Awarded to Sopra Steria Ltd

Start date: Monday 30 January 2017
Value: £336,000
Company size: large
Home Office

DSAB Java Developer (AFTC-2)

0 Incomplete applications

30 Completed applications

22 SME, 8 large

Important dates

Monday 24 October 2016
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 31 October 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
The developer will need to be an SME in: Java 8, Camel, Swagger, SpringBoot, SpringData, Docker, JUnit, Cucumber, micro services architecture, REST, GIT, PHP, Zend, MySQL. Must be able to retrieve data from micro-services architecture, manipulate data between different forms and understand how this affects the data storage and retrieval.
Latest start date
3 January 2017
Expected contract length
up to twenty four months (2 years)
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate
£690 (ex VAT)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Agile development teams (Delivery Manager, BA, UI etc) made up of Home Office Civil Servants, other government Civil Servants, other contractors and 3rd party suppliers.
What the specialist will work on
Work on the Digital Services at the Border programme (DSAB) supporting a data ingestion and management project. This will involve writing code to transform and manipulate data across formats as well as its potential impact on the Hadoop big data platform. There is also a requirement to work with an old project in order to understand requirements and existing behaviour.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
8-10 Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA, moving to Lunar House, Croydon during 2016/17.
Working arrangements
The developer should be physically on site Monday – Friday. Approximate hours are 09:00 – 18:00.
Security clearance
Home Office SC

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Proposed individuals who are non British/EEA nationals must either be in possession of leave to remain with no restrictions on their time to live/work in the UK or their leave to remain must be valid for the duration of this award and permit work in this capacity.

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
  • Java 8
  • Camel
  • Swagger
  • SpringBoot
  • SpringData
  • JUnit
  • Docker
  • Cucumber
  • Micro services architecture
  • PHP
  • Zend framework v1
  • MySQL
  • GIT
  • REST
  • Fluent English and excellent communicaiton skills to discuss low level technical requirements as necessary
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working within an agile Scrum team
  • Familiar with CI development techniques and environments

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Have a no blame culture and encourge people to learn from their mistakes
  • Work well in a team within our organisaiton
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a flexible attitude and approach
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. If one has a candidate who has worked with DSAB previously, is there any way to express this at this initial stage, as there is no additional comments box?
This could be included in the response to the Essential critieria where we ask - ‘They must have experience working within a Scrum team and be familiar with CI development techniques and environments.’

Alternatively this additionanl information could be included under the cultural fit section where we ask – ‘Work well in a team within our organisation’