Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) – part of BEIS

DDaT19122 BEIS Office for Product Safety and Standards Senior Ruby-on-Rails Full Stack Developer

Incomplete applications

5
Incomplete applications
4 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

10
Completed applications
9 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 12 July 2019
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 16 July 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 19 July 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work Senior Ruby-on-Rails full-stack developer required to work as part of a team of R-o-R developers to develop digital services that help The Office for Product Safety and Standards support building national capacity for product safety.
Latest start date Monday 9 September 2019
Expected contract length The contract will expire on 31 March 2020.
Location London
Organisation the work is for Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) – part of BEIS
Maximum day rate £650 per day. Our budget range is £85,000 to £95,000 excl VAT.

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with You will work as part of the OPSS digital team. The team is a mix of OPSS permanent staff and contractors currently consisting of:

Head of Digital
UX Design lead
Product Managers
Delivery Manager
User Researchers
Content Designers
Business Analyst
Developers
QA Tester

We are also supplemented by 3rd party supplier delivery partners who provide specific services on our behalf.
What the specialist will work on We require a Senior Ruby-on-Rails full-stack developer to work with a technical lead and developer team to help us develop services to build national capacity for product safety.

•Product Safety Database (including planned work on Consumers and Businesses
•Submit Cosmetic Notification Portal

They are currently in different phases of development including private beta.

We need help completing outstanding work and developing new features and functionality as part of ongoing service development and iteration.

Our tech stack includes: Rails 5.2 running on Ruby 2.4.3;GOV.UK PaaS and Notify;GOV.UK Registers (country information);Companies House API for business details; Yarn;Sidekiq;ClamAV;Postgres 9.5;Elasticsearch 6 (on AWS)

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The primary site will be 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. However, OPSS have other sites including Birmingham and Teddington and the team may be required to work there on occasion to engage with OPSS colleagues and stakeholders.

There may be a requirement for travel to other UK stakeholder sites to conduct business.
Working arrangements The team is co-located at 1 Victoria Street, London and adhere to BEIS normal working hours (09:00 - 17:00). The team also work occasionally at OPSS sites in Birmingham and Teddington. OPSS will meet any additional travel costs incurred away from the London office.

These will be met in line with the BEIS travel and subsistence policy.

OPSS are happy to consider remote working arrangements agreed at the discretion of the OPSS Head of Digital or service product manager.
Security clearance Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance required.
BEIS will sponsor this if necessary.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions N/A

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate your experience in developing responsive web applications using Ruby-on-Rails and in line with our tech stack or equivalent (4%)
  • Demonstrate your experience in supervising junior developers to deliver successful outcomes (4%)
  • Demonstrate your experience in working with UX design teams to develop prototypes into full production code (4%)
  • Demonstrate your experience in working with QA testers to follow automated and manual testing regimes to ensure that code is fully tested before live deployment (4%)
  • Demonstrate your experience in working with CI/CD toolchains to deploy code into live (4%)
  • Demonstrate your experience in fixing bugs and service issues quickly to minimise user disruption (4%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate your experience in working with and design services that meet the GDS Digital Service Standard and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service. (3 %)
  • Demonstrate your experience in working with GOV.UK tools e.g. PaaS, Notify. (3%)

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how you will help OPSS develop long-term sustainable internal capability through knowledge sharing and coaching (3%)
  • Demonstrate how you will be flexible and sensitive to local ways of working (3%)
  • Demonstrate how you will work in an agile way to help identify, prioritise and deliver outputs (2%)
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Latest start date The commencement of the services is scheduled for Monday 9th September 2019 in accordance with the published requirements. However, this is subject to change should there be any delays in the procurement process.
2. Procurement timeframe The anticipated procurement timeframes are as follows:

Monday 5th August 2019 – Notification of shortlisting outcome
Monday 12th August 2019 – Work history deadline
Tuesday 13th / Wednesday 14th August 2019 – Interviews
Wednesday 28th August 2019 – Notification of award outcome
3. Scope of IR35 Our current assessment is that this requirement falls outside of the scope of IR35.
4. Technical competence criteria The technical competence section included within the above requirements has been allocated 30% of the overall technical competence weighting for the shortlisting stage.
The remaining 40% for technical competence will be allocated to the assessment stage. Further information on this will be shared with shortlisted bidders.
5. Services An example of one of the services is:

Product Safety Database – which is providing a service so that the UK can collect and manage data on product safety and market surveillance from multiple sources and make that data available to UK regulators, enforcement bodies, businesses and consumers through appropriate channels. The UK also needs to manage product safety cases through initial submission to resolution and reporting and keep parties notified of progress.

This service is currently in private beta.
6. Services An example of one of the services is:

Submit Cosmetic Notification Product – which will provide a service so that the UK can collect data relating to cosmetic products from businesses and make that data available to the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS). This service will protect consumers by allowing the National Poisons Information Service to provide advice to medical professionals on the ingredients of cosmetic products.

This service is currently in private beta.
7. Hi there, is there a current incumbent in this role? No, there is no specific current incumbent supplier in this role. We have developers currently working with us as part of a growing developer team. This role will be part of that.