Placement Opportunities 2020/21

Closing date for submissions: 13 March 2020

Plymouth - 1 Year - £17,000

At GOSS our mission is to ensure our clients maximise their online potential.  We do this by harnessing the best internet technologies to deliver innovative solutions that enhance customer experience, reduce costs, and provide a competitive advantage. To do this we have to stay on the leading edge of technology and innovation.

The GOSS Digital Platform helps to drive digital transformation within a wide range of public and private sector organisations across the UK, and each week more than 3 million people experience our work. Building software at scale is fun, challenging and changing constantly. We have helped our clients deliver new online services to their citizens including ferry disruptions, improved waste collection solutions as well complex integration into various 3rd party systems.

We are looking for placement students to join our team.

The Role

This exciting role offers you the opportunity work in teams and departments across our business, develop your technical knowledge, and create content that will be read by thousands of our users. You'll work closely with developers and other subject matter experts to gain a holistic understanding of our products, then be able to take that knowledge and tailor the content you create to your target audience. Working under the guidance of our Products and Marketing Managers you will be creating new content, reviewing and updating existing material, using our products to create working examples, and identify and fill gaps in our existing documentation. You'll be creating content and copy published in technical documentation, marketing material, our public websites and social media channels, product user guides and specifications, training resources, bid collateral and API documentation. You will also help in researching current market, industry and competitor trends, using the data collected to help inform the overall GOSS product and marketing strategy. There will be times when you are working independently on projects you identify, and others when you'll be working to meet the deadlines set by other teams. The broad nature of this placement makes it an ideal introduction to careers in technical writing, marketing, copywriting and editing and communications.

The Person

You'll have a keen interest in developing your technical knowledge and in understanding our market and users. You'll be able to write concisely in plain English and be able to adapt your writing style to the content you are creating and the users it is targeted at. You'll have a confident ability in research and analytics and also possess high attention to detail and a need for consistency. The role involves creating example code and script to illustrate your documentation. You'll be expected to develop your knowledge of JavaScript, HTML and CSS, so prior experience would be an advantage. We understand that this role is unlike many others. To make it successful and enjoyable you'll need to be confident, inquisitive, able to say "no", and have a real passion for learning, communicating and knowledge transfer. You'll be fully supported by our Products Manager, Technical Author, Marketing Manager and developers.

What's it like to do your placement and to work at GOSS?

Dominic Youel, a Plymouth Uni graduate, who did his placement with GOSS and now works as a permanent member of the team, said: 

​"My mentor is excellent, and I have learned a huge amount. I've been encouraged to use my creativity. It's a very relaxed place to work. Everyone sat around me is highly experienced and free cake is startlingly common. Oh, and one afternoon, I saw a huge herd of deer grazing outside my window - not many software companies can offer that!"


GOSS was founded in 1999, and today comprises over 60 great people. We are a growing software business based on the edge of Dartmoor. Our clients range from the public sector (Police Forces and Government) to private sector brands such as Brittany Ferries & Caledonian MacBrayne.

At GOSS, our values help us to achieve our goals as well as contributing to making GOSS a great place to work and develop.

  • We treat GOSS like it is our company.  We take ownership for getting things done.  Each of us is responsible for the quality of everything we do.
  • We work together as one team, committed to and focused on achieving our company's core objectives and delivering value to our clients and their customers.
  • We enjoy what we do and we always operate with respect and trust, in an ethical way.
  • We value innovation and creativity.  Every experience is a learning opportunity.
  • We actively support our communities through various events such as charity events and local industry talks


  • Flexible working hours and location
  • 31 days holiday including Bank Holidays, increasing by 1 day for each full year of service up to a maximum of 36 days
  • Company performance bonus
  • Long service award 
  • Enhanced maternity & paternity package
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to reduced rate fitness scheme
  • Free refreshments



To apply, complete our short application form and upload your CV which you can find below. If you have any great examples of your recent work, please include a link and brief description alongside your application.


Initial interviews will be via telephone/Skype with our Products Manager & Marketing Manager . If successful you will be invited to attend an interview here at the GOSS offices in Plymouth which will last approximately 1 hour.

Applications from candidates living outside of the UK will be considered for the position provided the candidates can demonstrate that they are eligible to work in the UK.

GOSS is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. This means that decisions concerning recruitment will be based on the needs of the business and not any assumptions based on sex, race, age, disability, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, married or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

Due to the large volume of applications GOSS receive, if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of applying, on this occasion its likely that you have been unsuccessful in your application.

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