Defence Digital - Junior DevOps Engineer


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Job summary

Would you like to be part of a team supporting the delivery of a range of cutting-edge intelligence applications and services to our armed forces?

This is an exciting opportunity to join Defence’s Cloud team, delivering Cloud services to the rest of Defence across multiple security domains. This role will allow the successful candidate to:

  • Work in partnership with premier Cloud suppliers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and others.
  • Experience a DevSecOps culture and Agile ways of working with a motivated high-profile team.
  • Shape and deliver the future of cutting-edge IT Cloud services in Defence.
  • Access sought after industry recognised training and certification packages, developing your personal experience and technical skills.

Defence Digital provide digital and technology services to our Armed Forces, ensuring they can operate securely via radio, satellite, and the internet. Operating at scale, with an annual budget in excess of £2Bn and a diverse team of 2,500 colleagues, we're aiming to make our Armed Forces some of the most technologically advanced in the world. To do that we're growing our capabilities in disciplines like data science, automation and cyber security.

An annual Market Skills Allowance of up to £3,500 is payable for this post linked to performance, training, professional development and an assessment of contribution to team objectives. Continued eligibility for this payment, will be subject to a bi-annual review. 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.

This position is advertised at 37 hours per week.

Job description

This role sits within Core Enabling Services (CES) as part of the MOD Cloud team. We provide a managed Cloud hosting service to MOD customers, based on public and private cloud technologies including Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

As part of a DevOps team using Agile (SAFe) methodologies you will assist in delivering and integrating software to build managed cloud platforms and you will work closely with other MOD Cloud teams to understand customer needs and to deliver innovative solutions and capability for Defence.

The Junior DevOps Engineer role aligns to the technical job family within the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Capability Framework and in this role you will typically develop, manage and deploy applications or Infrastructure as Code, using DevOps practices.

At this level you will be learning on the job, working under supervision to assist in the building of complex stories and the implementation of cloud infrastructure.

For more information on the Ddat framework, follow this link; Development operations (DevOps) engineer - GOV.UK (

Person specification

As a successful Junior DevOps Engineer, you will:

  • Work as part of multi-disciplined DevOps teams; assisting engineering resources to deliver work packages or services to quality, time and cost in an Agile way.
  • Support, under supervision, the implementation of cloud infrastructure that underpins all internal user services.
  • Assist with the development and operation of software through tools, environments and practices.
  • Assist in the building of tools to automate infrastructure management tasks and the deployment of services.
  • Work closely with customers to understand their requirements and user needs.


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

  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Programming and Build (software engineering)
  • Service Support
  • User Focus


  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • 25 days annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service
  • Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
  • In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The King's birthday
  • Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to for volunteer military or emergency service reserve commitments
  • Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year
  • Enhanced parental and adoption leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing
  • Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club and Gyms
  • A highly competitive pension scheme.

Additionally, please see the attached Benefits Leaflet

Learning & Development

In Defence Digital we have a strong learning and development ethos, supporting you to fulfil your potential by providing –

  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • Professional and Personal Development of skills
  • Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, some free or paid by MOD
  • Ability to obtain industry recognised qualifications supported by MOD

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating them on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Smoke-Free Working Environment policy, Smoking and the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere in the Defence working environment by 31st December 2022. The policy is Whole Force and includes all Defence personnel, contractors, visitors and other non-MOD personnel. All applicants seeking, considering, or accepting employment with the Ministry of Defence should be aware of this policy and that it is already in place at a number of Defence Establishments.

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

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.

Any move to MOD from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

Please note: Interview travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

To apply, please complete the CV and personal statement template provided on the CS Jobs dashboard. It is essential that your personal statement includes evidence of the following essential criteria and is no more than 1250 words. Each one will be scored 1-7 and make up part of your overall score to assess your suitability to be invited to interview. Your personal statement should provide a paragraph on each of the following, detailing your experience and suitability for each:

Essential Criteria

  • A strong interest in Agile working and Cloud computing technologies.
  • The ability to research and learn new tools and products, keeping up to date with the latest libraries, frameworks and languages.
  • Creative problem-solver; ability to learn new technologies and to provide simple solutions to complex problems
  • The ability to collaborate and build effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Equality and Diversity

Our people are at the heart of everything we do at Defence Digital. It’s vital that our workforce reflects the diversity of both our audience and the wider society in the UK, so we’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds and communities. We also recognise the importance of a good work life balance, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including part-time and job shares for all our roles. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process if this is something you want to explore.

Hybrid Working

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 (the permanent duty station, MOD Corsham, which is based on business assessment of where the work is best done) and working from home as a personal choice (if the role is suitable for this). If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

Professional Framework statement

Defence Digital operates an organisation model in which every individual belongs to a Government Profession. The successful applicant will be posted into one of the defined Government Professions on Standard Terms of Reference for the grade. Defence Digital reserves the right to move individuals between roles, within their allocated profession, to meet the needs of the business and in support of agile resourcing.

Within Defence Digital each profession is led by a Professional Head of Community who will lead professional development and support the Continuous Professional Development path for their group.

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.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard 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)
  • 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.

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.

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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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