Lead Development Operations Engineer

Lead Development Operations Engineer - Counter Terrorism Policing HQ

The starting salary is £65,393 which includes allowances totalling £2,841.

The salary is broken down as £62,552 basic salary, which will increase annually until you reach the top of the scale £66,997 Plus, a location allowance of £1,841 and a non-pensionable allowance of £1,000.

Location: Birmingham

Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) depends on a wide variety of technology to protect the nation from threats. As a Lead DevOps Engineer, you’ll be part of a transformational team that will fundamentally change the way technical solutions are delivered to operational policing. It’s an exciting chance to shape the new team and implement innovative tech. If you’ve got the skills, we’ve got an outstanding opportunity. 

As a Lead DevOps Engineer, you’ll join a new team of DevOps Engineers, working flexibly from home or from our offices in Birmingham or London. As a senior Engineer, you’ll own the DevOps pipeline for national systems that underpin CTP operations that keep the country safe. It’s an exciting opportunity to support the development and operation of software. The goal? To create a world-class function.

Day to day, you’ll lead project teams to test and deploy product updates, implement integrations and improve automation and monitoring. At this level, you’ll also deal with issues and act as the technical product owner for the development pipeline. It means working closely with colleagues to ensure that software development follows established processes and works as intended. Meanwhile, the team will support good development processes: managing tools and testing environments, maintaining central code control, upholding development standards and writing software that automates systems. 

To join us as a Lead DevOps Engineer you’ll need a proven track record of creating and maintaining DevOps or similar pipelines. We’ll also be looking for a solid background in software engineering or platform infrastructure support. Finally, you’ll need a sound grasp of how testing works within a CI/CD pipeline, including automated testing. If that sounds like you, you can expect a competitive salary, a Civil Service pension, excellent career development, plus a rewarding role that’s unlike any other. 


This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) level before taking up the post; with a willingness to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) once in post, if required. 

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) OR Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.

Confidentiality Agreement

Applicants should also be aware of the need to sign a confidentiality agreement on taking up the post.

Our Employee Commitments

Counter Terrorism Policing aims to create an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere and culture and an environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. Where any group or individual can be and feel respected, supported and valued to fully participate and contribute to our mission of “Working to keep people safe from Terrorism”.

Inclusion, diversity and equality is at the front and centre of our approach to make the composition of Counter Terrorism Policing more representative of the communities we serve.  As Counter Terrorism is rooted in Local Policing, to tackle today’s complex policing challenges, applications from across all communities are therefore essential and encouraged. Counter Terrorism Policing as a network is committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations’.

Counter Terrorism Policing is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working or job share. In addition, this role has been reviewed following learning from work during the Covid pandemic and may be done in an agile manner. In the first instance, please contact the vacancy holder to discuss how such arrangements could be accommodated (where applicable). 

How to apply

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement, and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).


Completed applications must be submitted by 23:55 on 21 June 2024.

The Met is committed to being an inclusive employer with a diverse and representative workforce at all levels. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and females.

As a Disability Confident employer, the Met has committed to making disability equality part of our everyday practice. We ensure that people with disabilities and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. If you consider yourself to have access, workplace or reasonable adjustment requirements that need to be accommodated, we ask that you include this information within your application form. All matters will be treated in strict confidence and will not affect any recruitment decisions.

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