Software Developer

Registers of Scotland

Software Developer


Registers of Scotland, Meadowbank, City of Edinburgh

  • Full time
  • Permanent
  • Remote working

Posted 3 weeks ago, 27 Jun | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: 498f406b6b95421792bd03b2412a7ccb

Full Job Description

Registers of Scotland (RoS) manages 21 land, property and other legal registers which are a critical asset for the Scottish economy. We aim to provide the best public service for Scotland and are on a mission to make some of the oldest public land registers in the world into some of the most modern. We are committed to providing the best service to our customers through the creation of award-winning digital services, supported by the latest in cloud and AI technology. We are also committed to supporting our colleagues by offering a range of modern work policies and workspaces, as well as encouraging an inclusive, diverse, and equitable work environment.
At RoS we are committed to supporting our colleagues by offering a range of modern work policies and workspaces, as well as encouraging an inclusive, diverse, and equitable work environment. We are proud to promote our We Invest in People Gold Award, Investors in Young People Silver Award and We Invest in Wellbeing Gold Award, alongside our zero gender pay gap and the fact we are a disability confident employer. To get a taste of what we do, our facilities and our hybrid working approach please see the following link for a short video, A developer delivers software components that form part of a product.
At this role level, you will:
+ develop software to meet user needs.
+ follow best practice guidelines and help to improve those guidelines.
+ write clean, secure, and well-tested code.
+ coach and mentor more junior colleagues
+ operate the services you build and identify issues in production., Below is a list of the technology and methodologies used at RoS. This spans across all our development teams. Each team will utilise a subset of the technology listed. There are no requirements for anyone to have extensive experience in all the technology in this list. Personal development is encouraged at RoS and as such training on any technology listed can be provided but you should have experience of some of the following technologies:
+ Delivery Model: Agile, Kanban
+ Development Environment: Ubuntu, MacOS
+ Version Control: GitLab
+ Programming Languages: Java, Python, JavaScript (Typescript)
+ Backend Frameworks: Spring Boot
+ Frontend Frameworks: React, NextJs
+ Databases: Oracle, Informix, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, MongoDB, RDS, Aurora
+ Testing: Cypress, Jest, React Testing, Mockito, Spring Boot Testing
+ QA: SonarQube, Prisma
+ CI/CD: Jenkins, Artifactory, Docker, Gitlab runners
+ Deployment Environments: Virtual Machines, OpenShift, AWS serverless and serverful
+ Monitoring, telemetry, intelligence: Grafana, Kibana, ServiceNOW, CloudWatch
+ Infrastructure as code: Ansible, CloudFormation, CDK
+ Web Server: Nginx
+ Access control: OAuth, AzureAD, IAM
+ Cloud: AWS, Azure, Behaviours are the actions and activities that people do which result in effective performance in a job. The Civil Service has defined a set of behaviours that, when demonstrated, are associated with job success. Civil Service Behaviours are specific to the grade level of the job role. Below are the primary behaviours chosen for this role.
+ Working Together: Encourage joined up team work within own team and across other groups. Establish professional relationships with a range of stakeholders. Collaborate with these to share information, resources and support. Invest time to develop a common focus and genuine positive team spirit where colleagues feel valued and respect one another. Put in place support for the wellbeing of individuals within the team, including consideration of your own needs. Make it clear to all team members that bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable. Actively seek and consider input of people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
+ Changing and Improving: Work with others to identify areas for improvement and simplify processes to use fewer resources. Use technology where possible to increase efficiency. Encourage ideas for change from a wide range of sources. Clearly explain the reasons for change to colleagues and how to implement them, supporting individuals with different needs to adapt to change. Encourage an environment where colleagues know that they can challenge decisions and issues safely. Take managed risks by fully considering the varied impacts changes could have on the diverse range of end users.
+ Developing self and others: Identify capability gaps for self and team. Ensure development objectives are set and achieved to address any gaps and enable delivery of current and future work. Take time to coach, mentor and develop other colleagues to support succession planning. Promote inclusiveness by respecting different personal needs in the team and use these to develop others. Reflect on own work, continuously seek and act on feedback to improve own and team’s performance.
+ Communicating and influencing: Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner, choosing appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact. Encourage the use of different communication methods, including digital resources and highlight the benefits, including ensuring cost effectiveness. Ensure communication has a clear purpose and takes into account people’s individual needs. Share information as appropriate and check understanding. Show positivity and enthusiasm towards work, encouraging others to do the same. Ensure that important messages are communicated with colleagues and stakeholders respectfully, taking into consideration the diversity of interests.

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
+ Working Together
+ Changing and Improving
+ Developing Self and Others
+ Communicating and Influencing, Candidates will be assessed against the essential criteria for the role based of behaviours as stated above and a technical test. We will invite suitable candidates to an assessment week commencing 22nd July 2024, though this is subject to confirmation.
Assessments are likely to include a behaviour-based interview and a further technical exercise, details of which will be shared with candidates who successfully make it through the sift stage. We will be assessing candidates remotely via MS Teams, (though we may invite you attend assessment at one of our office locations with prior agreement). Assessments and appointments are made in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, in strict merit order.
Recruitment timetable
Vacancy closes – 7th July 2024
Sift – WC 8th July 2024
Invite to assessment – WC 15th July 2024
Assessment – WC 22th July 2024
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
+ UK nationals
+ nationals of the Republic of Ireland
+ nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
+ nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
+ nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
+ individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
+ Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Skills needed for this role level:
+ Availability and capacity management. You can manage service components to ensure they meet business needs and performance targets. (Skill level: working)
+ Development process optimisation. You can explain the importance of developing process efficiency and the common ways in which processes are optimised. You can support specific activities to improve development processes. You can spot or identify obvious deficiencies. (Skill level: awareness)
+ Information security. You can understand information security. You can design solutions and services with security controls embedded, specifically engineered with mitigation of security threats as a core feature. (Skill level: practitioner)
+ Modern standards approach. You can competently apply a modern standards approach and guide others to do so. (Skill level: practitioner)
+ Programming and build (software engineering). You can collaborate with others when necessary to review specifications. You can use the agreed specifications to design, code, test and document programs or scripts of medium-to-high complexity, using the right standards and tools. (Skill level: practitioner)
+ Prototyping. You can approach prototyping as a team activity, actively soliciting prototypes and testing with others. You can establish design patterns and iterate them. You can use a variety of prototyping methods and choose the most appropriate. (Skill level: practitioner)
+ Service support. You can help fix faults following agreed procedures. You can carry out agreed maintenance tasks on infrastructure. (Skill level: working)
+ Systems design. You can translate logical designs into physical designs. You can produce detailed designs. You can effectively document all work using required standards, methods and tools, including prototyping tools where appropriate. You can design systems characterised by managed levels of risk, manageable business and technical complexity, and meaningful impact. You can work with well-understood technology and identify appropriate patterns. (Skill level: working)
+ Systems integration. You can build and test simple interfaces between systems. You can work on more complex integration as part of a wider team. (Skill level: working).
+ User focus. You can collaborate with user researchers and can represent users internally. You can explain the difference between user needs and the desires of the user. You can champion user research to focus on all users. You can prioritise and define approaches to understand the user story, guiding others in doing so. You can offer recommendations on the best tools and methods to use. (Skill level: practitioner)

+ We offer a stimulating working environment and strongly believe that a diverse team is crucial to achieving our mission!
+ Our team is ambitious, acts with integrity and demonstrates commitment to progress and impact. We nurture talent and reward success.
+ We work in an agile way, which is applied across the whole organisation.
+ RoS offers a generous annual leave entitlement. Starting with 26 days of holiday plus 12 days bank holidays (for a total of 38 days). We reward your commitment to us by increasing annual leave by +1 day per year, for up to +4 additional days on your entitlement, bringing your allowance to 42 days.
+ We operate a 36-hour working week and offer flexible working arrangements (up to 30 hours flexi per month).
+ We offer office locations in Edinburgh & Glasgow and currently offer a hybrid working model, having established we can successfully work remotely.
As part of the reward package, you will get access to:
+ Civil Service employer pension contributions at circa 29%.
+ Service benefits, cycle to work scheme, discounted dental insurance, £100 eye care vouchers subsidised gym memberships, childcare vouchers, buying and selling annual leave, retail discounts and more!
+ Family friendly leave policies (Maternity at

  • 1-year full pay, Paternity Leave/Shared parental Leave/Special Leave & more) after 1 year of continuous service.

  • + We offer continuous training and development opportunities, including being able to attend industry events.
    + A generous salary range with pay progression arrangements is in place.
    + You will have access to external counselling and external advice.
    + We are a Disability Confident employer.
    + We hold a Invest in People Gold Award, Investors in Young People Silver Award and We Invest in Wellbeing Gold Award.
    + We monitor equal opportunities and offer support where needed.