Senior Python Developer


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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Manchester, Croydon

About the job

Job summary

This is a senior developer role. You'll work with seniors and principals whilst  coaching and mentor mid-level and associate (junior) engineers.

As a Senior Python Developer you’ll take ownership over the products, features and services the team looks after, being curious at heart with a desire to make things better. You’ll prioritise the focus on being one team with a passion for nurturing, coaching and sharing your knowledge with others whilst ensuring high quality code is delivered in line with project goals and delivery cycles and thrive using agile methods.

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- Meet the Home Office Software Engineering and DevOps team

Join us and hear from the Home Office Software Engineering team about our organisation, roles and recruitment process.

Job description

We’re passionate about building software that solves problems. We’re home to some of the most important public services in the United Kingdom and are transforming how we use data and technology to improve these.

You could be designing, building and supporting solutions to help people prove their identity or apply for visas or working on the critical IT systems that support policing and counter terrorism and help protect UK borders. Our success in this role depends on our ability to exploit the latest technologies to create leading-edge, world class solutions whilst ensuring they are secure and resilient.

We develop over 500 services which have millions of users worldwide. If these types of projects excite you, we'd love for you to join us!

Our tech stack

We have an extremely large range of tech and tools used in the Home Office, below are some of the main things we use:

Backend: Java, Node.js, C#, Python, PHP, Scala

Frontend: React, JavaScript, Typescript, Angular

Data: PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Mongodb, Apache Cassandra

DevOps: AWS, Kubernetes, Azure, Jenkins, Docker, Ansible, Terraform

What we offer

Great work life balance! We offer a lot of autonomy and flexible working patterns that can be agreed based on your personal needs. We currently offer a hybrid working model from home with an expectation to be in the office from time to time for team activities which is agreed locally (around 40% in the office).

We know that great software requires great coding practices. Here are some key practices which we insist upon across our teams that allow us to release with speed and quality:

  • Agile methodology
  • Test-driven development with a focus on automation
  • Continuous integration and continuous delivery
  • Review code via pull requests
  • Pairing smartly
  • Infrastructure as code & a modern DevOps environment
  • Upskilling and training across our tech stack

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Person specification

What you’ll do

  • Delivering secure, reliable and scalable software and supporting your team with technical tasks when needed
  • Re-develop core policing data systems to ensure they are effective and provide a solid basis for innovation
  • Evaluating and advising on design choices and ensuring that software is high quality and balances technical and business considerations
  • Defining and documenting test cases for new systems and maintaining live systems to ensure ongoing performance
  • Acting as a digital ambassador, supporting recruitment, identifying good practices for Home Office to adopt and sharing experiences, e.g. through blog posts, tech talks at conferences etc.
  • Evolving new approaches/solutions with other professions through discoveries, maintain a focus on development and deployment
  • Helping prioritise and direct technical tasks across your team, to balance new and live services

Like most businesses we need to maintain our services 24/7, therefore, on occasion there may be a requirement to work out of hours, for which you will be paid.

Essential skills

As a developer you will have some experience of:

  • Backend or full-stack development, with detailed knowledge and experience of Python
  • Experience of agile practices and version control
  • Experience using different testing techniques like unit testing
  • Experience working with databases
  • Knowledge and awareness of the full software development lifecycle
  • Knowledge of cloud based approaches

The technical skills listed below are reflective of the Home Office DDaT Profession Skills and Competency Model (based on the industry standard SFIA framework), please review the attached ‘Role Description’ which highlights the expected technical skills and required levels for this role.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

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

  • Data Management (DATM) - Level 5
  • Software Design (SWDN) - Level 5
  • Programming/Software Development (PROG) - Level 4
  • Testing (TEST) - Level 4
  • Systems Integration and Build (SINT) - Level 5
  • Application Support (ASUP) - Level 5


  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • 25 days annual leave on appointment, plus 8 days public holidays and 1 day for the King’s Birthday, rising further with service
  • Flexible working options to enable you to achieve the work life balance that right for you including part-time, flexi time and job sharing
  • Training and development opportunities tailored to your role
  • An in-year bonus scheme
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity

This link is to a short guide on YouTube to employee benefits - Click here for the video

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.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and 500 word personal statement.

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note your CV and personal statement should include all relevant experience that relates to our essential criteria listed in the advert and role description.

Remove information that identifies you (for example your name, age or place of education) so that you’ll be judged on merit alone and not your background, circumstances, race or gender.

(Do NOT include e-mail addresses or links to online profiles, resumés, or prior work, either personal or business. Active links or e-mail addresses may result in your application being rejected)

Application tips

  1. It’s crucial that your application demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria set out in the job advert. Don't just do a list of languages/platforms - do provide context
  2. You should include enough information and examples that demonstrate your skills and experience.
  3. You should give yourself plenty of time. You can start an application and come back to complete it before the job advert closes.

More guidance can be found here – completing you application

Sift Stage

The sift will be held on the CV and PS. Please read the essential skills for this position carefully. We will only consider those who meet the listed requirement.

Interview Stage

Candidates reaching the required standard will then be invited to attend a final interview. The interview will assess your Technical Skills (SFIA Framework) and experience using technical and experience-based questions. And you will be assessed on the core behaviour skills listed above.

Sift and interview dates

Sift will be conducted week commencing 06th March 2023.

Interviews will be held week commencing 27th March 2023. (Subject to panels operational requirements/priorities)

Interviews will be conducted remotely via MS Teams / Skype.

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.

Further Information

For meaningful checks to be carried out, individuals need to have lived in the UK for a sufficient period of time to enable appropriate checks to be carried out and produce a result which provides the required level of assurance. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for the last 3 years if the role requires CTC clearance, 5 years for SC clearance and 10 years for DV.  A lack of UK residency in itself is not necessarily a bar to a security clearance and applicants should contact the Vacancy Holder/Recruiting Manager listed in the advert for further advice.

Please read the essential skills for this position carefully. We will only consider those who meet the listed requirement.

If you have previously made an unsuccessful application for a role with the same essential skills and are not able to demonstrate how you have developed these skills since your last application please reconsider applying as your application is unlikely to be successful.

  • Higher Security Clearance - This post requires the successful candidate to hold security clearance at minimum SC level (normally requiring a five year UK footprint). Job offers to this post are made on the basis of merit. Security vetting will only take place after the receipt of a job offer.
  • Visa Sponsorship Statement - Please take note that the Home Office DDaT does not hold a UK Visa & Immigration (UKVI) Skilled Worker License and are unable to sponsor any individuals via Skilled Worker Sponsorship / Tier 2 (General) work visa.

This post is eligible for a DDaT Recruitment Retention Allowance this allowance is subject to an initial review within six months of taking up the post and thereafter an annual review in line with the departmental priorities and could be reduced or withdrawn at any time.

We often have similar roles available at different grades. If a candidate is suitable for a similar role or a lower grade than they have applied for, we may offer the candidate that role without the need to go through a further selection process providing the role has the same competencies and essential skills.

reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointment may be made.

If you have previously made an unsuccessful application for a role with the same essential skills and are not able to demonstrate how you have developed these skills since your last application please reconsider applying as your application is unlikely to be successful.

Every day, Home Office civil servants do brilliant work to develop and deliver policies and services that affect the lives of people across the country and beyond. To do this effectively and fairly, the Home Office is committed to representing modern Britain in all its diversity, and creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and perform at their best.

We are flexible, skilled, professional and diverse. We work to recruit and retain disabled staff and area Disability Confident Leader. We are proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse departments in the civil service. We are a Social Mobility Foundation top 75 employer.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant's details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

For further information please see the attached notes for candidates which must be read before making an application.

Existing Civil Servants should note that some of the Home Office terms and conditions of employment have changed. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful in application and should refer to the notes for candidates for further details.

Transfer Terms: Voluntary.

If you are invited to an interview you will be required to  bring a range of documentation for the purposes of establishing identity and to aid any pre-employment checks.

Please see the attached list of Home Office acceptable ID documents.

Any move to the Home Office 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

Reasonable Adjustments

If a person with disabilities is at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

  • Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
  • Complete the “Assistance Required” section in the “Additional Requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you're deaf, a language service professional

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


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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