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Full-time Lead Software Developer

at DWP Digital in London

Up to £80,431

At DWP our Software Developers work with the latest and greatest Open Source tooling and technologies, in a true Agile environment.

They’re given the autonomy to apply industry best practice techniques such as TDD, BDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery and XP. We have a huge, talented technology presence across the UK, including a thriving community of Developers (220+ and counting!).

We’re currently delivering one of the biggest and highest-profile digital transformation programmes in the world. It will make DWP more responsive and effective, and significantly enhance the service we provide.

We know that better digital services in government will change the face of public services, and our rapidly expanding Developer community is the driving force behind that change.We think this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for developers to work on a wide variety of projects with the potential to positively transform our organisation and the futures of millions of people.

This role is based at the heart of UK government in central London. Our conveniently-located London digital hub sits in the shadows of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral and is just minutes’ walk away from transport links including St James’s Park tube station and Victoria station.

And because our benefits package includes interest-free loans to buy a bike or a season ticket, it’s even easier for you to get to work and start making a difference. And because our benefits package includes interest-free loans to buy a bike or a season ticket, it’s even easier for you to get to work and start making a difference.

You can also look forward to other benefits including a very competitive salary of up to £80,431, a generous annual leave allowance, a great pension scheme, and lots more.

As a Lead Software Developer you will provide the technical leadership needed to guide a small team of Software Developers to deliver big results, and you’ll provide oversight to the products they develop.A skilled practitioner and role model in software craftsmanship, you will be responsible for ensuring best practices are followed across the department and for guiding teams to deliver a quality product.You’ll be confident in using open source technologies like Java, JavaScript, Node.js.You’ll have experience SQL and no-SQL database applications such as Postgres, MySQL, and MongoDB, and you should have used distributed version control systems such as Git.We serve people from every possible background from all across the UK, and we are looking for applicants who reflect that diversity and who share our values on equality.


  • Java (1.8) (including Spring Boot, Drop Wizard, Hibernate, Jersey, CXF and Maven)
  • Javascript (including Node.js, Express, Mongoose, Sequelize and Gulp)
  • CI tooling like Git, Jenkins, SonarQube Nexus, Artifactory
  • Frontend frameworks like Nunjucks, Freemarker, Bootstrap, LESS and SASS

We believe the work we do really matters, so we’re serious about investing in your ability.

You’ll have access to a huge suite of training and learning opportunities to complement the new skills and experience you’ll acquire on the job, as well as the chance to share knowledge with colleagues from across the tech community and via our coaching and mentoring programmes.

And with the career pathways we’re developing you’ll have the opportunity to progress into more senior roles in DWP or the wider Civil Service.

Hear from members of our Software Engineering community on YouTube – DWP Digital Bytes

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Published on 11-06-2017