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Principal Application Developer

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service 

Contract terms:  Full time, Permanent


Salary: £38,609 to £45,693 per annum + £4,000 IT allowance (per annum) + COPFS benefits package. Successful candidates will be expected to start at the beginning of the salary scale. 

We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
  • Flexible working hours (around core time period).
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.



Band E Principal Applications Developer Application Pack

Band E Principal Applications Developer Application Form



The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all crime in Scotland; the investigation of deaths which require further explanation; and the investigation of complaints against the police. 



 Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

As the Principal Applications Developer within ISD’s Enterprise Applications team, you will be a key “go to” developer in the core case management team building software applications and supporting the existing suite of COPFS’ Case Management software.

You will work closely with a team of developers to create innovative, high quality and secure software applications. You will be involved in peer review and testing conformance with acceptance criteria, ensuring timely delivery of digital applications. You will be a principal technical point of contact for one or more of COPFS’ innovative software projects and will mentor junior developers within the team. You will provide estimates, system analysis, translate business requirements into technical specifications, draft technical proposals, research and evaluate solution options, provide conceptual, deployment and operational documentation, develop on-boarding guides and input into technical risk assessment and software security compliance assessments. 

You will respond to 3rd line support incidents to ensure smooth operation of critical case management applications within normal business service delivery hours.

You will report to Applications Development Manager and work closely with Applications Technical Manager. You will also work jointly with the Applications Solutions Team and Applications Test team in an agile environment to deliver digital applications.

You will have a key role and opportunity to be part of a team delivering digital applications and information systems, technology solutions and services that support COPFS in delivering its strategic and business objectives and in transforming the way the organisation works and delivers services to users of the Scottish Justice system.



The competencies form part of the key essential criteria for this post. These are outlined in the application pack. The technical essential criteria may also be assessed through additional questions at interview.

 Essential experience

  • An experienced developer with demonstrable hands on experience in full stack web development
  • Ability to develop quality applications adhering to industry best practices
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Demonstrate ability to solve novel problems and evaluate new technologies / solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Essential technical skills
  • C# .NET Core
  • Oracle PL/SQL
  • Entity Framework
  • Windows Server 2008/16 and Win 7/10
  • UNIX and / or LINUX system admin and scripting
  • Angular.js , React.js, Vue.js or similar modern component based frontend framework
  • Web development. HTML5 / CSS / JavaScript / AJAX.
  • Continuous integration and version control systems (TeamCity, Jenkins, Git, Svn)
  • Understanding of key industry skills and best practices.
  • Webservers (IIS) administration & configuration.
  • Experience of agile methodologies


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Application packs are available to download from our website


Please note that we do not accept CVs. 


Selection will be competency based and technical questions may also be asked at interview.


Closing date for these vacancies is: 17th July 2020 at 5pm.


We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.





Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules


Candidates Guidance and information on Competency Based Selection can be found on the Application Process tab at the top of this page.