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Senior Developer

Salary details: £48867 - £62528

Royal Borough of Greenwich
Salary Details
£48867 - £62528
Additional Allowances
The base salary for this role is up to 51,903, any offer made above this will be made up with a market supplement allowance
Location Postcode
SE18 6HQ
Job Term and Hours per Week
Permanent; 35
Closing Date
19 June 2023 
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Role:  Senior Developer

Hours: 35 hours/ week 

Salary: Paying up to £51,903. any offer made above this will be made up with a market supplement allowance 


Royal Greenwich is a vibrant borough, with a rich history and diverse community. We’re proud of the work we do to serve our residents.

We have a vision of a happier, healthier and more connected borough. To achieve this, we’re investing heavily in our digital services and we've published our first ever digital strategy. It's what shapes what we're working on for the next four years and beyond.

It’s an exciting time to join us. We're searching for people-focused digital, data and technology experts to join our new team. We’re focused on improving services for our residents and making our borough truly digital. There's plenty of opportunity for you to have your say and help shape our work.

Read our blog to find out more about who we are and what we're working on.

We are hiring a range of developers and welcome applications from those who identify as front-end, back-end or full-stack developers.

The Role

We are looking for a senior developer to join our team. Across one or more products in development at discovery, alpha or beta stage, you will:

  • Build web and mobile web based products and services to serve user needs
  • Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable code
  • Help set software development standards and ensuring they’re adhered to; defining high-quality services and service support
  • Identify performance bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to these problems
  • Help maintain code quality, organization and automatization
  • Lead and mentor junior members of the development team
  • Work across mutiple product teams concurrently



What You’ll Do

  • Implement software development standards and practice for the council
  • Use open-source, cloud-based, loosely-coupled technologies to make sure our technology remains nimble and easily iterated upon
  • Monitor performance against technology standards for the council, including software development standards and practice; architectural standards and designs; devops practice and culture
  • Ensure that all software you build, maintain and run passes the GDS service standard or equivalent peer review
  • Take responsibility for making sure our services don’t become stale, continuously iterating in live
  • Work with services to help them improve their technology systems, even when we haven’t built them
  • Use test-driven development or similar methods to ensure our services are of a high standard from day one.



Who You Are

We want to hear from people with skills in:

  • Building, supporting and continuously iterating software
  • Cloud infrastructure; data centres; applications and components
  • Leading a development team within wider multidisciplinary user-centred Agile teams
  • Collaborative prototyping with user researchers, service designers and content designers
  • Using test driven development or similar
  • Pair-programming, mentoring of junior developers


You Should Be


We are looking for people who share our values and principles:


  • naturally curious – you keep on top of your own learning and development and are up to date with the latest techniques and trends in your field  
  • an advocate for user-centered practices, embedded within agile delivery   
  • able to explain complex technical concepts in plain language
  • committed to improving residents’ lives and opportunities
  • demonstrating respect and fairness
  • taking ownership
  • doing things better
  • working together across the council

These values are incredibly important to us, as is building an environment that promotes knowledge, empathy, equality, and skill sharing.

Please keep reading:

At Royal Greenwich we want our staff to thrive professionally. We are a business that that recognises and supports transferable skills and ambition So if you think you have what it takes, but don’t necessarily meet every single point on the job description please still get in touch. We’d love to have a chat and see if you’d be a good fit.

We are passionate about creating a diverse workforce and positively encourage applications from under-represented communities. We embrace equality of opportunity irrespective of disability, neurodivergence, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, gender and gender presentation, marital status, sexual orientation, culture, and religion.

As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.



What we offer

  • 28 days’ annual leave
  • Flexible and partly remote working arrangements
  • Mental health support, including an external counselling service
  • Pension scheme
  • Long service awards
  • Learning and development opportunities, including apprenticeships
  • Staff networks for mental health, LGBTQ+ support, racial equality and more
  • Vouchers for free eye tests
  • Annual season ticket loans
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Reduced-rate gym membership
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Greenwich One Card which entitles you to discounts at local businesses

If you’d like an informal chat about the role, you can speak to Sarah Carter (recruitment support) by emailing sarah.carter@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or booking a chat via Calendly

Apply for this role

To apply for this role you must:

  • upload a CV
  • write and upload a supporting statement/cover letter

To apply, select the “Apply for this job” button.


Things to consider when making your application. 

We want to give you the best opportunity to show off your career and skills in the best way possible. Please consider the following: 


  • Your cover letter is a great way to help bring your CV to life. Think of it like a trail of breadcrumbs to lead us to want to interview you. It is unlikely that we’ll shortlist you for an interview without a cover letter. This is your first opportunity to show us why you’re right for this role, and your letter can show us how you fit the personal specification. 
  • Your CV should be up to date, in a readable and accessible format and pertinent to the role. 
  • Use your cover letter to talk about work that you are proud of, your values and your expectations. 
  • If you are called for interview (see below), look at the presentation and interview questions within the context of what you've already shared about yourself and think about how you can build on that foundation. 



Hiring process  

Step 1 – Complete the application form and upload your CV and cover letter. 

Step 2 – If we invite you to an interview, we will: 


  • Send details of the 5–10-minute presentation we’d like to you do. 
  • Send your interview questions in advance
  • Check with you if you need any further accommodations for the interview. 


Step 3 – Attend the panel interview. This will usually be a 1-hour video call with up to 3 people like the hiring manager and other team members you would work with.  


We’ll ask you to do your presentation at the start of the interview. We are keen to ensure that the video interview process doesn’t interfere with your ability to present your work to its best effect. Your presentation can be talking direct to camera, slides, a PDF, or similar, and could include visual examples of your work. The panel will then ask you follow up questions.  


The panel will then ask a set of questions which will also have been sent to you in advance.  

This will give you the chance to think about your answers in depth and be able to talk with confidence. The questions will give you an opportunity to show how you meet the essential criteria of the job description.  

At the end you’ll have the opportunity to ask the panel questions in return.  

If you’d like an informal chat about the role, you can speak to Sarah Carter (recruitment support) by emailing sarah.carter@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or booking a chat via Calendly


For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Sarah Carter ;    sarah.carter@royalgreenwich.gov.uk      07870 677050  

If you require any assistance in viewing or accessing this opportunity, please contact recruitment@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or call 020-8921-8977


Diversity Statement: Royal Borough of Greenwich values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this. We therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community.

High Volume Applications: Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.

Advert Close: All vacancies close at midnight unless otherwise stated.

Internal Only Advert: This vacancy is being advertised internally only – this means it is only open to applications from existing employees, agency workers, apprentices and GSP/GSS employees.

Interview Arrangements: During this time, our priority for all of our recruitment activity is to make sure our applicants, hiring departments and new starters are informed, safe and supported. Careful and thorough consideration will be given to interview arrangements and for any essential in-person recruitment, we will ensure this is held in a suitable, secure setting with additional arrangements to ensure any current safety requirements are fully adhered to.

Salary: Salaries advertised are for a standard working week of 35 hours unless otherwise stated. Please use this 'Salary Calculator to help you calculate a pro rata salary.

Our Staff Values: Our Staff Values are important to us. Candidates will be continuously assessed against our staff values throughout the recruitment process. Where candidates demonstrate views and behaviours that do not meet the standards of our staff values, we reserve the right to reject their application/ registration.