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Job description for Associate IT Developer

As part of the Information Management & IT (IM&IT) function, your impact will be felt across the organisation, helping to embed new technology and tools, automate processes and improve data management. We’ll support you to innovate, as you bring positive change and fresh ideas to the team. Don’t settle for the status quo. Improve on what’s gone before – and drive for what’s next.

This role brings access to specialist training and lots of avenues for learning and progression – whether you’re interested in developing new technical skills or reaching the next step up. You’ll also benefit from a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women’s Inclusive Network, Race & Culture Network, Pride Network, Neuro Inclusivity Network – and many more. We recognise that the best people for the job may have commitments outside of work, so we’re pleased to promote flexible working to support our colleagues in balancing work and home life.

Advances in information technology and digital communications are revolutionising the way we live and work, almost every aspect of our daily life depends on technology. Cyberspace has delivered many opportunities and benefits, and is fundamental to the business of DE&S. However, with such prolific use of technology comes significant risk and potential threats through the loss or compromise of our information, which would impact significantly on the success of our business, and therefore to military capability and defence. This risk must become a conscious part of our daily working practices, so we can minimise it by ensuring we adopt appropriate behaviour to safeguard our data and our information and that of our suppliers.

We’re currently recruiting for Associate IT Developers to join our forward thinking and progressive teams based in MOD HQ in Abbey Wood, Bristol, giving you a fantastic chance to form an integral part of our IM&IT function.

Supporting the implementation and maintenance of key software and systems development processes, you’ll work in an Agile software development environment to build an in depth knowledge of your technology stack with an understanding of how it fits the wider landscape. This is a standout opportunity to work with a team of subject matter experts, with scope to add a lot of value very quickly.

Responsibilities for DE&S Associate IT Developer

In this role, you will be entrusted to:
• Build code to detailed specifications, unit testing and correct code errors.
• Document unit test results to aid learning, using agreed standards and tools, to achieve a quality well-engineered result.
• Ensure reviews of own work to meet compliance of agreed standards and processes.
• Participate in Agile Software Development, increasing knowledge of interactive code design, build and test.
• Grow own in-depth knowledge of your technology application stack and understand how it fits in the wider IT landscape.
• Participate in Agile Software Development, promote the methodology, interactive build and testing.
• Participate in the production of prototypes/proof of concept with senior developers’.
• Be an active part of the Application and Development community, attend meetings and participate in working groups.
• Improve capability within the function and participate in other function improvement activities.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
•  Experience of Software Engineering & Delivery within an organisation or an IT qualification.

It will also benefit your application if you are able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
•  Experience of working with various stakeholders and IT abilities within the business
•  Ability to work both alone and with others
•  Experience in JIRA
• Experience in the Microsoft Office Suite
•  Aspiring Subject Matter Expert

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Development and Implementation
• Data Literacy
• Changing and improving
• Communicating and influencing

What’s in it for you?

Please note, our salary bands are under review and may increase. If the outcome of the review results in an increase in the minimum salary and your salary offer falls below the new minimum, your salary will be increased to the new amount from your contracted start date. If the new minimum is less than the salary you are offered, the original salary offer will be retained.

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in our Little Book of Big Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together.

Please click the link below to apply for the role of DE&S Associate IT Developer by creating an account and upload your details.

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Associate IT Developer


£27,200 – £32,000 per annum (plus benefits)

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Information Management & Information Technology

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[email protected]

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