Contract type Permanent
Salary London: £55,720 - £72,760 & National: £51,767 - £66,939
Grade 7
Number of open roles 14


Senior Software Developer

Location: National*


Closing Date: 20th October 22

Interviews: Multiple 1 stage interviews expected on the following dates: 5th October, 7th October, 12th October, 17th October, 20th October & 28th October


Grade: G7

(MoJ candidates who are on a specialist grade, will be able to retain this grade on lateral transfer)

Salary:   London: £55,720 - £72,760 which may include an allowance up to £17,040

    National: £51,767 - £66,939 which may include an allowance up to £15,172


Working pattern: Full time, Part time, Flexible working

Contract Type: Perm


Vacancy number: 64938


*We are currently offering hybrid working which includes 2 days per week in your local office. Office locations can be found HERE


The Role:

We’re recruiting for Senior Software Developers here at Justice Digital, to be part of one of our warm and collaborative teams.


You’ll be confident working with other developers on our tech stack and comfortable learning new technologies and systems. We use a variety of different technologies, and will work with you to place you in a team that matches your skills, interests and aspirations wherever possible.


As an example, you could be:

      Reducing reoffending rates by improving the scheduling of prison visits in our Prisons team

      Enhancing access to justice by developing a service to apply for legal aid in the Legal Aid Agency

      Building a no-code platform for publishing government forms and services to the internet in the MoJ Forms team

      Improving outcomes for offenders by building tools to manage rehabilitation services in our Probation team

      Maintaining transparency of government by managing freedom of information requests and parliamentary questions in our Central team


You will work with user researchers, product managers, designers, delivery managers, technical architects and content specialists who share a vision for improving government through smarter use of technology.


To help picture your life at MoJ Justice Digital please take a look at our blog and our Digital and Technology strategy 2025


Our Tech Stack:

We rely on Ruby, Java, Kotlin, Python or .NET to write our application code, Circle CI or GitHub Actions for CI/CD, Sentry for application monitoring, Kubernetes and Docker to schedule and run our services (read about our Cloud Platform), AWS for most of our infrastructure, GOV.UK Design System for our web interfaces and use Macbook Pros.


For front-end development, we value a robust understanding of the underlying web technologies. We value well-maintained, open-source tools that can be used to produce semantic HTML, performant CSS and unobtrusive JavaScript or TypeScript, and we assess all our services against accessibility criteria.


We’re happy to help you learn our tech stack once you’re part of our team, and do not require an exact match in your experience of languages. Check out GitHub for a closer look at the technologies we use, and a complete list of services that we build and maintain. We subscribe to the manifesto for agile software development.


Our Community:

We currently have over 150 experienced developers who make up the engineering community across the MoJ. You will coach and mentor junior colleagues and take part in informal support networks with your peers. You will be encouraged to play an active role in the engineering community and culture.


We take the responsibility of supportive and effective line management very seriously. We will value the skills you bring to the civil service and help you to build on them. When the time is right we will support moving between teams or government departments to learn different technologies, or take on more responsibility, according to your career goals.


Take a look at our developer blog and Justice Digital blog to get a sense of our work and culture.


Key Responsibilities:

As a Senior Software Developer at the MoJ you will have technical and people responsibilities.



       Securely designing, building and maintaining APIs, services and systems

       Working on pre-existing codebases

       Improving the resilience and stability of software

       Applying the practices to enable continuous delivery



      Developing and influencing people via line management duties, informal and formal coaching, and mentoring

      Supporting lead developers in building high performing teams

      Help to build and maintain a diverse, inclusive culture across the development community, growing awareness, inclusivity, and balance


If this feels like an exciting challenge, something you are enthusiastic about, and want to join our team please read on and apply!



      37 hours per week and flexible working options including working from home, working part-time, job sharing, or working compressed hours.

      We are committed to nurturing our staff and provide lots of training and development opportunities with learning platforms such as: Linux Academy, O’Reilly, Pluralsight, Microsoft Learning, Civil Service Learning, GDS Academy, etc.

      10% dedicated time to learning and development with a budget of £1000 a year per person

      Generous civil service pension based on defined benefit scheme, with employer contributions of 26-30% depending on salary.

      25 days leave (plus bank holidays) and 1 privilege day. Plus 5 additional days of leave once you have reached 5 years of service.

      Compassionate maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave policies, with up to 26 weeks leave at full pay, 13 weeks with partial pay, and 13 weeks further leave. And maternity support/paternity leave at full pay for 2 weeks, too!

      Wellbeing support including access to the Calm app.

      Nurturing professional and interpersonal networks including those for Careers & Childcare, Gender Equality, PROUD and SPIRIT

      Bike loans up to £2500 and secure bike parking (subject to availability and location)

      Season ticket loans, childcare vouchers and eye-care vouchers.

      5 days volunteering paid leave.

      Free membership to BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

      Some offices may have a subsidised onsite Gym.


Person Specification:


You will:

      Have experience of building server-side applications and detailed knowledge of at least one programming language

      Have experience of modern development and deployment techniques, including continuous integration and continuous delivery

      Have experience working in agile environments

      Have a working knowledge of unix-like operating systems such as Linux or Mac OS X

      Have a knowledge of software maintenance, clean code and practices that make change easier

      Have enthusiasm for learning and sharing knowledge,working in a multi-disciplinary team

      Have the ability to quickly learn new languages and frameworks and willingness to pick the right tool for the job

      Have the ability to manage technical debt appropriately and proportionately

      Have experience of mentoring and supporting your colleagues, whether one-to-one or in groups


You’ll value:

       Continuous learning and development

       Being inclusive, supportive, inquisitive and responsible (MoJ D&T core values)

       Working with integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality (Civil Service core values)


Willingness to be assessed against the requirements for BPSS clearance


We welcome the unique contribution diverse applicants bring and do not discriminate on the basis of culture, ethnicity, race, nationality or national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability status, sexual orientation, educational or social background or any other factor.


Our values are Purpose, Humanity, Openness and Together. Find out more here about how we celebrate diversity and an inclusive culture in our workplace.


How to Apply:

Candidates must submit a CV and an optional Statement of Suitability (Up to 750 words), which details how you meet the requirements set out in the Person Specification above.


In Justice Digital, we recruit using a combination of the Digital, Data and Technology Capability and Success Profiles Frameworks. We will assess your Experience, Technical Skills and the following Behaviours during the assessment process:


       Working together

       Developing self and others

       Making effective decisions


Your application will be reviewed against the Person Specification above by a diverse panel.


Successful candidates who meet the required standard will then be invited to complete a short coding exercise at home, and discuss at a panel interview held via video conference.


Should we receive a high volume of applications, a pre-sift based on experience will be conducted prior to the sift.


Terms & Conditions:

Please review our Terms & Conditions which set out the way we recruit and provide further information related to the role and salary arrangements.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact [email protected]