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Senior Developer

£350 - £400/day
S1, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
11/01/2019 (21:53)
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A position has arisen for a senior developer to work with the Schools Commercial Team to help us deliver a digital service designed to help schools save money when buying goods and services for their school.

As a developer on this project, you will be working on building a system aimed at staff in schools. You will be joining an existing multi-disciplinary team consisting of delivery manager, product manager, user researcher, interaction designer, content designer and a technical architect, within a wider programme of work across the schools' commercial team. You will work closely with the technical architect and other team members to design and develop a simple and sustainable service, including considerations for operability. We expect you to be familiar with modern frameworks and languages, as well as working practices such as TDD, continuous integration, continuous delivery and DevOps.

Essential skills and experience

  • Experience building server-side web applications and detailed knowledge of at least one programming language
  • Experience of using NodeJS to build and run production systems
  • Detailed understanding and experience of front-end web development (HTML/CSS/JS)
  • Ability to develop efficient and clear code and systems
  • Understanding of and experience with a range of approaches to testing application code and systems for behaviour and performance
  • An ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Experience working on technical projects within an agile team
  • Working knowledge of unix-like operating systems such as Linux and/or Mac OS X
  • Knowledge of the git version control system
  • Familiarity with DevOps and continuous iterative delivery principles
  • Demonstrable experience in using and configuring continuous integration systems

Nice-to-have skills and experience

  • Experience building services to the Digital Service Standard
  • Experience in progressing a service from alpha into private beta
  • Experience acting as a "tech lead" on complex projects, providing support for product and delivery management and pragmatically weighing the complexities involved against the need to act
  • Systems administration and configuration management skills
  • Experience running a production service, including setting up appropriate monitoring and alerting
  • Experience presenting work at user groups and conferences
  • Understanding of the use of Responsive Web Design
  • Experience with testing and improving the accessibility of services
  • Experience of using GitHub and/or working in the open
  • Experience of deploying applications to run on Platform as a Service offerings
  • Experience with Microsoft Azure
  • Experience with Continuous Integration as a Service platforms

Working arrangements

Ideally co-located with the team in Sheffield but consideration will be given to remote working. Occasional travel to other DfE sites may be required. We will operate using agile methodology including daily stand ups, sprint planning, sprints, retrospectives and show and tells. Face to face attendance at all Show and Tells is expected.

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Start Date
11 February 201  
Contract Length
Up to 12 months  
Job Reference
exp. 22/01/19 - DfE
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