Head of Software Development

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Job Description

Do you want to be responsible for the value and effectiveness of the software development practice for a progressive, transforming organisation? You will be at the forefront of identifying, testing and championing the adoption of emerging technologies. You will be the representative for software development, promoting it across government and externally at events and building relationships high profile stakeholders like Government Digital Service (GDS) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). You will ensure there is sufficient capability and capacity in the software development practice to meet our current change portfolio, culture and Business Strategy. You will be Head of function as well as Head of Practice continually developing and leading on new ways of working.

It is a very exciting time to join us as we continue on a major digital transformation programme. Our existing software systems form part of the critical national infrastructure, safeguarding land and property ownership valued at £7 trillion, enabling over £1 trillion worth of personal and commercial lending to be secured against property across England and Wales. You will join our award winning Digital, Data and Technology Directorate which is the in-house IT division at the heart of the move to a digital, data-driven organisation with the ambition to provide our customers with cutting-edge digital services.

Job description

You will lead in ensuring the software development practice is employing the most relevant practices, processes and technologies to best deliver our needs. Meeting necessary standards and having the ability to support service demands including robust availability and change in a complex IT estate.

You will use your own deep technical knowledge to lead and plan development activity across multiple teams as well as working as a software development practitioner to resolve complex technical challenges. You will remove blockers that prohibit our community being successful in software development and ensure we have the appropriate skills and capability to be the best.


As an expert with extensive experience of software development in an agile, digital operating environment you will role model and demonstrate your knowledge of software development, including expertise in system design, strong programming, integration and support knowledge. Your demonstrable experience of setting strategy and managing practice level resource for large programmes of change will be essential. You can show us your experience of leading and growing software development practice and capability with great results. You can coach and share your own experience of being a high performing software developer and a leader of change in a complex and evolving environment.

Technical skills

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

  • Extensive experience of software development, including expertise in system design and strong programming, integration and support knowledge.

We offer very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible/remote working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

The role is located in our Plymouth office. Our environmentally friendly offices provide a great setting in which to work. There are hundreds of miles of stunning coastline and 368 square miles of Dartmoor National Park are within easy reach.

It is a great place to work, where difference is celebrated and we’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve. Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan.

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Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

If you want to talk to us to find out more before applying then please do – call us on 0300 006 7629.

Please attach an anonymous CV when prompted; include your qualifications, career history and experience. Tell me in the technical box in up to 250 words why you are right for this role.

If we invite you for an interview you will have the opportunity to tell us more about your skills and experience and also talk to the panel who will tell you more about the opportunity. We won’t take a long time to make the invite and will arrange interviews as soon as possible.

For more information about what its like to work here please see the following links:


Five Things you didn’t know about working for DDaT?


Our Business Strategy for 2017-2022 sets out our aims of
• brilliant at the basics
• a comprehensive Land Register
• world-leading through Digital Street – our ground-breaking research and development project exploring how land registration might work in 2030
• opening our data
• expert people; and?
• financially strong.

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Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Recruitment Team on 0300 006 7629
Email : _hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

Email : hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk

Further information
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email hrresourcingteam2@landregistry.gov.uk in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/making-complaint/