Are you a self-starter with a passion for cloud based technology?

We are looking for a passionate and forward thinking Cloud Engineer to join our Cloud Division within our Digital Services & Technology (DST) directorate.

At the Office of National Statistics we are creative about the way we work to deliver brilliant and sustainable outcomes and as we collaborate, we approach working together with positivity and trust, investing in building excellent and inclusive working relationships across the organisation.

We operate a Hybrid working model. This means we offer greater flexibility about where and when we work. Our colleagues are linked to one of our core locations – Newport, London, Titchfield, Edinburgh (OSR) or Darlington where presence at one of these sites will form part of the working arrangements agreed during any offer made.

The office locations available for this role are Newport and Fareham.

Job description

The Cloud Division, as part of Digital Services and Technology directorate (DST), are delivering complex products and services built collaboratively across multi-disciplined teams

We are looking for a Cloud Engineer with proven experience in either Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform to come and join our Cloud Services and Support Team. You will be working alongside the existing Cloud Infrastructure and Architecture teams and Information Assurance to ensure that the Office for National Statistics cloud deployments are fit for purpose and use. Using agile methods in a DevSecOps culture to deliver new services and business as usual in a true multi-cloud environment. You will be proficient in a wide range of technical areas, enjoy working openly and across DST, playing a pivotal role within the business.

Any experience in the following technologies would be of benefit:

•Serverless Technologies (e.g. Kubernetes/Docker etc)
•Networking/Firewalls/Security using cloud technologies
•Service Desk technologies (e.g. ServiceNow)
•Knowledge of Automation/DevOps tools (eg: Python, Terraform etc)

This is a role with real impact, where you will be able to shape how we do things going forward and build your own experience with industry leading tools and technologies which will transform how our organisation works. We offer you a flexible working environment, encouraging a sensible work life balance as well world class training and development and a thriving community of practice of fellow Software Engineers. You will also have structured opportunities for career progression and protected learning time to develop your skills and side projects.


Responsibilities of a Cloud Engineer include but aren’t limited to:

• The ability to define, build, operate and support to continually improving and govern cloud services products and platforms to serve a variety of user needs.

• Managing incidents, requests, changes and problems.

• Managing the configuration, availability, capacity, performance and cost.

• Drive continuous improvement activities.

• Maximise the use of tools and technologies to deliver operational excellence.

• Active participation in wider communities of practice, identifying good practices we can adopt and sharing our experiences.

• Sharing knowledge of tools and techniques and collaborating to improve the capability of the team.

Person specification :

Essential Criteria

• Supports, designs and implements infrastructure technologies and solutions such as: compute, storage, networking, physical infrastructure, software, commercial off the shelf (COTS) and open source
packages and solutions, virtual and cloud

• Takes ownership of and proactively resolves technical problems. Identifying and diagnosing root causes across various platforms and technologies such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Takes full accountability
for actions taken and decisions made.

• Has lateral thinking capability to dissect a problem into its component parts to identify and diagnose root causes, allowing problem resolution. Able to troubleshoot and identify problems across different
technology capabilities including compute, storage, networking, physical infrastructure, software, commercial off the shelf (COTS) and open source packages and solutions, virtual and cloud including
IaaS, PaaS, SaaS.

• Maintains focus on the whole life of service delivery – designs, develops, delivers and operates. Ensures that a set of IT products, suppliers and vendors come together to deliver an IT service.

• Has an awareness of agile methodology and the ways you could apply the principles in practice. Able to take an open-minded approach and understands why iteration is important and can do it quickly.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Working Together
  • Benefits

    The is part of the Civil Service, and as such we share a number of key benefits with other departments, whilst also having our own unique offerings to support our 5000+ valued employees across the business.

    Whether you are hearing about us for the first time or already know a bit about our organisation, we hope that the benefits pack attached (bottom of page) will give you a great insight into the benefits and facilities available to our employees, and our fantastic working culture.

    We are an organisation that takes the well-being of its employees seriously and lives and breathes the desire to modernise the workplace of the future. Everyone, from our office-based staff in Newport, London and Titchfield, to our field interviewers and airports and ports passenger survey staff, are part of a diverse and inclusive family.

    Inclusion & Accessibility

    At ONS we’re always looking to attract the very best people from the widest possible talent pool, and we are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a member of the Business Disability Forum and a Disability Confident Leader we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

    As part of our application process, you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process that you need. If you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying, please contact the recruitment team in the first instance.

    Things you need to know


    Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is .

    .People working with government assets must complete checks.

    Selection process details

    This vacancy is using , and will assess your Behaviours and Experience. Shortlisting and Interview

    Application stage will be based on your CV and personal statement. Your CV should be tailored to demonstrate any skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the person specification, and the essential criteria. Your personal statement should be no longer than 1250 words. You should use this space to provide evidence for each essential criteria within the person specification. As the criteria are scored, we would recommend that you give clear examples for each including the impact of your actions.

    As this role is at a variable grade HEO/SEO all applications will be sifted against the lower HEO criteria, should you reach the interview stage you will be assessed against all grades and offered the highest grade at which you pass the interview process.

    Success Profiles Behaviour examples are not required at the application stage and are assessed at interview.

    In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

    Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the Civil Service Success Profiles framework, where you’ll be assessed against all the behaviours outlined in the advert.

    A presentation may be required at interview. Further information will be provided to successful candidates prior to interview.

    In the current circumstances, interviews will be conducted by Video.

    A reserve list may be held for a period up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made.

    Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

    Nationality requirements

    This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
  • Working for the Civil Service

    The sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

    We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s .The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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