Senior Systems Engineer

Job reference: 001681

Location: Leeds

Closing date: 11/04/2021

Salary: Band 8A - £51,472 - £58,126 (Including 12.5% Recruitment & Retention Premium)

Employment type: Permanent

Hours per week: 37.5

About the role

NHS Digital are currently looking for Senior System Engineers who love solving complex problems to work in our critical business area, the Platforms Directorate. In joining our Platforms Directorate, you will be at the heart of designing the core infrastructure that connects the thousands of digital service providers across the UK’s health and care system. 

As a Senior Systems Engineer, you’ll have an exciting opportunity to support our vision to deliver a modern platform approach to our products and services, that will result in better care and improved health outcomes from people in England.

As part of one of our agile, delivery-focused teams you’ll:

  • build and run a broad range of highly available and secure systems with large scale transactional and data volumes supporting the wider health and social care ecosystem.
  • optimise the performance of connected systems, deliver new services or improve existing services, while ensuring value for money for the public sector.
  • predominantly use open source technology on AWS, Azure and commodity hardware based infrastructure. 

The advertised salaries are inclusive of a Recruitment and Retention Premium (RRP).

About you

We are looking for Systems Engineers who:

  • Work well in a "you build it, you run it" culture;
  • Have strong software engineering skills and are able and willing to adapt to new technologies and languages;
  • Can give a breadth of experience and provide in-depth analysis;
  • Are able to work across a wide and varied stack, with backend services, infrastructure, data and analytics and web development;
  • Collaborate well with others as part of an agile team;
  • Have good teaching/mentoring skills and can guide others to good outcomes.

There are a few key technologies we use at NHS Digital, please see a non-exhaustive list below. We don’t expect candidates to have experience in all technologies, but strong experience in one or more is desirable.

  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Python
  • RabbitMQ
  • Node.JS
  • C#

If you are interested in the role, once you have applied, we will invite you to complete a technical task to allow you to show off your skills (in a language of your choosing).

What we offer 

NHS Digital values and respects the diversity of prospective candidates and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects this, with that in mind candidates requiring flexible working hours will be considered. Part time hours may be considered. We are all currently working remotely, and when we return to the office you will be able to work a blend of remote and office working. 

In addition to planned, transparent progression you can look forward to the following benefits:

  • Flexible working including part-time hours, job shares, flexible hours and part-remote set ups
  • 27 days annual leave increasing to 33 with service
  • Buy and sell annual leave scheme 
  • Contributory Pension (with a contribution from us equal to 20.6% of your earnings)
  • NHS Discounts including shops, restaurants, gym, mobile phones, and insurance
  • Employee benefit schemes which include our Season Ticket Loan and Car Lease schemes

For more information, visit Working at NHS Digital.

About us

We are the national information and technology partner to the health and care system. Our task is to build and run excellent digital products and services that NHS and care staff across the country can rely on every day.
Find out about the amazing work we do here.

Next steps

Interviews will take place remotely, there will be a technical test, and those successful will be invited to an interview. Provisional dates: 23rd April Technical Test, Interview 30th April. Applicants selected will be contacted by email.

To view further information please see the attached role profile and to apply for the role click ‘Apply for job’ below.

We are unable to accept speculative CVs, all applications must be made through NHS Digital’s career site.

If you have previously interviewed for this role (or a similar one) with NHS Digital and been unsuccessful, we encourage you to obtain feedback from your initial application to support your future career.


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