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The deadline was Tuesday 7 February 2017
National Offender Management Service (NOMS)

Java Developer (Full Stack) for NOMS Digital Studio

0 Incomplete applications

18 Completed applications

16 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Tuesday 31 January 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 2 February 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 7 February 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
An exciting opportunity for talented, tenacious individuals looking to join our team and take lead in creating world-class services in the Prison and Probation environment. Conducting Service Discovery to identify and deliver high-quality, user-centred products that positively impact the lives of offenders, prison staff and society as a whole.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
SOW001 dated to 30/06/2017. Subsequent SOWs 3 month durations, up to 24 months.
Yorkshire and the Humber
Organisation the work is for
National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will be part of a cross disciplinary team consisting of delivery manager, product manager, user researcher, UX designer, content designer, technical architect and developers.
What the specialist will work on
As a NOMS Digital Studio developer you'll have strong skills in web development and want to work within multidisciplinary agile teams of developers, designers and researchers focused on products.

You'll provide technical leadership, working closely with the wider team to ensure high quality code is delivered in line with the project goals and delivery cycles. You'll work closely with designers to deliver rapid prototypes as well as production code for which you'll ensure high accessibility standards are upheld.

We expect familiarity with modern frameworks and languages, as well as working practices such as TDD, continuous integration, continuous delivery and DevOps.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Greenfield Hse,
32 Scotland St,
S3 7DQ (with some time in London)
Working arrangements
The role is Sheffield based, but there may be travel involved to other regions of the country including London. There is a £5000 limit on travel expenses: expenses will only be covered for meetings outside of Sheffield. Travel between Sheffield and the supplier’s location will not be covered.
Security clearance
Basic Clearance required (disclosure scotland)

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Experience building server-side web applications and detailed knowledge of at least one programming language (we use a range of languages including Ruby, Python, and Java)
  • and/or detailed understanding and experience of front-end web development (HTML/CSS/JS)
  • Outstanding ability to develop efficient, highly optimised and clear code
  • Understanding of and experience with a range of approaches to testing application code and systems for behaviour and performance
  • An ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Experience working on technical projects within a team
  • Working knowledge of unix-like operating systems such as Linux and/or Mac OS X
  • Knowledge of the git version control system
  • Ability to quickly research and learn new programming tools and techniques
  • Understanding of the use of Responsive Web Design
  • Deep knowledge of accessibility standards and developing web products that can be used easily by users with a range of assitive technology needs
  • Can submit candidate CV to by COP Tuesday 7th February
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Mentor and train other developers in a non-line management capacity
  • Act as a “tech lead” on complex projects, providing support for product and delivery management and pragmatically weighing the complexities involved against the need to act
  • Experience mentoring or helping colleagues optimise their code
  • Knowledge of relational and non-relational database systems
  • System administration and configuration management skills
  • Experience presenting work at user groups and conferences
  • Experience of building and scaling high-traffic websites
  • Experience of handling large data sets and scaling their handling and storage
  • Experience of working with JavaScript libraries to produce data visualisations
  • Experience of designing and maintaining public HTTP APIs
  • Experience of handling large data sets and scaling their handling and storage

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • We challenge the status quo: we aim to understand the reason behind ‘the way things have always been done’ to see if there is a better way to do things
  • We respect each other in our different opinions and are constructive in feedback
  • The unit of delivery is the team - we have no individual heroes, the stars are the teams as whole entities
  • We aren’t afraid of conflict: we surface tensions and conflict early, and address them promptly
  • We believe empowered teams deliver the best products: those who are doing the work should and do have the greatest understanding of the work - so ask the team!
  • We inspect and adapt regularly to continuously improve; learning from failure not blaming individuals
  • Working product in the hands of users early and often
  • Products degrade quickly, so we regularly iterate and improvement our products ongoing
  • Collocating the people, skills and knowledge you need is the best way to deliver
  • Measure progress by what value you deliver
  • Keep focus on quality, making sure the whole team is aware of any debt taken on
  • Keep it simple and do less, whether that for features in the product or the way you are delivering
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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