Tech Lead

Job Title: Tech Lead
Contract Type: Contract
Location: England
Salary: £600 - £700 per day + INSIDE IR35
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: BBBH27459_1625500913
Contact Name: James Norval
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 05, 2021 17:01

Job Description

Tech Lead (Contractor)

  • Fully remote working anywhere in the UK
  • Duration 6 months
  • Inside IR35 - rates can be negotiated
  • Deadline: Thursday 8th July at noon
  • Central Government

In this role you will contribute to several initiatives across related project teams, working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, technical specialists and your software team to:

● Implement technical solutions to ensure system and service designs align with our vision and achieve the needs of our users.
● Be a key player in the design, development, deployment and maintenance of software solutions / components that enable statistical publishers from across government to transform their statistics into 5* linked open data.
● Collaborate with your technical peers across the team and across Government to enable the project vision of transforming how Government departments will publish statistical data.
● Be proficient in a wide range of technical systems and technologies and open web standards and be ready to take on new learning opportunities.
● Contribute to the community by providing coaching and mentoring of less senior members of the team, promoting knowledge sharing and adoption of good practice.
● Participate in team Agile / Scrum techniques and sessions.

You will get to work with a broad spectrum of technologies, such as, but not limited to:
GitHub, Jenkins.
Python, R, Groovy, Java, Scala, Clojure, JavaScript.
Triple / Quad stores, Graph & Relational databases / Cloud storage technologies.
Kubernetes, Cloud Computing / Processing, Docker.
Open data standards and tooling: CSV on the Web (CSV-W), JSON-LD, Data Cube, SKOS, SPARQL, RDF.

Essential Criteria:

● Experience with development process optimisation; identifying process optimisation opportunities with guidance and contributing to the implementation of proposed solutions.
● Experience of aligning with the set information security levels of your project. You will have an appreciation of information security, designing solutions and services with security controls embedded, specifically engineered as mitigation against security threats as a core part of the solutions and services.
● Able to apply best practice availability and capacity management, managing the service components to ensure they meet business needs and performance targets.
● Able to demonstrate a strong understanding and application of the most appropriate standards and practices. You will take responsibility for coaching and guiding others.
● Strong programming and build skills and experience as you will be advising on the application of standards and methods, ensuring compliance. You will maintain technical responsibility for all the stages and iterations of a software development project. You can provide technical advice to stakeholders and set the team-based standards for programming tools and techniques.
● Experience of applying prototyping into the agile development phases. You will ensure prototyping as a team activity - actively soliciting prototypes and testing with others. You will establish design patterns and iterate them.
● Able to apply appropriate service support by identifying, locating and fixing faults.
● Good appreciation of systems design, you will design systems characterised by medium levels of risk, impact, and business or technical complexity. You will select appropriate design standards, methods and tools and ensure they are applied effectively. You will review the systems designs of others to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources and integration of multiple systems and technology.
● Good appreciation of systems integration. You will define the integration build and coordinate build activities across multiple systems; understanding how to undertake and support integration-testing activities.
● Able to support user focused colleagues by collaborating with user researchers who represent users internally. You will explain the difference between user needs and the desires of the user. You will champion user research to focus on all users. You know how to prioritise and define approaches to understand the user story, guiding others in doing so. You will offer recommendations on the best tools and methods to be used.
● Able to program in R or Python, or a desire to build skills in these languages.
● Experience with TDD / BDD frameworks.
● Experience with, or an interest in the use of Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP).

Desirable Criteria:

● Experience of using open data standards.
● Experience with World Wide Web Consortium standards: CSV on the Web, Data Cube vocabulary, RDF, SKOS, graph or relational databases.
● Experience with ontology engineering, semantic data modelling, SPARQL, triple-stores, linked data APIs etc.
● Experience with data modelling as well as ability to perform data processing tasks.
● Knowledge and experience of semantic Web technologies and frameworks such as OWL, RDF and HTML.
● Knowledge and experience of RESTful architectures.
● Experience of Web Scraping and HTML.
● Working with SQL, HDFS and SQL Server databases.
● Experience working with large-volume raw operational data.
● Experience or certification in Scrum.