Network Design Engineer

2 Incomplete applications

1 SME, 1 large

6 Completed applications

6 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Friday 21 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 28 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
The Network Design Engineer is primarily employed the network capability design and delivery engineer for networks and communications within the Architecture and Design Authority (DA) and Network Delivery Team (NDT). Leading the technical solution development and delivery directed by the Network Architect, within the schedule of NDT Project Managers (PMs).
Latest start date
Monday 2 March 2020
Expected contract length
March 2020 to 31st March 2021. Option 3 months
West Midlands
Organisation the work is for
Maximum day rate
£800 daily rate (inclusive of Agency Fee)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Network Design Engineer covers activities in the ITIL Service Design, Service Transition and Continual Service Improvement areas. Key working relationships are expected between Network Delivery Team (NDT) Project Managers (PMs), Network Architect, and System Operating Authority (SOA) Network Support Engineer (NSE) team, and to contribute to plans advising on design and strategy of all Information System Networks (ISN) projects covering the whole IT and networks portfolio within the customer organisation liaising with the SOA, DA and NDT as required.
What the specialist will work on
Expected outputs/deliverables include but not limited to:
• Low Level Designs for network services
• Low Level Designs for network components and IT services
• Request for Change (RFC), technical Change Request (CR), and Implementation Plan generation in support of capability delivery
• Work Instructions in support of capability delivery
• Knowledge Articles in support of capability delivery
• Test Cases in support of capability delivery
• Review of documentation from others
• Technical Lead transition of Network acceptance activities
• Provide technical assistance to the operational support team during initial handover of capability delivery (early life support)

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
West Midlands with monthly visits to Bristol. Travel to other locations e.g. London, Reading, may be necessary for stakeholder/supplier meetings.
Working arrangements
5 days a week (excluding Bank Holidays) assumed 230 working days per year
Mon to Fri 08:30 to 17:00
The contractor shall provide on-site attendance Outside of Working Hours (OWH) for the achievement of selected high priority deliverables.
Security clearance
MOD held DV required on day 1 of the appointment and for the duration of the Contract. Applicants must be a sole UK national (no dual nationals can be accepted)

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Any supplier that puts forward the same candidate as another supplier will be rejected at sift.
Should the post be vacated, the Supplier shall ensure a replacement within 1 working week by a candidate who meets the criteria of this competition with prior approval of the Buyer
DEFCON 5J(Edn 18/11/16)-Unique Identifiers
DEFCON 76(Edn 12/06)-Contractor’s Personnel at Government Sites
DEFCON 501(Edn 11/17)-Definitions and Interpretations
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
DEFCON 703(Edn 08/13)-Intellectual Property Rights - Vesting in the Authority

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
  • MOD held DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment and for duration of Contract.The Tenderer must provide full details as part of bid response.
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional - Routing and Switching (CCNP R&S)
  • Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
  • 5+ years’ experience supporting complex Campus LAN & WAN networks based on IP Crypto.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Higher Education in relevant Communications and/or Information Systems subject (equivalent to Foundation or Bachelor’s degree level).
  • Architectural qualifications / certifications e.g. TOGAFv9, MODAF.
  • Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE) (proof of course completion)
  • Cisco Network Programmability Design and Implementation Specialist (NPDESI) (proof of course completion)
  • Python Certified Entry-Level Programmer (PCEP)
  • 10+ years’ experience of project engineering. Working in integrated design/architecture team.
  • Knowledge and experience of designing and implementing highly-assured IP Crypto tunnelling of network traffic across bearers of opportunity.
  • OSPF configuration and management, EIGRP, BGP, L3 TRL CATAPAN, Nexus-OS, Linux OS, QoS and DSCP marking, Policy Based Routing, logging and analysis tools (e.g. PRTG, Splunk, Solar Winds).
  • Dynamic multipoint virtual private network (DMVPN), Cisco networking equipment, Dell networking equipment, Juniper firewall equipment
  • Cisco and Microsoft VoIP and video teleconferencing, 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
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent?
Yes there is an incumbent in the role.
2. Have you assessed the role as outside IR35?
The role has been assessed as outside IR35.
3. Please could you confirm the IR35 Status for this role?
This role has been assessed as outside IR35.