National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Software Tester (Visio upgrade)

9 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 2 large

17 Completed applications

16 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 17 September 2019
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 19 September 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Quality assurance analyst
Summary of the work
The tester will work with the Digital Services team to provide an upgrade to the NICE Pathways importer code so that it can support the version of Visio currently offered by IT.
Latest start date
Monday 11 November 2019
Expected contract length
3 Months
North West England
Organisation the work is for
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Maximum day rate
500 excluding VAT

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Digital Services is a team of c. 60 digital professionals that design, develop and maintain NICE’s portfolio of digital services including the NICE website, Pathways and NICE Evidence Services.
What the specialist will work on
The tester will ensure that:
1. The Pathways import process is fully compatible with Visio 2010 and the version of Visio provided by NICE IT and fully tested.
2. The templates, stencils and macros have been updated, re-issued and tested.
3. Unit tests covering the changes exist.
4. Documentation detailing the import process has been provided.
5. The Digital Services team have quality assured the work and have signed-off documentation and agree it is fit for purpose
6. The Publishing team have quality assured the work and agree it is fit for purpose

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Level 1A, City Tower
Piccadilly Plaza
M1 4BT
Working arrangements
The tester will be based onsite in the Manchester office.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Additional clause will be added to govern using the NICE servers and not allowing any data on personal laptops/equipment.

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
  • Javascript
  • VBA macros
  • Automated testing
  • Ability to collaborate and proactively transfer knowledge to the members of the NICE Digital Service team as required
  • Ability to manage work as part of planned sprints with the Digital Services team.
  • Being tangible in their delivery - ie regular ‘show and tells’ to users and other technical contributors to the Pathways import process with supporting documents, analysis evidence of work undertaken
  • Ability to work with clients with low technical expertise
  • Ability to fully integrate with the in-house team for hand-on and hand-off process
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Understanding of document databases (No SQL databases e.g. Raven, Mongo)
  • Knowledge of Visio 2010 to current – including templates and stencils

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Collaborative working, sharing knowledge with NICE
  • Transparent and shared decision-making
  • Proactive approach to problem sharing
  • Learning culture, adopting lessons learned throughout the project
  • Responds to feedback positively and constructively
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Are there any clearances required for this?
If this is refering to security clearence, then no, none are required
2. Is this role outside IR35?
NICE has done a pre-engagement test using the HMRC Employment status tool, the result on the test is "The intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement"
3. Is there an incumbent?
No. This is a new requirement
4. What automation tools are being used?
We are using with cucumber.
5. Within our organisation we have 2 or more candidates who would be suitable and available. Can we submit 2 separate applications, describing each candidate for your review & consideration ?
NICE will assess all applications received.

However, you may want to submit this question to the Digital Marketplace team as there may be restrictions on the number submissions allowed per supplier built into the system.
6. What Automation tools will be used for this project?
We are using with cucumber.