Software Development Manager

London , Birmingham , Hastings , Leeds
National £49,835 to £60,649 and London £54,535 to £65,431
24 Jan 2022
31 Jan 2022
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About the job Summary

Salary: National £49,835 to £60,649 and London £54,535 to £65,431

This role is part of the DDaT profession and attracts an enhanced pay scale. Up to an additional £15,000 / year

Do you have the ability to lead change across a range of digital and development projects?

Would you like to work with the latest technologies on nationally recognised projects?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

The Digital Service mission is to allow everyone working in the Department for Transport to use digital, data and technology with confidence, ambition and creativity. The Project Delivery team confidently and creatively delivers change projects to the Department, in line with the ambitious Digital Service Vision and Mission.

Find out more about what it's like working at DfT: Digital Service

Job description

You will be part of the Digital Project Delivery team providing end-to-end technical delivery of a portfolio of projects and services that responds to DfT needs and priorities, applying a number of modern delivery methods and techniques. We work with a number of suppliers in blended teams, to deliver maximum value to our users, making sure that services remain fit for purpose and are continually improved.

The development team build new services on the Google Cloud Platform using .NET Core 5. Services are hosted in Docker containers on the GCP environment, allowing the team to utilise a CI/CD pipeline and automated tools that integrate with GitHub. The department uses Digital.Ai Agility as the agile life cycle tool to manage the portfolio of projects and services. The team also support and maintain a growing portfolio of over 20 live digital services.

The team follow a set of architectural principles and standards (including reuse and microservices), but are always innovating and evolving. There is a wealth of training and development opportunities available and genuine opportunities to make a real difference to the transport users of the UK, through our work.


Include (but are not limited to);

• Line manage, mentor and motivate a joined-up team of software development, data engineers, database and dev-ops engineers (within a matrix management structure) that are allocated to software development projects, with a focus on Agile, DevOps, Test-driven development, Behaviour driven development and Continuous Integration;
• Be responsible for resource management, identifying availability and suitability of resources to be allocated to projects/services;
• Work with the Head of Digital Project Delivery to understand current and future planned software delivery project demand enabling the establishment of ongoing resourcing forecasts and schedules;
• Be responsible for setting standards, methods and tools for software development within DfT, advising on their use and ensuring their application, including SDLCM (software development lifecycle management) process;
• Be accountable for ensuring that software developments meet DfT’s business requirements, security and quality expectations, are well tested and easy to maintain.

Full Role Profile 

About you

You will likely have strong background in software development and be an experienced leader, capable of managing teams across a range of the digital functions. Focused on service delivery and passionate about Agile projects. Hopefully you will have learned lots on your career journey, which you now share freely with others, instilling a learning and CI culture in your teams and beyond, to maximise value.

You will own the Development processes, practices and tooling, including service validation and testing. You will ensure that components and services are to the standards of DFT and Government, to ensure user needs, security, quality expectations and business requirements are met.


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

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Availability and capacity management - DDaT Framework as Principal Developer Click Here
  • User focus - DDaT Framework as Principal DeveloperClick Here
  • Information Security - DDaT Framework as Principal DeveloperClick Here
  • Modern Standards Approach - DDaT Framework as Principal DeveloperClick Here


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

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, Experience and Technical skills.

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

How to Apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

When considering applying please look at how your experience relates to the role, and within your CV and Personal Statement please provide detailed evidence of your experience of the following:

• Experience of managing developer team services within an IT environment:

• Agile working. You know how to coach and lead teams in Agile and Lean practices, determining the right approach for the team to take and evaluating this through the life of a project. You can think of new and innovative ways of working to achieve the right outcomes. You are able to act as a recognised expert and advocate for the approaches, continuously reflecting and challenging the team.

• Life-cycle perspective. You can apply experience of multiple parts of the product life cycle. You can recognise when it is right to move forward and when it is right to stop. You can recognise the appropriate deliverables and the right people to meet these. You are able to work with other agile delivery operations throughout the product life cycle. You can plan and engage with the appropriate stakeholders at a particular stage in the project.

• Operational management. You keep abreast of industry best practice and can cascade ways of working. You know how to make operations efficient. You can act as the escalation point for major operational issues and champion operational management across the community. You can work closely with leaders of operational delivery teams in digital, data and technology (DDaT).

• Strategic ownership. You can develop a long-term vision and objectives. You are discerning and disciplined in focusing on what is important and most relevant. You know how to develop the capability of others.

• User focus. You know how to give direction on which tools or methods to use. You are experienced in meeting the needs of users across a variety of channels. You can bring insight and expertise in how user needs have changed over time to ensure these are met by the business. You know how to apply strategic thinking in how to provide the best service for the end user.

Sift & Interview Dates

The sift is due to take place week commencing 31st January 2022.

Interviews are due to take place week commencing 14th February 2022.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:
• an interview and a technical exercise (eg presentation, written, or coding exercise etc)

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

For further information on Success Profiles visit our Careers website.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section

DDaT Allowance

• The Development Manager role is part of the DDaT profession and attracts an enhanced pay scale which is mapped to capability levels. The successful candidates starting salary will be determined by performance at interview and assessed capability level. There are two components to DDaT pay - base pay and DDaT allowance.
• The role may also attract a DDaT allowance of up to £15,000. The amount, if afforded is determined by several factors one of which is assessed capability level.
• The successful candidate will be required to undergo yearly capability assessments which may result in pay increases or decreases. A drop in capability in any given assessment period results in 12 month pay protection to allow candidates to retain prior capability level.

Further Information

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

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 settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of 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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