Software Engineer (Full Stack – Java) - Flexible Working Available

Taunton, Somerset
£31,589- £44,784 + Retention award up to £3,900
03 Jul 2019
19 Jul 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Whether it be our bespoke award-winning offices, genuine flexible work/life balance, code craftsmanship or agile team environments, being a Software Engineer at the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is an exciting opportunity to challenge yourself working on multiple world class projects and collaborating with equally passionate experts within their field.

The UKHO develops and serves world leading geospatial software and data solutions to commercial shipping companies, navies and maritime organisations. Our products ensure safe navigation and global trade efficiency and support other marine activities including economic development, environmental protection, resource exploration and utilisation, scientific research and security and defence.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Software Engineer to join our data platform team. Depending on your experience and skill set, you will join as either a Senior of Expert level.

Working as part of an agile team, the successful applicant will work on developing our data management and processing services.  Activities include:

  • Writing code in Java, Scala, Typescript;
  • Automating testing and deployments to the cloud;
  • Using SaaS and PaaS components from multiple cloud providers (e.g. AWS and Azure), and cloud-based build and deployment tooling (GitHub, Azure Pipelines, Azure Kubernetes Service, Terraform etc.);
  • Using big data techniques to store and process data;
  • Using a variety of architectural paradigms such as containers and serverless.

We emphasise quality and have high standards for design, test automation and continuous delivery.

For our Senior Software Engineer role, we are looking for candidates who have a good understanding of Java or a similar language and have proven experience as a software developer.

For our Expert Software Engineer position, the applicant will be an expert in one or more core technologies with a strong track record as a developer in a number of technical contexts. The applicant will have spent time investigating new tools and techniques and mentoring others. 

And in return?

We will actively empower you to develop yourself and provide flexible working practices for a healthy work/life balance. You will also benefit from a brand-new award-winning office, with free use of our on-site gym, free parking and subsidised canteen.

For a full job description, including the assessment criteria, please click the apply button. To apply you will need to send your CV and a completed diversity monitoring form (available to download via the apply link). 

Closing date: 12pm on 19 July 2019.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction.

We may hold telephone calls with you as part of the interview process.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test, technical evaluation exercise or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this info.

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability, whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that the evidence you provide in your competency statement must demonstrate that you meet the minimum pass mark, set by the short-list panel, for each criteria listed in the ‘short-list’ section, above. The short-list panel will not be made aware of any individual that has applied under GIS; this information will be processed solely by HR, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit, on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.


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