32491 - Judicial Appointments Commission - Junior Developer

£30,845 - £38,373
12 Months
London, National
Fixed Term , Permanent
Permanent though will accept fixed term of at least up to1 year
Full Time
Information Technology, Digital

Though the Judicial Appointments Commission is based in London, we would consider looking at alternate working condtions, including home working.


The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is an independent public body that selects judges in the courts and tribunals, and non-legal tribunal members. The JAC selects judicial candidates through fair and open competition, encouraging a wide range of quality candidates to apply for the posts that it advertises.

The JAC is responsible for designing, planning and running recruitment campaigns to select judicial office holders up to and including the High Court. We have a statutory duty to select solely on merit, while keeping our selection processes open to the widest range of applicants. We are committed to attracting applicants from as diverse a field as possible and work closely with a range of organisations to promote vacancies to eligible candidates.

More is on our website: www.judicialappointments.gov.uk


We take great pride in the work of our small but busy digital team. Being a small public-sector body your work as a developer will have immediate and visible impacts on both the project and on the experiences of operational colleagues. We are currently designing and building a new digital service platform with a Firebase vue.js tech stack.

These roles would suit newly qualified or relatively inexperienced developers looking for a role that includes a clear development commitment combined with the opportunity to make a real difference to the experiences of our users from day one. We will support occasional secondments to other digital employers to broaden your skills set and will help you develop your stakeholder management, digital collaboration and technical skills. We expect junior developers to stay in the JAC for at least 12 months.

We encourage regular remote working and working from home and the team is used to communicating remotely.

As a Junior Developer you will help to develop the digital platform that delivers services to our users, and you will:

  • assist in the planning and development of our digital services platform
  • assist in the development of individual tools and services within our digital services platform
  • work with other disciplines to understand what needs to be built
  • support other digital and operational colleagues
  • iterate and refactor your coding and those of colleagues to continuously improve the digital offering
  • be responsible for the operational stability of the products you build, and ensure the on-going robustness and resilience of those products
  • we include dedicated time for guided self-development in these roles where you will work on projects under the guidance of senior digital colleagues


In this role you will be:

  • responsible for development activities
  • participate in the definition and analysis of user requirements and recommend improvements to current business solutions
  • develop technical solutions to meet business requirements, ensuring compliance with best practice
  • maintain and support the existing digital platform incident management, problem resolution, and implementation of enhancements to existing solutions
  • ensure the analysis and design of tools and services adhere to appropriate standards and best practices including the policies and guidance of the Government Digital Service
  • ensure existing documentation is up to date at all times
  • work closely with a larger operational team who are the primary internal users of the platform

About the broader DDaT profession

The DDaT Profession consists of people who work in a digital, data or technology specialist role. They design, build and run government digital services. They are responsible for the way we find, access and use data and for the technology infrastructure which support those services. There are currently about 17,000 people working in the Profession. The Profession consists of people working within specialist communities of practice.

What we offer

Essential skills

We are looking for newly qualified or relatively inexperienced developers to join our team. Once in the JAC you can enjoy links to other government departments and their digital communities. It is an opportunity to showcase your knowledge and skills, learn new things but with a longer-term goal to mentor other juniors over time as your progress into more experienced developers.

We fully accept you may have no workplace experience of working on a digital team. To apply you will need to be able to demonstrate:

  • A clear commitment to your own technical development
  • The ability to collaborate and work positively with colleagues from different specialisms
  • Willingness to juggle day-to-day development work with projects designed to expand your own skills
  • A “can do” attitude to learning new skills and taking on new challenges
  • The determination and initiative to find options and solutions as issues arise

Desirable skills

You will understand:

  • Agile
  • Continuous integration and continuous deployment
  • GitHub
  • Client-side JavaScript (in modern web browsers) and/or server-side JavaScript (Node.js)
  • Working in a peer-reviewed environment
  • Serverless architecture, in particular Google Cloud and Firebase
  • Single Page Applications, such as Vue.js or React


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Agile development
  • Coding
  • GitHub

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is XXX

Selection process details

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

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement (maximum 350 words).

Please note that your personal statement should demonstrate your suitability for the role, specifically against the Essential Skills listed above.

An initial sift of your CV and personal statement will be conducted against the Essential Skills criteria detailed in this job description.

The Behaviours and technical skills will be tested if you are invited for interview. The interview process will include a technical exercise.

Sift and Interview Dates

Sift will take place week commencing week commencing 24th February 2020.

Interviews will take place week commencing 9th March 2020.

Interviews to be held at Clive House, Petty France, London.

Further information

Further information about the role is available from Sharon Foster-King at Sharon.Foster-King@judicialappointments.gov.uk

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.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

1-     To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com);

2-     To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (resourcing-services@justice.gov.uk);

3-     To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

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.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.  

Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 9th March 2020 in Clive House, 70 Petty France, London

21/02/2020, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 32491.

Further information about the role is available from Sharon Foster-King at Sharon.Foster-King@judicialappointments.gov.uk

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical/professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. To find out more about Success Profiles to support your application please click here for further guidance.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com) in the first instance

This Vacancy is closed to applications.