This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Thursday 23 January 2020
Ministry of Defence

Provision of Strategic Case (SOC) - Test Automation Project Discovery Phase - Selenium Engineer

10 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 1 large

6 Completed applications

3 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Thursday 9 January 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 16 January 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 23 January 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
DBS are looking for a knowledgeable and experienced engineer with the ability to work independently in implementing and configuring the Selenium tool
Latest start date
Monday 27 January 2020
Expected contract length
40 days
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence
Budget range
Not to be provided

About the work

Why the work is being done
The DBS organisation is looking to improve current manual testing of software changes within the Chief Information Officer's programme of work. With the introduction of a MOD Cloud based replacement HR system, the test toll we wish to use is Selenium.
Problem to be solved
Manual testing is time consuming, and vulnerable to human error going in to the live system. In addition our Human Resources system will be moving to a cloud based Software as a Service.
Who the users are and what they need to do
As a user I need to have confidence in the performance and quality of the system, so that I can update my records and submit claims without incurring faults in the system.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Discovery phase has commenced and funding secured. Initial investigation on the Selenium tool has been undertaken, but no in-house experience available in respect of configuration and implementation of the tool.
Existing team
The supplier will be working with technical staff, software testers and Future HR System project team. However, candidates should note that there is currently no Test Engineer lead within the team. The winning candidate will therefore be expected to be sufficiently skilled and experienced to work independently.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The work will be based at the MOD DBS site in Bristol, Abbey Wood with possible travel to Manchester Cheadle Hulme or Liverpool
Working arrangements
The engineer will be expected to work a 5 day week, along side Project staff. There is however room for some flexibility on the working pattern.
Security clearance
UKSV SC level is required

Additional information

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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Minimum of 3 years in experience and work independently:
  • in Selenium software installation and configuration
  • User Interface Test automation (JavaScript Based)
  • General Development skills
  • REST API testing (Manual/Automated)
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Knowledge of modern test patterns
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working with Oracle Platform as a Service
  • Volumetric software tools

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
Work history level of experience
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work history Level of experience
  • Further evaluation will be via a telephone interview with prior submission of written proposal demonstrating required skills and experience
Payment approach
Fixed price
Additional assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can the Authority please confirm the IR35 status of this requirement
IR35 is not applicable in accordance with HMRC guidance.
2. Will a T&S budget be provided for the possible travel required
If travel is required to sites other than the base site T&S in line with MOD policy will be available
3. The closing date for applications is 23rd January. The latest start date given is 27th January. This is not enough time for the second stage of the evaluation. Which of these dates is correct
The evaluation of the bidders' submission will be undertaken in conjunction with the telephone interview due to the short timescale of the project.
4. Is this role going to be inside IR35 or Outside.
IR35 not applicable in accordance with HMRC guidance
5. Please be aware that some content within the advert is not showing correctly:
Cultural fit:-

How suppliers will be assessed
Works as a collaborative and transparent manner within our organisation.

Evaluation will be via a telephone interview with prior submission of written proposal demonstrating required skills ans experience.
6. Are you able to sponsor SC
Due to the short period of the contract we would not be in a position to sponsor the clearance