Software Engineer Returnship

UK Hydrographic Office
Taunton, Somerset
£31,017 - £44,459
15 Aug 2018
17 Sep 2018
IT, Specialist
Contract Type

Software Engineer Returnship

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Salary: B2-B1 £31,017 - £44,459 with the possibility of a recruitment & retention allowance of up to £3,900

Location: Taunton

12 Month Fixed Term Appointment with the possibility of permanency or extension

Re-invigorate your software engineering career with flexible working options at UKHO

Working on projects that are vital to the safe operation of the marine industries, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is an exceptional place in which to explore what you are capable of.

Our high-quality marine geospatial information is used around the globe, with a client base that varies from international shipping businesses to defence navies.

Our customers know they can rely on us to provide industry-leading products and services, and as such, we are committed to employing a diverse and inclusive team to deliver our exceptional standards.

Our people range from parents and carers who are returning to work after a career break to those who need a second chance at establishing their career – making for a particularly dynamic environment in which every life stage is welcome.   

We are a supportive organisation that appreciates that you may have taken an extended career break for a variety of reasons – but that you may now be in a position to re-pursue your profession once again.

We would therefore like to invite you to return to Software Engineering with our industry-leading ‘Returnship Programme’. Over the course of a year, we will support you with bespoke training and mentoring, and all the resources you could possibly need to update your capabilities and become a fully-skilled Engineer.

Joining a number of agile teams, you will gain knowledge in C# or Java, plus Scrum, test automation and various up-to-date frameworks. Benefitting from the guidance of a technical mentor, you will undertake a comprehensive education that will include tutor-led courses, culminating in the production of a large software project that will demonstrate your enhanced skills – thereby setting you on the path to an exciting future.  

As a civil service organisation with a commercial approach to conducting business, we offer a fast-paced working environment that is both goal-focussed and exceptionally supportive.

You will therefore thrive in this team if you are able to work at pace, while adopting a partnership approach to your work. With great communication skills and a passion for learning, you will have the capacity to work with both technical and non-technical colleagues.

Crucially, you will have at least two years of previous professional experience of.Net or Java and object-orientated concepts, with a good knowledge of design principles and patterns.

With the chance to adopt a flexible working pattern to suit your lifestyle, this is a unique role that will provide you with a great work/life balance. We also offer creche and nursery facilities, plus forward-thinking benefits including generous holiday entitlement and a lift-share scheme.

With the scope to work with some of the foremost thinkers in the marine geospatial field, this is a valuable opportunity to pursue your professional goals – and support those in the marine industries at the same time. Join us, and discover your full Software Engineering potential.


How to apply and interview process

To apply for this role please prepare a competency statement, which details, with examples that demonstrate your knowledge, skills and/or experience, as set out below. As a guide, we would be looking for around 250 words per point.

Your examples do not need to be work-related, however should reflect the following:

› Previous professional experience (over 2 years) of.Net or Java and object orientated concepts.

› Previous knowledge of design principles and patterns

› Able to work in a team and collaborate with others at a technical and non-technical level

› Effectively plan, organise and manage their time and activities to deliver a high quality and efficient service

› Your CV – this will be used in the interview process but not during short-listing

Please send your statement and CV by 12pm on 17th September 2018:

As an employer committed to equality of opportunity, we short-list solely using information relevant to the assessment process. Please note that your competency statement will be the only document assessed; therefore, please ensure you provide all the necessary information within it.