Lead Software Developer

Lead Software Developer – Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP)

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/London with hybrid working

As a Lead Software Developer for Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP), you’ll do something critical: change the way technical solutions are delivered to the CTP community. As a senior member of a newly created team, you’ll help play your part in keeping the country safe. Join us and help protect the UK. 

This is an exciting opportunity to drive change within National CTP HQ. Using your expertise – plus your understanding of both the technical and business context around solutions – you’ll shape the future of Counter Terrorism Policing systems.

You’ll be part of a new team of Software Engineers, working flexibly from home or from one of our easily accessible offices in Birmingham or London. Together, you’ll work to create a world-class development function. As a Lead Developer, you’ll be expected to apply your skills without support, to determine and use the most appropriate tools and techniques, and to guide and mentor others, sharing knowledge and experience.

Whatever the project, you’ll ensure that our range of CTP applications are built, designed, and architected in a secure, efficient way. Flexibility and motivation will be essential, as you ensure that the various systems are well documented.

At this level you’ll need knowledge of at least one of the following:

  • Test Driven Development (TDD)
  • Continuous integration

  • Cryptography and cryptanalysis

  • Mobile App Development

  • Secure by Design Coding

You’ll also need knowledge of at least three of the following: 


  • MVC Framework

  • Python

  • JavaScript (REACT, Bootstrap Frameworks)

  • Database design

  • SQL / SQL Server

  • NoSQL technologies e.g., MongoDB, Hadoop, etc.

If you’re the right person for the role, you’ll bring experience of working on a range of applications across the development lifecycle plus proven leadership skills. We’re looking for a highly motivated professional with the communication skills to guide a team of software developers. 

Ticked all the boxes? In return for your efforts and expertise, we can offer a competitive salary, a Civil Service pension, excellent career development, plus a role that’s like no 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) Developed Vetting (DV) level before taking up the post. 

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 25th 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.

Read our full disability confidence statement.


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