82698 - Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) Engineer

The national salary range is £54,358 - £61,585, London salary range is £58,847 - £66,670. Your salary will be dependent on your base location
Total pay in the range of '£50,001 to £60,000, £60,001 and over' are subject to capability, skills and experience. Salary may consist of base pay and a Recruitment and Retention Allowance (RRA)
12 Months
Please note: Some of our MoJ Office locations, such as our Liverpool Justice Collaboration Centre, require higher levels of National Security Vetting. The MoJ is working to open more Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices over time. Click here to learn more about where our currently open Justice Collaboration Centres and Justice Satellite Offices are, to identify where you may be based and understand National Security Vetting requirements of each location.
Grade 7
Grade 7
Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working
Digital, Engineering, Information Technology

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) Engineer  

Location: National

Closing Date: 7th January

Interviews: w/c 22nd January

Grade: G7 


National: £54358 - £69150 (which may include an allowance of up to £14792)

London: £58847 - £73875 (which may include an allowance of up to £15028)

Working pattern: Full time, Part time, Flexible working

Vacancy number: 82698

*We are currently offering hybrid working which includes 2 days per week in your local office. Office locations can be found HERE

The Role 

We’re recruiting for an Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) Engineer here at MoJ End User Compute (EUC) Virtual Desktop Services Team. You will be responsible for development activities across our two products: AVD and Citrix. These are exciting times at Justice Digital. We have a clear vision - to develop a digitally enabled justice system that works simply for its users - and we’re looking for enthusiastic, talented people to help us achieve it. 

We’re making things better by building adaptable, effective services and making systems that are simple to use for staff and citizens. It can be challenging but it’s also important and rewarding. 

As well as doing interesting work, we’re creating an environment that’s great to work in. We provide the opportunity to work with the latest technologies and offer brilliant training opportunities alongside support from expert colleagues. On top of that, you’ll find flexible working, an inclusive culture, and a place where your opinion is valued. 

Find out more about the work digital Justice get involved in, see the online blog, https://mojdigital.blog.gov.uk/ 

To help picture your life at MoJ Justice Digital please take a look at our blog and our Digital and Technology strategy 2025 

We really want to hear from people who value making a difference and building user-focused services and enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary, highly collaborative team that use modern tools and working practices.

Key Responsibilities:

As an AVD Engineer in EUCS, you will:

  • Design, build, and maintain the AVD infrastructure to ensure high availability and scalability to serve Government needs.
  • Collaborate closely with engineering teams to optimise performance, reliability, and security.
  • Implement and manage Azure tooling such as Azure Monitor, Azure Key Vault, Azure Active Directory.
  • Collaborate with Product Managers and Technical Architects to set product direction
  • Share knowledge of tools and techniques with the wider team and community, both developers and non-developers, and maintain DevOps culture. 

We are looking for hard working VDI Professionals with experience in Citrix, with the ability to think on their feet, ask questions, bring multiple departments together to solve issues and learn new technologies within a fast-paced collaborative environment.

Person Specification:


  • Experience with VDI technologies such as AVD and Citrix, including image management, deployment, monitoring and maintenance. Extensive knowledge of Citrix on Premise and Citrix Cloud.
  • Experience of modern development and deployment techniques.
  • Experience working in a mixed skillset team in an agile, fast-paced, working environment.
  • Experience using containers, distributed schedulers, and minimal operating systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a systematic approach to problem solving.
  • Good understanding of the Microsoft Azure platform and experience of Azure Virtual Desktop deployment and management.
  • Open to learn new technologies, new ways of working and new processes whilst maintaining high standards of technical expertise.
  • You will have experience of two or more of the following technologies; Nerdio, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, roadmap, Powershell, Json scripting, Jira, Confluence, Miro or Defender for Cloud.

Willingness to be assessed against the requirements for SC Clearance.

In the Civil Service, we use Success Profiles, a flexible framework, to assess candidates against a range of elements using a variety of selection methods, therefore giving you the opportunity to demonstrate the various elements required to be successful in the role. 

At the interview we will be assessing your technical/specialist skills and experience, testing your ability through relevant assessments and asking you questions around the behaviours we require to be successful in this role.

The behaviours we will assess the following for this vacancy: 

  • Working together 
  • Developing self and others 
  • Changing and improving 
  • Managing a quality service 

Throughout the process we will assess your technical specialist skills and experience on the above requirements. 

If this feels like an exciting challenge, something you are enthusiastic about, and want to join our team please read on and apply! 

We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring and do not discriminate on the basis of culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor.  

Our values are Purpose, Humanity, Openness and Together. Find out more here about how we celebrate diversity and an inclusive culture in our workplace. 


  • 37 hours per week and flexible working options including working from home, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours. 
  • We are committed to nurturing our staff and provide lots of training and development opportunities with learning platforms such as: Linux Academy, O’Reilly, Pluralsight, Microsoft Learning, Civil Service Learning, GDS Academy, etc. 
  • 10% dedicated time to learning and development with a budget of £1000 a year per person 
  • Generous civil service pension based on defined benefit scheme, with employer contributions of 26-30% depending on salary. 
  • 25 days leave (plus bank holidays) and 1 privilege day usually taken around the King’s birthday. 5 additional days of leave once you have reached 5 years of service. 
  • Compassionate maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave policies, with up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. And maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks, too! 
  • Wellbeing support including access to the Calm app.  
  • Nurturing professional and interpersonal networks including those for Careers & Childcare, Gender Equality, PROUD and SPIRIT 
  • Bike loans up to £2500 and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location) 
  • Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and eye-care vouchers. 
  • 5 days volunteering paid leave. 
  • Free membership to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. 
  • Some offices may have a subsidised onsite Gym. 

How to Apply 

Candidates must submit a CV and Supporting statement (no more than 750 words) which describes how you meet the requirements set out in the Person Specification above. 

In D&T, we recruit using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology Capability and Success Profiles Frameworks. We will assess your Experience and Technical Skills. 

Your application will be reviewed against the Person Specification above by a diverse panel.  

Successful candidates who meet the required standard will then be invited to a 1-hour panel interview held via video conference. 

Should we receive a high volume of applications, a pre-sift based on [Pre-Sift Criteria] will be conducted prior to the sift. 

Terms & Conditions 

Please review our Terms & Conditions which set out the way we recruit and provide further information related to the role and salary arrangements. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact recruitment@digital.justice.gov.uk 


07/01/2024, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0345 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@gov.sscl.com Please quote the job reference - 82698.
Security Clearance (SC)

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

We have provided detail of the assessment stages and areas being assessed to help you prepare for completing your application form, and to advise of what will be assessed following this, if you successfully pass the application stage.

Application form stage assessments

Interview stage assessments

There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

The "Making the Civil Service a Great Place to work for veterans" initiative includes a guaranteed interview scheme to those who meet the minimum criteria to provide eligible former members of the Armed Forces with opportunities to secure rewarding jobs. Allowing veterans to continue to serve their country, and to bring highly skilled individuals with a broad range of experience into the Civil Service in an environment, which recognises and values your previous service in the Armed Forces.
For further details about the initiative and eligibility requirements visit : https://www.gov.uk/government/news/making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service departments are expected to explore redeployment opportunities before making an individual redundant. The MoJ are committed, as part of the Redeployment Interview Scheme, to providing opportunities to those who are 'at risk of redundancy'.

MoJ are able to offer an interview to eligible candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns. Candidate's will not be eligible for the Redeployment Interview Scheme if they are applying on promotion.

For further information and to apply for this position please see the following link: Job Information - Justice Digital | Jobs | Search here for your perfect career (jobtrain.co.uk).

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

· UK nationals

· nationals of the Republic of Ireland

· nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

· nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

· individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020

· Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules

This Vacancy is closed to applications.