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Software Developer

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Job summary

£26995 - £29776
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
23 August 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Software Developer within Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

DDaT Pay Supplement
This post attracts a £4,000 DDaT pay supplement after a 9 months DDaT competency qualifying period. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review.

SASA's primary role is to provide scientific services and advice in support of Scotland's agriculture and wider environment. Although much of our work is in support of arable agriculture, we also provide services in food safety, wildlife management and crime whilst providing specialist advice to Scottish Ministers.

The Development Team delivers a wide range of digital services and platforms to enable SASA's business activities, providing secure services to around 175 scientific and support staff based in Edinburgh, multiple Scottish Government Area Offices, Farmers and Growers throughout Scotland.

The Development Team are responsible for the development and maintenance of bespoke software applications to support the diverse and complex work of the Division. Making use of the latest technologies, processes and standards available to them including Docker, Sentry, automatic deployments, pipelines, LEMP, NodeJS and more.

This exciting role will involve support, security, maintenance, and further development of a suite of business-critical software applications on various exciting projects. Working within a talented small team, this role will give great exposure to personal development, insights into leading practices and techniques. No one day will be the same, but each day will be rewarding, with opportunities to grow and develop your career as part of Digital Data and Technology Profession.

As part of the Scottish Government we encourage a work/life balance; offering flexible working, access to employee assistance schemes, a contributory pension scheme (employee contributions 7.35%, employer contributions 27.9%), 36.5 days annual leave (including public and privilege holidays) which increases to 41.5 after 4 years and a variety of other benefits.

Essential Criteria
Programming and build (software engineering). You can design, code, test, correct and document simple programs or scripts under the direction of others.

1. Programming and build (software engineering). You can design, code, test, correct and document simple programs or scripts under the direction of others, with experience of back-end development and an understanding of front-end development using technologies such as:
• Docker • Linux • PHP 7 • MySQL 8 • Nginx • HTML5 • CSS • JavaScript ES5

2. Modern standards approach. You understand the central principles of modern standards approach and can apply them with guidance to your work.

3. Service support. You have experience in fault resolution following agreed procedures or experience in running defined infrastructure maintenance tasks.

4. Information security. You can demonstrate an understanding of information security and the types of security controls that can be used to mitigate security threats within solutions and services you have worked on.

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
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Laura Walls at laura.wall@sasa.gov.scot.

To apply for this post, you will need to provide the information requested below via the online application process. These must be combined into one document as the system can only accept a single document upload per application.

A CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Add to your CV your personal statement (no longer than 750 words) explaining why you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.

Failure to submit a single combined document (CV and personal statement) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to either 'Microsoft Teams' or 'Webex' applications by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. Should you be invited to interview, you will be told which platform the event will take place on. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot.


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