Working at GDS

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We are recruiting for a wide range of roles. If you’d like “the challenge of building world leading digital public services” by working at the Government Digital Service, look at currently available roles on our jobs page. We are also often looking for contractors to help us on specific projects, look at our available contracting roles on our contracting page.

People have told us that they aren’t entirely sure what it’s like to work here, so we’ve put together this page to give you a bit of an insight into life with the GDS team.

Amy-Whitney

Amy Whitney

I’m an interaction designer currently working on the services and information bit for citizens and businesses on GOV.UK.

I joined GDS to make interactions with government easier for users and help change the way that government provides digital services. As a designer I wanted to get away from wire framing and photoshop and design in browser.

Natalie Shaw

Natalie Shaw

I’m a content designer here at GDS. My job is an unusual mix between an editor, researcher, online producer, project manager, analyst and negotiator. A key part of it is taking complex language and processes and making them simple to understand.

I work on mainstream GOV.UK, which contains services and information for citizens and businesses. I work on a broad range of content including benefits, foreign travel advice, tax, passports, driving and education. It may sound lame, but I love knowing that my work’s made an impact on a huge audience – there’s really nothing quite like it.

Mark Stanley

Mark Stanley

I’m a delivery manager – a project manager of sorts, but at GDS it’s a role responsible for doing everything possible to deliver the product manager’s prioritised backlog list and longer term his/her vision for the product.

Initially I was drawn here by the great people and collaborative way of working. In time it was an understanding that the pillars of trust, users and delivery are really well intended and really well practiced here. Most of all trust – I’ve learnt how powerful a thing it is to place trust in people and how awesome the return is. The result; the best place by a long stretch I’ve ever worked. I love it here.

Anna Shipman

Anna Shipman

I’m a developer at GDS. Currently I’m working on the Infrastructure and Tools team. Among other things, we support the servers that GOV.UK runs on and develop tools for product teams to use. Before joining this team I worked on the Transition team putting the framework in place to redirect users from Directgov and Business Link to the correct place on the new GOV.UK site when it launched (read about some of the tools here).

My last employer was a company called Corelogic. We provided a case management system for social services. We were doing something really worthwhile, and I feel the same way working for GDS. And it’s not just that I feel the work is valuable; I also get to work with some interesting technologies, and some really brilliant people.

Alice Newton

Alice Newton

I’m the Associate Product Manager for the government bit of GOV.UK. I work with our excellent team of developers, designers and content people to make sure that we deliver the best possible product for our users.

Before I came to GDS, I worked at the Ministry of Justice, helping write the first MOJ digital strategy and set up a digital division there. I wanted to work here because of the very talented people and the because I think digital is one of the most exciting areas of government at the moment.

Ralph Cowling

Ralph Cowling

I’m a developer on the Performance Platform team, focused on the front end but also on joining the dots between ops and things people see and use. Before joining GDS I helped start a service called This Is My Jam – a place to share the song you love right now.

I joined GDS because it’s an opportunity to work on a service that is transforming the way almost everyone in the country will interact with government, and because the chance to join such a highly skilled and talented team is an amazing opportunity – I’m happy to be here!

Lana Gibson

Lana Gibson

I’m a product Analyst – I take any user-data I can get my hands on and use it to improve GOV.UK. I also help the rest of government do the same.

I used to work in Quality Assurance for the agency Sysdoc. I was attracted to GDS by the radical approach to digital government, the enthusiasm and talent of the people working here, and the collaborative and non-hierarchical way of working.

Matt Harrington

Matt Harrington

I’m a Business Analyst. I assist with the day to day running of the sprint process, creating user stories, pre-planning, acceptance criteria, reports etc.

I am also involved in engagement with departments across government as we work with them to expose their data on the performance platform. This involves visits to talk about the Performance Platform, how it can help them and what their needs are in a dashboard.

Alex Torrance

Alex Torrance

I’m a designer, working on a variety of projects from the service manual and transformation dashboard to working on some exemplar transactions and helping out designers in other departments working on exemplar services. I also get my hands dirty with some front-end coding from time to time.

Before I joined GDS I was the co-founder of a small web agency. I came to GDS because there was an opportunity to use good design to really help people throughout the country.

Henry-Hadlow--Passport-photo

Henry Hadlow

I’m Henry Hadlow, a designer at GDS. I design for GOV.UK mainstream. I mostly work on the typography and layout, but also help out with IA, UI and code. I also make short videos and graphics to communicate what GDS do.

Before I worked at GDS I worked at a startup – seditionart.com. Prior to that I worked in branding, and I studied graphic design and natural sciences (not at the same time).

I like working at GDS because everyone is trusted to do their jobs well and get on with it. We’re getting lots done and the pace of change is exciting, but the atmosphere is still relaxed.