Lead Software Developer
Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.
Our Digital Data and Technology Services (DDTS) Function is currently undertaking a once in a generation Transformation as the UK moves towards exiting the EU. We are currently recruiting for a number of Software Developers in two of our Digital Hubs. You will be working on a number of meaningful projects in a challenging environment which continues to evolve as an exemplar in the DDAT Developer profession.
Working in a supportive, diverse, and customer-focused culture our flexible working arrangements mean you can maintain a healthy work-life balance. You will play an important part in building a digital future for Defra and our customers. This means big changes to how our services and technologies are designed and delivered.
• Working within a team of motivated Software Developers the Lead Developer will communicate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders, and provide technical leadership within the team to identify the best technology and solutions.
• You will thrive and enjoy working openly, collaboratively and as part of a multidisciplinary team focused on one or more projects delivering high quality code in line with project goals and delivery cycles.
• You will be driven to making the government better, this may involve developing new concepts and challenging the status quo.
• Working in a multi-disciplinary team on a wide range of digital projects, you will be expected to use industry standard Agile methodologies such as Pair Programming and Test Driven Development (TDD).
• This role focuses on developing and implementing digital services across the Defra family. This will include involvement in developing business requirements and using an array of digital tools to progress project delivery.
• All our services are built upholding the GDS standards, some of our products require Government Digital Service (GDS) assessment at the end of each Agile development phase.
• Experience of agile development, software design patterns, Continuous integration, Test Driven Development and version control.
• Experience of working with web APIs.
• Demonstrable experience of delivering user focused products with a thorough understanding of software design principles.
• Good understanding of web security.
• Ability to deliver software that utilises the features of cloud platforms.
• Comfortable coding in the open using GitHub.
Successful candidates should also be able to demonstrate the following personal attributes:
• Experience of leading a development team ensuring all developers on the team conform to good software practice and are producing high quality, well tested software.
• Experience of mentoring teams in order to grow their technical skills and create development opportunities.
• Ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques.
• Experience of advising on the right way to apply standards and methods.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Proven experience balancing multiple priorities and dealing with ambiguity.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Working Together
- Communicating and Influencing
- Making Effective Decisions
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Programming & Build Software Engineering
- Modern Standard Approach
- Systems Integration
- User Focus
- Development Process Optomisation
- Service Support
- Systems Design
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
You will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies recently said that “the biggest difference between public and private sectors remains the value of employer contributions to public service pensions. These are much more generous in the public sector than in the private sector”.
If you have accrued pension rights in another pension scheme, you may be eligible to transfer these rights into the Civil Service Pension Scheme.
Contributory pension (worth 20-22% of salary).
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, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Sift and interview dates as well as the interview location to be confirmed.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form. Sifting will be based on your CV.
Candidates will be assessed and interviewed at their preferred location.
Please note: Please be aware that this is a rolling advert, if you have already been unsuccessful then please don’t re-apply as you will be automatically sifted out following the initial sift.
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 Defrarecruitment.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.
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.
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.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.
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-Employment.Checks@cabinetoffice.gov.uk stating the job reference number in the subject heading.
Any move to Defra will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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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.