Lead Developer (AEM)

  • Job Reference: MaPS00564
  • Date Posted: 1 February 2024
  • Recruiter: Money and Pensions Service
  • Location: Bedford
  • Hybrid Working: Some hybrid working possible
  • Salary: £80,000
  • Sector: IT
  • Job Type: Fixed Term Contract FTC
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Contact: Tom Geldeard
  • Email: tom.geldeard@reed.com

Job Description

Lead AEM Developer
c.£80,000 per annum
Hybrid working (on site twice a week)
Contract Length: 18 months with the possibility of extension or permanency


About MaPS

At MaPS, we help people – particularly those most in need – to improve their financial wellbeing and build a better, more confident future. Working collaboratively across the UK, we make sure customers can access high-quality money and pensions guidance and debt advice throughout their lives, however and whenever they need it.


The Purpose of the Role

As the Lead AEM Developer, you will be designing, building, and maintaining digital products used by Money and Pensions Services customers.

You will have experience leading development projects with Adobe Experience Manager and will have full stack experience working with Java back-end and front-end HTML templates and components. You will be up-to-date with AEM/engineering advancements and best practices, and are able to advocate and drive forward new technologies and practices into the team. You thrive within a community of practice and are keen to share your knowledge and mentor more junior developers.


Key Accountabilities

  • Writing efficient, reusable and well-documented code
  • Using the latest front and back end techniques to build digital experiences, working closely with designers, developers, and editors
  • Following a component-driven development practice, using a content management system, shared component libraries, and shared design principles, to work efficiently while providing a clear and consistent user experience
  • Engaging collaboratively with Architecture and DevOps on solutions design and implementation to ensure robust and well supported software
  • Collaborating with other digital disciplines (eg. UX, Analytics) to produce accessible digital experiences
  • Follow GDS guidelines for Government Digital Services
  • Write and review technical documentation
  • Participate in our agile planning, estimation and delivery processes
  • Peer review developed code as part of our workflow
  • Able to self manage including keeping technical knowledge up to date
  • Promote collaborative working, efficiencies and knowledge transfer
  • Coach and mentor other developers


Skills & Experience


  • Highly experienced leading the development and maintenance of projects with Adobe Experience Manager
  • Demonstrable strong understanding of AEM architectural and development best practices
  • Demonstrable strong coding and technical design skills, working across the full stack with Java and front-end HTL, HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Familiarity with Dispatcher configuration
  • Experience building and deploying AEM projects with CI/CD
  • Ability to troubleshoot and debug AEM projects
  • Demonstrable commitment to high quality, robust engineering practices
  • Experience of productive collaboration with design, testing, product and other digital delivery colleagues


  • Experience of headless implementations using AEM (content fragments with GraphQL and/or SPA editor)
  • A keen interest in front-end technologies / JavaScript frameworks, particularly React
  • Any relevant Adobe certifications


At the heart of the Money and Pensions Service are our values – caring, connecting and transforming, which are the foundation of our success. They permeate every area of our work and define all our business relationships and the way we work with each other. We’re not only looking for the best people in and around Bedford to come and work for us, but we need people who align themselves to our values: -

  • Caring
    We care about our colleagues and people whose lives we are here to transform.
  • Connecting
    We will transform lives through our ability to make positive connections.
  • Transforming
    We are committed to transforming lives and make a positive societal impact.


Our inclusive working environment

By fostering our values, we are immensely proud of the inclusive working environment that we have created. The diversity of our people is a strength that we embrace and wish to build upon, so we are committed to attracting people of all backgrounds.

We work hard to ensure that we have a progressive approach to inclusion, equity and belonging.  We really do want our colleagues to “bring their whole selves to work.”

By way of brief example, we have an enviable ethnic diversity mix, equal gender balance with a zero mean gender pay gap and thriving colleague and ally networks, including LGBTQ+, neurodiversity, women’s health, men's health, ethnicity, and diversity.


What Money and Pensions Service can offer you?

  • Generous Annual Leave – 30 days plus Bank Holidays
  • Pension scheme – contributions matched 2 to 1 (up to 10% of your salary)
  • Interest-free loan to help you buy season tickets for buses and trains
  • Cycle to work Scheme
  • Subsidised eye test & flu jabs
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Give as you earn scheme
  • Employee assistance programme (EAP)
  • PAM Assist and PAM Life scheme (Wellbeing)
  • Enhanced family and sick pay
  • Paid volunteering (2 days a year)
  • Recognition Scheme
  • Discounts portal to numerous retailers


At MaPS, we take pride in our flexible approach to work.  Most of our roles can operate on a hybrid basis with a minimum of 2 days in the office per week. Hybrid working is a voluntary, noncontractual arrangement and your office will be your contractual place of work. The number of days that anyone will be able to work at home will be determined primarily by business needs, but personal and other relevant circumstances will also be considered. If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid working, including whether a hybrid working arrangement is suitable for you, will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

This role is to be appointed under Civil Service Terms & Conditions. Full details on the T&C’s are found https://maps.org.uk/

The law requires that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact the Money and Pensions Service via email: recruitment@maps.org.uk. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Visit the Civil Service Commission website.


If you’re already a MaPS employee, and as part of our Talent Strategy, we’re committed to strengthening opportunities for our people to learn, grow, progress, and thrive. For many of you, this may be preparing and applying for your next role with us, and we're passionate about ensuring you feel supported throughout your internal recruitment experience. Please get in touch if you want to know more about some of the ways in which we could support you by emailing recruitment@maps.org.uk


Job Reference: MaPS00564

Close Date: 15/02/2024