Software Engineer Returnship

Location: Taunton, Somerset

Timing: Negotiable start date

Programme: 12 month returnship; flexible working available

Salary: £31,017 – £44,459 (B2-B1) with the possibility of a Recruitment & Retention Allowance of up to £3,900

Applications are now closed

Are you a highly motivated individual committed to returning to a career in Software Engineering? Do you have more than 2 years’ previous work experience in coding in an object-orientated language? Are you looking to return to the work place after an extended career break. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) Returnship Programme in Software Engineering aims to support you in re-integrating into the workforce,

The UKHO is a world-leading agency providing the most comprehensive range of marine geospatial information across the globe. This information is supplied to commercial shipping, defence navies and maritime organisations for the primary purpose of safe navigation and global trade efficiency. It also supports other marine activities including economic development, environmental protection, resource exploration and utilisation, scientific research and security and defence.

What’s in it for you?

The UKHO Returnship Programme provides a programme of training, mentoring and resources to help update your technical skills and become a fully-skilled engineer over the course of a year. It is a 12 Month Fixed Term Appointment with the possibility of permanency or extension.

You will work with the Returnship Programme Manager to design a development programme tailor-made to you, with the aim to coach and aid your return to work.  You will also be assigned a technical mentor, who will help you create a personal training plan, backed by tutor-led courses and other training materials. You will work with your mentor to plan and execute a large software project to showcase what you have learnt throughout the year.

The first 8-12 weeks you will be in a supportive environment and able to concentrate on induction activities, building your confidence and aiding with your general return to work, as well as the initial technical skills update.  Following this, you will spend time working as a developer in a number of agile teams, gaining knowledge in C# or Java, Scrum, test automation as well as a number of up-to-date frameworks.

The UKHO provides a flexible approach to hours of work with the possibility of working from home and part time, helping those who have had a career break e.g. due to family or carer commitments. They offer a range of benefits to support your lifestyle including generous leave allowance, a lift-share scheme, civil service pension, creche/nursery facilities and lots more – further details can be found here.

Who are they looking for?

Previous professional experience (over 2 years) of .Net or Java and object orientated concepts.

Previous knowledge of design principles and patterns

Able to work in a team and collaborate with others at a technical and non-technical level

Able to communicate with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm

Has a strong focus on continuous learning for oneself, others and the organisation

Effectively plan, organise and manage their time and activities to deliver a high quality and efficient service

How to apply 

To apply for this role please please visit the UKHO website at  for further information on this vacancy and how to apply.

The UKHO is looking for a start date of October 2018, but this is negotiable.

The closing date is 12pm on 17 September 2018. 

With any questions, please contact