Join our team – Junior Developer roles

We’re hiring junior digital developers to join our growing team. Does this sound like you?

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Have a demonstrable interest in IT with an enthusiasm for technology
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to take responsibility for a piece of work from start to finish

We’ll train successful candidates and offer a fixed term contract to March 2019.

Read the job advert and apply

Looking forward to hearing from you!

How to think and be digital

The Digital First team is always reading and learning about the best way to make digital transformation happen.

Many local and central government organisations are doing great work. It’s reassuring when we see someone doing something similar to us and it’s working. It shows we’re on the right track.

This blog post from the DEFRA Digital team falls into that camp. Like us they’re changing the culture of their organisation for the better. Both our teams are agile, we do our work in the open, we show the things we build as much as possible.

We’re also starting to think about communities of practice. Already there’s a Product Manager community in our team, and we’re finding other communities across the council and the city to be part of.

This quote from the DEFRA blog post stands out:

One important lesson I’ve learnt is that the people matter most. Talking solves a lot. Pick up phones, walk to see people, say hi, say thanks. People are the solution to all our problems. People over process.

We wholeheartedly agree. While a lot of the work we do is technical, it’s actually about people and how they work together.

When Ali shared the DEFRA blog post in our team Whatsapp group, Product Manager Annie asked Developer Khalid to make something to sum up our thoughts. This is what he posted.

If you’re doing digital transformation work in the city or further afield, we’d love to hear what works for you. Please post below or drop us a line.

Sensors and sensibility

Hello, my name is Neil and I’m an enterprise architect at Digital First. Part of my role is to come up with new ways for the council to meet its business and technology objectives.

I’m currently working with the Housing department to see how Internet of Things (IoT) sensor technology can benefit some of our social housing tenants.

Over 60s who live in colder temperatures during winter months, or in homes with black mould caused by high humidity, are more vulnerable to infection, respiratory illnesses and chronic fatigue.

To help them, we are running an exciting pilot scheme in one of our sheltered housing developments.

Firstly, we plan to put environmental sensors inside and outside our residents’ homes before, during and after building work so that we can measure the results of the work and improve our approach to future building work. The sensors will measure humidity and temperature, and connect to a private, secure low-power radio (LoRaWAN) network via a gateway.

The Digital First development team will create a mobile app for residents to monitor current and past temperatures and humidity outside and inside their homes.

Data captured by the gateway could send an alert to council staff – for example, unusually low temperatures over a long period could be an early sign of fuel poverty.

Recently we also started working with Everynet, a local community group set up to create a free, public IoT network. The group has some very innovative ideas, which I will write more about in this blog very soon.