Ministry of Defence, Defence Business Services

Provision of Service Records Enhanced Publication Scheme Beta Phase (Part 2)

Incomplete applications

7
Incomplete applications
7 SME, 0 large

Completed applications

12
Completed applications
12 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 16 October 2019
Deadline for asking questions Friday 18 October 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work Developer for Beta phases of Request a Historic Service Record project. Responsible for developing the service prototype into live, integrating gov.uk/pay and gov.uk/notify and establishing a search tool for record in line with the Government Digital Service Standard, Government Technology Code of Practice and Government Digital Service Design Manual.
Latest start date Thursday 14 November 2019
Expected contract length 65 days plus optional addition days up to a total of 35 days
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Ministry of Defence, Defence Business Services
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The developer will support the Programme Manager and Service Manager to ensure MOD meets its business and transformation objectives for enhancing access to historic military service records via www.gov.uk. The developer will join a team which includes Programme Manager, Service Manager, Delivery Manager, Technical Architect and User Researcher. The developer will be expected to work with subject matter experts from MOD Disclosure Branches, Policy Leads and members of the public including key user groups for example, genealogists.
What the specialist will work on Work on Request Historic Service Records project on www.gov.uk. Iterative development of prototype through private and public Beta stages ensuring readiness for live service in accordance with Government Digital Service Standard and Government Technology Code of Practice. Attendance at Service Assessments, documentation of development code and decisions and knowledge transfer to DBS staff is required. Incorporation of backlog items identified by ongoing user research including search tool for records data, integration of gov.uk/pay and gov.uk/notify services, death certificate data lookups and variable charging mechanisms. Will work closely with user researcher to iteratively develop service based on user needs and stories

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Remote working with travel to York or London and other locations if needed.
Working arrangements A Typical working day is 9 am-5pm (however working outside of these hours may be required due to business/project need),

The role is suitable for remote working but there may be travel involved to York, Portsmouth, London or other regions of the country. Travel expenses outside of the base locations will be covered.
Security clearance SC clearance is required.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Cabinet Office (CO) Travel and Subsistence policy will apply. All expenses must be pre-agreed between the parties and must comply with the CO T&S policy.

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
  • Experience working alongside a user researcher and technical architect using user centred design practices to ensure user stories and user research are at the heart of product design
  • Proven ability to seign services to meet valid user needs including planning, designing and conducting usability testing of prototypes.
  • Proven experience in use of industy standard web application technologies such as HTML, CSS, Java, Javascript, PHP, Ruby and Python
  • Excellent written and verbal communication including strong negotiation skills and the ability to influence external partners, suppliers and stakeholders
  • Proven experience in use of service-based technologies such as SOAP, RESTful APIs, XML and JSON
  • Experience of working using Agile Methodology
  • Experience Delivering outputs in line with Government Digital Service Design and Manual and Government Technology code of practice and assessment process
  • Experience of deploying and building web applications on Cloud Foundry using buildpacks and the CLI
  • Experience of developing products to meet the needs of assisted digital users to ensure teh service is designed to enable a maximum digital take up.
  • Proven experience of iterative product development based on user needs and stories
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Understanding of Government Digital Service design principles
  • Experience designing services for GOV.UK
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary agile teams
  • Experience of developing products to meet the needs of assisted digital users to ensure the service is designed to enable maximum digital take up

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 6
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Experience of successful collaborative working as part of a multi supplier delivery team sharing knowledge within the team
  • Create and maintain an agile working environment
  • Take responsiblity for their work
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
  • Able to challenge the status quo and use presentation skills to achieve business buy in
  • Have a no blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Bring agile mindset and principles into practice
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Will all travel be expensed Travel expense outside of the base locations will be covered.

Cabinet Office (CO) Travel and Subsistence policy will apply. All expenses must be pre-agreed between the parties and must comply with the CO T&S policy
2. In regards to the SC clearance, would the buyer be prepared to sponsor this? We will support gaining security clearance prior to starting the role
3. Is there an incombent There is no incumbent
4. Can the Authority confirm if they are working with an incumbent supplier There is no incumbent
5. What rate band are you looking for Not available
6. Can SC clearance be sponsored for this role We will support gaining security clearance prior to starting the role
7. Would SC clearance be sponsored for this role We will support gaining security clearance prior to starting the role
8. Which one of the backend web technologies are going to be mainly used (Java, Ruby or Python)? Would other languages like C# be considered required A decision on technologies needed would depend on the architecture for phase 2. C# is not required