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Software Developer - Innovation Hub

Employer
Home Office
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
15 Apr 2021

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Sector
Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Permanent
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Job Details

This is a unique opportunity to be disruptive and challenge normal ways of approaching problems, demonstrating the impact that emerging technology can have for both our staff and the public.

You'll support the team through the innovation cycle with sandpit experiments, discovery and prototyping partnerships with multi-disciplinary teams. Focussing on intelligent automation solutions, you and the team will be agnostic to technology, providing recommendations for what should be both scaled and retired.

If you have experience supporting and delivering technical or digital projects in a constantly evolving landscape and want the opportunity to really influence and deliver high-profile, exciting programmes of work focused on creating and scaling intelligence automation solutions that will have a huge impact for millions of people then we'd love to see an application from you.

What we offer

We know that great software requires great coding practices. Here are some key practices which we insist upon across our team that allow us to build and experiment with speed and quality:

agile principles
test-driven development with a focus on automation
continuous integration and continuous delivery
review code via pull requests
pairing smartly
infrastructure as code

ResponsibilitiesThis is a real greenfield development opportunity, you'll be working on 'new stuff', as well as leading the development of new solutions in several critical areas. This work will be delivered in an agile manner, working with multi-disciplinary teams and across a variety of business areas.

As a Developer you'll ensure high quality code is delivered in line with project goals and delivery cycles. You'll thrive using agile methods and enjoy working openly, collaboratively and as part of a multidisciplinary team focused on one or more projects.

Your key areas of impact will be

developing proof of concepts and rapid prototypes in a series of agile sprints working with multi-disciplinary teams to either fail fast or develop scaled up solutions

building RESTful web services to serve a variety of citizen and government needs, taking responsibility for the quality of code you produce

implementing toolkits and APIs for purposes such as integration, performance optimisation, security and scalability

delivering secure, reliable and scalable software in your team; undertaking a breadth of development tasks

designing new software using appropriate tools and in line with standards, proving designs through prototyping

developing your knowledge to be able to drive forward emerging technology awareness and adoption across the organisation

Essential Criteria

Most importantly we're looking for someone who has a passion for emerging technology, intelligent automation and innovation. You'll be curious at heart and when confronted with a difficult or strange problem want to act like a detective and crack the mystery.

You'll be joining a growing software engineering community and you'll be passionate about growing your own career within that community with an enthusiasm to research and learn new programming tools and techniques.
You'll have experience developing applications and familiarity with:

backend, frontend, or full-stack development, with detailed knowledge of at least one programming language and their respective ecosystem such as; Java , C#, Python, JavaScript or PHP

agile environments and version control

working practices such as test driven development (focusing on automation), continuous integration and continuous delivery

cloud based approaches and the use of orchestration tools (AWS, Azure, Docker and Kubernetes)

the full software delivery cycle

The skills listed are reflective of the Home Office DDaT Profession Skills and Competency Model (based on the industry standard SFIA framework), please review the attached 'Role' which highlights the expected technical skills and required levels for this role.

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Data Management (DATM) - Level 4
  • Software Design (SWDN) - Level 4
  • Programming / Software Development (PROG) - Level 4
  • Testing (TEST) - Level 4
  • Systems Integration and Build (SINT) - Level 4
  • Application Support (ASUP) - Level 4


Benefits

No matter which part of the Home Office you join, you will receive:

one of the higher starting salaries across the Civil Service
a Civil Service pension with employer contribution rates of between 26.6% and 30.3%, depending upon salary
25 days annual leave on appointment, plus 8 days public holidays and 1 day for the Queen's Birthday, rising further with service
flexible working options to enable you to achieve the work life balance that right for you including part-time, flexi time and job sharing
training and development opportunities tailored to your role
an in-year bonus scheme
a culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

You will also have access to benefits such as:

season ticket loans and rental deposit loans
cycle to work and payroll giving
employee discounts - including a huge number of retailers (via the Edenred platform), Microsoft Home Use programme and gym
membership
a variety of staff recognition schemes including thank you vouchers
health and wellbeing initiatives including monthly mindfulness sessions
staff support networks
maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid
maternity and adoption support leave (paternity leave) of 2 weeks full pay
up to 5 days paid leave for volunteering
study leave and support for studying for a qualification or other accredited development relevant to your role

We also support the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Things you need to know

Security

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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Ability, Experience and Technical skills.

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and we will assess your Ability, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Personal Statement (Personal Statement to be a maximum 500 words)

- Your personal statement should explain why you are a good fit for the advertised role aligned to the essential criteria listed in the role description

- Your CV should include all relevant experience that relates to our essential criteria listed in the advert and role description

Candidate applications will be sifted according to their experience detailed on their CV and the evidence contained within their Personal Statement.

Candidates who pass the sift will be provided with a programming exercise / coding exercise to complete, details will be provided prior to the interview. This coding test will assess your ability to effectively perform in the advertised role. You will be sent detailed instructions along with an invitation to take the test. Please make us aware if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to participate in the test.

Candidates reaching the required standard will then be invited to attend a final interview. The interview will assess your Technical Skills and experience using technical and experience based questions.

Regrettably, candidates who fail to complete the test and those candidates not reaching the required standard should note that their applications will not be progressed further.

At the Home Office we use the industry standard framework Skills Framework for Information Age (SFIA), candidates will be assessed against the relevant skills for the role.

Please see Role Description and SFIA information document attached for further information. regarding the SFIA skills that will be assessed for this particular role.

Sift and interview

Sift will be conducted week commencing 26th April 2021, interviews will be held week commencing 10th May 2021 and will be conducted via Skype/Teams

Further information

We often have similar roles available at different grades. If a candidate is suitable for a similar role or a lower grade than they have applied for, we may offer the candidate that role without the need to go through a further selection process providing the role has the same competencies and essential skills.

If you have previously made an unsuccessful application for a role with the same essential skills and are not able to demonstrate how you have developed these skills since your last application please reconsider applying as your application is unlikely to be successful.

A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

Every day, Home Office civil servants do brilliant work to develop and deliver policies and services that affect the lives of people across the country and beyond. To do this effectively and fairly, the Home Office is committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, and creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best.

We are flexible, skilled, professional and diverse. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and area Disability Confident Leader. We are proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the civil service. We are Stonewall top 100 Workplace Equality Employer and a Social Mobility Foundation top 75 employer.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

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.

For further information please see the attached notes for candidates which must be read before making an application.

Existing Civil Servants should note that some of the Home Office terms and conditions of employment have changed. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful in application and should refer to the notes for candidates for further details.

Transfer Terms: Voluntary

If you are invited to an interview you will be required to bring a range of documentation for the purposes of establishing identity and to aid any pre-employment checks.

Please see the attached list of Home Office acceptable ID documents.

Any move to the Home Office (HO) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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

Reasonable Adjustments

If a person with disabilities is 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 HOrecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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

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 (or eligible for) status under 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.
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