Company: UK Government – Home Office
Location: Croydon



Full-time, Part-time, Permanent

£54,121 – £62,239 a year

About Digital Data and Technology

Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) enables the Home Office to keep citizens safe and the country secure, as well as at the front line of making the Home Office a modern and capable department at a time of unprecedented global change.

We design, build and operate services that are critical in helping the department achieve its mission. You could be designing and building solutions to help people prove their identity or apply for visas, or working on the critical IT systems that support policing and counter terrorism, and help protect UK borders. Our success in this role depends on our ability to exploit the latest technologies to create leading-edge, world class solutions whilst ensuring they are secure and resilient.

This is an exciting time to work for the Home Office as we develop some of the most challenging and transformative technology projects the department has ever seen. You’ll have a chance to shape the future and support our goal to provide exceptional services for everyone.

Our work is guided by these fundamental principles:

  • put user needs first
  • delivery and outcomes over process
  • make the most of openness: open standards, open source, open data and open markets.

We value everyone’s skills and provide a creative and supportive environment to help you do your best work.

About the role

As a CTO lead engineer, you will be engaging with a large number projects across the Home Office – this could be from a few days spread apart to a few sprints embedded in a team. During this time, you will be expected to pick up the team tech stack, understand operating processes and deliver a ticket or two. The object of this exercise will be to understand how the team and project/programme is delivering in the context of our preferred model. You will then be central to improving approaches where necessary, providing bespoke advice and helping to improve our own central engineering standard.

You will be engaged in a variety of technologies and will have the chance to get to know a wide variety of stakeholders at all levels in the organisation.

You will be someone who

  • Has a drive to learn about a complex organisation, understanding the relationships between technologies used across different products.
  • Has a deep understanding of software development, as well as agile delivery as a whole (including user research and design).
  • Can pick up new languages and tools quickly, to support new work.
  • Can demonstrate strong partnership skills, particularly the ability to build strong, effective partnerships with peers across the technology organisation – and can communicate effectively across varying platforms.
  • Mentors colleagues with less experience to assist their development.

You will have the following skills and experience

  • Has experience developing with a subset of our key technology:
  • Java, Javascript, Python or C#.
  • React, Fuse/Camel,
  • AWS, Docker, Drone, Kubernetes, Lambda
  • Git[lab, hub], Sonar
  • Experience of Agile development using continuous integration principles.
  • Experience in engaging with a variety of different teams/organisations to improve approaches.
  • The ability to quickly comprehend new technical topics and help refine technical roadmaps and strategies.

Who you’ll work with

  • Delivery teams including user centred design and business analysis teams to understand the requirements.
  • The CTO engineering and architecture teams to understand and improve the home office estate as well as to manage professional communities.
  • Other technical staff and leadership at all levels, including Infrastructure Engineers, Technical Architects, QAs and Security Architects.
  • The engineering community (which could be cross government) to develop and embed standards and guidance.

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 for them to go through a further selection process providing the role has the same competencies and essential skills.

The Home Office is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and women as they are currently underrepresented within Digital, Data and Technology at this grade level. Appointments will be made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

For guideline skills specific to this role, please refer to the Government Digital Services role definition for a Lead Developer – management path. (please add the link)


What you’ll do day-to-day

  • Join teams as a developer or observer, learning the approaches and tools used such that you can participate with development for a short period.
  • Provide information back to the CTO to inform our standards and preferred technologies.
  • Help improve delivery team performance by providing measured on-the-fly advice, considering the team and organisation’s needs.
  • Identify and highlight any skills/personnel gaps to the appropriate leaders, ensuring that we can put effective delivery teams in place.
  • Provide a key contact in the development of the DDaT community, bridging between delivery teams and profession leadership.

Whilst a significant proportion of our delivery is in Croydon (and Greater London) you will be expected to show some flexibility in location. The expectation is that more than 50% of your time may be spent working with teams (remotely or co-located).


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • SFIA – Data Management (DATM) – Level 5
  • SFIA – System Development Management (DLMG) – Level 5
  • SFIA – System Design (DESN) – Level 5
  • SFIA – Programing/Software Development (PROG) – Level 5
  • SFIA – Testing (TEST) – Level 5



  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension
  • Candidates with exceptional skills and experience may receive a Recruitment and Retention Allowance. This allowance is subject to annual review in line with Departmental priorities and could be reduced or withdrawn at any time.