Awarded to Volaris Exec Recruitment Ltd

Start date: Monday 10 August 2020
Value: £276,400
Company size: SME
Data Service and Analytics (DSA), Home Office

Principal Developer/ Technical Lead - Law Enforcement and Security for Data Services & Analytics

17 Incomplete applications

17 SME, 0 large

24 Completed applications

23 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Wednesday 17 June 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 24 June 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 1 July 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
A principal developer/ technical lead for a product team developing products and services with operational impact. A leadership role working with senior colleagues to design and build sustainable technical products.

Supporting delivery of an end-to-end process at the core of the Home Office’s duty to keep citizens safe.
Latest start date
Monday 13 July 2020
Expected contract length
Maximum 2 years
Organisation the work is for
Data Service and Analytics (DSA), Home Office
Maximum day rate
£700 excluding VAT

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
A multi-disciplinary agile team including User Researcher, UX designer, Junior developers, data scientists, tester, dev ops, infrastructure, and product managers.
What the specialist will work on
The Principal Developer will be the technical lead as part of a product team and be responsible for working with senior colleagues to design and build technical products. This role requires developed leadership skills and experience leading an engineering team.

Full stack development:
- service for receiving public submissions of Suspicious Activity Reports.
- Existing Search & Visualisation tool.
BAU operations.
Delivery of enhanced features and new functionality.
New feature development.
Deliver technology & architecture change.
Support the build of internal tooling and the application of analytical techniques.
Support junior members of the team

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Work will be carried out from a Home Office location primarily in Croydon and as required and in Suppliers’ offices.
Remote by arrangement & as needed to accommodate current COVID-19 restrictions.
There may be working with other departments.
Working arrangements
The work will require the individual to work within an agile multidisciplinary product team in London. The team will work from the base location as required, Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00. Participation in stand-ups, planning sessions, show & tells and retrospectives as required.

Travel to stakeholder buildings within the M25 area on a regular basis. Additional travel outside of London may be required.

Expenses outside the M25 will be payable in accordance with the Home Office Travel (no Subsistence) policy.
Security clearance
The Software Engineer must be Home Office SC cleared before they can start work.

DV clearance is desirable.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Statements of work will be agreed periodically with the supplier on a fixed price, capped, or T&M basis with agreed deliverables.
Standard DOS framework and call-off terms and conditions.
Expenses outside the M25 will be payable in accordance with the Home Office Travel (no Subsistence) policy.
Adherence to DSA and HO security governance and standards is mandatory.

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
  • Have expertise leading an engineering team and working in a multi-disciplinary agile product team.
  • Have expertise in node.js, React, ANGULAR, typescript
  • Have expertise in Java
  • Have expertise in Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, MongoDB
  • Have expertise in CI/CD Pipelines, especially with Kubernetes
  • Have expertise in Developing applications on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Have experience of the Government Digital Service’s Design Principles and Digital Service Standard
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience in supporting all aspects of user story development including analysis, testing and deployment
  • Experience of supporting live systems.
  • Experience with Graph databases and visualisation, Java Spring framework, SQL
  • Experience with python and data science tooling (scikit-learn, pandas)
  • Experience collaborating with data analysis/science teams

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be able to work collaboratively, promote ideas and work effectively in a multi-supplier environment
  • Be able to provide knowledge-transfer and share best practice
  • Be able to maintain a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Have excellent communication skills, experienced at communicating with staff at all levels of an organisation
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is this appointment deemed outside IR35? Certain statements made in reference to the working location and arrangements would imply supervision, direction and control. If deemed outside IR35, please can you clarify why this appointment meets the criteria to be deemed as such?
The HMRC IR35 online assessment has been undertaken and this role has been deemed outside of IR35.
2. Will you sponsor an SC clearance, and do they need to be DV Clearable? Will any other type of SC Clearance be considered?
The Home Office will sponsor the correct candidate for SC clearance, but the candidate must be SC eligible. This process has a minimum 35 working day timeline associated. All staff must be SC cleared before they start work.

A transfer of SC clearance from different government departments can be undertaken in shorter time frames.

A willingness to undergo DV clearance is desirable, not essential.
3. Is there a current incumbent or preferred supplier for this role?
This is a new role in DSA, transferring responsibility from a team outside of DSA. The successful candidate will be expected to work with the incumbent supplier to ensure successful technical and knowledge transfer. There is no preferred supplier.