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
This role is key in maintaining effective delivery for our engineering teams. You will be responsible for delivering appropriate tools and standards, as well as being key in defining these. To achieve this, you will need to interact with a wider variety of stakeholders and will be heavily engaged with the engineering and architecture teams in the Chief Technology Office (CTO) as well as the developer community. We are driving for clean, digital first, user centered agile delivery – you will be supporting our work to embed these principles.
You will be someone who
- Can help define and set the technical direction for the Home Office.
- Has good communication skills, verbal and written, and a good understanding of the use of different channels and formats for different audiences.
- Is able to manage stakeholders’ expectations and be flexible, adapting to stakeholders’ reactions to reach consensus.
- Is able to work with diverse teams across multiple locations (we may ask you to occasionally travel to other office).
You will have the following skills and experience
- Experience in defining technical approaches and standards, or the drive to mature as a developer in supporting the development of these.
- Experience in identifying new approaches and translating them into new processes, at least at the conceptual stage.
Who you’ll work with
- Delivery teams including user centred design and business analysis teams to understand future technology requirements.
- The CTO engineering and architecture teams to understand and improve our guidance and communicate this to our professional communities.
- Other technical staff and leadership at all levels, including Infrastructure Engineers, Technical Architects, QAs and Security Architects.
- Broader stakeholders including the cross government community to develop and embed standards and guidance. You may need to lead these engagements.
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 skills specific to this role, please refer to the Government Digital Services role definition Software Developer
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What you’ll do day-to-day
- Work with the CTO, developers and other stakeholders to identify and prioritise our preferred tools and techniques.
- You will then be responsible for ensuring that these are effectively communicated; be this through our policies/standards, the tech radar or through other approaches you will help to defined.
- Where necessary we might also expect you to be able to dive into a delivery team and help spike new approaches, as well as developing CTO products.
- Work with our Enterprise Services team (and other stakeholders) to define and support development tooling.
- Provide input to DDaT strategy and roadmaps.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Changing and Improving
- Working Together
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- SFIA – Data Management (DATM) – Level 3
- SFIA – System Design (DESN) – Level 3
- SFIA – Programing/Software Development (PROG) – Level 3
- SFIA – Testing (TEST) – Level 3
- 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.