University of Plymouth

Website Development and Enhancement

Incomplete applications

4
Incomplete applications
4 SME, 0 large

Completed applications

15
Completed applications
14 SME, 1 large
Important dates
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Published Thursday 13 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions Monday 17 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 20 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Designer
Summary of the work Agile development team for 12 sprints (2 weeks per sprint), with developers experienced in Ruby on Rails, to support the vision for a web presence that showcases the University and its 2030 objectives
Latest start date Monday 2 March 2020
Expected contract length 6 months
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for University of Plymouth
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with Members of the University IT and External Relations Teams including;

Head of Marketing Services
Head of IT Product Development and Delivery
IT Manager
Digital and Content Manager
Content Strategy and Governance Manager
What the specialist will work on The University of Plymouth is seeking expressions of interest to work with us on a 6 month project to enhance the University website. The University has some in- house development expertise and are looking to supplement these with external resource.

The proposed website refresh focuses on three core areas of enhancement, all of which support the vision for a web presence that showcases the University and its 2030 objectives:

Enhanced navigation and dynamic content
Quality of content and alignment to the University’s 2030 Strategy
Easy interaction, conversation and inquiry to increase the sense of engagement with our audiences

Work setup

Work setup
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Address where the work will take place University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Complimented by remote working by agreement with the University
Working arrangements Establish an Agile development team for 12 sprints (2 weeks per sprint), with developers experienced in Ruby on Rails.
This team will be supplemented by University development staff to enable an increase in velocity for this fast-paced project.

Anticipated resource: Average of 2-3 developers for the duration of the project. Team size could either be constant for the full duration of the project, or scaled to increase capacity over a period of time.

First two sprints to be conducted on site in Plymouth, beyond this we are open to remote working.

Capacity to mobilise and commence on 2/3/20 is essential.
Security clearance N/A

Additional information

Additional information
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
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.

Skills and experience
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Essential skills and experience
  • Have extensive experience of Ruby on Rails
  • Experience of working to Agile methodology
  • Capacity to meet the start date and 12 sprints over a 24 week period
  • Be able to commit to working at the Plymouth location
  • Scale resource up and down during the 24 week period
  • Be able to evidence working within a Fixed Budget
Nice-to-have skills and experience Evidence maximizing the Deliverables and Outputs from Project Budget

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How suppliers will be evaluated
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Evidence Higher Education Experience
  • Demonstrate good insight to the behaviours University's target audience(s)
  • Evidence awareness of the University Strategy 2030 and Culture
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with in house team members
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

50%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

30%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please could you confirm the IR35 status of this role? The role is considered Outside of IR35
2. What is the maximum all in rate you are looking to pay for this role? The evaluation process attributes a percentage criteria for Price, which will be used to evaluate responses. As such we do not feel it is appropriate to disclose a Maximum All in Rate
3. Can employees from the overseas office get the required work done? Please refer to the 'Working Arrangements' in the published opportunity.

We have advised that the "First two sprints to be conducted on site in Plymouth, beyond this we are open to remote working"
4. What is the level of commitment to working in Plymouth? Is there an indication on the remote split? Please refer to the 'Working Arrangements' in the published opportunity.

We have advised that the "First two sprints to be conducted on site in Plymouth, beyond this we are open to remote working"
5. How many resources do you need? Please refer to the 'Working Arrangements' in the published opportunity.

We have advised we require Agile development team for 12 sprints (2 weeks per sprint).

Anticipated resource: Average of 2-3 developers for the duration of the project. Team size could either be constant for the full duration of the project, or scaled to increase capacity over a period of time.

First two sprints to be conducted on site in Plymouth, beyond this we are open to remote working.
6. Can all resources work from remote? Please refer to the 'Working Arrangements' in the published opportunity.

We have advised that the "First two sprints to be conducted on site in Plymouth, beyond this we are open to remote working"
7. Do you have a budget, Per resource/ daily rate budget? The indicative budget for the project is £120K to £150K (INC VAT)
8. Would you be willing to provide a budget range for the assignment? The indicative budget for the Project is £120K to £150K (INC VAT)
9. Would you be interested fixed Price/Sow Basis? Please review the question posed along with other answers provided as currently we are unsure of how to answer this.