81519 - DTS - Lead Developer

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
3
12 Months
National
National
NATIONAL
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
Permanent
Full Time
Other

Location:   London / National

                     Successful applicants will be expected to be office based 2 days per week in any HMCTS Office (subject to business availability). The frequency may increase in the future

Term:          Permanent 

Interview:   Video conference via Teams 

Important salary details:

New recruits to the Civil Service joining MoJ are expected to join at the band minimum.

Existing Civil Servants applying on promotion, will usually be appointed on the salary minimum of the new pay band, or receive an increase of 10 percent on the current base salary, whichever is higher (This is restricted to the pay maximum of the new band). 

DDaT:

Roles will be recruited using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) and Success Profile Frameworks. Using DDaT we will then determine if you will be paid an additional allowance, on top of your basic salary.  These roles are within the Technical Job Family, is a Software Developer role aligned with the Lead Developer role and are recognised as a Principal Developer within DTS. 

Reserve List:

HMCTS run a Reserve List, where candidates who are unsuccessful at interview by only a few points, can be offered other roles, at the same band, for up to 12 months. You will be able to view your status via the application screen. If you have been added to the Reserve List, your status will show either Merit or Reserve list. 

Introduction: 

These are exciting times at HM Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). As an agency of the MoJ, we support the judiciary across England and Wales to deliver justice by running courts and tribunals and processing outcomes, and we are looking for talented people to help us achieve our ambitions. It will be challenging, important and rewarding.

HMCTS Digital and Technology Services (DTS) is a specialist technology directorate which provides support to HMCTS in the use of IT and Digital.

DTS is creating a place in which it is great to do work and part of our offer is brilliant training opportunities and support from expert colleagues. As well as that you’ll find flexible working, an inclusive culture and a place where your opinion is valued.

Please follow the link below for further information about HMCTS. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-courts-and-tribunals-service

Our community: 

We currently have over 200 experienced developers across MoJ and its agencies who make up the broader software engineering community. You will able to learn from others, share your knowledge and take part in informal support networks with your peers. You can also take a look at the MoJ developer blog.

Job Description:

As a Principal Developer within our new Developer Enablement team, you will work to improve the overall developer experience with Civil, Family, and Tribunals through maintaining, developing, and building our bespoke libraries capability. This will include working with multiple teams to ensure libraries are used effectively and correctly. This will include building new solutions to overcome common problems to increase the developer experience. You will also be responsible for working with teams to improve code quality, development processes, deployments, and embed within teams to overcome technical blockers.

This role will also involve working with other professions to ensure our suppliers are delivering value for money. This will involve having a deep technical understanding of the products which they deliver and feeding into statements of work to ensure a quality software solution is maintained and delivered.  

The development squad you are placed on will be agreed closer to your start date, but examples of products can be found in our github repositories:

Technologies:

We rely heavily on

  • Java and Python to write our backend services
  • Node.js and Angular to write our frontend services
  • Jenkins for deployment
  • Dynatrace for application monitoring
  • Kubernetes and Docker to run our services
  • Azure for most of our infrastructure
  • Postgres and Redis as our databases
  • GOV.UK Design System for our web interfaces
  • Macs to do all of the above
  • In addition, we use a range of other technologies and continue to evolve by employing new technologies that help us deliver better services to our users 

We’re happy to help you learn our tech stack once you are part of our team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Write, amend, refactor and document code to build complex programs/scripts, and as required leading on these activities. Adhere to internal process and procedures, promoting and advising others which software development standards/processes/procedures apply.
  • Constantly seek to learn and further develop your skills as required for your role. Monitor changes in the tech stack you use and alert on any major changes affecting our software. Adhere to industry's best practices, produce well-engineered modern products and guide others to do so in a highly competently manner.
  • Ensure that products are secure, engineered to mitigate security threats and have the necessary security controls in place. Ensure that information is handled with confidentiality and integrity, and that products are compliant. Identify and raise risks and support Information Assurance activities.
  • Support and maintain software as required, including in the live environment. Use modern tools to identify, troubleshoot and fix faults effectively and thoroughly. Package and deploy software built. Some activities may be outside the core office hours (in-line with the organisation's policy for OOH).
  • Plan the development on sets of related stories and coordinate integration tasks across systems. Contribute to selection of the software development approach (plan-driven, iterative/agile etc.) for projects. Identify process optimisation opportunities with guidance and support activities to improve the development process. Choose the most appropriate from a variety of methods of prototyping, actively solicit prototypes with others.
  • Define, analyse, plan, forecast, measure, maintain and improve all aspects of the availability of services. Control and manage service availability to meet the needs of the business in a cost-effective manner. This includes managing the capability, functionality and sustainability of service components (for example, hardware, software, network resources and software/infrastructure as a service).
  • Design systems characterised by medium levels of risk, impact, and business or technical complexity. Take designs through the required governance. Review designs of others to ensure the selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources and integration of multiple systems and technology. Identify, record and escalate tech debt and medium-level risks.
  • Define the integration build. Coordinate build activities across systems and undertake and support integration testing activities.
  • Take a test-driven approach to software development, write complex automation test scripts and participate in testing. Participate in code reviews of own work and leads code reviews of colleagues' work.
  • Guide and advise others on technical areas you have expertise in, modern development standards and approaches to understand user stories. Coach and mentor more junior colleagues. Lead on, and participate in recruitment as required.
  • Participate in and lead on procurement activities as required.
  • Translate user stories to a proposed design and develop software to meet user needs. Collaborate with user researchers, represent users internally and champion user research to focus on all users. 

Skills and Experience:

  • Sound knowledge in at least one programming language for development of enterprise and public facing applications, ideally in our core stack but other languages and a desire to learn is acceptable (Java, Python, C#, PHP, Ruby, Go, Rust, C++, VB.NET, JavaScript etc.)
  • Sound knowledge of HTTP, at least one web development framework (for example Spring, Django, Rails, Laravel, Razor, Classic ASP) and at least one RDBMS (for example PostgreSQL, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle)
  • Sound knowledge in a wide range of technologies and libraries used in an enterprise, such as logging and monitoring, ORM, authentication/authorisation, cloud hosting environments, systems integration, source control, package management etc.
  • Experience of mentoring, coaching or leading other developers (at work or in meetups etc)
  • Experience of working with modern tools and techniques
  • An understanding of common security issues and how to mitigate them,
  • You will also want to make a positive impact on the communities we serve,
  • You are looking for new technical and leadership challenges,
  • You thrive when you work as part of a team,
  • You enjoy learning and helping others,
  • You hold yourself and others to a high standard,
  • You solve problems in a systematic way 

Other duties:

The post holder is required to work in a flexible way and undertake any other duties reasonably requested by line management which are commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post. 

Application process: 

The following areas of Success Profile Framework will be used to assess and score your application during the sift, and interview..

  • Experience – As demonstrated in your application form.
  • Technical – As demonstrated in your application form and interview. Successful sift candidates will be invited to a pre-interview technical on-line test.
  • DDaT Assessment – During the interview, you will be assessed against the DDaT framework
  • Behaviours – You will be required to provide evidence of the following key behaviours at Level 4

Behaviours – We will be using the behaviours below. 

    Roles will be recruited using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) and Success Profile Frameworks. Using DDaT we will then determine if you will be paid an additional allowance on top of your basic salary. 

    Working Arrangements & Further Information

    The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

    For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

    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.

    MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain their grade on lateral transfer.

    All candidates who are currently in receipt of Mark Time / Pay Protection should ensure they are familiar with the new policy on permanent and temporary promotion which can be found on the employee intranet.

    Flexible working hours

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

    Benefits

    The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

    Annual Leave

    Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

    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.

    Pension

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

    Training

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

    Networks

    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.

    Support

    • 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 moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/.
    • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
    • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

    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

    The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

    You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

    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.

    Interviews expected week commencing 11/12/23, but it could be sooner

    19/11/2023, 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 - 81519.

    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

    Experience
    CV
    Statement of Suitability - 500 word limit
    Technical Skills
    Technical ability question 1 - 500 word limit

    Interview stage assessments

    There is 1 interview stage for this vacancy.
    Behaviours
    Communicating and Influencing
    Seeing the Big Picture
    Experience
    Skill 1 - as aligned to the DDaT Capability Framework.
    Skill 2 - as aligned to the DDaT Capability Framework.
    Skill 3 - as aligned to the DDaT Capability Framework.
    Skill 4 - as aligned to the DDaT Capability Framework.
    Technical Skills
    Technical ability question 1
    Any candidate who has been assessed as being appointable to the role they applied for may be offered a similar, lower grade role, if one is available. Furthermore, any candidate who has just missed meeting the criteria for a particular role, may be appointed to a similar role at a lower grade if such a role is available, and if they have been assessed as meeting the criteria for the lower grade role. These appointments will also be made in merit order.

    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.

    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.