The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is expanding their digital team. We work on high-profile digital products used by millions of people every year. To make an even greater impact, we need your skills to keep us at the forefront of technology.
And we really are at the forefront: our digital products and apps use machine learning and artificial intelligence, virtual reality, CGI and serverless solutions.
Our digital-first vision is underpinned by a clear strategy which allows our staff to develop and grow. There’s never been a better time to join DVSA Digital!
You will play a critical role in managing the Core Infrastructure Services team, helping to deliver DVSA’s core Database and Platform infrastructure with a particular focus on SQL. You will be directly responsible for looking at performance tuning, high availability, backup and DR across DVSA’s database environments.
Roles Responsibilities include (but not limited to):
- Day-to-day management of DVSA’s core infrastructure services.
- Ownership of operations and maintenance of core infrastructure services.
- Driving improvements to deliver new and updated core infrastructure services.
- Maintaining an oversight of, and insight into the evolving IT market through attendance of steering groups and supplier events.
Please see the attached Role Profile for an in-depth view of the post.
To thrive in this role, you will be experienced in database administration, combined with a track-knowledge of creating and scheduling SQL reports. We would love to hear from individuals with an experience in database maintenance, with an ability to create database backups and advise on options. This background will come with a good understanding of DB performance and availability, along with a knowledge of public cloud technologies and Azure SQL database solutions.
We are committed to encouraging and enabling our staff to develop in and above their role and will support you through further development opportunities/qualifications.
For more info on our digital transformation, head over to our LinkedIn .
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Seeing the Big Picture
- Changing and Improving
- Making Effective Decisions
- Managing a Quality Service
- Communicating and Influencing
- Developing Self and Others
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
DDaT: Senior Infrastructure Operations Engineer https://www.gov.uk/guidance/infrastructure-operations-engineer#senior-infrastructure-operations-engineer
SFIA+ Framework: Technical specialism TECH (Level 5) Network planning NTPL (Level 5) Network support NTAS (Level 5) Service Level Management SLMO (Level 5)
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.
We’re an innovative organisation that values professional expertise and invests in all our people. We champion inclusive and diverse teams, ensuring we have the skills required to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future, meeting the needs of the people who use our services.
If you would like to read more about the great opportunities and benefits of working at DVSA visit our Careers website.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.
Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
How to Apply
To apply for this role, you will need to provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following sift criteria within your CV and Personal Statement:
- Experienced in SQL Database administration
- Knowledge of creating and scheduling SQL Reports.
- The ability to create database backups and advise on options.
- Experience in Database Maintenance.
- A good understanding of DB performance and availability.
- Knowledge of Azure SQL database solutions.
- Knowledge of public Cloud technologies
Sift & Interview Dates
The sift is due to take place from 6th July
Interviews are due to take place w/c 19th July
This interview will be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
- an interview
- an interview with one or more exercises
- a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises
You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.
Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.
The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.
For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.
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This job is broadly open to the following groups:
- UK nationals
- nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
- nationals of the Republic of Ireland
- nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
- relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
- certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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