues;
• an interest-free loan for season tickets and/or bicycles and safety equipment; and
• many other rewards including access to discounted healthcare, a Microsoft Home Use programme and shopping, leisure and finance discounts.

Career development

We offer:

• opportunities to network and work across government;
• career progression, training and development opportunities; and
• access to training opportunities including Civil Service Learning, which offers more than 70 classroom-based courses and online packages

For more information about the job, please see the attached candidate information pack.


• A qualification in Information Technology or a related area (Degree Level or equivalent) and/or industry experience in an IT field.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


An IT Allowance of up to £4,609 can be payable on meeting qualifying criteria

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Please upload an anonymised CV to include your qualifications, career history and experience. We ask that you do not include any personal details. Within your CV, please provide details of how you meet the essential experience listed on the Job Description:

Demonstrate experience in:

• Software Development

Experience in any of these development areas:

• Python, Java or similar
• RESTful APIs
• Frameworks (e.g. Flask, Spring Boot, etc.)
• Message Queues (e.g. RabbitMQ)
• JavaScript
• Continuous Integration (e.g. Jenkins, GitLab CI, etc.)
• Templating engines (e.g. Jinja2)
• Accessibility

The final stage will consist of a blended interview and an exercise, details will be shared if invited to interview.

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.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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

For further information on this role, please contact

For further information on the recruitment process please contact

Sift/interview dates and location

For applications received before Sunday 4 August 2019:

The sift will take place week commencing 5 August 2019
Interviews will take place week commencing 19 August 2019
Seaton Court
2 William Prance Road

Any applications received after Monday 12 August 2019:

The sift and interview dates are to be confirmed. This campaign will remain open until all posts have been filled, however we reserve the right to bring the closing date forward.

Further information

Candidates should ensure they read the attached guidance document fully before submitting an application.

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