Awarded to Interact Consulting Limited

Start date: Monday 23 September 2019
Value: £84,800
Company size: SME
Home Office Police & Public Protection Technology (PPPT)

Home Office Police & Public Protection Technology (PPPT) Senior DevOps Engineer

9 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 3 large

10 Completed applications

6 SME, 4 large

Important dates

Thursday 18 July 2019
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 22 July 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 25 July 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
A Senior DevOps Engineer is required to lead the design, strategy and capability building of the DevOps function in a cloud platform development project.
Latest start date
Monday 19 August 2019
Expected contract length
Until 31 March 2020.
Organisation the work is for
Home Office Police & Public Protection Technology (PPPT)
Maximum day rate
£830 inclusive of all fees and taxes.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Working within PPPT reporting to the Programme’s Lead Technical Project Manager and Senior Responsible Owner.
Will need to engage with multidisciplinary team members within PPPT and wider HO directorates.
To deliver some of the design work, external stakeholder engagement should be expected.
What the specialist will work on
The specialist will be:
- Reviewing and contributing to high level architectural, security and service design artefacts.
- Building solutions of approved designs with a focus on best practice and security.
- Maintaining and managing tooling in the cloud platform.
- Documenting solutions built with LLD artefacts, alongside translating technical details and complexities with AWS cloud services, with a view to obtaining accreditation.
- Developing Cloud Solution reference architectures standards and best practice.
- Developing and implementing DevOps processes and identifying efficiency savings.
- Ensuring common understanding between different stakeholders
- Leading timely resolution of technical issues within project delivery

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Primary location: Croydon.
Other London sites: 2 Marsham Street, Hendon Data Centre.
Working arrangements
Some remote working is acceptable, supported by a HO laptop to enable collaboration and sensitive material to be exchanged.
Some meetings can be by conference call, but significant design meetings are expected to be face-to-face at a HO location or partner visit. Existing Subject Matter Experts located in Croydon or Hendon will provide most of the information on the architectures and requirements.

T&S will not be payable for travel to sites within the M25. Travel outside of the M25 will be subject to HO T&S policy.
Security clearance
SC clearance is required; ideally this will be in place already (or an existing clearance can be confirmed) for an immediate start. Please note the short project timescales.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
T&S will not be payable for travel to sites within the M25. Travel outside of the M25 will be subject to the Home Office T&S policy.

The Home Office retains all IPR in respect of any service or software created.

Skills and experience

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

Essential skills and experience
  • Be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of how AWS services hang together and the underlying technology.
  • Have a strong awareness of networking capability including: Direct Connect configuration, Routing, Firewalls, Security Groups and the respective configuration tasks in a secure cloud environment.
  • Demonstrable ability to solve business problems by applying technology.
  • Demonstrable experience of Cloud Infrastructure Architecture.
  • Demonstrable experience of building Infrastructure as a Code.
  • Demonstrable experience working within Government and Policing.
  • Demonstrable strong understanding of and exposure to AWS Cloud Environments.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing designs for secure environments.
  • Demonstrable experience of working within DevOps Environments.
  • Demonstrable experience of engaging with senior stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience of influencing peers and stakeholders without having to depend on reporting lines.
  • Demonstrable experience of creating LLD documentation.
  • Demonstrable experience in some/all of following enterprise-tooling-solutions&monitoring-solutions: Terraform, Pecker, Ansible, Linux, GitLab, CloudFormation, Confluence, JIRA, Jenkins, Sparx-EA&Pro-Cloud, Consul, Vault, Artifactory, JfrogX-RAY, SonarQube and Selenium-Splunk
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Show demonstrable experience of AWS Certification.
  • Show a demonstrable Linux / Unix background.
  • Show demonstrable knowledge of the Police and Public Protection Portfolio and the varying initiatives in progress would be a distinct advantage.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Seek constructive outcomes in discussions.
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver an outcome.
  • Challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress.
  • Make recommendations for decisions and options.
  • Personal management of time within a team to best deliver the scope of work.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent?
Yes there is an incumbent.
2. Can more than one example be given against each criterion?
Yes but the total length of the answer must not exceed 100 words.

Applicants who only supply one example per criterion will not be marked down.
3. Will the incumbent be applying for the role?
Home Office PPPT has no knowledge of the Incumbent’s intention at the moment
4. Will you support SC clearance for the right candidate?
We will support SC clearance for the right candidate.
5. What are the time frames in terms of process i.e Application Screening, Interviewing, etc from the submission deadline?
We aim to conclude sifting and interviewing within approximately 2 weeks of the application window closing, leading to an offer for the successful candidate in mid-August. This timeline will be subject to internal resource constraints over this time period and could change.
6. Is this inside or outside of IR35?
It is outside of IR35.