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Software Developer

Posted on Mar 30, 2022 by Department for Education

Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
IT
Immediate Start
£36.5k - £47k Annual
Full-Time
About the job
Summary
These are exciting times at the Department for Education. In 2022 we'll continue to build services for all our users - children, adults, and those in social care.

Our diverse and inclusive culture reflects the society we live in. This helps us to achieve better outcomes for all our users
We work in multi-disciplinary teams using Agile methods to innovate and radically improve services that:
• Raise education standards and provide the best start in life for children
• Support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people
• Drive economic growth.
Responsibilities
We are looking for Software Developers that will work with other Developers and Product Managers throughout the software development life cycle.

You should be a team player with a keen eye for detail and problem-solving skills. If you also have experience in Agile frameworks and popular coding languages (e.g. C# .Net/Ruby on Rails, or similar) we'd like to hear from you.

As a Software Developer you will be working on one or more of our services, you will:
  • Work with the development community to ensure we build sustainable digital products.
  • Work to modern development standards, practices, and techniques.
  • Build automated tests to support our continuous deployment environment.
  • Advocate user-centric, agile approaches which focus on rapid, effective delivery of high-quality digital services.
  • Help build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development community, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance.
  • Transform government into a modern, agile development centre by embedding practices like Test Driven Development, continuous deployment, and DevOps.
  • Support sharing of methods and technologies across teams, government, and the industry by helping to organise events.


We would like to hear from developers that can show evidence of the below essential criteria:

  • Experience delivering working software using Ruby on Rails/C# .NET, or similar.
  • Experience working with technical teams to deliver user-focused services in an agile environment.
  • Experience of good practices such as Test-Driven Development, CI/CD, and DevOps as well as modern development workflows, ideally using GitHub.
  • Knowledge of good software design principles such as OOD, SOLID and design patterns.
  • Experience of RESTful API design.
  • A good understanding of web application security.
  • Enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, mentoring others, and working in a diverse and inclusive multi-disciplinary team.
You can be based in any of our national tech hubs in Coventry CV1 2WT, Darlington DL1 5QE, Manchester M1 2WD, Nottingham NG1 6HJ or Sheffield S1 2FJ.
At the Department for Education, we offer
  • An environment with flexible working options, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexitime and compressed hours.
  • We offer an extensive range of learning and development opportunities on both our own internal learning system and also via the Civil Service Learning platform. Both of these have online and classroom learning sessions that you can sign up to. We will fund qualifications that are directly relevant to your role and we are developing career progression paths and schemes that can help you fulfil your potential.
  • We offer temporary internal development opportunities to all eligible employees when they arise. There are many opportunities to network and work across government and we have numerous apprentice schemes across all the different professions in the organisation.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
  • A generous annual leave allowance of 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years' service. In addition, all staff receive the Queen's Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days' bank and public holidays.
  • A wide variety of staff support networks including a Women's Network, BAME Network, Wellbeing Network, and many more.
  • As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.
  • Paid special leave for volunteering.
  • Sports & activity groups including gym membership discounts.
  • Cycle to Work scheme and loans towards bicycle purchase.

Reference: 1546713762

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