The Scottish Government

Job Description


The Governance & Infrastructure division within Food Standards Scotland (FSS) provides a range of services to support the organisation to deliver its statutory obligations and strategic goals. These services include Project Management Office, Finance, HR, IT, Records and Information Management, Facilities Management, Health and Safety, and Administrative support. Most of the Governance & Infrastructure work relates to the strategic outcome of FSS being efficient and effective. FSS has an established central IT team that currently is responsible for providing and supporting all aspects of Information Technology and Digital Transformation.

Please note this is a Fixed Term Appointment ending March 2024.
Reporting to the Digital Delivery Manager, the role of Application Developer will be responsible for the physical delivery of the FSS’s digital solutions. The role will involve working closely with technical colleagues to translate a set of
requirements into a tangible “proof of concept” or digital solution, and will also involve a degree of work with wider stakeholder groups to understand the business context of a solution.

This post attracts a £5,000 DDAT pay supplement after a 3 months DDaT competency qualifying period. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review.


  • Development of digital solutions using Agile methodologies;
  • Liaising with colleagues in FSS IT and digital roles (as well as business streams stakeholders, end users, project sponsors and business analysts) to ensure that development is in keeping with requirements;
  • Acting as Subject Matter Expert for business solutions, including Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Power Platform and Microsoft SharePoint;
  • Working with colleagues in digital roles to understand where obstacles and potential solutions to requirements lie;
  • Work with FSS IT colleagues in the upkeep of Production, Development and Test environments used by business systems;
  • Working with specialist teams to deliver usable, accessible solutions that meet users’ needs and exceed user expectations;
  • Ensuring the realisation of system quality attributes. Particularly, security, performance, compatibility, resilience and scalability;
  • Assisting with software testing, including, but not limited to system testing, exploratory testing and user acceptance testing;
  • Assisting with infrastructure management including concerns such as system monitoring, capacity planning, disaster recovery and failure diagnosis.

All roles in the Digital, Data and Technology profession are aligned to the DDaT Competency Framework ( This role is aligned to DDaT Job Role in the ‘Technical’ job family.
If you are selected to attend an assessment, we will ask you to complete a technical assessment and an interview as part of the processes. You will be tested against the technical competencies appropriate for the role as detailed on the framework, as well as the Skills for Success competencies listed below.
Analysis and Use of Evidence
Improving Performance
Communication and Engagement

Essential Criteria & Qualifications:

No specific qualifications are required for this post.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of the software development lifecycle (using at least one of Microsoft PowerApps, HTML5, SQL, JavaScript).
2. Awareness of standard technical practices, including application testing, issue tracking, version control, coding standards and system documentation.
3. Familiar with front-end web development methods including responsive design, mobile-first and progressive enhancement.
4. Experience working in Agile projects or programs.

Provisional Interview Dates
To be confirmed.

Additional Information

How To Apply
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification” which you will find below.
To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date as well as a CV (no longer than two pages) setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements.
In addition to your CV, you should fill in a personal statement (no longer than 700 words) explaining why you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience suitable for this role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.
When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and personal statement to reflect the role and the essential skills/criteria as described in the job description/person specification.
To learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected]

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via 
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