Site Reliability Engineer Department for Work & Pensions

Reference 1638593
Number of vacancies 20
Location Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield
Salary Up to £78,605
Work hours 37
Employment type Full Time
Job benefits

A brilliant Civil Service pension with employer contributions circa 20%, generous annual leave, flexible working, great work life balance and lots more.

Closing date 1 August 2019

Job description

Site Reliability Engineer, DWP Digital: Up to £78,605, 20%+ employer pension contributions, flexible working and lots of great benefits

DWP is big – really big; more than £173bn of payments to citizens annually and over 80,000 employees using more than 150 distributed and cloud applications.

Digital in government has changed. We’re transforming services with new ways of working and cutting-edge technologies with a more user-centric focus. We need Site Reliability Engineers to build out our DevOps culture, empower our developers and help to ensure our services remain reliable and secure.

We’ve moved away from services which are focused on features and benefits, towards services which are focused on users and their needs. If you’re a creative leader, love to share knowledge, have great coding and problem-solving skills, and want to be part of a major uplift to our digital programme, then SRE could be for you.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for Lead and Senior Site Reliability Engineers to join our thriving Engineering community. You’ll need skills in AWS Cloud, Terraform and an appreciation of legacy technologies and you’ll understand and be able to embed SRE best practice.

You and your role

Our SRE practice combines software and systems engineering to build and run large-scale, massively distributed, fault-tolerant systems. Scripting to automate and design out failures before they happen, you’ll create ultra-scalable, ultra-reliable systems for DWP.

Here you will work with the application, infrastructure and database developers to increase reliability and reduce down time and uptime targets. You’ll ensure that DWP’s critical and highly visible services maintain reliability and uptime so that we can continue to deliver products and services to millions of people in the UK, including some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

As an SRE you will be responsible for continuous improvement, while maintaining application capacity and performance. You will devise and implement optimisations and automations that reduce technical debt; reduce operational costs and risks; automate toil; and improve the quality of the application code. We make sure that our SREs are involved from the initial application idea all the way through the application lifecycle to decommissioning.

You might be an experienced software engineer, with some helpful consultancy background, able to apply software engineering techniques to solve IT Operations and Infrastructure problems. Or you could be working in DevOps or SRE now, looking for a new challenge with real scale, purpose and complexity. You’ll find that here, along with a huge, diverse portfolio of projects and programmes with the power to improve the lives of real people.

Where You’ll Work

You’ll join us in one of our easy-to-reach digital hubs in Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield.

Each of our hubs is modern, vibrant workplace, designed for and by members of our community. In many locations we have the best of the city of our doorstep, and we have a range of facilities across the sites including cafes, coffee shops and restaurants, gym facilities and lots more. Get in touch to find out more about your preferred location.

We provide the latest tech and tooling and foster a collaborative culture to help our agile, multidisciplinary teams think big and try new things. You will work alongside people who care passionately about public service, making a difference and delivering for our customers.

We’re the UK’s biggest government department with over 80,000 diverse and brilliant people on our team. We are an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications regardless of age, gender, race or sexuality.

Our Offer

In return for your skills we offer competitive salary up to £78,605, a brilliant civil service pension with employer contributions of 20%+, and a generous leave package.

We also have a broad benefits package built around your work-life balance which includes:

We believe the work we do really matters, so we’re serious about investing in your ability.

You’ll have access to a huge suite of training and learning opportunities to complement the new skills and experience you’ll acquire on the job. You’ll share ideas with colleagues from across the tech community, and grow your skills via our coaching and mentoring programmes.

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