This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Monday 10 February 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Filemaker Developer

10 Incomplete applications

10 SME, 0 large

14 Completed applications

13 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Monday 3 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 5 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 10 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
DCMS require a specialist IT developer to consult, develop, build and implement a small database for commercial and procurement data using Filemaker software.
Latest start date
Friday 14 February 2020
Expected contract length
2 months
Organisation the work is for
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will be required to work with the DCMS Commercial team, comprised of Procurement Specialists, Contract Managers and Data analysts, to develop, build and implement the database and meet the team's needs. This will include transitioning data from google sheets and google docs into a database.
What the specialist will work on
A developer is required to develop and implement a cloud-based service management platform using Filemaker software. The software is required to support procurement and commercial related activities including, but not limited to, pipeline, contract database, supplier data analysis, resource tracking, reporting and workflow management, incorporated with G Suite . This requirement includes engaging with individuals in the procurement team to understand and develop requirements.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
100 Parliament Street
Working arrangements
We require an individual to autonomously shape requirements and develop a system 2 - 3 days per week. This may be extended up to 5 days per week if practical.
Security clearance
Ideally hold CTC clearence however BPSS is sufficient on an escorted pass.

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
  • The successful candidate will be an experienced IT professional.
  • The successful candidate must be able to engage with the procurement function to help establish requirements.
  • Have expertise in creating and developing databases with experience of using Filemaker software.
  • Ability to understand commercial systems and processes quickly and incorporate them into the project.
  • Comprehensive and recent experience designing and implementing service management platforms in large or similar government departments or other organisations.
  • Evidence of delivering at pace.
  • Be able to operate with autonomy, taking responsibility for their work.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Excellent written and communication skills with the ability to work with colleagues with low technical experience.
  • Ability to be flexible when undertaking tasks, adapting to changing needs and overcoming issues.
  • Experience working in Central Government departments.
  • The specialist is innovative in their approach to problem solving.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Strong team player with the ability to work autonomously and problem solve independently.
  • Work collaboratively with the Commercial team to create an environment for knowledge sharing and handover of completed products.
  • Be personable and able to develop good working relationships with staff and stakeholders.
  • Challenges the status quo
  • Can work with colleagues with low technical expertise.
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
There is not a current incumbent. This is a new role.
2. Hi, Do you have an incumbent in place for this role? Thanks.
There is not an incumbent currently in place. This is a new role.
3. Hi, Our Consultant is available for the 9th of March, could you wait that long? Kind Regards
We would like the consultant in place as soon as possible and before the 9th of March. The start date is currently the 14th of February.
4. Please could you confirm the IR35 status?
The role is outside the scope of IR35.
5. Can the work be done remotely?
There is opportunity for some of the work to be done remotely i.e. when the software is being developed. However, the individual will need to be present in the office to build requirements, implement the software and provide updates.
6. Can DCMS wait until 2nd March for a start date?
Ideally, we would like the candidate to start as soon as possible. However, the application would still be considered.
7. Would you consider a candidate who would be available over the weekend? A candidate who would conduct the work on a Saturday & Sunday weekly?
There is opportunity for some of the work to be done remotely i.e. when the software is being developed. It is not a problem if the individual choses to do this at the weekend. However, you would still need to be available during the week to come into the office and work with the team to build requirements, implement the software and provide updates.
8. Will security clearance be supported for this appointment?
We will support BPSS clearance, which is the minimum we can accept for the individual to come onto the premises. The individual will then need to be fully escorted. CTC clearance will not be supported as it is a short-term role and clearance would not be obtained in this timeframe.
9. Given the nature of the role to Consult, develop, build and implement is 2 month a realistic time frame? What development or work has taken place already with this project?
We have an existing, basic filemaker product, which we would like to be developed. It is a 2 month time frame and there is scope to increase the working days to 5 days per week, if necessary.
10. What outcome are you looking to achieve?
We would like to achieve a small functioning database that is incorporated with G Suite in order to manage the commercial pipeline and act as a contract database. The database should be designed to allow the commercial team to analyse supplier data, track resources and allow reporting and workflow management. We would be looking for the developer to work with the commercial team in the early stages of the development to advise on and build requirements.