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Software Developer

£25k-£55k DOE | Full-time | Plymouth-based, remote or hybrid

The role

We are looking for enthusiastic Software Developers to join our friendly, innovative and growing development team. Working with colleagues and directly with GOSS clients, you will contribute to the success of large scale, high profile projects, often utilising the latest web technologies.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To write and maintain software (including tests and documentation) to meet the needs of internal and external clients
  • Assisting other internal teams with the diagnosis and rectification of reported client issues and bugs


Key accountabilities

  • Discuss projects with internal and external clients to identify and suggest clear requirements that can be implemented in software 
  • Write robust, performant, secure, maintainable code according to industry best practices, and GOSS internal standards
  • Assist with testing and reviewing code for bug fixes and features developed by other team members
  • Respond to feature requests from internal and external clients, discussing with the platform team lead and raising tickets within the internal issue tracking system as needed
  • Comply with GOSS platform team procedures for source code control, issue tracking, software releases, etc.
  • Stay up to date with software development techniques and practices that may be useful within GOSS
  • Stay up to date with data protection laws including the GDPR, and secure software development practices


About you

You are someone who loves to code and get the work done. You will have an eye for detail and will work meticulously to ensure your code is the best it could be. You like to work in a team of like-minded software developers and can communicate effectively and professionally with your team, and GOSS clients. You like to continually improve and develop yourself and like the challenge of working on something you may never had worked on or used before. You're not afraid to ask for help if something isn't familiar as you relish the opportunity to learn and up skill. You can multi-task and take ownership of issues and projects with minimal need for guidance from senior colleagues.


  • A degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or a related discipline, and/or industry experience in a relevant field.


Essential skills and experience

  • Solid understanding of the software development life cycle
  • Strong skills with JavaScript/ECMAScript, both client and server-side
  • Understanding of object-orientated programming languages
  • Strong HTML skills
  • Understanding of version control systems e.g. Git
  • Knowledge of Relational Databases
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills which include the ability to communicate technical scenarios to non-technical audiences avoiding jargon
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with diverse teams


Desirable skills and experience

  • Understanding of various web service technologies and formats, e.g. REST, JSON, SOAP, XML
  • Understanding of dependency/package management tools such as NuGet or Maven
  • Understanding of CSS
  • Knowledge of Agile methodologies, and tools such as JIRA
  • Experience with CI/CD tools such as Jenkins, GitLab
  • Experience developing web forms using forms builder software
  • Experience developing software with a CMS
  • Experience of creating design documentation and test scripts for software
  • Experience of developing software with accessibility in mind
  • Developing software with performance and security in mind
  • Some knowledge of the GDPR, and possibly ISO27001, ISO9001 and Cyber Essentials Plus


Things you need to know

Selection process

To apply, complete our short application form and upload your CV using the link below. 

Please contact us if you need the application form in an alternative format or if you require any reasonable adjustments to the selection process, including the interview (for example physical access, communication support, personal support).


Interview details

Initial interviews will be via Teams with our Department Lead and If successful you will be invited to attend a competency-based interview either here at the GOSS offices in Plymouth or again via Teams which will last approximately 1.5 hours  You will be expected to be able to evidence previous examples of your work.

Due to our contractual obligations, the successful candidate must be able to achieve SC security clearance for this role. The role can be started on BPSS; full SC clearance will be required within the first 3 months. Please note that SC clearance requires a current and continuous period of residency in the UK of at least the last 5 years. Other checks for SC clearance include credit and financial history, both spent and unspent criminal records, security service records, and gaps in employment history. This is not a definitive list; more information can be found on the website.

GOSS is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. This means that decisions concerning recruitment will be based on the needs of the business and not any assumptions based on sex, race, age, disability, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, married or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff.

Due to the large volume of applications GOSS receive, if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of applying, on this occasion its likely that you have been unsuccessful in your application.



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