Cabinet Office

Development Partner to enhance the Civil Service Careers Site (CCSO19B24)

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
17 SME, 2 large

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22 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 7 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions Friday 14 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 21 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work The supplier will be responsible for technical activities required to develop, test and release enhancements. Activities may range from relatively minor changes, e.g. adaptations to existing page templates, to significant new functionality, e.g. creation of new page templates for Civil Service programmes such as the Fast Stream Graduate Programme.
Latest start date Tuesday 31 March 2020
Expected contract length 2 years
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Cabinet Office
Budget range Maximum Contract Value £500,000.

Anticipated Contract Spend in the region of £315,000 this will be based on statements of work.

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done The Careers website provides a careers marketing presence for the Civil Service as a whole. It delivers a flexible web platform capable of providing useful and engaging content to job seekers in order to improve the quality and diversity of candidates referred through to CS Jobs/Recruitment Platform for Government. It has been delivered so that departments and professions do not have to individually invest in careers websites, thereby enabling cost savings to the Civil Service.

The Civil Service Careers website successfully launched on 31 July 2018 with content from 14 Departments and 7 Professions (against the agreed MVP of 10 and 6). Additional content has been added since and the site now has content from 32 departments and 14 professions.

With high levels of recruitment taking place across the Civil Service to support EU Exit and other activities, the Career Site is used extensively by departments and professions to market their organisations. We have high levels of engagement with our customer organisations who collectively wish to fund, iterate and improve the career site.

We are seeking a development partner to work with us on enhancing and developing the live Careers Site.
Problem to be solved The Careers Site has had iterative development work carried out by contingent labour staff sourced through Fieldglass since April 2019.

It is anticipated that there will be a significant increase in the size and scope of feature developments to the site within the next 2 years. We need a flexible multi-disciplinary delivery partner that can work with us to enhance the service through an on-going series of defined statements of work.

We’ll need to enhance the Careers Site alongside development of the wider recruitment journey so this will also include working collaboratively on the end-to-end recruitment digital services.

The multi-disciplinary delivery partner will most likely be expected to perform (but not limited to) :
Software Development/Configuration
Quality Assurance Testing
User Experience (Design, Research)
Delivery Management (Planning, rollout)
Performance analysis(Web analytics)
Technical Architecture

All development works must be compliant with the following:
Government Digital Service Standard

The website is a configured Wordpress instance hosted on AWS

The Delivery Partner will also need to perform:
Knowledge Transfer
Exit Planning
Risk Management
Who the users are and what they need to do As a potential candidate I need to find out more about the Civil Service so that I can consider applying for a job.

As a Wordpress Administrator I need to be able to manage use and access to the Careers Site of Customer Departments Content Authors, Content Approvers and Content Publishers so that site pages can be created to attract potential applicants to apply for roles in the Civil Service.

As a Content Author I need to create and publish content, images and videos to be used on the Careers Site pages so that the site can be effective in attracting potential applicants to apply for roles in the Civil Service.

As a Content Approver I need to assess content, images and videos created by Content Authors which is to be used on the Careers Site pages so that the site can be effective in attracting potential applicants to apply for roles in the Civil Service.

As a Content Publisher I need to publish content, images and videos which have been approved by Content Approvers so that the site can be effective in attracting potential applicants to apply for roles in the Civil Service.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done The Careers Site first launched in July 2018 and has been gradually expanded and enhanced since.

Due to the marketing function of the site it was not suitable to adopt GOV.UK design patterns but the service had adapted service assessments.
Existing team The core team centres on:
Product Manager
Engagement Lead (Comms)
Content Manager

Additional roles (such as user research) are drawn from the Recruitment Digital Services team which provides a range of cross-government digital services, alongside the Careers Site.

Hosting and support is provided in the Cabinet Office Digital team.
Current phase Live

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The existing team is primarily based in London - 151 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SZ

Work can take place remotely so the supplier will not be expected to work in this office though occasional face-to-face meetings may be required.
Working arrangements We expect to work with the development partner remotely using online collaboration tools (primarily Google Hangouts, Jira/Trello, etc.)

There may be a need for occasional face-to-face workshops but these will be arranged in agreement - for example, to work through a particularly complex enhancement.
Security clearance CTC security clearance will be required.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Potential Bidders must sign up to the CCS e-Sourcing Suite for the Further Evaluation Stage before the Shortlisting Stage submission deadline. The e-Sourcing Suite can be found at
Potential Bidders must agree to abide by Crown Commercial Service’s Process for the Further Evaluation Stage. The Shortlist Stage will remain on the Digital Marketplace and follow the standard approach for Shortlisting.

Statement of Works will be issued on a Capped Time and Materials basis.

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
  • Demonstrate experience successfully developing for Wordpress Content Management Systems.
  • Demonstrate experience successfully delivering Front End development utilising JavaScript and HTML
  • Demonstrate successfully performing Testing & Quality Assurance in delivering or developing a Digital Service.
  • Demonstrate experience in successfully utilising and implementing Web analytics (Google Analytics)
  • Demonstrate experience in successfully performing interaction/UX design.
  • Demonstrate successfully applying and utilising Agile delivery skills in the course of delivering a Digital Service.
  • Demonstrate experience of effective documentation and transition of products into a live services team, including resolving defects after launch
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate the experience of having successfully performed User-research to capture user needs and enhance a Digital Service from these.
  • Demonstrate experience of successfully applying the skills outlined in the Government Digital Service Standards and the Cabinet Office.
  • Demonstrate experience of having worked on developing or enhancing Recruitment technologies/platforms.

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 5
Proposal criteria
  • Detail a robust methodology that demonstrates successful delivery of iterative development to an existing live service from minor changes to significant new feature additions 20%
  • Detail your approach to managing risks and resolving issues effectively, this should demonstrate how you define and understand risks, how you resolve issues and how you take lessons learnt 15%
  • Demonstrate how your processes and procedures ensure consistent high quality outputs free from defects, this must include approach to Testing and Quality Assurance 15%
  • Demonstrate how you will ensure you have the resources/capability to initiate projects for enhancements/iterative developments in 10 working days of receiving a requirement during the Contract 10%
  • Provide a Case Study as to where you have successfully performed innovation or efficiencies beyond the initial need of a previous Customer to add additional Value to your Service 10%
  • Presentation - We will provide a Scenario, please demonstrate and detail your approach to successfully delivering the Scenario. Further Detail will be provided at the Further Evaluation Stage 30%
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how you will successfully perform knowledge transfer and handover of completed pieces of work to the Contracting Authority during the Contract and at the end of the Contract 50%
  • Detail how you ensure transparent and collaborative working across multiple Stakeholder Groups 30%
  • Detail how you will identify opportunities to continuously improve the product/service through on-going changes or innovative approaches 20%
Payment approach Capped time and materials
Additional assessment methods
  • Case study
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is it okay for us to work with our niche partners to deliver the service? This is permitted under the terms and conditions of the DOS Contract. If you are seeking to partner or subcontract this should be made known if you are successful at the proposal stage.
2. Can you please outline your expected timeline for the additional assessment methods following shortlisting? 1 week for shortlisting stage. 2 weeks for proposal stage. 2 weeks for awarding stage.