Awarded to Exception Limited

Start date: Wednesday 15 July 2020
Value: £260,440
Company size: SME
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea /Westminster City Council

Cloud Migration Technical Lead

40 Incomplete applications

36 SME, 4 large

43 Completed applications

38 SME, 5 large

Important dates

Wednesday 3 June 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 5 June 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Programme manager
Summary of the work
Information gathering -mapping and understanding ‘as is’ technologies in RBKC and WCC. Technical subject matter expertise, leadership and knowledge transfer in the key technologies supporting the team and third parties with the migration of on-premise applications to the Azure cloud. Managing delivery of migration plan with CSP.
Latest start date
Monday 6 July 2020
Expected contract length
18 months
Organisation the work is for
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea /Westminster City Council
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The in-house infrastructure team, a CSP supplier, other third-party suppliers and key organisation stakeholder.
What the specialist will work on
Management of CSP to ensure to time and cost delivery, change management within the in-house infrastructure team.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street and Westminster City Hall, Victoria Street, London.
Working arrangements
Initially days a week 9am -5pm
Security clearance

Additional information

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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Adopt user-centred and agile approaches, consistent with the Government Digital Service Standards
  • Experience designing and implementing secure, resilient, highly available configurations of infrastructure components
  • Experience/knowledge of automation of cloud deployments and developing infrastructure as code using terraform
  • Experience of introducing Network and Application security architectural frameworks within physical and virtual/cloud environments
  • Experience of cloud migrations for large microservice architectures, incorporating/introducing best security practice
  • Experience of delivering cloud migration using various cloud technologies.
  • Experience of working with technical cloud delivery partners
  • Experience of supporting internal technical teams through cloud adoption, cloud delivery and management
  • Understand how to meet the needs of a range of users undertaking a breadth of journeys, ensuring the user ‘gets it right first time’.
  • Experience of delivering quickly to challenging timelines
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate at least 2 years’ experience of knowledge and use of Government Design Standards and principles or similar
  • Demonstrate at least 2 years’ experience of working with a Local Authority on a high-profile digital transformational project
  • Detail your Risk, Issue management and reporting approach including but not limited to anticipated risks to delivery and resolution methodology
  • Detail the proposed teams experience and skills and as to how this will relate to and add value to project (align this with your Work History to evidence)
  • Detail and demonstrate your knowledge transfer and off boarding process and how this will ensure continuation of service by the organisation once the Contract ends.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Please provide two examples of similar projects that you have been involved in that demonstrate your ability to respond to and align with the culture of the project
  • Experience of working with clients with low technical expertise
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can you advise if you have a budget to work to?
£80,000 to £100,000
2. If there is an incumbent in the running please?
No Incumbent
3. Please can you confirm are you looking for a Cloud Migration Technical Lead or Programme Manager ?
Cloud Migration Technical Lead
Defining the structure, processes, roles and capabilities of the ‘to be’ Infrastructure Team. Skills analysis of the existing team and supporting upskilling and development and defining and recruiting or sourcing any additional capacity and capability. Implementing the transformation to establish a renewed, fit for purpose Infrastructure team.
Experience leading a significant cloud transformation. Managing, supporting and developing staff through change. Deep and current understanding of the key technologies. Experience of work with suppliers.
4. Who is your CSP?
Procurement to commence soon
5. Is this opportunity for a Programme manager or a Technical Lead, as the title says one thing and the definition of the specialist role is say the other, and the experience required seems to be a mix of the two!?!?
The opportunity is for TECHNICAL LEAD to help support the infrastructure team in cloud adoption.
6. The personality types and skill sets are substantially different such that usually a good candidate for one role would exclude them from the other role. Please can you be clearer!?
Pls see response above
7. Can Council sponsor BPSS?
8. Will you accept SC clearance?
9. We understand that bidding for this opportunity does not preclude us from bidding for any downstream implementation work arising out of this exercise. Please can you confirm?
No, this does not restrict you from bidding for other council opportunities.
10. Can you confirm if the Tech Lead will be deemed insider/outside of IR35?
Outside IR35
11. Can you advise if remote working is applicable, (during current restrictions / after continued lifting of restrictions)?
Remote working during current restriction, but 70% office based when restriction is lifted.
12. Does this position require the Consultant to work onsite or can this position start by working remotely 5 days per week?
Pls see response/earlier response above
13. Can you please advise if bidding for this opportunity would exclude us from bidding for the possible upcoming Cloud Migration opportunity?
No, this is an independent requirement and will have no bearing on further opportunities.