Toggle mobile menu visibility

Software Developer - Platform Team

£25k - £35k | Full-time | Plymouth-based, remote or hybrid

The role

You will be based within our Platform Team and will work on our Digital Platform comprising a Content Management System, Forms Designer/Publisher, Business Process Modeller and their various APIs and Services. The system is written in Java, JavaScript, Node JS, CFML (no previous experience required), HTML and CSS. As the system is modernised it will move to Kotlin, JavaScript, Node JS and a modern JavaScript framework. We use relational databases (SQL) and the file system for data storage and Solr for search.

This role can be office based in Plymouth, remote or a hybrid of the two.


Main duties and responsibilities

  • To develop new capabilities in the digital platform to meet the needs of internal and external clients
  • To design and maintain consistent user interfaces and experiences
  • Assisting other internal teams with the diagnosis and rectification of reported client issues


Key accountabilities

  • Discuss projects with internal and external clients to establish 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 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 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 with your team and other colleagues. You like to continually improve and develop yourself and like the challenge of working on something you may never had worked on/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.



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


Essential skills and experience

  • Software development
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Front end libraries / frameworks


Desirable skills and experience

  • Understanding of object-orientated programming languages such as C# or Java
  • Understanding of version control systems e.g. Git
  • Understanding of dependency/package management tools such as NuGet or Maven
  • Understanding of software development life cycles and may have worked using Agile methodologies, and tools such as JIRA
  • Experience with CI/CD tools such as Jenkins
  • Experience developing electronic forms using forms software and may possibly have CMS development experience
  • Experience of creating design documentation and test scripts for software
  • Understanding of various web service types and formats, e.g. REST, JSON, SOAP, XML
  • Developing software with accessibility in mind
  • Developing software with performance and security in mind
  • Some knowledge of GDPR, 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.



Image of Benefits at GOSS

Benefits at GOSS

Having happy employees is our number one priority! Discover all the benefits we provide.

View benefits (Benefits at GOSS)
Image of Culture at GOSS

Culture at GOSS

Discover what being part of the GOSS team involves and learn what we do to make work feel less like work.

Discover culture at GOSS (Culture at GOSS)
Image of About GOSS

About GOSS

Learn how we're enabling organisations to embrace digital transformation with innovative digital and online solutions.

Discover what we do (About GOSS)
Image of Recruitment process

Recruitment process

We guide you through what happens when you apply for a position with us.

View recruitment process (Recruitment process )