Awarded to Sussex software consultancy

Start date: Monday 11 November 2019
Value: £445,740
Company size: SME
National Law Enforcement Data Programme

NLEDP 142- Audit Architect role

24 Incomplete applications

23 SME, 1 large

31 Completed applications

30 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 15 October 2019
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 17 October 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
The requirement is for a technical application architect responsible for delivering high-level/low-level application audit designs and providing SME input to development teams
Latest start date
Monday 4 November 2019
Expected contract length
6 months (initially)
Organisation the work is for
National Law Enforcement Data Programme
Maximum day rate
£1300 per day

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will be required to work with internal technical and project management teams, other suppliers and external stakeholders.
What the specialist will work on
We require an application architect with cloud and security experience to continue Audit, Alerting and Data Access Controls design architecture for the functional service.

The specialist is expected to be a self-starter who can lead a team of technical staff to produce and deliver on detailed application designs. The individual will work with a range of internal and external technical stakeholders.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The following locations:
• Hendon Data Centre, Collindale
• Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
• Home Office, Croydon
Working arrangements
5 days a week, based at the Home Office in Marsham Street / Croydon /Hendon Data Centre.
Security clearance
A minimum of SC clearance is required – candidates must be cleared

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

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
  • Applications architecture background (java, json, xml)
  • API/Broker/Bus architecture
  • Building HL/LL designs
  • Stakeholder Engagement for platform and portfolio interfaces
  • Expertise/experience working on security controls/mechanisms, transport protocols, IAM, Access Control (RBAC&ABAC)
  • Java Frameworks such as Hibernate, Camel; Message queueing (Eg. ActiveMQ, RabbitMQ, MQSeries, MSMQ)
  • Databases (eg. PostgresSQL, MS SQL, Sybase T-SQL, Oracle PL/SQL)
  • ESB products (eg. Weblogic, Red Hat Fuse, JBoss)
  • API gateways (Mulesoft, Axway)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Cloud technologies e.g. AWS/Azure
  • Agile and Waterfall methodologies
  • Toolsets e.g. confluence and JIRA

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Will you provide SC level clearance for this role?
No - the candidate needs to already hold SC clearance
2. Is the role inside or outside IR35 scope?
Please note that this role has been initially assessed as being outside of scope of IR35.
3. Would a lapsed SC be considered, ie valid until 2024 but has not been used in the last 12 months ie lapsed?
A candidate with lapsed clearance will not be considered for this role.
4. Is there a current incumbent?
There is no current incumbent. This role is in response to our delivery ramp up
5. Can you please describe the current setup and explain how many people would be required to lead, including their roles.
As we enter delivery phases, we will scale up to 12 developers and test resources in this area. The role will report into our lead audit architect.
6. How long could the contract be extended by?
We would consider a further extension of 6 months.
7. The role description indicates you are looking for an Application Architect, however the rate you have included seems to indicate a far more senior role than this (e.g. CTO / Chief Architect / Head of Architecture).
Could you please clarify what level of seniority will this specialist hold?
The role is expected to be a SFIA 5/6 senior application architect capable of doing both high-level designs and low-level designs. They should also be capable of providing oversight and technical guidance to multiple development teams.
8. What is the interview process for this role? Additionally, is there an expected period for when interviews will take place?
Interviews will take place on Tuesday 29th October at BWH and will be experience and skills based lasting one hour. It is a one stage interview process if you get through the CV sift.
9. Is there a current or preferred incumbent?
There is no preferred or current incumbent. This role is in response to our delivery ramp up.