Head of Software Engineering – 46095
£52,119 - £76,000
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These are exciting times at Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). As an agency of the MoJ, we provide the supporting administration for the judiciary across England and Wales. Within that portfolio the Digital and Technology Services Transformation Programme (DTS) has a clear ambition to create an organisational culture where diverse and inclusive multi-disciplinary teams bring together in-house digital, data and technology specialists to build capability, work smarter and more efficiently.
We’re building better justice for everyone, and you have the chance to influence that change. With the scale and size of transformation, you’ll get exposure to bigger opportunities and new ways of learning that will push your potential. This is pioneering work that’s first of its kind, which means you’ll get to own your mark bringing ideas that will shape your future and ours.
Sound like a challenge you’re up for?
The Head of Software Engineering reports to the Deputy Director for Digital Delivery, responsible for setting up and taking forward a highly skilled software engineering function which will ensure the credibility, quality and maturity of the all software deliverables.
Working alongside Heads of Technical Delivery who are focused on delivery to time, budget and quality, this role concentrates on how the software is delivered in all 40+ digital services in all jurisdictions. This will involve ensuring engineering standards are met across circa a population of circa 260 people of various levels and specialisms, working in approximately 28 software delivery teams.
We currently have over 200 experienced developers across MoJ and its agencies who make up the broader software engineering community. You will able to learn from others, share your knowledge and take part in informal support networks with your peers.
We rely heavily on
- Java and Python to write our backend services
- js and Angular to write our frontend services
- Jenkins for deployment
- Dynatrace for application monitoring
- Kubernetes and Docker to run our services
- Azure for most of our infrastructure
- Postgres and Redis as our databases.
- UK Design System for our web interfaces
- Macs to do all of the above
In addition, we use a range of other technologies and continue to evolve by employing new technologies that help us deliver better services to our users
What will you be doing?
- In addition, the head of software engineering will look after the technical career development of circa 50 developers and automation testers across the whole of Digital Delivery, involving mentoring and coaching and ensuring this is in place at all levels, running the community of practice and managing career pathways
What are we looking for?
- Specific software engineering related qualifications (and equivalents)
- Extensive experience of engineering highly complex software solutions
- Credible and experienced in all aspects of software engineering
- Previous experience of engineering highly complex digital systems with high number of users
- Demonstrable understanding of how large digital organisations operate in the context of this role
- Knowledge of best practice and methods and experience of implementing these in active development conditions
- Senior experience of problem solving and working with others to deliver at pace
- Good knowledge of working with technical and business stakeholders and the wider development team
- Manages and develops a team of people who coach others in order to build knowledge and experience, as well as providing direct coaching and mentoring of other technical employees
- Knows how to successfully lead teams through the full product life cycle, able to identify tools and techniques to use at each stage
- Adapts and reflects, is resilient and can see outside of the process
- Know how to coach others in software engineering best practices
- Know how to guide teams through the implementation of new approaches
What can we offer you?
- Agenerous pension scheme on average of up to 27%!
- 25 days leave, plus 8 bank holidays, plus 1 privilege day usually taken around the Queens’ birthday
- Flexible working; whether it’s working from home or remotely, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours, we have people doing it and are happy to discuss options with you
- Great maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave, with up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. And maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks, too!
- Bike loans and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location)
- Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers, and eye-care vouchers.
- Up to 5 days paid leave per year for voluntary work you may wish to undertake
- We also currently have employee-run networks for colleagues of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, those with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees with which you will eligible to join
We are passionate about career development and in order to help support this, we offer a number of training and development platforms that employees will have access to. Working with your manager, you will be given the support and time required to complete agreed courses, as part of your personal development plan.
- Pluralsight – Over 7000 video training courses created by over 1400 subject-matter experts, covering a wide range of software development related skills.
- Microsoft Enterprise Skills Initiative – a range of Azure focused courses that can lead to Microsoft Certification.
- Civil Service Learning – a wide variety of online training to help support your role as a Civil Servant.
Further details can be found in the downloadable Job Description
Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Flexible working hours
The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.
The MoJ offers a range of benefits:
Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.
There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.
The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.
- A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
- Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits,retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
- For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers
- Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
- Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.
The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order
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3- To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)
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.
Grading Structure Review
The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.
Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.