This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Friday 19 June 2020
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Provision of CA GEN Developer Specialist - PS-20-124

3 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 0 large

9 Completed applications

7 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Published
Friday 12 June 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 16 June 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 19 June 2020 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Developer
Summary of the work
This is a specialist technical development role required to deliver an exceptionally high standard of code in accordance with the DVLAs business requirements.

To undertake development work on the DVLAs central vehicles management system (VSS).

To work on various projects to deliver mandatory legislative changes to the central vehicles system.
Latest start date
Monday 20 July 2020
Expected contract length
2 Years
Location
Wales
Organisation the work is for
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
Maximum day rate
£600.00 per day inclusive of T&S

About the work

Early market engagement
N/A
Who the specialist will work with
Primarily with members of the IT Service Creation teams in the DVLA.
What the specialist will work on
The specialist will be required to undertake development work on the DVLAs central vehicles management system (VSS). The work includes technical analysis, low level design, production and unit testing of code using CA GEN.

The specialist will be allocated to specific projects (including, but not be limited to, changes to Vehicles Excise Duty (VED) schemes) and make technical changes in accordance with business requirements and technical solutions which will be provided by DVLAs business analysts and technical architects.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The work will take place in DVLA offices in Swansea, however, in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak and in line with Government guidance in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, supplier resource allocated under this Call-Off Contract (once awarded) will initially work remotely. At the point where ‘working from home’ restrictions are lifted the supplier resource will be required to work onsite at the DVLAs Swansea offices.

Please note: Supplier resource will initially be required to attend the DVLA site in Swansea, in order to collect the necessary equipment to begin working remotely.
Working arrangements
The nature of the work dictates the location. Access to the necessary tooling is only available onsite.

Standard working week/hours to be managed by the Supplier as they see is appropriate.
Security clearance
Must have current BPSS clearance as a minimum.

All resource will be required to achieve three months residency in the UK in addition to BPSS prior to working with or on behalf of DVLA

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
We currently see this role as sitting outside of IR35, as the candidates would not hold a fixed office position and will not have direct day to day direction or supervision.

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
  • Provide demonstratable evidence of development experience (minimum of 5 years) in CA GEN in a UNIX environment.
  • Provide demonstratable evidence (minimum 2 year) of using SQL with an Oracle (or equivalent) database.
  • Provide demonstratable evidence of experience (minimum of 2 years) of assisting business analysts or business representatives to formalise or clarify requirements.
  • Provide demonstratable evidence of experience (minimum of 3 years) in the production of low level technical designs and documentation.
  • Provide demonstratable evidence of experience (minimum of 3 years) in definition and execution of formal unit tests.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Provide demonstratable evidence of experience (minimum 1 year) of writing UNIX scripts (working knowledge of C and KORN shell scripting)
  • Provide demonstratable evidence of experience (minimum of 1 years) of writing PL/SQL scripts on a UNIX platform.
  • Provide demonstratable evidence (minimum of 1 year) of GEN development on an AIX (IBM) platform.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
10
Cultural fit criteria
  • Provide demonstratable evidence of being able to collaborate effectively with people of all seniorities and job types (minimum of 1 example).
  • Provide demonstratable evidence of engaging with in-house staff and creating an environment of knowledge-sharing (minimum of 1 example).
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

5%

Price

25%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
DVLA can confirm that there is a current incumbent supplier.
2. Is there an incumbent in place for this opportunity please?
If so will the incumbent be applying for the role?
DVLA can confirm that there is a current incumbent supplier that will alongside all other registered Suppliers be welcome to apply for this opportunity via the Digital Marketplace portal.
3. Your Skills/Experience questions stipulate evidencing various minimum lengths of experience. This is very difficult to do within the context of DOS evidence structure i.e

"What the situation was, The work the specialist did, What the results were."
And “You should only provide one example for each essential requirement”

Contractors cannot normally evidence several years’ experience whilst still only referring to one specific example of delivering your asked for skill-set (the important bit).

Is the Authority happy for the Supplier to provide evidence of years’ experience at subsequent sifts, rather than at this 100-word max filter?
Where a minimum number of years’ experience has been stipulated within an evaluation criteria, Bidders are advised to provide their total number of years’ experience as well as a relevant example within their response.
4. Hi, can you tell me if there is an incumbent in play?
DVLA can confirm that there is a current incumbent supplier.
5. Is there an incumbent?
DVLA can confirm that there is a current incumbent supplier.