This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Wednesday 4 March 2020
Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

Technical Consultant

5 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 0 large

11 Completed applications

10 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Wednesday 26 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 28 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Delivery manager
Summary of the work
Working with the System Operating Authority (SOA) you will interface daily with DE&S to assist the delivery of an exciting IT capability based on Evergreen and Agile principles.
Latest start date
Wednesday 15 April 2020
Expected contract length
26 Weeks up to 30th September 2020
West Midlands
Organisation the work is for
Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)
Maximum day rate
£500 per day worked (inclusive of T&S)

The post will be based almost entirely at a single site with minimal travel anticipated.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will be a key member of the System Operating Authority, overseeing the integration of a bespoke network. You will work with the delivery organisation, DE&S, on a daily basis.
What the specialist will work on
On a daily basis the Technical Consultant will:

Review technical documentation as directed.

Assist the Technical PM to achieve programme outcomes.

Attend and contribute to technical meetings.

Assist in developing service migration and co-existence planning.

Assist the Technical PM in the development of Test plans for IS services for Operational Readiness Evaluation and Service Transition.

Assist in the planning of Operational Readiness Evaluation activities.

Assist the Technical PM in development of deployment and recovery plans.

Assist the Technical PM in development of System Operating Instructions.

Full TORs upon award.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Working arrangements
40 Hours per week (Mon – Fri)
Security clearance
MOD DV required on day 1 of the appointment due to the sensitivity of the role

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
In the event that the post is vacated the Supplier shall ensure that it is filled within one week by a candidate who meets the criteria of this competition with prior approval of the Buyer.

The Supplier and their representatives shall abide by:

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 658(Edn 10/17)-Cyber

DEFCON 659A(Edn 02/17)-Security Measures

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
  • Demonstrable experience of working on a programme that has delivered or is delivering a classified strtegic Command and Control system in a Military context.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a high pressure, conflicting priority encironment that delivers equipment to units within Front Line Commands.
  • 5 years of experince of delivery of IT projects.
  • Working knowledge of ITIL V.3 and how it is applied.
  • MCP, MCITP or MCSE in relevant Microsoft technologies would be adventageous.
  • CISSP or equivalent experience.
  • TOGAF or equivalent experience.
  • Effective communication skills including verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Strong multi- tasking and organizational skills.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
  • Knowledge of transition, upgrades, refresh projects in an Agile environment.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers.
  • Transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Have no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Work history and skiills.
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent in the role?
There is no current incumbent in the role.
2. Is there a current incumbent or preferred supplier for this role please?
There is no current incumbent for this role and there is no preferred supplier.
3. Please can you confirm if the maximum day rate is to the agency or to the worker?
The maximum day rate is to the agency.
4. Would you allow flexible working hours? E.g. start/finish earlier on some days in order to commute out of rush hours?
Yes, flexible working hours would be considered subject to the 40 hour working week.
5. "The post will be based almost entirely at a single site with minimal travel anticipated. " – Does this refer to the site at Hereford or would other locations be considered?
This will be Hereford only.
6. Where will the contract be based please?
The requirement states West Midlands as well as Hereford?
The contract will be based in Hereford.
7. Please can you confirm whether this role is classified inside or outside for IR35 purposes?
The Intermediaries Legislation does not apply to this engagement, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool.
8. Will the individual appointed to this task be employed inside or outside IR35?
The Intermediaries Legislation does not apply to this engagement, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool.
9. How long does it take to get new MOD DV clearance if you are able to sponsor a candidate on this role?
The MOD will not sponsor a candidate for this role.
The candidate must already be DV cleared.
10. Can you please confirm the IR35 status?
Hi All

Please note this clarification was originally answered as "The Intermediaries Legislation does not apply to this engagement, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool".

However after further clarification we are currently unable to make a determination as there are too many unknown variables that are required by the HMRC tool to make its output accurate. A further determination will be completed once the circumstances of the potential contractor are known.

As a worker, agency or limited company you can check your status by completing the questionnaire located at”