DevOps Engineer at Department for Work & Pensions, Newcastle/Remote, 12 Months, £Contract Rate

  • Contract Spy
  • Hybrid (Newcastle, UK)
  • Jul 09, 2024
6 Months or more

Contract Description



DevOps Engineer - Inside IR35

Contract Term: 12 Months

Contracting Authority: Department for Work and Pensions

Location: Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Blackpool, Sheffield or Birmingham (2 days per week)


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions, and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers. As such, we operate on a scale that is almost unmatched anywhere in Europe and most people in Britain come into contact with us at some point in their lives.

Working with DWP, you will be helping us to drive our priorities to:

  • Run an effective welfare system that enables people to achieve financial independence by providing assistance and guidance into employment
  • Increase saving for, and security in later life
  • Create a fair and affordable welfare system which improves the life chances of children
  • Deliver outstanding services to our customers and claimants
  • Deliver efficiently: transform the way we deliver our services to reduce costs and increase productivity





As a DevOps Engineer you will be responsible for the design and implementation of applications ' build, release, deployment and configuration activities. Other responsibilities include working within multi-functional teams to gather requirements, evaluate tools, implementing/updating solutions, building and executing test plans, provision environments, application performance reviews, assist migration of legacy systems, and triaging and fixing operational issues.

You will contribute to DevOps culture promotion and aide/support the transition to DevOps as a best practice.


  • Leads, manages and develops their team of people, setting the direction for the team, to deliver high performance.
  • Transform technical requirements into an effective DevOps toolchain to enable product delivery, assure and implement deployment strategies and apply different techniques to methods in analysing and resolving problems, working up new practices and procedures or modify existing processes to improve performance.
  • Resolve issues to ensure citizen-facing services are repeatable, scalable, resilient and highly available
  • Communicate with a range of people, inside the Department, in other Government Organisations, in external organisations and with the general public to produce comprehensive technical documentation for wider consumption.
  • Manage and co-ordinate work across a number of section and support product teams to write code that is simple and flexible to build, configure and deploy
  • Contribute to community discussions about DevOps best practice within Engineering, responsible for providing recommendations based on in depth research and determination of the options. Make and review decisions to progressively improve decision-making
  • Collaborate across teams and liaise with Lead/Senior DevOps Engineers and Technical Architects to investigate technical solutions
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to Software and DevOps Engineer peers
  • Implement a DevOps culture and automation best practices


Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • Collaborates with others when necessary to review specifications and uses these agreed standards and tools to design, code, test, correct and document programmes or scripts of medium to high complexity, using the right standards and tools.
  • Able to build and test simple interfaces or can work on more complex integration as part of a wider team.
  • Takes inputs and establishes coherent frameworks that work.
  • Understands key principles of modern standards approach and how they apply to the work they are undertaking and will apply under guidance.
  • Assesses and analyses release components. Provides input to scheduling. Carries out the builds and tests in coordination with testers and component specialists maintaining and administering the tools and methods – manual or automatic - and ensuring, where possible, information exchange with configuration management. Ensures release processes and procedures are maintained.
  • Understands core technical concepts related to their role and can apply them.