GDS seeks leaders for development of Android and iOS apps

Duo of roles, each of which will be based in Bristol and offer an annual salary of up to £87,000, will be focused on creating programs to support One Login

The Government Digital Service is seeking to recruit a duo of leaders to spearhead its work developing native apps for Android and Apple mobile devices.

The tech unit is currently advertising two roles as lead developer for Android and iOS, respectively. Both the positions will initially be focused on overseeing the development of the core mobile app through which citizens will be able to access One Login: government’s new unified system enabling users to access all services delivered across departments.

Beyond this initial work, the two successful candidates may also have the chance to lead “potential future app projects across GDS”, according to the job adverts.

The roles, which are based in Bristol and offer annual salaries of up to £87,000, come with a remit to “provide technical leadership to a large and growing team”, while assuming “overall technical responsibility for a native mobile experience” for One Login.

The two development chiefs will not just oversee the work of their teams, but will be expected to “drive delivery through hands-on coding, code review, standards-setting and software design”. For the Android role, this will cover languages and platforms including Kotlin, Firebase, and Android Studio, while the iOS leader will be working with the likes of Swift and Xcode, as well as with Firebase.

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The duo will be tasked with cultivating high-performing specialist teams focused on developing apps for the two mobile operating systems, while also serving “as a digital and mobile ambassador across government, identifying new and relevant practices for GDS to adopt”.

The two senior software posts also come with an expectation to “be part of our programme-wide second line and/or out-of-hours rotas where all technologists on the programme support our operational services and gain empathy for users and awareness of operational concerns”.

Applications for both the iOS and Android posts are open until 11.55pm on 14 January.

“Sometimes described as the most strategic programme in government, GOV.UK One Login represents a once-in-a-career opportunity to work on a software product that will be used by the majority of the people living in the UK,” the job adverts said. “It’s a fast paced, dynamic and challenging environment that is sure to offer you career satisfaction as well as a chance to develop and enhance your skills.”

First announced in 2020, One Login is ultimately intended to provide a single means of accessing all services delivered by departments. In doing so, it will replace a patchwork of almost 200 separate accounts used by individual services or agencies, incorporating 44 different sign-in methods. It has already been implemented as the sign-in method for 11 services and, over the next 18 months, is scheduled to be extended across more than 130 other services delivered by at least 15 departments.

Sam Trendall

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