Lead Developer

Innovate UK
From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum
30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
The Organisation:

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity.

For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit www.gov.uk/innovateuk, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/InnovateUK.

Job Purpose:

As an experienced Software Developer, you will work in-house contributing to Innovate UK’s website and software application development needs. You will hold a passion for cutting-edge technology and will provide technical leadership and innovation to ensure appropriate solutions are in place to meet business requirements.

You will utilise your strong technical skills to lead in providing quality solutions to the business through the introduction of new technologies, as well as the optimisation of current key technologies. You will need to have an aptitude to pick up new skills quickly and a desire to provide coaching and mentoring to Junior Developers within the organisation.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

·Analysing business requirements, translating into technical design and ensuring the development of quality solutions for internal transformational projects

·Constructing sequence diagrams, workflows etc. to describe the interaction between systems and present for internal and external use

·Studying system capabilities, input/output processes and hardware or software compatibility

·Engaging in subsystems’ design analysis and integrate with overall system

·Extending technical support during preparation, installation and system maintenance to project stakeholders and external suppliers

·Designing integration solutions between various systems within our architecture which includes a middleware of WSO2 ESB

·Ensuring agreed architecture principles are adhered to when designing solutions

·Assisting in configuration management, deploy and release cycle for designed solutions

·Full lifecycle application development for our new web application Innovation funding service

·Designing, coding and debugging Java spring boot application

·Analysing software, codes and requirements and reviewing software

·Mentoring junior developers within the organization to ensure they learn in line with professional and personal development paths including setting tasks and appraising their progress

This is an outline description of the key responsibilities and accountabilities involved in the job. This is not an exhaustive list and the post-holder might be expected to undertake any other duties across the wider Operations – IT Directorate, commensurate with the Band and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training.

Person Specification:


·Educated to degree-level or equivalent experience


Essential –

·Extensive experience of Agile software development and working in SCRUM teams

·Breadth of experience in the following areas:

·Java 8

    Spring Boot / MVCHTML templating engine: Thymeleaf, JSP, JSFBuild tools: Maven, Gradle, AntDatabase: MySQL, PostgressTesting: TDD, unit testing, JUnit, MockitoIDE: Intellij IDEA
·Trouble shooting


·SQL query writing

·Experience designing and working with n-tier architectures (UI, Business Logic Layer, Data Access Layer) along with experience with service-oriented architectures (SOA)

·Knowledge of software implementation best practice

Desirable –

    Security: Spring securityDatabase migration: flywayDB, LiquibaseAcceptance testing: Selenium, Robot Framework, CucumberPerformance: testing / tuning , jMeterContinuous integration / deployment: Bamboo, Jenkins
·Knowledge of Unix, shell scripting

·Experience in Salesforce and other COTS

·ESB experience

·Experience with dev-ops tools (JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo/Jenkins, AWS, Docker)


·Excellent written and verbal communication skills

·Strong task planning and delivery skills

·Care, accuracy and attention to detail


·High levels of professionalism

·A ‘self-starter’ with strong motivation to succeed

·Excellent problem-solving skills with a can-do approach


As with all roles at Innovate UK applicants will need to demonstrate compatibility with and capability against our Core Competencies:

Thinking and Problem Solving – Stakeholder management – Communication skills – Influencing – Self-awareness/self-management – Strategic awareness – Working with others – Influence – Project management

Travel Requirements:

There may be the rare requirement for some national travel.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

Innovate UK is a diverse workforce of people. We believe that encouraging these differences and drawing the best from them will create a productive environment in which everyone feels valued, where talents are fully utilised and in which organisational goals are met. Underpinning this is a belief that it is a fundamental right for everyone to be treated equally, with fairness, respect and dignity. Innovate UK will act directly and use their influence to ensure that this right is promoted and upheld; we welcome applications from all those who meet the criteria set-out in our role profiles.

UK Research and Innovation:

From April 2018, Innovate UK will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. If successful in securing the position, from 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found onlinehttp://www.ukri.org/

Application Process:

If applying via the website you should complete the on-line application form. This is accessible at:


Please include a CV with your application.

Your completed application form must be submitted no later than the date specified in the advert. You will automatically receive an electronic acknowledgement that your application has been received.

The diversity questionnaire section is separate and does not form part of your application.

Please note that: Innovate UK reserves the right to withdraw this advert at anytime.

This job was originally posted as www.cwjobs.co.uk/job/76650570