Department for Work and Pensions

Senior Technical Architect for DataWorks replatforming

8 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 1 large

8 Completed applications

8 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Published
Monday 24 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 26 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 2 March 2020 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Provide technical architecture consultancy services.
Provision new data analytics services for data science and data analysts.
Oversee overall development and production of design artefacts.
Lead on integration with other DWP and external service providers.
Provide ongoing skills transfer to DWP staff.
Latest start date
Wednesday 1 April 2020
Expected contract length
6 Months
Location
Yorkshire and the Humber
Organisation the work is for
Department for Work and Pensions
Maximum day rate
£750

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The DataWorks team is made up of a number of engineers & architects covering the full spectrum of big data, cloud infrastructure, security architecture, and business analysis.

You will also be expected to engage with other teams within the DWP:

UCFS for systems integration
Design Authority for design sign-off
SRE for acceptance into service
Stakeholder teams, e.g. data analysts & scientists
3rd party suppliers and auditors (e.g. IT Health Check teams)
What the specialist will work on
Data ingestion from Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS), and surfacing of data to users of DataWorks new AWS Data Platform

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
DWP Offices - Quarry House, Leeds, LS27UA
Working arrangements
Flexible working, at the discretion of the supplier to deliver the service. Some travel to other sites may be required in line with DWP travel and expense policy.
Security clearance
DV

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
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of working with the AWS cloud platform within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using Infrastructure as Code to provision and manage any cloud infrastructure using terraform within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using Git and GitHub, GitLab or Bitbucket within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of test and behaviour driven development (TDD and BDD) within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of continuous integration and continuous deployment within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using ConcourseCI to provide continuous integration and continuous deployment within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS CloudWatch within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Key Management Service (KMS) within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of AWS networking concepts within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of devloping in Python within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using Docker within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of analysing and solving complex infrastructure & application issues within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate having been involved with, and ideally having led an ITHC engagement within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of securely handling sensitive data within the last 2 years.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience of big data; formats, manipulation/conversion, querying, tools within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of consuming Apache Kafka data feeds within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of devloping in Go, Java or Node.js within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Lambda within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Elastic MapReduce (EMR) within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Cloud Hardware Security Module (CloudHSM) within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Cognito within the last 2 years.
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Workspaces within the last 2 years.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team where Design, build and support are the whole team’s responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively with existing internal teams and other supplier teams
  • Demonstrable experience of working in and ea 'no-blame' culture environment whilst encouraging people to learn from their mistakes
  • Demonstrable experience of remaining delivery focussed whilst working in an agile way
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
No
2. What is the IR35 status for this role?
This role is out of scope of IR35 as the requirements is for a service
3. Can you accept an SC Cleared consultant that's eligible for DV?
As published in the requirements of this procurement, Security clearance should be - Minimum Developed Vetting (DV)
4. What's the procurement timeline?
The deadline for supplier's to respond is Monday 2nd March 2020. DWP anticipate that the sift will take place W/C 2nd March and the shortlisted suppliers will be asked to attend the evaluation stage W/C 16/03/2020. DWP anticipate that the successful supplier will be notified W/C 23/03/2020 with a potential start date of 01/04/2020. All dates are subject to change.
5. Would you sponsor/initiate DV clearance for the right candidate? Would DBS clearance be enough to start working and then receive DV afterwards?
No, DV clearance should be in place at the start date.
6. Is any remote work allowed?
Yes, at the discretion of the supplier
7. Will the authority sponsor a suitable specialist through the clearance process?
No, DV clearance should be in place at the start date.
8. Is DV security clearance definitely required for this role?
Yes.
9. Can you accept a specialist with SC Clearance, that is eligible for DV?
As published in the requirements of this procurement, Security clearance should be - Minimum Developed Vetting (DV)