Senior Application Developer

Contract Type
Starting salary would be £43,381 with the maximum salary on this scale being £51,065
Expiry Date
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.

Job Description

Senior Application Developer   




Location Neutral

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, options for some home/remote working may be possible.  At present all ISD staff are working at home in line with COVID guidance and only attend the office in exceptional circumstances.

Some travel to our Edinburgh or Glasgow office may be required to attend meetings.

Contract terms

Full Time

1 x Permanent and 1 x 18 Month Fixed Term Contract with possible extension or permanency


Starting salary would be £39,381 with the maximum salary on this scale being £47,065 subject to future COPFS pay awards.

In addition, this post attracts a £4000 IT allowance per annum.


We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

Generous Civil Service Pension employer contribution, on average over 26% of your pay.
25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
Flexible working hours and family friendly approach to work.
Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
Employee Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

Midnight 26th January 2022

Please note this is a rolling campaign and applications will be processed, sifted and interviews carried out where necessary every week. Specific timescales can be found within the application pack.

Closing date may be subject to change with 1 weeks’ notice given.


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.

About the Role

General Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

COPFS ISD Department is embarking on an ambitious programme to implement a range of 'enabling' technologies to support the prosecution and presentation of cases and continue to modernise the justice sector.  We are looking to recruit a Senior Application Developer to support the delivery an ambitious justice wide programme, Digital Evidence Sharing Capability.  

COPFS ISD Development team develops and delivers a host of case management system, ranging through a broad range of technologies include .NET, Java, Oracle 11g, iOS and Visual Basic and recently developing Cloud based applications. However, this specific role would be looking for a skilled Software Developer with experience primarily in .NET and C#. The successful candidate would have an opportunity to work on cutting edge technologies.

You will report to Head of Application Development. You will also work jointly with the Principal Application Developer, Applications Solutions Team and Applications Test team in an agile environment to deliver digital applications.

Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

As the Senior Applications Developer within ISD’s Enterprise Applications team, you will be a key developer to support delivery of our new Digital Evidence Sharing Capability. This exciting new project will modernise how COPFS shares evidence with the Police, Scottish Courts and other stakeholders. This project will make a real difference to the time taken for cases to come to court, allowing those involved in criminal cases to move on with their lives sooner. You will be working to integrate the suite of case management systems that have been developed by COPFS ISD using a range of technologies, with a modern cloud-based solution.

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 key technical point of contact for the Digital Evidence Sharing Capability 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.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be required as appropriate to the role

Essential Criteria Required

The essential criteria for this post are outlined below. Candidates will be required to fully demonstrate their technical skills as well as competencies at interview.

An experienced developer with demonstrable hands on experience in full stack web development
Ability to develop quality applications adhering to industry best practices
Demonstrate ability to solve novel problems and evaluate new technologies / solutions
Experience working within an agile software development environment
Comfortable communicating with a range of stakeholders such as internal IT teams, users and suppliers
Experience working with the following technologies: .NET Core/Framework, C# and Angular
Other technologies you would likely encounter include: Java/Spring, Oracle PL/SQL, Azure, RestAPI’s and JavaScript
Ability to Build/Maintain CI/CD Pipelines

Contact Us

If you have any queries please email

Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website

Please submit a CV and a fully completed Personal Information Form to

Selection will be competency based with additional technical questions.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), and would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews and any other discussions in the process must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this way of working, COPFS asks all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to participate in the virtual interview and discussions as well as access to a personal device of choice by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. Please ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video.

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.