DevOps Lead at Department for Work & Pensions, Remote, 6 Months, £Contract Rate

  • Contract Spy
  • Remote
  • Jun 21, 2022
6 Months or more

Contract Description



DevOps Lead Inside IR35

Contract Term: 6 months     

Contracting Authority: The Department for Work and Pensions

Location: Remote – occasional travel for workshops

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 Lead your main responsibilities would be: 

  • Anticipates and exploits opportunities through the recognition of new digital technologies to enhance capability in alignment with business goals.
  • Strong understanding and application of the most appropriate modern standards and practices. Takes responsibility for coaching and guiding others.
  • Advises and sets local or team-based standards, tool and techniques and how to apply standards and methods, ensuring compliance, and maintains technical responsibility for all the stages and iterations of a project. Selects appropriate development methods. Provides technical advice and guidance to stakeholders.
  • Ensures that management processes, tools, techniques, and resources (including automation) are in place to ensure that the transition of services, service components and packages are planned and compliant and that test and validation and configuration management are partnered in all release and deployment activities.


You’ll have relevant experience in:

  • Knowledge and experience of an “everything-as-code” environment. Codifying as much as possible by defining pipelines as code, infrastructure as code, security and quality tests and policy as code.
  • Knowledge and experience of providing common components, patterns, and/or platforms to improve consistency and drive improvements to quality and security baselines. Appreciation of the trade-offs between centralisation/standardisation and decentralisation/autonomy.
  • Experience of contributing to good practice, policies, standards, and code bases as part of an engineering community and a wider organisation.
  • Experience of working with engineering teams and other stakeholders to drive adoption of process and tooling through leadership and facilitation.
  • Experience defining and delivering solutions where there may be no obvious “off-the-shelf” solution and innovation and strong hands-on technical capability may be required.
  • Experience with multiple hosting paradigms (e.g. IaaS, container orchestration, serverless) and knowledge of the commonalities and divergences when contributing to standards, policy, and good practice guidance.
  • Knowledge across a range of security domains, for example, identity, secrets management, PKI, vulnerability management, policy and governance.