Department for Work and Pensions

Senior Technical Architect for Dataworks replatforming

Incomplete applications

10
Incomplete applications
10 SME, 0 large

Completed applications

11
Completed applications
9 SME, 2 large
Important dates
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Published Tuesday 3 March 2020
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 5 March 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work Provide technical architecture consultancy services.
Create technical designs for schema evolution tools for Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS) data.
Turn business needs for UCFS data into full technical designs for new products, develop them to port to AWS cloud.
Document architectural designs, processes, tools.
Provide ongoing skills transfer to DWP.
Latest start date Monday 6 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

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement None
Who the specialist will work with Alongside DWP team and other suppliers already in the Dataworks team.
Stakeholders (e.g. UCFS, analyst community, data warehousing)
What the specialist will work on Managing data and products derived from Universal Credit Full Service

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place DWP Offices, Quarry House, Leeds, LS27UA - Remote working also considered
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 SC

Additional information

Additional information
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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
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Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of explaining technical concepts for non technical audiences within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of developing in Python, Pyspark and Java using Object Oriented Programming within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of high performance coding and benchmarking within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate knowledge of test and behavioural driven development (TDD and BDD) within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate experience of using Git and GitHub, GitLab or Bitbucket within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of dealing with complex Json data structures within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of handling Json data containing multiple schema versions and deeply nested schemas within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of dealing with schema evolution of Json data, including complexities such as circular references and inconsistencies between data and schemas within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of producing strategies aligned to business needs within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of looking at the big picture when making and guiding technical design decisions within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate extensive experience of translating business requirements into technical designs within the last 2 years
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience of working with the AWS cloud platform within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate experience of continuous integration and continuous deployment within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate experience of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) within the last 2 years
  • Demonstrate experience of using AWS S3 (Simple Storage Service) within the last 2 years

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How suppliers will be evaluated
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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

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Do you have any indication of the maximum day rate you are looking for? £750
2. Is there a current or preferred incumbent for this role? No
3. Is there an incumbent for this position? No
4. What is the maximum budget for this task? Day rate £750 - 6 months
5. Will the DWP be sponsoring SC Clearance for this role No SC should be required at the start of the engagement
6. Is the role outside of IR35? Yes, the role is out of scope for IR35 as the requirement is for a service.
7. Will you provide / support SC clearance. No SC should be required at the start of the engagement
8. What's the procurement timeline? The suppliers should submit their bids by Midnight Tuesday 10th March. DWP will sift the responses and take a minimum of three suppliers through to the evaluation stage which is currently planned for w/c 23/03/2020 with a view to starting the work w/c 13/03/2020. All dates are indicative and are subject to change.
9. Will you sponsor or initiate SC for the right candidate? No SC should be required at the start of the engagement
10. Why previous tender for the same role was cancelled? The x2 recently withdrawn requirements were for different roles.
11. What's the rate/budget? Day rate £750 - 6 months
12. What is the maximum day rate for this role? £750
13. Does the candidate need to have SC clearance in place prior to taking up the position? Yes, SC should be required at the start of the engagement
14. Where it is stated that remote working is also considered, please can you clarify if there is maximum % you would be happy for the candidate to work remotely e.g. 4 days per week I would expect some time required in the office for architecture reviews, skills transfer etc. This will vary but would expect on average 2-3 days on site
15. Good afternoon. The job title of "Technical Architect" does not align fully with the "Skills and Experience", which appear to cover both architecture and development. Could the role please be clarified? Thank you. DWP require architecture oversight but also some supporting hands on development work