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Business Solutions Analyst - GIS - Level 3/4

Salary details: £27852 - £35411

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Salary details
£27,852 - £35,411
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Paul Wittle
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 228473
Closing Date
19 February 2023 11:30 PM
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Business Solutions Analyst – GIS – Level 3/4

37 hours

Salary £27,852 - £35,411

County Hall, Dorchester


What’s in it for you: 

Our geospatial (GIS) team is building on years of software development within Dorset and you will have the opportunity to help shape the latest versions of our applications. This includes the opportunity to work on innovative solutions that meet the demands of our users. Our customers often praise the applications we deploy, and we aim to keep at the forefront of geospatial web development for the public sector.

This role is perfect if you’ve been doing web development for several years and are looking to take the next step up and help lead on some of our project delivery goals. We are constantly learning and you will be able to develop your career in geospatial web development further​.

What you can expect to be doing:

GIS team look after the councils’ geospatial datasets, applications, and websites. We're looking for a highly motivated Business Solutions Engineer to join our GIS web development team. You will be helping to develop our in-house web applications including open-source applications, such as our web mapping solution and flood reporting tool.

You will be working as part of a team of three developers within the wider GIS and ICT Place Operations team using several scripting languages including C#, .NET, JavaScript / TypeScript, Python and in some cases Java. The work is varied, and you will have opportunities to help colleagues develop their skills further.
You will also have opportunities to work on other web development projects as the team also works with the wider web development function. This covers a much broader range of development skills and ensures the role will be varied and challenging.

You will be working on:

• maintaining our C# .NET web applications (including open-source)
• maintaining our geospatial applications, GeoServer, GeoNetwork and QGIS
• assisting with requests from customers both internal and external on a range of issues including use of GIS applications
• maintaining our python plugins for QGIS

We develop our applications using:
• Azure DevOps and Github making use of code reviews and pull requests
• Agile project management working closely with other members of the team both within the geospatial and wider development function.
• Office 365 where appropriate

We promote best practices and support our applications through all aspects of the project lifecycle.

The team are also responsible for managing spatial data using translation tools such as FME/QGIS processing and for communicating messages and learning with colleagues as required.

About you:

We are looking for someone who is confident with C# or Python development and is highly motivated to keep learning. The world of web development is constantly moving so we are looking for someone that is keen to keep up with the latest developments and what it means to the Council.

This work requires an experienced working knowledge of .NET, Entity Framework and JavaScript/TypeScript. Ideally you would be familiar with spatial databases as we use PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server within our Entity Framework environment.

A good working knowledge of application security including Microsoft Active Directory and OpenID Connect technologies is also useful as we have some responsibilities in this area under the supervision of the wider ICT function.

For further information about this role, please contact Paul Wittle paul.wittle@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or call 01305 228473.

Dorset Council: A great place to work

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.

At Dorset Council we:

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents
  • have ambitious aspirations
  • are excited about our future
  • care about Dorset and all the people who live here
  • know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success

You will:

  • have access to a range of employee benefits
  • be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed
  • have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn.

This post requires you to have access to sensitive information. It will be subject to a Basic Criminal Records Check. See our policy on the employment of ex-offenders.

This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process.

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