Awarded to AI Cloud Services

Start date: Monday 20 April 2020
Value: £422,520
Company size: SME
Home Office - Data Service and Analytics (DSA)

C17704 Technical Lead – Senior Developer (Data Services & Analytics)

12 Incomplete applications

12 SME, 0 large

29 Completed applications

27 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Thursday 13 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 20 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 27 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
To work in the data services and analytics on a Search & Analytics product providing services to the Home Office customers.
The Developer will be the technical lead as part of a core product team. The developer will need good communication skills and be self motivated to deliver core services.
Latest start date
Tuesday 31 March 2020
Expected contract length
2 years
Organisation the work is for
Home Office - Data Service and Analytics (DSA)
Maximum day rate
The Buyer does not anticipate SFIA level 6 or level 7 resources to be used for the delivery of this contract. Should the parties exceptionally agree any SFIA level 6 or level 7 resources for limited use (e.g. client workshops), the day-rates for such resources will remain under the cap of £700 (exc VAT). Responses to include maximum billed day rate.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
A multi-disciplinary agile team including User Researcher, UX designer, Junior developers, data scientists, tester, dev ops, infrastructure, and product manager.
What the specialist will work on
• Development of existing Search & Network Visualisation tool.
• Key enabling activities include;
o Refactoring front end code from Angular to REACT
o Refactoring data ingestion pipeline to process streamed data
o Enhance ability to perform increased analytical querying of the graph database
• Add new capabilities into the tool in line with user feedback, including;
o bug fixes,
o enhancements to usability,
o accessibility enhancements,
o and features (such as search with name synonyms, network timebar filter, interactive help sections, add new data feeds)
• Support junior members of the team

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Work will be carried out from a Home Office location primarily in Croydon and as required and in Suppliers’ offices.
Working arrangements
The work will require the individual to work within an agile multidisciplinary product team in London. The team will work from the base location as required, Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00. Participation in stand-ups, planning sessions, show & tells and retrospectives as required.
Some travel to stakeholder buildings within the M25 area is expected at regular (weekly) intervals. Additional travel outside of London may be required on a less frequent rate, to conduct research with users in other Home Office locations.
Expenses outside the M25 will be payable in accordance with the Home Office Travel (no Subsistence) policy.
Security clearance
All staff must be Home Office SC cleared before they can start work.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Statements of work will be agreed periodically with the supplier on a fixed price, capped, or T&M basis with agreed deliverables.
Standard DOS framework and call-off terms and conditions.
Expenses outside the M25 will be payable in accordance with the Home Office Travel (no Subsistence) policy.
Adherence to DSA and HO security governance and standards is mandatory.

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
  • Expertise in node.js with a commitment to writing clean code and comprehensive, clear tests
  • Expertise in front end development (single page javascript applications using typescript with react and angular)
  • Experience of Elasticsearch and/or Graph databases
  • Experience in CI/CD Pipelines, especially with Kubernetes
  • Understanding of web services (particularly REST), their pitfalls and best practice
  • Demonstrable significant experience of Agile ways of working
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience in supporting all aspects of user story development including analysis, testing and deployment
  • Experience of the Government Digital Service’s Design Principles and Digital Service Standard and its application to internal products and services.
  • Some experience of supporting live systems

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be able to work collaboratively and effectively in a multi-supplier environment.
  • Be innovative and promote ideas and suggestions as applicable.
  • Be able to provide knowledge-transfer and share best practice
  • Be able to maintain a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes.
  • Blend quickly and efficiently into existing working methodology, whilst promoting and implementing continual improvements to raise delivery level maturity required for live services.
  • Have excellent communication skills with staff at all levels of the organisation.
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
The current resource will be rolling off the programme prior to the start date of this contract.
2. What version of angular are you using please?
Angular version 1.5. The intention is to refactor all front-end code to latest version of REACT.
3. Please could you confirm the IR35 status of this role?
The role is outside of IR35.
4. Will the Home Office arrange for SC Clearance?
The Home Office will sponsor the correct candidate, but the candidate must be SC eligible. This process has a 35 working day timeline associated. All staff must be SC cleared before they start work.
5. Is the Max Day Rate for this position is £700 + Vat
The maximum day rate is £700 per day excluding VAT.
6. How many positions are available? Only One?
This DOS advert is for a single DOS Specialist.
7. We have a specialist who has Home Office SC until July 2018, would it be possible to support him through reactivation of his SC?
The Home Office will sponsor Security Clearance for the right candidate.
8. We have a specialist who had DVLA SC until July 2018, would it be possible to support him through reactivation of his SC? or would the authority support the ideal candidate through the process?
The Home Office will sponsor Security Clearance for the right candidate.
9. Do applicants have to apply directly, or can this opportunity be posted through an agency?
The tendering company (i.e. the bidder who is responding to this opportunity) needs to respond to this DOS Advert.