Software Engineer

Department for Work and Pensions

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 4th September 2022

 

Details

Reference number

224381

Salary

£38,469 - £56,480

Grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

DWP - Digital

Type of role

Digital
Engineering
Information Technology

Working pattern

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

Number of posts

4

Contents

These roles will be based in either Blackpool, Leeds, London, Newcastle or Sheffield. Please find further information on the Corporate hub locations here.

Summary

Are you a Software Engineer looking to utilise best in class cutting edge technologies to develop and deliver products?

Do you want to use your skills and experience to help deliver high value applications and processes to a wide variety of stakeholders, supporting DWP’s digital transformation?

Are you looking for ongoing professional development, working towards new qualifications and learning from colleagues across DWP and the wider community of practice?


We’re looking for outstanding Software Engineers, who want to contribute to demanding and exciting digital services for the UK Government. Be part of changing the face of public services with the potential to dramatically transform the future of millions of people.

Our Engineers build and run public cloud based & hosted applications as part of a multi-functional agile delivery teams.

What really excites the successful candidate is problem-solving and the opportunity to deliver citizen centric services using modern and innovative technology.

The candidate will be expected to draw value from collaboration with others, actively seek input from colleagues and value a multidisciplinary team over hierarchy.

Job description

Software Engineers are skilled working level engineers. Responsible for ensuring best practices are adhered to across the department and guiding immediate team on how to deliver quality software products.

You will assist in the design of software products and infrastructure that make up our services in collaboration with architects and senior engineers. With a focus on operational stability, robustness, resilience, availability and quality you will be accountable for the code your teams produce.

As a Software Engineer your responsibilities will include but are not restricted to, the following:

• Work as part of a multi-disciplinary agile team responsible for turning concepts into production-ready services.

• Responsible for building performant systems that can handle large traffic, data processing pipelines and large data sets.

• Write, share and review quality test-driven code, using modern frameworks and development techniques.

• Responsible for integrating with other services and data sources, working with cross-functional teams to ensure services are built to high standards.

• Responsible for ensuring that the implementation of services/solutions is adhered to approved designs.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities are outlined in the job description above.

If you would like to learn more about the role, please contact louis.groom@dwp.gov.uk.

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.
• 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.

Salary Information

National Salary for this role is from £38,469 (Band min) to £41,480 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary of £41,480 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £15,000 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

London Salary for this role is from £43,755 (Band min) to £45,919 (Band max).

Where the maximum salary of £45,919 is offered, a Digital Allowance of up to £10,561 per annum is available for exceptional candidates, based on our assessment of your skills and experience.

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.

Security

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.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Stage 1: Application

Your application will consist of three parts:

1. A Personal Details application form.

2. Your employment history detailing your responsibilities, skills, and accomplishments, plus your qualifications and relevant training. Please copy this information into the box field provided.

3. Personal statement of no more than 1250 words.

When giving details in your CV and personal statement you should highlight your experience in line with essential criteria below:

• Experience in developing using open-source programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, Node.js

• Have a good understanding of Test Driven Development (TDD) and Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) and test frameworks such as PyTest.

• Experience with SQL and noSQL database applications such as Postgres, MySQL, MongoDB, DynamoDB etc.

• Have 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.

• Developing on cloud-based environments like AWS or Azure.

The sift panel will use the information in your employment history and personal statement to assess your experience, skills and knowledge against the essential criteria above.

For Hints and Tips on completing your application visit our blog Getting Hired at DWP Digital .

Applications will be sifted at regular intervals from the date the posts are advertised. Please apply as soon as you can, do not wait until the end of the campaign.

Important Information

• You will be asked to complete your employment history any information that you would customarily share on a CV should therefore be entered onto the application form.
• Personal details that could be used to identify you including your name, contact details and address must be removed for your application to be considered.
If your employment history/personal statement contains any personal details your application will be withdrawn.

Stage 2: Coding Test

Candidates who are successful at sift will be sent a coding test to complete remotely. The exercise will focus on the technical skills listed in the Essential Criteria in this advert. Full details will be sent to candidates when the exercise is issued. Candidates will have 7 days to complete the test from the date of receipt.

Candidates that are not successful in the technical exercise will not progress to the interview stage.

Stage 3: Interview

If you’re successful at sift and coding test stage you will be invited to a video interview via Microsoft Teams. There, you will be assessed against the experiences listed in the essential criteria above.

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

Further information:

A reserve list may be held for a period of 6 months from which further appointments can be made.

Reserve list candidates will be posted in merit order by location.

You must meet the security requirements before you can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

For meaningful checks to be carried out individuals you 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.

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 here

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.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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 dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

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, and 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.

Reasonable Adjustment

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 Digtialrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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.



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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Louis Groom
  • Email : louis.groom@dwp.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email : digitalrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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