Software Engineering Team Lead


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Posted 2 weeks ago

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Sheffield, Manchester, Croydon, Hendon

About the job

Job summary

What is a software engineering team leader? What do they do? How are they important? What should you expect if you become one at the Home Office? Are you a good fit to be one?

These are the questions we will hopefully answer for those people wanting to explore leadership and are curious about what becoming a Software Engineering Team Leader at the Home Office is all about!

So what is a software engineering team leader for us at Home Office?

Your role is split into two equal parts, 50% of your time will be focused on your teams delivery, the quality they produce and the overall growth of the engineers within those teams including taking on line management responsibilities. The other 50% of your time will be to produce and execute and that means having skin in the game. This can be in the form of writing code, testing solutions or any other way to help your team execute and release!

Your focus, primarily is on people & delivery, setting the direction, strategy and management of multiple projects. You’ll lead and coach a multidisciplinary team to build, improve, and maintain critical digital services relied upon by the UK public and government - This work matters!

What we’re offering

We’re at the start of an interesting journey that involves growing our engineering community by about 500 people across the next few years and establishing and building our community culture to support this. You’d be part of a growing profession and enjoy the benefits of such, for instance a clearly defined developmental pathway along with community support and learning and development appertaining to your role.

If you like being at the heart of something big, implementing and shaping future services for users this role is for you. We’re shaping the future of Home Office Services in the building of new technical multidisciplinary teams.

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Job description

As an experienced Software Developer that wants to try leadership, or an experienced technical leader looking for a new challenge, you’ll be taking on a leadership role in a truly unique technical space that offers many challenges that we’re confident will provide an amazing experience to truly have an impact!

We offer training packages to ensure you get the best guidance and support to help you succeed!

You’ll play a part in recruiting your new team and leading the way it works, making decisions that affect your own and wider teams. You’ll enjoy engaging with others, collaborating, finding solutions to problems and take a ‘people first’ approach relishing the opportunity to develop others to reach their full potential through advising, guiding, mentoring and coaching to help grow their career.

As mentioned half of your time will be hands on technical with the remainder leadership, management and stakeholder engagement but ultimately, it’s up to you, you decide how your team works.

You’ll be focused on the delivery, but also ‘keep your hand in’ guiding and motivating team members to deliver, creating an environment that ensures team happiness and success. With complete autonomy you’ll decide how to manage and get the best out of your team, and with our new performance benefits you as a line manager will have the ability to reward excellent work through various ways.

Person specification

Our people are important to us, and we put them at the heart of what we do, we’re looking for someone who embraces that philosophy and recognises the importance of diversity, continuous improvement, listening and learning from others, building trust and mutual respect.

You’ll combine leadership and line management expertise with your software engineering capability. We’re building new teams too and you would actively participate in the hiring and on-boarding of those team members.

Your key areas of impact

  • Building and leading an agile software engineering team delivering with high performance and high quality

  • Taking a hands-on role with engineering delivery where necessary, blending your leadership and technical skills to achieve team objectives

  • Growing and developing team members as well as Supporting Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and encouraging formal professional qualifications

  • Working with your peers to improve our tools, technologies, guidance and standards

  • Progressing the Digital Data and Technology profession, understanding all roles and helping to build our engineering community

Essential Criteria

You’ll have a demonstrable passion for leading engineering teams with the following skills or proven experience in:

  • Backed or full stack development using modern web programming languages such as Java or PHP or JavaScript or NodeJS for example

  • Defining RESTful APIs

  • Building new services and establishing and developing common approaches, contributing to technical strategy, helping to deliver consistently and iterate quickly

  • Leading test-driven development with a focus on automation

  • Working within an agile environment

  • Taking a “people first” approach and caring deeply about nurturing a healthy team culture

  • Working through all aspects of the software delivery lifecycle with focus on continuous integration and continuous delivery

  • Understanding of our core tech stack - Java or C# or JavaScript

If you like being at the heart of something big, making decisions, both autonomously and with others, ensuring work is prioritised and completed to recognised standards, along with implementing and shaping future services for users then this role is for you.

The 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.

Technical skills

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

  • Performance Management (PEMT) - Level 4
  • Professional Development (PDSV) - Level 5
  • Programming/software development (PROG) - Level 4
  • Quality Management (QUMG) - Level 5
  • Software Design (SWDN) - Level 5
  • Systems Development Management (DLMG) - Level 5


  • 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

Things you need to know

Selection process details

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

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Personal Statement (Max Word Limit:500).

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

Please note your Personal Statement should be aligned to explain why you are a good fit for the advertised role aligned to the essential criteria listed in the role description.

And your CV 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. (Do not just list languages / platforms - do provide context.)

  2. You should include enough information and describe 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 & Technical Exercise

The sift will be held on the Personal Statement and CV.

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

Candidates who pass the sift will be provided with a programming exercise / coding exercise to complete, details will be provided prior to the interview.

This coding test will assess your ability to effectively perform in the advertised role. You will be sent detailed instructions along with an invitation to take the test. Please make us aware if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to participate in the test.

A technical test is a great opportunity for you to show us your technical capability in a structured and transparent way. We have an assortment of tests to assess different skills depending on the role.

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.

Regrettably, candidates who fail to complete the test and those candidates not reaching the required standard should note that their applications will not be progressed further.

Sift and interview dates

Sift will be conducted week commencing 6th 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

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.

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.

  • 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.

A reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for 12 months. Should another role become available within that period you may be offered this position.

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 behaviours and essential skills.

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 Stonewall top 100 Workplace Equality Employer and 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

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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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