Role
Freelance
Salary
£280-£300/ day (Days per month will vary but role is likely to be ongoing)
Where
UK / Europe (remote)
Closing date
Closes
Apply anytime.

About the role

We are working with local planning authorities and the Department for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities (DLUHC) and other public bodies in the UK to develop Plan✕, an open source platform for creating and publishing planning services.

Its a powerful public tool that allows public bodies to collaboratively build and run user-centered, 'rules-as-code' digital services, that bake legislation, policies and guidance into the services themselves, making complicated, opaque services like planning simpler and more transparent for everyone.

Plan✕ is already being used by a growing number of planning authorities, but over the next two years we will be scaling-up its adoption across government – and likely to multiple governments. It's an exciting mission, with potential to transform how a key part of government works, and the lives of millions of people, but it is also a challenge.

As we scale we are looking for a developer with DevOps skills to help develop and maintain our infrastructure, and potentially other back-end features on an occasional basis.

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This is an open call – that means we do not have a closing date, and are interested to receive applications at any time. Along with you CV and any examples or relevant work, please send us a brief cover message telling us what motivates you and why you are interested in this role.

Required

  • Excellent problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills with both technical and semi-technical team members. 
  • A natural doer-deliverer, who can work in an agile way, weigh up priorities and make good judgements, balancing short term delivery against long-term vision and future-proofing.
  • Enthusiasm for building highly modular, containerised software.
  • Experience of working with Docker, AWS, and Pulumi (or other Infrastructure as Code solutions).
  • High level of proficiency working with GraphQL and / or REST APIs.
  • Able to thrive in an iterative and sometimes ambiguous agile R&D environment, which requires trade-offs.
  • A love for clean, standards-compliant, well-patterned, well-documented code.
  • Enthusiasm-for and knowledge-of DevOps and Infrastructure as Code, weaving continuous testing, monitoring, security and performance improvements into our development cycle.
  • Comfortable and effective working collaboratively (and remotely) using Github.
  • Experience of developing or managing integrations with third party software, and designing data structures.

Nice to have

  • Experience with IT certifications and compliance, such as security audits and web accessibility testing, especially for the public sector.
  • Experience of working with TypeScript, Node.js, and React.
  • Experience of taking digital products from minimum viable product to scale.
  • Enjoys working on projects with a public purpose.
  • Knowledge or enthusiasm for spatial planning and improving government and the built environment.

What's in it for you?

  • Work with a small, incredibly talented, friendly, and motivated team of people in a high-expectations, but always kind and inclusive environment. 
  • Ridiculously flexible working. Work where you want and when you want (most of the time at least).
  • Take a key role in a transformative public digital project, with potential to have a hugely positive impact on improving a key layer of everyday democracy, and giving governments the tools they need to rise to the climate crisis.

Got questions? Not sure if you quite fit this role? Get in touch. Or just apply anyway.

enquiries@opensystemslab.io

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