Defence Equipment & Support

Network Design Engineer

Incomplete applications

9
Incomplete applications
8 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

12
Completed applications
11 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 15 May 2020
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 19 May 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 22 May 2020 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Designer
Summary of the work DE&S requires a Network Design Engineer to deliver network infrastructure projects. Supporting WAN facing capabilities, and supporting other projects as requested. Technical design is guided by the Network Architect. Technical lead in transition and test/acceptance activities. Producing documentation i.e. LLD, build guides/operating instructions in support of project delivery objectives.
Latest start date Thursday 2 July 2020
Expected contract length 12 month period with option to extend for 3 months
Location West Midlands
Organisation the work is for Defence Equipment & Support
Maximum day rate £750 daily rate (inclusive of Agency Fee)

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with Reporting to DE&S who are managing the project delivery of a number of networks and Information Systems. The incumbent will collaborate with multidisciplined technical architects, engineers, and other functions to deliver project outputs.

The incumbent will be primarily responsible for development of an industry standard Service Delivery Pack, this is to include but not limited to:
• Low Level Design
• Combined Design Document (HLD/LLD)
• Support Task Analysis
• Security Impact Statement
• Knowledge Articles
• Work Instructions
• Test Plans
• Test Cases
What the specialist will work on Lead the project engineering & documentation of DE&S assigned projects as part of the Design Authority under direction of the Network Architect for DeliveryTeam PMs.
1. Install hardware and software in accordance with the HLD & LLD.
2. Maintain hardware/software in accordance with design & support documentation, modifying network device configurations as requested.
3. Update or replace existing documents as directed.
4. Develop test procedures to prove correct configuration of solution in accordance with the documentation.
5. Establish the ‘As-is’ physical and logical state for assigned networks.
6. Produce the ‘To be’ rationalisation recommendations for authorisation by the NetworkArchitect.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place West Midlands
Working arrangements The contractor shall provide on-site attendance Outside of Working Hours (OWH) for the achievement of selected high priority deliverables.
The Contractor will be required to work on the main site from day 1 and for the duration of the contract due to the specifics of the role with the potential to travel if required.
Security clearance MOD DV Clearance is required on day 1 and for the duration of the Contract. Applicants must be a sole UK national (no dual nationals can be accepted)

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions 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 659A(Edn 02/17)-Security Measures (A Security Aspects Letter will be provided following Contract Award)
DEFCON 660(Edn 12/15)-Official-Sensitive Security Requirements
DEFCON 703(Edn 08/13)-Intellectual Property Rights - Vesting in the Authority
Any supplier that puts forward the same candidate as another supplier will be rejected. If the post is vacated the Supplier shall ensure it's filled within 1 working week by a candidate who meets the criteria of this competition

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
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) (Routing and Switching)
  • Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
  • 3-5 years minimum demonstrable experience in project engineering of LAN & WAN technologies based on IP cryptography.
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of: OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, VPN/Tunnel technologies including IPSec, QoS.
  • Required to work on the main site from day 1 and for duration of Contract due to specifics of role with potential to travel if required
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • CCIE (Routing and Switching)
  • CCNA (Collaboration)
  • CCNA (Security)
  • Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
  • Python Certified Entry-Level Programmer (PCEP)
  • Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE) (proof of course completion)
  • L3 TRL cryptographic equipment (Catapan) (proof of course completion)
  • Implementation and administration of encrypted IP tunnelling of classified network traffic across various bearers.
  • OSPF configuration and management, EIGRP, BGP, L3 TRL Catapan, Nexus-OS
  • Linux OS, QoS and DSCP marking, Policy Based Routing, logging and analysis tools (e.g. PRTG, Splunk, Solar Winds)
  • DMVPN, Cisco networking equipment
  • Dell networking equipment, Juniper firewall equipment, Oracle Communications equipment
  • VoIP and video teleconferencing, RBAC administration and Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

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 6
Cultural fit criteria
  • Ability to work with others in a high pressure, Operational Environment that frequently manages conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to work as a team.
Additional assessment methods Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is there a current or preferred incumbent for this role? No there isn’t a preferred incumbent.
2. Is there a current incumbent? There is no current incumbent.
3. Is there a current incumbent? There is no current incumbent.
4. Please confirm if this role is inside or outside IR35 This role is outside IR35.
5. Would accept a lapsed DV cleared candidate give the potential length of contract? MOD DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment and for the duration of the appointment.
6. If a consultant has DV clearance that expired in the last 12 months are you in a position to re-instate it? MOD DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment and held for the duration of the appointment.
7. I have a candidate who has previously held both SC and DV clearance which have since lapsed. Would they be eligible to apply? MOD DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment and held for the duration of the appointment.
8. I have a candidate who has previously held both SC and DV clearance which have since lapsed. Would they be eligible to apply? MOD DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment and held for the duration of the appointment.
9. I have a candidate who has previously held both SC and DV clearance which have since lapsed. Would they be eligible to apply? MOD DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment and held for the duration of the appointment.
10. Will this role be site based from day one, or home working during covid? SITE BASED - Contractor will be required to work on the main site from day one and for the duration of the appointment due to the specifics of the role with the potential to travel if required. No working from home is allowable.
11. What clearance is required prior to starting the role? MOD DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment and for the duration of the appointment.
12. is there an incumbent in the role? There is no incumbent for this role.
13. Are you able to further detail the location of the site please? Location will be clarified at time of interview.
14. Could you please inform the IR35 status of this role? Role is outside IR35.
15. Is there an incumbent in place currently? There is no current incumbent.
16. Would you consider a candidate with previously held but now lapsed Sc and DV clearance? MOD DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment and held for the duration of the appointment.