Software Analyst and Systems Developer – Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Job Title: Software Analyst and Developer

Grade: G

Salary: £39,186 per annum – (rising by annual increments to £42,403) More information on salaries and progression can be found on our pay and policies page.

Hours: Full Time – 37 hours per week


The service encourages flexible working and is open to flexible working options. The role will be based at Service Headquarters, Salisbury or Poundbury Support Offices with the flexibility to work from home / DWFRS Stations / Support Offices and we would welcome a conversation with the successful candidate on what type of flexible working arrangement will work best for you. There will be a requirement to attend your base location approximately 1 day a week for key activities and meetings

Appointment Type: Temporary – 2 year fixed term contract

Contact: For a chat about this post, please contact Katie Mitchell, Digital Transformation Manager on

Closing and Interview date: The closing date for applications is Sunday 23rd June 2024 (midnight). It is intended that interviews will take place on 9th and 10th July 2024. Should you be shortlisted for interview, further details re interview format/location will be provided before the interview date.

This is an exciting position for an experienced digital software analyst and system developer to be integral to the Service’s Digital Transformation. The role will influence and direct the future digital requirements to ensure we are efficient and forward thinking.

You will work with teams across the Service to ensure successful development of new critical software systems and to make business process improvements, either from in house development or external software procurement

This is a fantastic opportunity to join Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, an organisation that is passionate about changing and saving lives. Our corporate staff are absolutely vital in helping to make our communities safer and healthier. Without them, we couldn’t do it.

As well as being one of the largest combined Fire and Rescue Services in the country we are also one of the top performing. In February 2022, inspectors from His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) looked closely at our Service and graded us as ‘Good’, ‘Outstanding’, and ‘Good’ across the three inspection pillars of Effectiveness, Efficiency and People.

We offer a wide range of employee benefits and strive to ensure that staff feel valued and rewarded. For example, we offer a flexi time scheme, Local Government Pension Scheme, a generous annual leave allowance, a variety of family friendly schemes and health & well-being services.

As a Software Analyst and Systems Developer you will:

  • Work with departments to analyse and determine detailed requirements for their area of the Service and assist with the production of system specifications for service users, recommending the use of in house development or procured systems to assure best value.
  • Determine and recommend solutions to meet departmental and Service needs that best meet organisational requirements and deliver effective management tools/systems with best value for money.
  • Develop Service systems using a range of software tools, working with clients on testing and implementation and producing on screen help and system documentation for advice and guidance to deliver systems that meet the client department’s requirements.

What makes you our ideal person?

  • You are educated to level 5 or equivalent work experience at this level
  • You have an ICT Technical Qualification (development, programming or database applications) or significant experience working in this field
  • You hold an ITIL Foundation Certification and experience of all aspects of the software development lifecycle from client specification to deployment
  • Working knowledge in M365 Product Suite, including Microsoft Power Platform
  • Experience in developing and supporting software solutions for automation using power platforms

For full details of the role and requirements, please have a look at the job description and person specification.

Other Information:

  • You must be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the role. Travel requirements are monthly travel to Headquarters for team meetings and occasional travel for training and meetings.
  • Standard Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS) clearance will be undertaken on the successful individual prior to offer of employment
  • Any offer of employment will be subject to full pre-employment checks which include identity checks, right to work in the UK, medical and receipt of satisfactory references, and an explanation of any gaps in employment in the last 3 years.
  • Should a permanent position arise in the team during the period of your Fixed Term Contract, that is substantially similar to the role you are carrying out, you may be considered for the role in the first instance’
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Please note we do not accept CV’s in place of application forms.

We welcome the use of AI responsibly and ethically to demonstrate your skills in your application, but please don’t allow it to overshadow your own unique voice.

While we appreciate innovative approaches, we also value authenticity. Our assessment considers both the content of the application and how it was created, ensuring fairness and inclusivity for all applicants. At the end of the day – we want YOU to work for us!

You should ensure you include satisfactory evidence in your application to demonstrate all of the areas stated as being measured at the Application Stage on the Person Specification. This will ensure you have the best opportunity of progressing to the next stage of the selection process.

We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities and welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances.  All applications will be treated on merit and staff involved in recruitment and selection processes undertake unconscious bias training.

We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities and welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of age, disability, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. All applications will be treated on merit and staff involved in recruitment and selection processes undertake unconscious bias training.

We are committed to the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee an interview to applicants with a disclosed disability if they meet the minimum criteria for the post to which they are applying. Please tell us in confidence if this applies to you, or if there are any reasonable adjustments that would help you apply for this post.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Adults, Children and Young People. All staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.

If you hold international qualifications, you will be required to provide official evidence that shows how these compare to UK Qualifications. We will accept a Statement of Comparability from a UK organisation called ENIC which can be obtained via their website. Please note that UK ENIC charge for this service, so if you request a Statement of Compatibility, you will be required to pay for it as we are unable to reimburse you.

For further guidance on how to complete your application, please refer to the Job Application Guidance Notes. If you are experiencing difficulties completing your application or have a need to complete your application in an alternative format due to a disability, please contact HR Resourcing on 01722 691444 within plenty of time of the closing date of the position you are applying for.

Values & Behaviours Framework

Our recruitment, assessment and progression processes are based on our Code of Ethics that has been developed specifically for Fire and Rescue Services.  When recruiting, we identify the most important behaviours for the role and these are used as part of the short-listing and selection process.

General information

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Should you have any queries, please contact our HR Resourcing team on 01722 691444 (24hr answerphone), (for wholetime/transfer) or

Salary: £39,186

Contract type: Contract

Closing date: June 23 2024

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