Senior Platform Engineer

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Department for Business & Trade

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12th April


London, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, Salford (may require occasional travel to other DBT Offices)


£55,400 - £74,600



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Senior Platform Engineer

Location: London, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, Salford (may require occasional travel to other DBT Offices)

Salary: £55,400 to £74,600 (including allowances) London £60,800 to £74,600, National £55,400 to £71,900

Job type: Permanent

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 22nd April at midday 


We create digital services, data tools and technology for businesses to prosper around the world. Have a look at our video!

Our Digital, Data and Technology team develops and operates tools, services and platforms such as that enable the UK government to provide world'leading support to businesses in the UK and overseas.

You'll get to constantly push boundaries in an environment free of heavy legacy, driven by curiosity, social purpose, diversity of thought, entrepreneurship and the aspiration to offer an incredible experience to all our users. Find out more on our blog, Digital Trade.


Job Description

We are on a mission to build a new cutting edge developer platform in AWS and migrate existing DBT services from GOV.UK PasS in the process. Are you up to the challenge of building something new? We need Platform Engineers to make sure our Internet services are hosted the most performant, secure and feature rich platform to meet at the developer experience. 



As a Senior Platform Engineer, you will work to give development teams the tools for their job, including application performance monitoring, exception, log and metrics aggregation, dashboards, and declarative CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) pipelines.?? 

You'll evangelise product teams about service-level indicators, objectives, and error budgets, and negotiate them. You'll help build and scale our global product platform and participate in an on-call rota for which you will receive an additional allowance.  

Our tech stack includes:? 

  • Amazon Web Services?
  • Azure?
  • AWS CodePipelines and AWS CodeBuild
  • Terraform & AWS Copilot (CloudFormation)
  • Elastic Container Service (ECS) and Elastic Container Registry (ECR)
  • ElasticSearch/OpenSearch
  • Python?and Django framework 
  • PostgreSQL?as a service (Amazon RDS)
  • Sentry??
  • Redis/Elasticache


Essential Skills and Experience

You will need to have demonstrable skills and experience of:

  • Cloud experience with either Amazon Web Services, Azure or Google Cloud
  • Ability to build code-defined, reliable, and well tested infrastructure on top of cloud computing systems (e.g., AWS Copilot, Terraform, CloudFormation, Pulumi)
  • Experience and fluency in one or more programming languages, writing clean and effective code 
  • Experience in designing, analysing, and troubleshooting distributed systems
  • Knowledge of Linux/Unix fundamentals and TCP/IP networking
  • Ability to see user impact in the infrastructure and platform changes, including a drive to improve the Developer Experience at every turn 

How to Apply

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The Department for Business and Trade embraces and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has on the work we do, and we promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. Click through to apply and find out more.



We'll assess you against these Technical Skills and Behaviours during the selection process.

We will assess you against the following Technical Skills:

  • Availability and capacity management?
  • Development process optimisations?
  • Information security?
  • Modern standards approach?
  • Programming and build (software engineering)?
  • Prototyping?(with MVP and POC)
  • Systems integration?
  • User focus?


Detailed explanations of each Technical Skill can be found on the DDaT Framework.

We will assess you against the following Behaviours:

  • Communicating and Influencing?
  • Developing Self and Others?


Further Information

Find out about life at DBT, our benefits and meet the team by watching our recruitment video, visiting our website or reading our blog!

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