Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office – Architect Owner

Incomplete applications

19
Incomplete applications
19 SME, 0 large

Completed applications

22
Completed applications
22 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Thursday 5 December 2019
Deadline for asking questions Monday 9 December 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 12 December 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work The Architect Owner

Architect owner for mission critical systems
Guiding the creation and evolution of the software architecture in HMPO
Collaborating with Digital Data and Technology to ensure our system architecture meets Home Office standards
Championing best practices and assuring alignment with these across digital portfolio
Latest start date Monday 6 January 2020
Expected contract length 3 days per week. 12 months initially, then up to a further 12 months depending on business needs.
Location London
Organisation the work is for Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with They will work as part of a Technical Design Authority who are responsible for specific domains.

They will need to collaborate closely with delivery teams and business stakeholders across the enterprise in a multi-supplier environment.

HMPO is moving from a large outsourced SI arrangement to an in-house, largely cloud based and open source based solutions delivered iteratively.
What the specialist will work on 1. Architect owner for a mission critical orchestration system
2. Owning improvements to or our Digital Customer Service capability
3. Collaborating with Digital Data and Technology on the delivery of technology strategies
4. Championing best practices and assuring alignment with these across digital portfolio

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place London
Working arrangements The arrangement is for 3 days per week

Typically on-site with wider team and clients in an Agile environment. Some site visits. Use of Confluence, Jira and Ardoq are the tools used to track progress against deliverables
We work in an engaging and collaborative environment where outputs require teams to own deliverables
Security clearance SC Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process

Additional information

Additional information
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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.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • 1 - Have in-depth experience of defining and implementing target architectures and roadmaps for Mission critical legacy transformation projects in large scale organisations
  • 2 - In depth experience agile environments, continual delivery techniques and dev-ops culture
  • 3 - Have in depth experience of cloud architectures, microservice architecture and best practices, especially for deployment
  • 4 – Have extensive experience of using AWS environments and services (both native AWS and non-native AWS)
  • 5 - Strong provable development background (5+ years), must include Java and Node.JS and associated technologies
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • 1. Experience of HMPO systems or similar scale government systems
  • 2. Experience of GDS best practices

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
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Have a no-blame culture and take responsibility for their work
Additional assessment methods Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is there an incumbent in post? There is an incumbent in post. HMPO is unable to advise if the incumbent will be submitting a bid. The incumbent may submit a bid should they so wish. The evaluation process will be fair and in line with policy.
2. What is the IR35 status? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
3. What is the Maximum day rate for this role? The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
4. Regarding Security Clearance – will a candidate who already has SC (current or lapsed) be given preference over a non SC candidate.
Can the candidate start the role and gain SC in due course?
The evaluation process will fair and in line with policy and will be the same for ALL Candidates. No preference will be given to candidates who already hold valid or lapsed Home Office SC Clearance.
The specialist will be required to have SC Clearance before they can start the role. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.
5. The 3 days working on-site, will they be set days each week, or does the specialist need to be flexible. These 3 days to be working on-site will be agreed by both parties. There are no set days required but a regular pattern would be preferred.
6. The 3 days working on-site, will they be set days each week, or does the specialist need to be flexible. These 3 days to be working on-site will be agreed by both parties. There are no set days required but a regular pattern would be preferred.
7. The 3 days working on-site, will they be set days each week, or does the specialist need to be flexible. These 3 days to be working on-site will be agreed by both parties. There are no set days required but a regular pattern would be preferred.
8. When do you plan to conduct interviews for this role? We plan to conduct interviews for this role in the Week Commencing 6th of January 2020.
9. When do you plan on assessing this role for IR35 status? The IR35 assessment will be completed once the successful candidate has been identified and accepted the role.