This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Tuesday 11 February 2020

Network Engineer Unified Communications Pillar- CCNP (Collaboration) Qualified

5 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 0 large

4 Completed applications

4 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Tuesday 4 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 6 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 11 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
DE&S requires an Enterprise Network Service to provide 3rd line support utilising suitably SQEP DV cleared UK nationals to provide on-site network engineering services across a number of systems. The team reports to the System Operating Authority for day to day prioritisation of tasks according to the Operational tempo.
Latest start date
Monday 2 March 2020
Expected contract length
Approx. 13 months, plus optional extension of up to 25%
West Midlands
Organisation the work is for
Maximum day rate
£750 per day (inclusive of Agency Fee)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Enterprise Network Service requires a 3rd line support team comprising of DV cleared UK nationals of suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) to provide on-site network engineering support. Working in conjunction with existing members of a network operations department, reporting to the System Operating Authority that manage a number of networks and Information Systems
What the specialist will work on
1. Perform IT Service Management activities for the network, including but not limited to: incident management, problem management, change management, configuration management, knowledge management, and service validation and testing.

2. To be in attendance during normal working hours (NWH).

3. To occasionally work outside of working hours (OWH) to conduct pre-planned change activity.

4. To travel to other sites to conduct network support. These support tasks may last several days. Not less than 1 in 8 weeks will be spent at sites other than normal place of work.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
West Midlands
Working arrangements
5 days a week (excluding Bank Holidays) assumed 230 working days per year
Mon to Fri 08:30 to 17:00
1 x NE from this team is to be on-call OWH. This is assumed to be a 1-in-9 rotation amongst the team unless personnel shortages necessitate a higher frequency.

On-call response obligations include:

a. Respond to a phone call within 30 minutes (i.e. answer or return a call and maintain voice communications with on-site personnel thereafter).

b. Attend a main site within 1 hour.

c. Attend any user site within UK within 24 hours.
Security clearance
MOD held DV required on day 1 of the appointment and for the duration of the Contract due to the sensitivity of the role.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
In accordance with Framework rules recruitment companies must not apply.
Any supplier that puts forward the same candidate as another supplier will be rejected at sift.
In the event that the post is vacated the Supplier shall ensure that it is filled within one working week by a candidate who meets the criteria of this competition with prior approval of the Buyer.

DEFCON 76(Edn 12/06)-Contractor’s Personnel at Government Sites
DEFCON 522(Edn 11/17)-Payment and Recovery of Sums Due
DEFCON 659A(Edn 02/17)-Security Measures (A Security Aspects Letter will be provided following Contract Award)
DEFCON 660(Edn 12/15)-Official-Sensitive Security Requirements

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
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) (Collaboration)
  • Oracle SBC Configuration and Administration (proof of course completion)
  • Oracle ECB Configuration and Administration (proof of course completion)
  • 3-5 years experience supporting complex Campus LAN & WAN networks based on IP cryptography.
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of an IP network supporting voice and video applications
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of a traffic policing policy using QoS and DSCP marking
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of Oracle Communications equipment
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • CCIE (Collaboration)
  • CCNP (Routing and Switching)
  • CCNP (Security)
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
  • Python Certified Entry-Level Programmer (PCEP)
  • Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE) (proof of course completion)
  • L3 TRL cryptographic equipment (Catapan) (proof of course completion)
  • Implementation and administration of encrypted IP tunnelling of classified network traffic across various bearers.
  • OSPF process configuration and management, EIGRP, BGP, L3 TRL Catapan, Nexus-OS, Linux OS, Policy Based Routing, logging and analysis tools (e.g. PRTG, Splunk, Solar Winds), DMVPN, Cisco networking equipment.
  • Dell networking equipment, Juniper firewall equipment, RBAC administration, software defined network (SDN) exposure including SD-WAN, Cisco DNAC and Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Ability to work with others in a high pressure, Operational Environment that frequently manages conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to work as a team.
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Hi, is there an incumbent in position?
Yes, there is an incumbent.
2. Is there an incumbent in this role please?
Yes, there is an incumbent in place.
3. Can you confirm the IR35 status of this position?
This role is outside of IR35.
4. Please could you confirm the IR35 status?
This role is outside of IR35.
5. When will interviews take place?
Interviews for this role will be undertaken on 17 February.