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Principle Software Engineer

Permanent position based in Swansea OR Bristol - £60,435 - £71,535 + you may be eligible to receive an allowance of up to £20,000 depending on skills and experience

Job description

Do you put training high on your list of wants from a new employer? Are you an experienced Principal Software Engineer who has a genuine ambition and drive to succeed within a 1st class organisation that fosters a culture of continued innovation?

Well look no further as we have an opportunity for you.

You will be responsible for implementing and evolving a robust software engineering capability, which includes:-

  • Leading implementation of the strategic direction for Software Engineering teams, consisting of in-house and 3rd party resources, delivering DVLA’s new business applications using Agile Software delivery and Scrum methodology, primarily based on open source software platforms.
  • Leading and the creation and development of a self-sustaining engineering function that engenders expertise across the Software Engineering function and drives best practice and consistency of software engineering processes and principles.
  • Continuously improving both the applications stack themselves and the Software Engineering capability as a whole to refine and enhance services and increase cost effectiveness.
  • Defining best practice, and coaching and mentoring Software Engineers at all levels to improve their knowledge and consistency of approach, acting as the senior point of escalation on methodology and/or development issues.

About You

You will have a passion for growing and developing high performance unified engineering teams that can deliver modern, scalable systems that integrate the Legacy code base as well as building modern, efficient code base in line with EA and IT Strategies.

You’ll be a fluent coder with a keen sense of Architecture and be able to recognise the patterns that work and those that don’t. You’ll be continually learning and have an eye on the tech coming over the horizon.

You’ll have experience of developing and continually improving a skills matrix, staffing and team structure to support the delivery of new software development processes.

Additional Information

We are equally invested in our DevOps culture, breaking down functional barriers, working to understand operational concerns and addressing them as early on during our work as we can. You will fearlessly dive in and help your colleagues throughout the full delivery lifecycle.

The role holder will be responsible for the management of internal and 3rd party Software Engineering teams tasked with designing, building, testing, deploying and maintaining the full application stack the scope of which includes:-

  • Intranet/extranet, corporate web sites and commercial and public facing services;
  • Databases, Data Warehouses, Business Intelligence Services and ETL services;
  • APIs, reporting and workflow services;
  • Data migrations for systems replacements/upgrades/refreshes;
  • Integration between in-house developed Enterprise IT systems and 3rd party COTS products;
  • Legacy Application stacks;
  • Ensuring alignment with the architectural strategy.

You will own the Development code and Software Development Life cycle process for Enterprise systems ensuring the process is clearly understood by all team members, adhered to and that all assets are under source code control, clearly versioned, configuration managed and documented.

In addition you will be responsible for: -

  • 3rd line development support/minor change/enhancement and break/fix support of all deployed systems within the Software Engineering scope, ensuring that agreed release management, deployment and change control procedures are followed
  • Developing technology delivery strategies through working collaboratively with Directorate and Business colleagues promoting optimal technology solutions, whilst fitting in with technology strategies.

You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised.

We can proudly announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.

To comply with a recent government change, the Department for Transport has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

For your CV and personal statement please provide detailed evidence of how you meet the requirements of the role using the job profile and job advert as a guide for your response
Please note that any part of the Job Profile could be tested at sift/interview.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

Interested? Apply here today!

DVLA will not discriminate on grounds of age, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, those with caring responsibilities, part time workers or any other factor

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