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Defra Digital: our story

Who we are

We’re the team in Defra who takes the lead on developing and delivering the department's digital services.

Defra is the leading government department responsible for safeguarding the natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.

Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.

The digital services we create are important. They allow our customers to do everything from managing their businesses, tracking their livestock, applying for licenses or monitoring their local flood risk, plus a whole lot more. We operate across the whole departmental portfolio, so everything from flood warnings to farming data, from marine protection to air quality is in scope for our team.

By making our services easier and faster to use, we want to help the UK environment, rural communities and world class food and farming industries to thrive.

Our people

We’re a diverse and customer-focused team, taken from a range of professions and specialisms including software developers, content designers, user researchers, programme managers and Quality Assurance analysts.

We work as part of the government’s Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) profession.

Where we work

We’re based in 4 main Digital hubs - Bristol, York, Warrington and Reading.

We also have people based across the country either in other Defra office locations or working from home.

How we work

We’re committed to helping find and adopt innovative new ways of working while maintaining our focus on creating a better place for people and wildlife.

We work flexibly in an agile way as we collaborate with others across Defra and beyond.

We follow 5 key principles:

  • simplify services and reduce costs
  • recruit the best people, with the right skills, to support our inclusive culture
  • use the most modern technologies in an outcome-focused way
  • empower our people by giving them the tools, processes and technology they need to do their work
  • take a user centred approach that enables us to build simple, modern services

Be a part of Defra’s digital future

We’re always on the look-out for great talent. Enthusiastic and passionate people who are excited by the challenge of designing and creating user-centred digital services.

Visit our recruitment hub to find out the current roles on offer.

In return for your expertise, you’ll benefit from being part of a supportive, diverse and customer-focused team. We’ll invest in your professional development and work with you to design your future.

Our flexible working arrangements mean that you can maintain a healthy work-life balance. And, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your work helps create a better environment and place to live.

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