Position: Entry level

Job type: Full-time

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About the job

The role

As a Software Developer in DIT, you’ll develop software to meet user needs, collaborating with colleagues in a multidisciplinary Agile product team. We’re recruiting for roles across different teams, each working on different services that support and promote UK trade. We code in the open, using Python (Django) and React - see our code here: http://github.com/uktrade

Job Description

In this role, you’ll:
  • Write secure, reusable code, following a test-driven approach (TDD).
  • Identify and fix issues with production services.
  • Coach and mentor more junior developers.
  • Be an active member of the departmental developers’ community, sharing good practice.

You’ll have demonstrable experience of:
  • Using either Python web frameworks or React while developing full-stack web-based applications.
  • Testing, building and deploying code with modern tools.
  • Writing code with security features embedded.
  • Identifying, locating and fixing faults and bugs.
  • Designing and integrating systems, including integration testing.
  • Identifying user needs and proposing technical solutions to resolve them.
You May Have Experience Of
  • Using Django and Docker when developing web-based applications.
  • Managing the availability and capacity of digital services.
  • Contributing to development process optimisation.
  • Prototyping new digital services.
  • Meeting the GOV.UK Service Standards.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension
Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

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.

Selection process details

We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

For your application, we would like to see your CV and a letter or personal statement outlining your experience and skills and fit for the role. We highly recommend that you include a link to GitHub or other code repository in your application.

We will invite people to interview based on how much their application shows the skills listed in the ‘demonstrable experience’ section above.

During the CV review and interview stages we use Success Profiles, a flexible framework, to assess applicants against a range of elements, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate these elements required to be successful in the role.

At the interview for this role we assess your technical/specialist experience, outlined in the above role description, testing your ability through relevant assessments and ask you questions around behaviours. This will include a technical test using either Django or React (based on your prior experience), along with GitHub and Docker.

For This Role, The Essential Behaviours Required Are
  • Leadership
  • Changing and improving
  • Making effective decisions
  • Delivering at pace
If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

The Department for International Trade embraces and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has on the work we do, and we promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation.

Harmonised terms and conditions are attached. Please take time to read the document to determine how these may affect you.

Please note – the successful candidate will be expected to remain in post for a minimum of 18 months before being released for another role.

Any move to the Department for International Trade 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 https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

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

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put 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 the DDaT Recruitment team before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DIT by email: digitaltalent@trade.gov.uk

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:

Click here to visit Civil Service Commission.

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

For further information and to apply please click the link below to direct you to the advertisers website.

SC Clearance Details

All security clearances require you to provide evidence of your UK footprint where you have been physically present in the UK.

The requirement for SC clearance is to have been present in the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years.

Failure to meet the residency requirements will result in your security clearance application being rejected.

If you require SC clearance you will need to provide evidence of the below requirements.

Checks Will Be Made Against
  • departmental or company records (personnel files, staff reports, sick leave reports and security records)
  • UK criminal records covering both spent and unspent criminal records.
  • your credit and financial history with a credit reference agency
  • Security Services record
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :Name : ddat.recruitment@trade.gov.ukEmail : ddat.recruitment@trade.gov.uk Recruitment team :Email : ddat.recruitment@trade.gov.uk
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Deadline: 21-06-2023

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