Awarded to Alpine Resourcing Limited

Start date: Monday 7 September 2020
Value: £312,000
Company size: SME
Home Office

C18674 Technical Analyst - Tooling

13 Incomplete applications

12 SME, 1 large

35 Completed applications

35 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Wednesday 20 May 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 22 May 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Analyse technical requirements ensuring outcomes align with strategy, delivering to the agreed architecture. Responsible for discovery of technical needs, gap analysis, impact analysis, stakeholder management, solution design, Users Stories creation and maintenance.
Latest start date
Monday 15 June 2020
Expected contract length
2 years
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Technical Leads, Architects and stakeholders across DDaT, user communities, suppliers and staff across the programmes, Senior stakeholders and other cross-government teams.
What the specialist will work on
Work with delivery teams and partners to break technical requirements down into pieces and identify API requirements.
Lead the rapid development of user-driven prototypes to identify technical options and inform architectural approaches.
Ensure that new and updated platforms, products and transactions are thoroughly performance tested.
Work with suppliers to ensure that their system architectures are robust, scalable, open and secure.
Ensure the delivery of change is made against an auditable process by producing/assisting with: frameworks; methodologies; operating model; non-functional specification; user cases/ stories; OAT plans and strategy; entry/exit and/or no/no go criteria; defect analysis; forms and templates; guidance; business case.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF /Croydon Campus/Other DDaT locations as required
Working arrangements
A typical working day is 9am-5pm, however working outside of these hours may be required due to business/project need. The role requires flexibility as individuals may be required to work at any of the Customer premises and/or at supplier sites.
The role is outside of IR35.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Travel expenses are payable for journeys outside the M25 where approved in advance by the customer and in line with Home Office Travel policy (subsistence is not payable).

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
  • Understand and identify the role of technology in public service, or similar, delivery and policy implementation
  • Effectively capture, utilise and share customer insight and views from a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure better policy and delivery
  • Spot warning signs of things going wrong and provide a decisive response to significant delivery challenges
  • Comprehensive and recent experience designing and implementing complex software systems, i.e. is an active software developer currently engaged in architecting and building high-volume digital services
  • Demonstrable track record of successfully taking an evolutionary architecture approach to software architecture
  • Experience with automated configuration management, deployment and testing solutions
  • Experience using and deploying on Cloud based platforms
  • Experience sharing knowledge and working in a multi-disciplinary team
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working in an Agile environment using SCRUM or other Agile frameworks
  • Demonstrable experience working in similarly complex environments.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work transparently and collaboratively in a no-blame culture, encouraging all to fail fast and learn from mistakes
  • Demonstrate experience of supporting and coaching other team members
  • Evidence their confidence to challenge the status quo
  • Evidence of taking responsibility for their work
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent?
2. 1. Will the specialist work remotely during the current situation? and
2. when all restrictions are lifted what percentage of the week do you anticipate they will be able to work remotely all/50%/none?
The start date advises 15th June and location is London/Croydon. Due to the current pandemic, will this role be starting working remotely? Also once lockdown is over, what is the minimum number of days required on site (is remote working possible)?
1. The role will be home based / supplier site based during Covid related restrictions.
2. Some home working would be permitted depending upon the activities currently underway.
3. Is there any flexibility on day rate, as it is the same as the Business Analyst role release?
4. a) Can you confirm which specific automated configuration management, deployment and testing solutions?
b) Do you require experience using and deploying on Cloud based platforms – GCP, Azure or AWS?
a) As part of the mobilisation of the programme the scope will be defined and agreed including deployment and test solutions.
b) The target convergence infrastructure has yet to be agreed, however, knowledge and experience of cloud environments and deployments would be be advantageous.
5. Will you you support the specialist to achieve SC clearance?
Would you support SC clearance?
Would you support SC clearance?
Will the Home Office sponsor SC for a candidate who meets all the requirement but without SC?
Would you consider someone who has had SC Clearance in the past, that has now expired or do they need current valid SC Clearance?
Will you accept a candidate without SC, but still willing to go through?
What about people with lapsed SC or active SC, but expiring in 3-5 weeks?
Ideally the successful specialist will hold current SC clearance as the clearance process will delay the service commencement (the administration of which is impacted by Covid). However, it is more important that the successful specialist is the most appropriately skilled and qualified and we will sponsor clearance for the right candidate.
6. Hi, will you consider sponsoring the right person for SC clearance or are you looking for only SC cleared candidates?
Are you willing to sponsor SC clearance or must it be in place at start?
Good evening. Due to the current restriction on applying for SC Security Clearances, will you be willing to consider an applicant with a BPSS and a SC either 'In Progress' or waiting to be submitted?
Ideally the successful specialist will hold current SC clearance as the clearance process will delay the service commencement (the administration of which is impacted by Covid). However, it is more important that the successful specialist is the most appropriately skilled and qualified and we will sponsor clearance for the right candidate.
7. Do they need practical experience of DevOps architecture?
Experience of DevOps architecture is not essential, however, knowledge would be advantageous.
8. What technology requirements are there?
As part of the mobilisation the scope will be defined. However, examples are likely to include Jira, Confluence etc.
9. Can you please explain Tooling in the Job Title. What tooling does this refer to?
Tools are items used by teams within the DDaT Professions to collaborate, communicate and effectively delivery DDaT services.
10. What programming languages are being utilised within on this project? Is the need for Front End of Full Stack?
The are many variations and the purpose is to rationalise where appropriate therefore no advocation of specific languages.
11. Do you have details on the total tech stack? What Tech stack, what cloud system?
What technical stack is the project being built with?
This will be established as part of the mobilisation of the programme and defining the end state.
12. You've mentioned a number of locations for this work – can you give an idea of where the majority will take place, or what the split will be?
The majority of the work, once Home Office Covid working restrictions are relaxed, will be in Croydon and Marsham Street, Westminster.
13. Does this role require the specialist to be onsite and what would be the minimum required days on site during a typical week be? If so, does that still apply during the current lock down or would it only be required once the travel restrictions are lifted?
The majority of the work, once Home Office Covid working restrictions are relaxed, will be in Croydon and Marsham Street. Depending on the scheduled activities at any give phase of the programme will determine any appropriate minimal days in the office.
14. Would you accept a DV cleared candidate ?
Yes. We are seeking advice from our security team with regard to the overhead of managing a DV clearance for a SC level role. If this is too large we may required the specialist to undergo SC.
15. It says Technical Analyst and Technical Architect. Which role is it? And do they need to have done Software Architecture before?
Technical Analyst is not a specific option on DOS specialists so we've chosen the most closely related profession. Software Architecture experience is essential.