Land Registry Senior IS Staff meeting in Plymouth Office

My name is Rachel Jones, I’m a DevOps Subject Matter Expert within Land Registry’s in-house IT function, Information Systems (commonly called IS). I’ve just turned 40, have three children at primary school and as you read this will be skiing in the Alps (to celebrate the aforementioned birthday)!

I joined Land Registry in 2005 from AXA Tech to explore a career in the public sector. I started as an IT security administrator, moving to an IT Infrastructure technical lead and then to my current role as a DevOps technical lead.

I am responsible for the day to day operation of the Web Operations and Platform team, providing IT infrastructure support to our agile service delivery teams, ensuring IT infrastructure and IT environments are available to support our exciting new services.

I love the fact every day is different, it may be a cliché but it’s very true in IS. We see everything from researching new technology and developing technical strategies, to working with technical staff to plan and deliver technical changes and enhancements. This will be like music to your ears if you’re techy like me!

I’ve lived in the South West for 10 years, Plymouth is a great location in the foothills of Dartmoor, bordering Cornwall and of course, the lapping waves between the coastlines of Devon & Cornwall.

I love being outside, cycling across the moors and exploring the rugged coastline. I feel very lucky to live, work and have a family in such a beautiful part of the country.

Did you know… The earliest evidence of human life in Britain may well have been in Plymouth, evidence found in caves under the city date to circa 13,109 BC (give or take 390 years!).

Information Systems is a busy and energising environment, our staff are deeply passionate about their work and continue to innovate. It can be tough and demanding but always remains a great place to be.

IS Staff at a 10K race in Plymouth

One of the best aspects of Land Registry is the sense of community. We’re really lucky to have an active Sports & Social scene. I’ve taken part in weekend family fun days, friendly inter-office sports competitions and trips to France. I’ve made some amazing life-long friends in Land Registry.

My top tips if you’re applying for job in IS

  1. Read the application advice for what we are looking for in an application
  2. Make sure you have a full understanding of the role and you have done your research.
  3. Always be yourself!

Follow @HMLandRegistry for updates on opportunities in IS. We’re currently looking for 4 students interested in a paid 12 month IT Student Placement in Plymouth.

Good luck!

Rachel Jones
By Rachel Jones,
DevOps Subject Matter Expert at HM Land Registry, Information Systems