Department for Work and Pensions

Solutions Architect

Incomplete applications

23
Incomplete applications
22 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

26
Completed applications
25 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 16 December 2019
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 18 December 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 23 December 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Data architect
Summary of the work The Business Data Team is the technology partner for multiple Product Delivery Units across DWP, responsible for managing, delivering and governing data products and services to meet user needs. There is a strong focus on eliciting user needs and ensuring the technology is driven by validated user need.
Latest start date Monday 6 April 2020
Expected contract length 12 months
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Department for Work and Pensions
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement A discovery exercise has been carried out to understand how to maximise integration and
re-use potential and gain a better understanding of opportunities for integration across the
existing programme. This process has produced an interim target architecture and proposed
team arrangement.
Who the specialist will work with The specialist will work directly on a supplier-led team with team with other data and product specialists. The specialist will also work with traditional delivery and product roles within the existing programme and with SMEs across the department to ensure predictable and regular
delivery.
What the specialist will work on 1.Working within the Business Data Team, design well architected data platforms by collaborating with users and colleagues, using wide range of techniques, patterns and principles.
2.Develop foundational set of capabilities aligned to departmental strategy that enables rapid, reliable development of new data products & services
3.Provide technical guidance to development teams on architectural best practice across cloud, on-premise and inter-departmental solutions
4.Develop solution options, undertake impact analysis on alternatives
5.Continuous improvement through iterative architectural and technology techniques
6.Advise on the technical aspects of development, integration and support
7.Mentor & share technical expertise with solution designers, developers and other technology colleagues

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Location is flexible but there will be a requirement to travel to Tothill Street, London, SW1 when necessary.
Working arrangements Flexible - All
expenses shall be capped in accordance with the buyer's travel and expense policy.
Security clearance Pre-arranged SC clearance is required

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
  • Demonstrable relevant domain experience of deploying hybrid cloud data solutions, particularly migrating on-premise solutions to cloud-based equivalents
  • Demonstrable solution architecture skills in big data, analytics and data engineering platforms within large UK public sector organisation
  • Demonstrable experience within the last 2 years of leading a project involved with integrating on-premise services with cloud environments
  • Experience in designing systems that are cloud agnostic, such as they work across different platforms
  • Demonstrable experience within the last 2 years of data platform design and implementation
  • Demonstrable experience with cloud cost-optimisation techniques with evidence of deliver of cost optimisation programmes
  • Demonstrable experience and expertise in designing systems that comply with public sector standards
  • Demonstrable experience in digital delivery to GDS standards including principles, tools and governance
  • 5+ years senior stakeholder engagement and management including demonstrable experience of building trust and ultimately strong relationships with previously disaffected stakeholders
  • Security Architecture skills with evidence of security design to government OFFICIAL level
  • elf starter, able to work without direct guidance under their own control
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • 2+ years experience of working with digital delivery teams within UK Government
  • 5+ years of designing and delivering solutions in Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect

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
  • Be a self starter and be able to demonstrate independently deliver value without direct guidance or
  • Demonstrate ability to be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Demonstrate ability to take responsibility for their own work
  • Demonstrate ability to be tenacious in the face of adversity
  • Demonstrable experience in actively sharing knowledge and experiences with other team members
  • • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with existing internal supplier teams and other supplier teams
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. **PUBLISHED ERROR** The required role is for a Product Owner - not a Delivery Manager. **PUBLISHED ERROR** The required role is for a Product Owner - not a Delivery Manager.
2. Can the authority please confirm the IR35 status of this requirement? This is out of scope for IR35 as the requirement is for a service
3. Is there a current incumbent? No
4. Please can you confirm the IR35 status? This is out of scope for IR35 AS the requirement is for a service
5. Is the latest start date 6th April? Our expected start date is mid February dependant on all recruitment processes running smoothly.
6. Just to confirm, the start date for this opportunity is 6 April 2020? Our expected start date is mid February dependant on all recruitment processes running smoothly.
7. Will you look at candidates that have not previously been cleared to SC level? Yes providing they get security cleared and have been UK resident for 5 years
8. Is Monday 6 April 2020 the actual start date, or can they start sooner if SC Cleared and immediately available? Our expected start date is mid February dependant on all recruitment processes running smoothly.
9. Please could you confirm the IR35 status for this opportunity? This is out of scope for IR35 as the requirements is for a service
10. Will you sponsor/support security clearance applications? Yes as long as the individual is eligible
11. Do you already have a resource in place or is this a new head count ? No we do not have a resource in place currently and yes this is a new head count
12. Please could you confirm the latest starting date for this role is Monday 6 April 2020; and if this is the case, could the candidate start earlier, e.g. in January? 3+ month is a long time to expect a candidate to wait. Even if they are working in another role in the mean time, an opportunity may arise that means you lose your chosen candidate. Our expected start date is mid February dependant on all recruitment processes running smoothly.
13. Q1. What is the earliest start date? I have noted that the latest is 6th April 2020.
Q2. Is this role being fulfilled by someone already?
Q3. Is this role outside IR35?
Q1. Our expected start date is mid February dependant on all recruitment processes running smoothly.
Q2. No the role is not being fulfilled by someone currently.
Q3. This role is out of scope of IR35 as the requirement is for a service.
14. Will you look at candidates with lapsed/expired SC? Yes, providing they undertake the process again.
15. Is Monday 6 April 2020 the actual start date, or can they start sooner if SC Cleared and immediately available? Our expected start date is mid February dependant on all recruitment processes running smoothly.
16. Is there any further information that can be shared from the discovery? (i.e. Target Architecture) No
17. Was the discovery carried out by DWP or a third party supplier? Third Party Supplier(s)
18. Regarding who the specialist will be working with, we note that ‘The specialist will work directly on a supplier-led team’ – who is the supplier? The specialist will work with whichever Supplier team is appointed. We expect that there will be a Procurement exercise to start very shortly
19. ***APOLOGIES FOR ANY CONFUSION CAUSED - THIS REQUIREMENT IS FOR A SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT**** ***APOLOGIES FOR ANY CONFUSION CAUSED - THIS REQUIREMENT IS FOR A SOLUTIONS ARCHITECT****
20. Must the candidate be SC cleared or will Scottish Basic Disclosure suffice? Solutions architect must be SC cleared or be eligible to apply for SC clearance.