Defence Equipment and Support

Network Engineer

Incomplete applications

13
Incomplete applications
11 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

5
Completed applications
5 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 13 November 2019
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Designer
Summary of the work DE&S requires a Network Engineer to support the Black Core Network project, providing Cisco CLI commands and SSH commands for Network devices and management devices required to produce a GUI (Graphical User Interface) based network device controller. Produce a Service Delivery Pack to support acceptance activities.
Latest start date Monday 6 January 2020
Expected contract length 1 year with option to extend for 1 year
Location West Midlands
Organisation the work is for Defence Equipment and Support
Maximum day rate £475-500 per day exclusive of Agency fee

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with Reporting to DE&S who are managing the project delivery of a number of networks and Information Systems. The incumbent will collaborate with Application Developers, providing Cisco CLI commands and SSH commands for Network devices and management devices to produce a GUI (Graphical User Interface) based network device controller.

The incumbent will be responsible for development of an industry standard Service Delivery Pack, this is to include but not limited to:
• HLD (High Level Design)
• LLD (Low Level Design)
• STA (Support Task Analysis)
• SIS (Security Impact Statement)
• KA (Knowledge Articles)
• WI (Work Instructions)
What the specialist will work on Lead on the development and maintenance of the Black Core Network as directed by the System Operating Authority.
1. Install hardware and software in accordance with the HLD & LLD.
2. Maintain hardware and software in accordance with support documentation, modifying existing router configurations including IP, DHCP, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, DMVPN etc.
3. Update or replace existing documents as directed by SPISN.
4. Develop test procedures to prove correct configuration of solution in accordance with the documentation.
5. Establish the ‘As-is’ physical and logical state of the network.
6. Produce ‘To be’ rationalisation recommendations for authorisation by the Network Architect.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Hereford
Working arrangements 5 days a week (excluding Bank Holidays) assumed 230 working days per year
Mon to Fri 08:30 to 17:00

There may be a need for Outside Working Hours in order to deploy changes onto the Live system.
Security clearance MOD DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment due to the sensitivity of the role.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions The Supplier and their representatives shall abide by:
DEFCON 5J(Edn 18/11/16)-Unique Identifiers
DEFCON 76(Edn 12/06)-Contractor’s Personnel at Government Sites
DEFCON 501(Edn 11/17)-Definitions and Interpretations
DEFCON 522(Edn 11/17)-Payment and Recovery of Sums Due
DEFCON 658(Edn 10/17)-Cyber (Cyber Risk Profile is Low)
DEFCON 659A(Edn 02/17)-Security Measures (A Security Aspects Letter will be provided following Contract Award)
DEFCON 660(Edn 12/15)-Official-Sensitive Security Requirements
DEFCON 703(Edn 08/13)-Intellectual Property Rights - Vesting in the Authority

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
  • DV cleared on day 1 of appointment
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) (Routing and Switching)
  • 3-5 years experience supporting complex Campus LAN & WAN networks based on IP cryptography.
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of: A multi-area OSPF process, DMVPM, eBGP
  • Must complete the Supplier Assurance Questionnaire at: http://supplier-cyber-protection.service.gov.uk/ using assesment reference: RAR-REWB645J Risk profile: Low
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • CCIE (Routing and Switching)
  • CCNA (Collaboration)
  • CCNA (Security)
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
  • Python Certified Entry-Level Programmer (PCEP)
  • Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE) (proof of course completion)
  • L3 TRL cryptographic equipment (Catapan) (proof of course completion)

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Ability to work with others in a high pressure, Operational Environment that frequently manages conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to work as a team.
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. 1. Is there a current or preferred incumbent? This is a new role and there is no incumbent or preferred candidate in place.
2. Is there a current incumbent? This is a new role and there is no incumbent in place.
3. With regards to the day rate for this opportunity it states ''£475-500 per day exclusive of Agency fee''. Please could you confirm that this is definitively exclusive and not inclusive of agency fees. The day rate advertised is exclusive of agency fees.
4. Is there an incumbent already in place for this role?And if so will the incumbent be applying for the role? There is no incumbent in place for this role.
5. What is the Procurement schedule for this? The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th November 2019 and the expected date for interviews to be held is Monday 9th December 2019. The expected Contract Award date is 12th-13th December 2019 which an actual confirmed start date of Monday 6th January 2020.
6. Are you able to confirm whether home working or working from alternative sites for 2 days per week is possible? Home working or working from alternative sites, other than as required for the role, is not possible.
7. We note that the day rate is exclusive of "agency fee", when tendering with our specialist for this should we specify the overall charge per day (including agency margin) or the day rate of our specialist without our additional charge? When tendering, the overall charge per day including the Agency margin should be specified.
8. Is CCNP qualification essential or can the candidate show appropriate equivalent experience, i.e. 10 – 15 years on the job experience? CCNP qualification is preferred but a candidate with the appropriate level of experience/background may be considered for this role.
9. One Consultant who has expressed an interest in the role has a current DV Clearance. However this will expire in May 2020. Will the MOD sponsor this after May 2020 or will the consultant need to have a DV that covers the duration of the contract? DV Clearance must be in place prior to and for the duration of the contract.
10. Should the Supplier Assurance Questionnaire be completed by us as a business or should this be completed by our specialist as an individual? The Supplier Assurance Questionnaire can be completed at company level. The requirements should, however, be communicated to the Specialist.
11. Please can you confirm the maximum day rate "inclusive" of the Agency Fee. We possess a fixed budget in relation to the maximum day rate and agency fee but policy and guidance dictates that the agency fee should not be disclosed as this may distort competition.
12. Can you please state the daily budget (ex VAT), thanks. The daily budget (ex VAT) is advertised as £475-500 per day exclusive of Agency fee. Please refer to Question 11 for details regarding the Agency fee.
13. As the last essential skill states "Must complete the Supplier Assurance Questionnaire at: http://supplier-cyber-protection.service.gov.uk/using assessment reference: RAR-REWB645J Risk profile: Low"- what would you like the answer to state in the box for this question when uploading the evidence structure? The Supplier must state whether they are compliant or non-compliant. If they are non-compliant, a Cyber Security Implementation Plan in accordance with DEFCON 658 must be completed.
14. Does this role fall inside or outside of IR35? This role falls outside the IR35, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/cluster/.
15. Is this inside IR35? This role falls outside the IR35, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/cluster/.
16. What is the IR35 status? This role falls outside the IR35, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/cluster/.
17. Please could you confirm if this role is outside of IR35? This role falls outside the IR35, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool
https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/cluster/.