Home Office

ViSOR Database Administrator

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6
Incomplete applications
5 SME, 1 large

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12
Completed applications
11 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 13 May 2020
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 20 May 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Content designer
Summary of the work Essential Skills include:
Java / J2EE / Oracle Database/ SQL Rational s/w clear case, quest, Toad.
Unix commands
WebLogic 10&12, Eclipse IDE, Struts 1 Java EE framework.
Service management tools, such as Service Now and Remedy
Desirable Skills include:
Knowledge of the ViSOR (Dangerous Persons Database) application and dataset
Latest start date Wednesday 1 July 2020
Expected contract length 2 years
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Home Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with Database Administrator to work in the Development Team responsible for developing and maintaining the system that supports the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)for managing the most dangerous offenders in the UK.

Although the system was known as the Violent and Sexual Offenders Register (ViSOR) it manages a larger range of offenders; therefore, an understanding of the criminal justice system and how the various departments, agencies, prison and probation interact to deliver service to the public is required
What the specialist will work on Live support
• Investigate problems with the system to establish root causes.
• Design and deliver Data Extracts based on user needs
• Correct live data

Development
• Analyse and design Oracle database solutions for VISOR RFCs.
• Fix defects and problems in Oracle DB J2EE landscape.
• Represent ViSOR development team interests and consult when necessary.
• Home office policy – adhere to and keep abreast of company policies, including being responsible with information.
• Keep abreast of emerging tech and roadmap for ViSOR

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Work will take place at a restricted development area located in Marsham Street, Westminster in Central London. However, the successful candidate can work from home.
Working arrangements 5 day week
Security clearance Applicants must have Home Office SC clearance and NPPV 3 clearance as the applicants will have access to sensitive information on offenders. This clearance must be demonstrated before any sensitive information is shared with potential candidates. This is mandatory and only applications with the requisite clearance with the considered.

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
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Essential skills and experience
  • SC Clearance & NPPV3 Clearance
  • Java / J2EE / Oracle Database/ SQL Rational s/w clear case, quest, Toad
  • Unix commands
  • WebLogic 10&12, Eclipse IDE, Struts 1 Java EE framework
  • Service management tools , such as Service Now and Remedy
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Ability to consult with team members, users and other stakeholders
  • Coaching and knowledge transfer
  • Knowledge of Criminal Justice Systems and a working knowledge of conviction data since ViSOR is used to manage offenders according to current legislation
  • Understanding of the Police National Computer (PNC) and relevant dataset as ViSOR interfaces with PNC as a primary source of offender data
  • Knowledge of the ViSOR (Dangerous Persons Database) application and dataset
  • Knowledge of supporting software such OS Places, Rest webservice and dataset
  • General MS Office Toolset

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 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Working with other people 
  • How the contractor handles mistakes
Additional assessment methods Reference
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

5%

Price

30%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Would this role be Inside or Outside IR35? The role is outside IR35
2. The position in this states Content Designer which doesn't match the term Database Administrator – can you clarify what you are seeking please? The DBA shall be responsible for developing and maintaining the system that supports the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)for managing the most dangerous offenders in the UK.

Duties include:

Investigating problems with the system to establish root causes.
Designing and delivering Data Extracts based on user needs
Correcting live data
3. Hello, is there a current incumbent in this role? There's a contractor fulfilling the role currently.
4. Is there a current incumbent? There's an incumbent in the role
5. Will the current incumbent be considered for the role? Applications from both current and new applicants shall be considered on equal terms. This should allow an level playing field and achieving value for money.
6. Will you consider sponsoring a consultant for SC clearance ? Due to the nature of the requirements and timescales the candidate must have the requisite clearances ready start work.
7. what does value for money look like? you havent mentioned butdget – what is the current incumbent costing you? The Home Office is looking for cost savings across contracts and will invite applicants to make offers that commensurate with the role to meet those needs.