Ministry of Defence – Joint Forces Command within the MOD

Defence Cyber Operations (DCO) Client Side Support

Incomplete applications

5
Incomplete applications
2 SME, 3 large

Completed applications

19
Completed applications
6 SME, 13 large
Important dates
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Published Thursday 14 November 2019
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 21 November 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 28 November 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Summary of the work The successful supplier will deliver programme level changes to support the transformation of the existing MODCyP teams, thus sustaining the scope and scale of DCO activity. Based across six distinct but supporting activities, the supplier will deliver against the defined outcomes to support the Programme over a 19-month timescale.
Latest start date Monday 6 January 2020
Expected contract length 19 Months (with option to extend for 4-months and 3 weeks pending financial approval)
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for Ministry of Defence – Joint Forces Command within the MOD
Budget range Up to £2.80m (Inc VAT and T&S)

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done Defence continues to evolve its ability to conduct Defence Cyber Operations (DCO) at the scope and scale required to mitigate the evolving threat landscape. As Crown resource continues to grow across multiple cyber project delivery areas, a number of discrete programme-level outcomes are required to sustain momentum within the MOD Cyber Programme (MODCyP). These outcomes will be delivered during a period of significant Defence transformation in the cyber operating environment.
Problem to be solved The successful supplier will support the MODCyP in achieving the following outcomes:
• Refreshed KURs, Capability Blueprint, governance structure and existing acquisition processes (MOD London)
• Establish new digitised dependency mapping at cross-project level within the programme and across other partner programmes (MOD Corsham)
• A sustained DCO Licence to Operate through successful annual approvals from investment authorities (MOD London)
• A programme-level capability delivery view allowing SROs to understand levels of capability risk reduction alongside benefits realised and progress against KURs (MOD Corsham)
• A Defensive Cyber Programme strategic business architectural approach that is coherent with Defence Secure-by-Design policy (MOD Corsham)
• Cross-programme integration to ensure optimal benefits realisation in line with stakeholder priorities (MOD Corsham)
Who the users are and what they need to do The cyber delivery team within Joint Forces Command are the users. With the expansion of DCO capability across Defence, specialist support is required to sustain the current project delivery and expected increased outputs which lay predominantly at the programme level providing a stable base from which the Cyber Delivery Team and Cyber Jt User can plan capability delivery.
Early market engagement Not Applicable.
Any work that’s already been done Governance
Mature MODCyP governance in place across Cyber Joint User and the Cyber Delivery Team containing crown servant resource that the industry supplier will support and conduct knowledge transfer with.

Strategy
Endorsed Capability Blueprint, Key User Requirements and schedules/plans exist that support the annual approvals activity. These elements link to higher-level plans and strategy at portfolio level.

Architecture
Technical and business architectures exist (from high to working-level) that the supplier will utilise to deliver desired outcomes. Shared information environments exist with optimal means of architecting to achieve current and future Defence needs.
Existing team The existing team, as part of the MODCyP, consist of project managers, technical enterprise architects, client-side technical resource, programme support staff and military staff officers. The user community is distributed across Defence with the core programme teams based in MOD Corsham in Wiltshire and MOD Main Building in London.
Existing governance structures are mature within the MODCyP with the Programme Manager acting as overall task sponsor.
Current phase Live

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The successful supplier team will be split between MOD Corsham and MOD London (Main Building) depending on the tasks they will undertake as outlined in ‘What is the problem to be solved’
Working arrangements Of the activities stated in this task, it is envisaged that the split of work will be 70% Corsham and 30% London (Main Building) as base locations (specific activity splits are highlighted in ‘What is the problem to be solved’). The supplier should incorporate this split into their proposal. The successful supplier may be needed to attend meetings at other MOD sites as required to support the existing team.

T&S is included in the budget for travel to other locations outside of Corsham/London.
Security clearance Corsham resources require SC clearance due to working environment/information. MOD London (Main Building) resources require DV clearance due to working environment/information.

Clearances must be in place prior to contract starting.

The Authority WILL NOT sponsor SC/DV Clearance, it must be in place/remain valid for the duration of the contract.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions We aim to get feedback to you within TWO weeks of the advert closing.
Bid Responses to be submitted on the templates provided and in Microsoft Office Excel/Word 2016 format only.
T&S will be paid based on receipted actuals and in compliance with MoD Policy, no other expenses are permitted.
Suppliers must use the Authorities Purchase to Payment Tool called CP&F or be prepared to sign up to the tool.
The intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement.

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
  • Extensive understanding of MOD defensive cyber capabilities at strategic and operational levels and the interactions between them to enable a proactive cyber posture.
  • Proven track record of working with distributed stakeholders to implement transformation across organisational structures, operational governance and information flows for large-scale complex projects.
  • Proven experience of running a portfolio of activity, related to delivering an enterprise-level Cyber Security Operations Capability.
  • Extensive understanding of MOD Investment Approvals (JSP 655) and the creation of business cases from refined requirements.
  • Experience of managing service integration within a de-laminated Service Delivery Model.
  • Recent experience of delivering Cyber capabilities within Government.
  • Please confirm valid SC/DV-level Security Clearance is currently in place and will be held for the duration of the contract
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working within Defence organisations on agile project delivery.
  • Have ability to think creatively and can articulate innovative ideas to solving complex business and ICT problems.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 3
Proposal criteria
  • Documented and demonstrated evidence of Essential Skills. 30%
  • Documented proposed approach and methodology, including discovery focus, breakdown of tasks, transfer of knowledge, as well as how they will integrate and work collaboratively with the existing teams. 20%
  • Supporting CVs for individuals which should not be included in the page/word limit for the main proposal but are limited to a maximum of 1 page per person. 20%
  • Evidence of suggested team structure and evidence/confirmation the proposed team have the relevant Security Clearances. 5%
Cultural fit criteria
  • Evidence of working in mixed teams of Crown Servants and industry partners. 2.5%
  • Evidence of excellent values, behaviours, interpersonal and influencing skills. 2.5%
Payment approach Fixed price
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

75%

Cultural fit

5%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please note - this advert for Defence Cyber Operations (DCO) Client Side Support is the same advert as the previous (which was meant to close Thursday 14th November 2019). The Authority were unable to respond to some Clarification Questions asked by suppliers within the timescales for the previous advert and therefore the advert has had to be withdrawn and re-advertised to avoid any unfair advantage with suppliers. We will re-produce any previously asked questions shortly.
2. Who is the existing incumbent. There is currently more than one incumbent, they are from an amalgamation of Atkins Global and LogIQ Consulting.
3. What is the day rate available for this contract. This is an outcome-based requirement rather than specialist, therefore there is no daily rate of pay, instead there is a budget of up to £2.80m (Inc VAT and T&S) as mentioned in the advert. The price each supplier bids within this budget is then evaluated along with the Technical and Cultural Fit during Stage 2 (75% Technical, 5% Cultural Fit and 20% Price).
4. Please could you confirm if there is a supplier currently (or previously) carrying out similar work to what is described here for the MoD. There is currently more than one incumbent, they are from an amalgamation of Atkins Global and LogIQ Consulting.
5. Please could you confirm what is meant by "Bid Responses to be submitted on the templates provided and in Microsoft Office Excel/Word 2016 format only." As these are not available on the Digital Marketplace platform. Thank you. The successful suppliers who are invited for stage 2 will be forwarded the Bid response template.
6. What is the team size and make-up you anticipate being needed for this assignment. The Authority are unable to provide this information as this is an outcome-based requirement. The suppliers bidding for the work will need to review the requirement as detailed in the advert. They will then need to provide their proposed team size/team make-up based on their knowledge of the requirement. This is then assessed by the Project team during the Technical evaluation.
7. Is there a current incumbent. There is currently more than one incumbent, they are from an amalgamation of Atkins Global and LogIQ Consulting.
8. What does de-laminated mean to the client in the context of a service delivery model. The Service Delivery Model details the way DCO services may be provided to Defence organisations from an end to end customer (e.g. stakeholders or key customer groups) perspective. The MOD Cyber Programme is one of many enabler programmes within Defence and our DCO offerings are provided in a layered (de-laminated) way to differing user groups to separate workstreams within the Service Delivery Model.
9. Please could you clarify what is meant by “a de-laminated Service Delivery Model”. The Service Delivery Model details the way DCO services may be provided to Defence organisations from an end to end customer (e.g. stakeholders or key customer groups) perspective. The MOD Cyber Programme is one of many enabler programmes within Defence and our DCO offerings are provided in a layered (de-laminated) way to differing user groups to separate workstreams within the Service Delivery Model.
10. Please can you confirm the purpose of the withdrawal and republication of the opportunity – are there any noted changes in requirements?
Is our previous submission extant, or do we need to resubmit?
The Authority were unable to respond to some Clarification Questions asked by suppliers within the timescales for the previous advert and therefore the advert has had to be withdrawn and re-advertised to avoid any unfair advantage with suppliers.

There are no changes to the requirement and yes you will have to resubmit your application.