Senior Software Engineer

Job Description

It is an exciting time for HM Land Registry as we continue to embark on a major transformation programme. HMLR’s ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. 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.

We are now looking for experienced Senior Software Engineers to join our Digital, Data and Technology team to help us to achieve this.

HM Land Registry’s existing software systems and services form part of the critical national infrastructure, safeguarding land and property ownership valued at £7 trillion. This enables over £1 trillion worth of personal and commercial lending to be secured against property across England and Wales.

As a Senior Software Engineer you will be expected to provide expert technical direction on projects and activities to delivery teams. You will be able to produce solution design(s) that align to agreed architectural principles and review system designs and complex code produced by colleagues as required.

You have the ability to collaborate with colleagues and your peers to ensure the standardised approach to software development is adopted across your projects, providing hands-on expertise and direct problem-solving on technical issues encountered during the software development cycle(s).

Responsibilities

We are seeking Senior Software Engineers who use their own and other resources to provide technical leadership to delivery teams and colleagues. You will be able to resolve technical issues that arise on software projects and be able to assist in the continual improvement of the end-to-end processes supporting delivery for your group.

To meet the requirements for this role, you will have the proven ability to develop in Python or Java or similar and to develop applications that use databases. You will also have experience in designing solutions to meet business needs, promoting reuse and ensuring the solution adheres to design standards.

In addition, you will have demonstrable experience in leading a software development team including assisting team members, ensuring designs are understood and followed, whilst overseeing the work of others and mentoring colleagues. You will have excellent communication skills and can engage with peers to share best practice.

For more information about the job, please see the attached candidate pack.

Salary for this role will be £43,161 (Croydon £46,708). Please note these figures includes a non-pensionable IT allowance of £4,609 which is payable.

Due to Covid-19, the role will initially be home based so an induction and training will be carried out remotely, with full support from the team. Once safe to do so, you will be based in one of our 14 office locations.

The Digital, Data and Technology Directorate is the in-house IT division for HMLR. We are currently recruiting several roles to ensure the directorate’s teams contain the right blend of skills, experience and knowledge to take our major transformation programme forward. These teams are at the heart of the move to a digital, data-driven organisation with the ambition to provide our customers with cutting-edge digital services.

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.

For more information about what its like to work here please see the following links:
Building our digital capability through Communities of Practice
Working for HM Land Registry/

Qualifications

A qualification in Information Technology or a related area (Degree Level or equivalent) and / or significant experience in an IT field.

Behaviours

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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing

Benefits

HM Land Registry offers 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 working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

HM Land Registry is a great place to work, where difference is celebrated.

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. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/land-registry/about/recruitment#what-hm-land-registry-can-offer-you

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
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, Strengths and Experience.
To apply please complete the online application form to include your qualifications, skills and work history. The statement of suitability section (in no more than 1000 words) should be used to provide details of how you meet the essential experience criteria listed on the Job Description below:

  • Ability to develop in Python or Java or similar.
  • Ability to develop applications that use databases.
  • Designing solutions to meet business needs.
  • Leading a software development team.

In the event of a high volume of applications, we may pre-sift on the leading essential experience criteria:

  • Ability to develop in Python or Java or similar.
  • Ability to develop applications that use databases.

The final stage will consist of a blended interview and a pre-prepared presentation which will be conducted as a video interview, week commencing Monday 10 May 2021.

Candidates should ensure they read the attached guidance document fully before submitting an application. Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application.

Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

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Job Applicant Personal Information

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Nationality requirements

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

Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Simon Chapman
Email : Simon.Chapman@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/

Attachments

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