Senior Software Engineer

Plymouth, South West, PL6 5WS
05 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
Contract Type

Senior Software Engineer

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 23rd November 2020

Location - Plymouth, South West, PL6 5WS

Reference number - 79751

Salary - £37,248
An IT allowance of £4,609 is also payable (non-pensionable).

Grade - Senior Executive Officer

Contract type - Permanent

Business area - HMLR - Digital, Data and Technology

Type of role - Digital / Information Technology

Working pattern - Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts - 4

About the job


It is an exciting time for HM Land Registry as we continue to embark on a major transformation programme. HMLR's ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data. You will join our award-winning Digital, Data and Technology Directorate which is the in-house IT division at the heart of the move to a digital, data-driven organisation with the ambition to provide our customers with cutting-edge digital services.

We are now looking for experienced Senior Software Engineers to join our Digital, Data and Technology team to help us to achieve this.

HM Land Registry's existing software systems and services form part of the critical national infrastructure, safeguarding land and property ownership valued at £7 trillion. This enables over £1 trillion worth of personal and commercial lending to be secured against property across England and Wales.

Job description

As a Senior Software Engineer you will be expected to provide expert technical direction on projects and activities to delivery teams. You will be able to produce solution design(s) that align to agreed architectural principles and review system designs and complex code produced by colleagues as required.

You have the ability to collaborate with colleagues and your peers to ensure the standardised approach to software development is adopted across your projects, providing hands-on expertise and direct problem-solving on technical issues encountered during the software development cycle(s).


We are seeking Senior Software Engineers who uses their own and other resources to provide technical leadership to delivery teams and colleagues. You will be able to resolve technical issues that arise on software projects and be able to assist in the continual improvement of the end-to-end processes supporting delivery for your group.

To meet the requirements for this role it is essential you have experience in designing solutions to meet business needs, promoting reuse and ensuring the solution adheres to design standards. In addition, you will also have experience leading a software development team including assisting team members, overseeing the work of others and mentoring colleagues. Good communications skills are essential.

For more information about the job, please see the attached candidate pack.

Due to Covid-19, the role will initially be home based so an induction and training will be carried out remotely, with full support from the team. Your home office will be located in the vibrant waterfront city of Plymouth.

The Digital, Data and Technology Directorate is the in-house IT division for HMLR. We are currently recruiting several roles to ensure the directorate’s teams contain the right blend of skills, experience and knowledge to take our major transformation programme forward. These teams are at the heart of the move to a digital, data-driven organisation with the ambition to provide our customers with cutting-edge digital services.

Our Business Strategy for 2017-2022 sets out our aims of:
• brilliant at the basics;
• a comprehensive Land Register;
• world-leading through Digital Street – our ground-breaking research and development project exploring how land registration might work in 2030;
• opening our data;
• expert people; and
• financially strong.

For more information about what its like to work here please see the following links:
Building our digital capability through Communities of Practice
Working for HM Land Registry/


A qualification in Information Technology or a related area (Degree Level or equivalent) and / or significant experience in an IT field.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing


HM Land Registry offers very competitive terms, conditions and benefits. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression, training and development. You will have access to Civil Service pension and benefits arrangements and generous leave allowances, as well as flexible working – exactly what you would expect from a progressive employer.

HM Land Registry is a great place to work, where difference is celebrated.

We’re committed to fairness and equality for all, so you feel valued for who you are and what you do. Diversity fuels our innovation. Our shared values help us work together, to benefit the communities we serve.

Our employee diversity networks support our culture of inclusion and contribute to our diversity action plan. Our current focus is to encourage people from under-represented groups into management and leadership roles, especially people with disabilities, women and ethnic minority colleagues.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.

Please upload an anonymised CV to include your qualifications, career history, skills and experience. We ask that you do not include any personal details. Within your CV, please provide details of how you meet the essential criteria listed on the Job Description.

The statement of suitability section (in no more than 500 words) please provide an example of where you have led technical team members in the implementation of a product or service.

The final stage will consist of a blended interview and a pre-prepared presentation which will be conducted as a video interview, week commencing Monday 30 November 2020.

The blended interview will test the experience and behaviours listed in the attached job description, as well as the strengths associated with the role. We want to hear your first, unrehearsed, natural response to strength questions, and so we don’t advertise which strengths are being tested.

The best way to prepare for strengths questions is to reflect on what you identify as your own personal strengths, and your preferred ways of working.

Candidates should ensure they read the attached guidance document fully before submitting an application. Please review your application form before clicking ‘submit’ – once you have submitted, you will not be able to amend your application.

Ensure your application form is received by the closing date for receipt of applications – this is 11:55pm on the advertised date.

HMLR is accredited to the Disability Confidence Scheme, which denotes organisations which have a positive attitude towards disabled people. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria at the shortlisting stage are guaranteed an invitation to interview.

If any candidate requires the panel to consider a reasonable adjustment or there is anything else they would like the panel to take into consideration they are asked to notify us of this at application stage where possible or during the process as soon as it becomes a requirement.

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Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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 :         Ian Harvey
Email :

Recruitment team :
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Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance to the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please email in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from HM Land Registry then you may take your complaint to the Civil Service Commission: