Defence Business Services


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Oak East Level 1, ABW(N), Filton, Bristol, South West

About the job

Job summary

Are you a dedicated person who is passionate about making a difference?

Would you like to work for the Ministry of Defence?

Defence Business Services (DBS) is one of the largest shared service organisations in Europe that provides a wide range of corporate services, to over 1.2 million end users, including serving and past military and families, as well as MoD civil servants and industry. DBS delivers large scale administration and smaller specialist services to enable the wider MOD to focus on its core aims, maintaining the UK’s Defence and Security. Services include Human Resources, Pay, Veterans, Finance and Procurement.

•    Our Vision - To support UK defence customers with outstanding service every time.

•    Our Mission – Together we will proudly support Defence, continuously improving and delivering flexible, timely, sustainable and value for money services that underpin the whole force and enhance operational capability.

DBS is committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues. We are building an inclusive culture and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us through opportunities to develop your skills and experience. We also offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career accessible to you and offer a Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%. Where your role permits, we support a blended working approach alternatively known as hybrid working.

Come and join the DBS community today!

Job description

This role will be responsible for the development and maintenance of various Oracle Integration Cloud (OIC) processes, which interact with the cloud hosted Oracle HCM solution. Specifically, contribute to the design, build, and configuration of technical solutions, based on the pre-determined functional and technical specifications and ensure these solutions meet quality and performance requirements. As the developer you will report to the Payroll Integration Lead or the Payroll Applications Lead depending on business demand.

This job role may be suitable for hybrid working, which is an informal, non-contractual and voluntary arrangement, blending a balance of attendance in the workplace (your permanent duty station in Bristol, Abbey Wood North) and working from home. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post. There will be an occasional requirement to visit other DBS or MOD sites, for which expenses may be claimed in accordance with the extant policies and procedures.

•    Developing and maintaining Payroll related Integrations, utilising technologies such as Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle SQL, PL/SQL, SFTP and HCM Data Loader (HDL).

•    Working with the Payroll Integration Lead on prioritised business demand. Ensuring performance feedback is gathered for all assigned work and liaising with your respective Integration Lead to identify suitable opportunities relevant to your skill set.

•    Assist with detailed-level designs, ensuring they are developed to the required standards and where required, work with the Solution Architect function to provide SME input to the high-level design.

•    Using the high-level designs, translate the logical components into detailed-level designs by producing detailed build documentation for development and ensure that the detailed build requirements map to the System Requirements.

•    Monitor and report to the Integration Lead or Applications Maintenance Lead on the progress of systems development projects using agreed processes.

•    Ensure that developed solutions are peer reviewed (as required) and formally documented in order to facilitate the implementation of software across DBS systems and Oracle Cloud/OIC.

•    Use data analysis and data modelling techniques (where applicable) to establish, modify or maintain a data structure and its associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions).

•    Assign work to the solution developers where necessary, monitor performance and report progress to the Payroll Integration Lead or the Payroll Applications Lead.

•    Assist the Payroll Applications/Integrations team with the investigation of incidents. Provide SME support to diagnose the root cause and subsequently support ‘fix’ activities as required.

•    Engage with relevant stakeholders (both internal and external) to achieve common delivery goals.

Person specification

The Payroll Integration Developer must:

•    Have experience in managing stakeholders of various grades and able to adapt and thrive in a demanding environment.

•    Have sound judgement and the ability to interpret user needs

•    Be able to translate complex challenges into meaningful, actionable and achievable activities.

•    Understand the impacts of Change (internal and external) on people, processes and technology.

•    Extensive experience in solution development.

•    At least 2 years’ experience in a senior role, supervising others.

•    Proven leadership skills.

•    Expert knowledge/technical aptitude in an Oracle system, ideally payroll.

•    Knowledge of end-to-end development process.


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

  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • DDaT Software Engineer – Senior Developer Competences:

    • Programming and build (software engineering) • Systems integration • Service Support


•    An environment with flexible working options Monday-Friday

•    25 days paid annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service (pro rata). In additional to 8 public holidays per year, you will also receive leave for HM The King’s birthday

•    Hybrid working where role permits

•    An opportunity to be considered for Reward & Recognition- £250-£5000 per year.

•    Family-friendly policies including- parental leave and adoption leave

•    Learning and development tailored to your role

•    Professional and personal development of skills

•    A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

•    Minimum of 15 days special leave in a rolling 12 month period for volunteer reserve commitments

•    Special paid leave to volunteer up to 6 days per year

The post does not offer relocation expenses.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

External recruits who join the MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a six-month probation period.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Please ensure that at the application and interview stages of the campaign you review the Success Profiles Framework to assist you in the demonstration of your skills and experience.

Your suitability for the role will be assessed using the Success Profile elements that have been chosen for this campaign. Each element will be scored accordingly, and the successful candidate will be appointed on merit.

Applications will be sifted on all Success Profile elements, but in the event of a high number of applications, an initial sift will be conducted on the Personal Statement.

In this instance the remaining elements will be tested at interview.

At application stage you will be assessed against the following:


•    Personal Statement

•    Career History

At interview you will be assessed against the above, PLUS the following:


•    Leadership

•    Delivering at Pace

•    Managing a Quality Service

DDaT Software Engineer – Senior Developer Competences:

•    Programming and build (software engineering)

•    Systems integration

•    Service Support

In the rare case where individuals have exact matching scores, the order of merit will be determined based on the behaviour scores at interview in the following order:

•    Programming and build (software engineering)

•    Systems integration

•    Service Support

•    Delivering at Pace

•    Managing a Quality Service

•    Leadership

If candidate scores are still exact, the merit order will then be determined on the sift score in the below order or priority:

•    Personal Statement

•    Career History

We want to offer opportunities to all who are successful at interview for our roles, but this isn’t always possible, so we do hold candidates on an active reserve list for 12 months.

Application sifting is scheduled to take place on week commencing : 9th March 2023

Interviews are currently taking place via MS Teams (please determine the method of your interview. Face to face is available as well as remote via MS Teams. and will be conducted week commencing: 23rd March 2023.

A minimum of 2 full working days’ notice will be provided for interviews. We endeavour to stick to these dates, but these are subject to change around business needs.

To assist with your application please find attached below:

1.    DBS Candidate Information Guide

2.    DIT Candidate Information Guide

3.    Functional Framework

Disability Confident Scheme

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

If you need to advise us that you need additional help or reasonable adjustments for the recruitment process, please contact: [email protected]

MOD Recruitment Satisfaction Survey – we may contact you regarding your experience to help us improve our customer satisfaction. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. You may however be given the opportunity to provide additional information to help us improve our service which includes the collection of some personal data as defined by the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR). The MOD Privacy Notice sets out how we will use your personal data and your rights.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

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


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

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) (opens in a new window)
  • 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 (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).

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.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

The UK Civil Service implements the policy of the Government of the day and delivers crucial public services.

Our Working Week

We are very flexible with working schedules. For many positions, it is possible to work part-time hours at the expense of pay. All jobs which are marked as "part-time" allow you to choose how many hours you would like to work.

Our 4 day week = any day off

Our Vacation Policy

We offer a generous annual leave allowance (typically 25-30 days per year for full time staff) plus public holidays. If you work a 4 day week (30hrs), you can expect:

  • 28 days PTO
  • 52 unpaid days
  • 80 days off per year

Our Remote Working Policy

Our team works hybrid remotely throughout the UK. For some roles, 100% remote working is possible - please check the job description for more details.

Our Employee Benefits

  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Childcare support
  • Equipment allowance

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