Big Data Software Developer - covering maternity leave up to 12 months fixed term contract

190000DV Requisition #

Grade: Band E

Salary: £40,719 to £47,826

Closing Date:  6th September 2019

About the role:

Are you an experienced Big Data Developer?


Are you ready to make a real difference to citizens of the West Midlands?


We have a 12 month fixed-term vacancy to join our team and be at the heart of UK Policing’s most ambitious technology transformation - use your technical skills as a Big Data Developer to prevent crime, protect the public, and help those in need.

West Midlands Police is undertaking a period of unparalleled change and innovation; Technology is pivotal to both maintaining operational capabilities and building future success. 

As a Senior Software Developer (Big Data) you will be working within the newly created Cloud Services team. You will be responsible for leading and participating in the development of our ground breaking Big Data platform. The first of its kind in UK policing, West Midlands Police is working to pull together an unprecedented amount of data in to a Big Data solution which will not only provide historic and real-time reporting and intelligence, but the ability to identify trends and predict crime before it even happens! There will be an expectation for you to be a technical lead and bring extensive knowledge to the team, both in terms of existing technologies already in use as well as alternative methods which could bring about service improvement.

We'd really welcome your application if you:

  • You have experience in developing analytics solutions within a Big Data platform.
  • You have experience with data integration technologies (such as Talend) and understand how these are applied in a Big Data environment.
  • You have the ability to translate business requirements into software designs
  • You have extensive and up-to-date knowledge of open source data analytics software stacks ideally including, HDFS, Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Impala and Solr
  • You are inquisitive, enjoy getting involved, learning new tech and like adding value
  • You have acted as a mentor to more junior developers
  • You have good interpersonal and communication skills 

Working within the IT & Digital Team at West Midlands Police can be rewarding; we offer the opportunity to work in a large organisation where people can develop their skills, knowledge and careers in an encouraging and flexible environment. Our benefits include:

  • 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) with the option to purchase additional days
  • Access to a Corporate Health Cash Plan and wellbeing website
  • Modern working environment in central Birmingham
  • Opportunity to save on travel costs through a Corporate Travel Scheme

The community we serve within the West Midlands is fantastically diverse. West Midlands Police is an equal opportunities employer, meaning we value diversity and shape our workforce to best match and reflect the people we serve. You will be part of an already incredibly diverse and balanced team in terms of skill sets, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status and ethnic background. The strong team ethos helps us deliver on our departmental mission statement in "Enabling WMP to serve our communities through innovative and empowering technology." 

West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions.  The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future. 

Must demonstrate proven experience and ability to:

  • Develop, maintain and integrate a variety of software solutions
  • Translate business requirements into software designs
  • Create and maintain technical documentation to high standards
  • Understand business and user requirements
  • Research new and emerging software development tools and techniques
  • Directly communicate with customers at a variety of levels using written and oral methods
  • Participate in meetings
  • Promote equality, diversity and Human Rights in working practices
  • Maintain standards for security of information
  • Work effectively in an agile software development environment


  • Comprehensive skills in the development of software
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to confidently interact and empathise with all levels of staff
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • The ability to be creative and innovative
  • Flexibility to use a variety of supporting technologies and to be innovative
  • The ability to work under pressure and be capable of balancing competing demands and priorities
  • The ability to learn and adapt
  • Proven track record in understanding the need of customers/users
  • Good communication skills in order to work effectively throughout the organisation and with external contractors and suppliers

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