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Senior Software Developer

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Recruiter: Department for Education
Listed on: 5th January
Location: Bristol, Coventry, Darlington, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield
Salary/Rate: £49,861 - £63,309
Salary Notes: For exceptional candidates an additional £7,000 market supplement allowance may be available
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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The Department for Education is looking to recruit a senior software developer in Bristol, Coventry, Darlington, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne or Sheffield.

These are exciting times at the Department for Education. We are transforming to become a user-centred organisation.

You will be developing web, mobile and desktop products using both front-end web development languages and back-end technologies to innovate and radically transform how public services are delivered and improved.

You will deliver code in line with project goals and delivery cycles while working openly and collaboratively in our team of Digital and Data Professionals

We are committed to developing our people and the next generation of data and technology leaders by offering a tailored learning and development plan for our colleagues. As well as offering flexible and modern working arrangements.

Job description

As a Senior Software Developer, you will be designing and building software that makes a difference to people. You will

  • Lead and provide technical support for a large team of developers
  • Work with the development community building sustainable digital products
  • Create and sustain modern development standards, practices and techniques
  • Support, coach and mentor less experienced developers
  • Advocate user-centric, agile approaches to deliver 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 such as Test Driven Development, continuous deployment, and DevOps
  • Sharing methods and technologies across teams, government, and the industry by helping to organise events


Essential Criteria:

We are seeking talented Software Developers who can demonstrate knowledge of

  • Ruby,Ruby on Rails framework/ C#/.NET or similar
  • Test-Driven Development, CI/CD, DevOps and modern development workflows, ideally using GitHub
  • OOD, SOLID and design patterns
  • RESTful API design and loosely coupled microservices architectures
  • Unix-like operating systems such as Linux and macOS.
  • web application security and awareness of the OWASP Top 10 security vulnerabilities
  • Experience leading by example working with technical teams to deliver user-focused services in an agile environment
  • Enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, mentoring others in an inclusive multidisciplinary team


  • A cloud-first approach, experience of IaaS and PaaS solutions, understanding infrastructure-as-code and containerisation
  • Experience of mentoring/supporting colleagues, and a passion for building teams and communities

Desirable criteria will only be assessed in the event of a tie break situation to make an informed decision.

Technical skills

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

  • Modern standard approach - to solve problems, using test driven development (TDD) techniques
  • Programming and build - Writing clear, concise and maintainable code using standard tools
  • A systematic approach to problem solving

To view the full spec, information on how to apply and view the benefits of working for the DfE click apply now

Applications must be submitted by 23:55 on the 16th January 2022.