Software development stream

Applications are now closed.

Our software development stream is looking for a Development Ops Engineer. You will help our team who are responsible for maintaining the strategic objectives and commissioning of system and solution architecture across our ICT structure.

The team work in collaboration with our colleagues in ICT, our suppliers, our ICT Traded Service and the council in general.

We have invested significant resources in Microsoft Cloud technology and the engineer is expected to develop skills in all aspects of M365 and Azure Cloud.

This role will involve working with colleagues to understand the requirements of existing and newly proposed systems, determine what opportunities are available to improve business processes and make recommendations on how these opportunities should be progressed.

You will also be involved in implementing the ICT strategy and our drive to the cloud for all services by working with other ICT colleagues.

Other areas you will learn about are the various technical architecture tools and techniques, including the Microsoft Power platform to develop and maintain effective service process improvements. Specific training will be provided where required.

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to:

  • confidently use the Microsoft power platform to build business applications
  • communicate with confidence on technical architecture and their associated risks
  • understand the role cloud computing and how public sector bodies can deliver resilient architecture in a cloud environment.

Length of stream

2 years


Candidates will receive a starting salary of £25,692 which will increase with progress.


Our main offices are in Maidstone, but travel may be required to other offices and locations around Kent.

Additionally, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires most employees to work at home if they are able to do so. You will be fully supported to do this, with the necessary induction, management and equipment.

Training and development

The programme provides a strong emphasis on personal development and you will be offered a range of development opportunities, including the Development Ops Apprenticeship (Level 4). You will also be enrolled into the Corporate BCS scheme, where you can take advantage of the additional learning and networking opportunities this provides.

You will be fully supported from day one and will be allocated a placement manager, and coaching is also available on request.

On successful completion of the programme, trainees will become part of the Infrastructure Team and will be deployed according to the priorities of the council.

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification in maths or science
  • a GCSE Grade C or above in English language or equivalent (new grade 7-9)
  • a GCSE Grade C or above in mathematics or equivalent (new grade 7-9).

As part of this graduate programme there is a requirement to undertake the DevOps Engineer (Level 4) Apprenticeship Standard. We are therefore unable to accept applications from those with an equivalent or higher level IT related qualification, for example an Undergraduate or Masters Level qualification in IT.

All overseas applicants must have the UK equivalent. See our equivalency table to check if you meet our academic requirements.

Additional information

We are an equal opportunities employer and we represent a diverse community, therefore we welcome applications from people of every race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation. There is no upper age limit for applications.

The selection process allows candidates to draw from experiences within their academic or working career. So you may be a recent graduate, or you may have workplace experience already.

Unfortunately, due to the vast numbers of applications we receive we are unable to accept applications from candidates who achieved a 2:2 or lower.

Closing date for applications

This post closed at midnight on 21 December 2020.

First sift activity

Candidates were invited to complete a first sift activity between 22 December and 4 January 2021.

Assessment centre

Assessment centres will be held on Tuesday 2 or Wednesday 3 February.  Candidates will only be required to attend one half day virtual assessment centre.

Final stage interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview during the week of 16 February 2021.

Start date

Successful applicants will join us on 22 March 2021.