Lead Software Developer

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Companies House

Listed on

1st March


United Kingdom


£38000 - £53991

Salary Notes

Competitive + Benefits



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Location: Remote working (anywhere in the UK)


About the job

We are looking for talented software developers to join us at Companies House.  

Join Companies House, where you can be part of an exciting transformation in the world of corporate governance! Our organisation is at the forefront of change, empowered by new, ground-breaking legislation like the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill.  

Companies House is a place of digital innovation where you will develop our software services using languages such as NodeJs and Java.  We are also a team who uses agile practices, try new technologies and work flexibly to suit every individual.  

This role is instrumental for us to deliver on our goals as an organisation.  You would be key in leading our Software Developers, providing coaching and mentoring to them and delivering at pace.  

We are currently using a hybrid approach to the way we work. Remote contracts will only be offered to successful candidates who are not a commutable distance to our Cardiff, Belfast or Edinburgh offices. If you are located in a reasonable distance to one our offices, you will receive a hybrid contract aligned to one of our offices. 

Our approach to hybrid working provides opportunities for you to be adaptable in the way you work so that you can achieve a healthy balance between your work and home life. We currently expect people to attend their base office a minimum of one day a week but the exact degree of choice you have will depend on your role and your day-to-day work activities and should be agreed through discussions with your line manager.

Job description

You will lead a team of 5 talented Software Developers working in a cross functional Scrum team. This will involve providing coaching and support to upskill their technical capabilities and ensuring your team design efficient and maintainable solutions.

You will work with the developer community to define and document technical standards.

You will communicate between the product owners and developers to ensure key deliverables are achieved and understood by both parties.

You will help the development teams maximise their automated test coverage. 

You will be joining a passionate team of Developers with varying levels of technical abilities. There are many other experienced Lead Developers within Companies House who lead 12 Agile software development teams between them, so you will be surrounded by a team of experts who will fully support you. You will be leading a team writing software services in Java and/or Nodejs.  

You would also work closely with the architects and the platform team who manage our development pipeline using Concourse CI, SonarQube, AWS, Terraform and Artifactory. We use Docker containers and ECS.  

This is an exciting time to join us as we consistently evolve our own technical capabilities and ways of working to make the work we do in Companies House more efficient and easier to use for our customers.  

We are currently working towards:

Many releases per day automatically into production.

Automated test coverage for everything from accessibility to security and performance.

Constant innovation and running iterations of our services to meet and exceed user needs.

Ensure we are meeting the needs of our users by ensuring we have diversity in thought and ideas. 

So, if you are looking for a place where you can focus on your own development as well as support others to succeed and perform at their best, then this is the role for you!

Person specification

We are looking for experienced and talented software developers who are competent in the following:

Good coding skills and programming tools, frameworks and techniques including knowledge in Java, JavaScript/Node and Spring.  

Mentoring experience or can demonstrate leadership capabilities.

Understanding and experience of using agile techniques/methodologies. 

Understanding of full stack web technologies, including use of relational and noSQL databases.

Application of good working practices such as test-driven and behaviour-driven development (TDD/BDD), pair programming, version control/branching strategies, and application of design patterns.  

Excellent communication skills where you can translate technical jargon into simple, clear descriptions so understanding is achieved.   


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

Changing and Improving


Developing Self and Others

Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

REST interfaces





Alongside your salary of £38,000, Companies House contributes £11,607 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme.

Join us at Companies House and experience the difference of working within a culture that values you, not only as an employee, but as an integral part of our Companies House team. 

We believe that our success is driven by the well-being and satisfaction of our team members at all levels of the organisation. At Companies House we're committed to providing a comprehensive benefits package that goes beyond the ordinary, ensuring your career journey with us is not only fulfilling, but also rewarding. We pride ourselves on offering a quality work-life balance with our employee wellbeing being central to our working practices. 

We celebrate diversity... 

As an equal opportunity employer, we celebrate diversity, being committed to ensuring we're representative of the citizens we serve and creating an inclusive environment. Everyone in Companies House brings something different, and so will you. To fulfil our commitment to recruiting and attracting diverse talent we welcome applications from underrepresented groups. We also welcome applications from Welsh speakers. 

We are proud to be a disability confident leader. Our recruitment process is fully inclusive and we can make adjustments as needed through our process. These could include having an interview buddy, extra time at interviews/assessments and receiving interview questions in advance, to name a few. 

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