Job Description


Senior Developer - Python Closing Date: 03 May 2021
Location: London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Glasgow Salary Range: £64,600 - £78,448 (London); £59,432 - £70,111 (National) Interviews: 14 May 2021
The Role We’re recruiting for a Senior Developer - Python here at MoJ Digital & Technology, to be part of our warm and collaborative Platforms & Architecture team.
As a senior developer at MOJ Digital & Technology you will be designing and building web systems that make a genuine difference to people’s lives. You’ll make sure we build things the right way, keeping up to date with the latest technologies and trends, whilst delivering working software early and often. At MOJ you’ll be working on our acclaimed open-source public services, with user needs at the heart of everything, helping us transform Government for the future. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you’ll be helping define how we do what we do, and making sure that our systems are built to be changed rapidly.
To help picture your life at MoJ D&T please take a look at our blog and our Digital & Technology strategy.
Key Responsibilities:
You will have demonstrable experience of agile development in Python and a good working knowledge of modern back end web frameworks, as well as an understanding of front end development in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. You’ll also have some knowledge of, or a willingness to learn other languages as required. An understanding of version control (ideally with Git) is essential, as is an awareness of automated testing techniques, modern deployment approaches and how cloud infrastructure is managed. You will:

  • Build user-centred, open source, RESTful web systems to serve a variety of citizen and government needs
  • Be responsible for development of large areas of projects, or small projects in their entirety
  • Build automated tests to support our continuous deployment environment
  • Share knowledge of tools and techniques with the wider team and community, both developers and non-developers
  • Transform government into a more agile organisation by helping to embed modern development practices
  • Help build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development community, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance
  • Occasionally participate in 2nd line support during office hours, and sometimes out of hours (for which you’ll be paid an allowance and further hourly payment when on call)
  • Manage a small number of less experienced developers
  • Help with hiring, taking part in recruitment of other developers
If this feels like an exciting challenge, something you are enthusiastic about, and want to join our team please read on and apply!
This is an MoJ Band Ab role with a salary of £64,600 - £78,448 (London) or £59,432 - £70,111 (National) plus great benefits:

  • 37 hours per week and flexible working options including working from home, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours.
  • We are committed to nurturing our staff and provide lots of training and development opportunities with learning platforms such as: Linux Academy, O’Reilly, Pluralsight, Microsoft Learning, Civil Service Learning, GDS Academy, etc.
  • 10% dedicated time to learning and development with a budget of £1000 a year per person
  • Generous civil service pension based on defined benefit scheme, with employer contributions of 26-30% depending on salary.
  • 25 days leave (plus bank holidays) and 1 privilege day usually taken around the Queens’ birthday. 5 additional days of leave once you have reached 5 years of service.
  • Compassionate maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave policies, with up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. And maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks, too!
  • Wellbeing support including access to the Calm app.
  • Nurturing professional and interpersonal networks including those for Careers & Childcare, Gender Equality, PROUD and SPIRIT
  • Bike loans up to £2500 and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location)
  • Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and eye-care vouchers.
  • 5 days volunteering paid leave.
  • Free membership to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Some offices may have a subsidised onsite Gym.

Person Specification
  • Experience of software development, with knowledge of Python
  • A systematic approach to solving problems
  • Experience using automated tests to continuously validate your work
  • Experience of modern development and deployment techniques, including continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • Experience working in agile environments
  • Enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • A working knowledge of unix-like operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X
  • An awareness of technologies used for web applications, e.g databases, backups, CDNs and search, and of Unix-like operating systems, eg. Linux and/or Mac OS
As a Senior Developer you'll also have:
  • The ability to quickly learn new languages and frameworks and willingness to pick the right tool for the job
  • The ability to manage technical debt appropriately and proportionately
  • Knowledge of open source principles and technologies
  • Familiarity with practices such as TDD, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and DevOps
  • Experience of mentoring and supporting your colleagues, whether one-to-one or in groups
We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring and do not discriminate on the basis of culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor.
Our values are Purpose, Humanity Openness and Together. Find out more here about how we celebrate diversity and an inclusive culture in our workplace.
How to Apply
Candidates must submit a CV and Cover Letter (up to 750 words) which describes how you meet the requirements set out in the Person Specification above.
In D&T, we recruit using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology Capability and Success Profiles Frameworks. We will assess your Experience, Technical Skills and the following Behaviours during the assessment process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Leadership
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Bigger Picture
  • Working Together

Your application will be reviewed and sifted against the Person Specification above by a diverse panel.
Successful candidates who meet the required standard will then be invited to a 1-hour panel interview held via video conference.
Should we receive a high volume of applications, a pre-sift based on your experience with Python will be conducted prior to the sift.
Further Information Please review the following Terms & Conditions which set out the way we recruit and provide further information related to the role.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact recruitment@digital.justice.gov.uk

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  • Job Id
    JD1655794
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  • Total Positions
    1
  • Job Type:
    Full Time
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  • Employment Status
    Permanent
  • Job Location
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
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