Awarded to Xpertise Recruitment

Start date: Monday 19 October 2020
Value: £60,950
Company size: SME
Ministry of Defence - Defence Equipment & Support

Network Engineer

5 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 0 large

7 Completed applications

6 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 11 August 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 13 August 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 18 August 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
DE&S requires an engineer for the Enterprise Network Service to provide 3rd line support utilising suitably SQEP MOD-DV cleared UK nationals to provide on-site network engineering services across a number of systems. The team reports to the System Operating Authority for day2day prioritisation of tasks according to the Operational tempo.
Latest start date
Wednesday 30 September 2020
Expected contract length
6 months from start date with the possibility to extend for a further 1 months.
West Midlands
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence - Defence Equipment & Support
Maximum day rate
£530 (inclusive of Agency fee)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
"The Enterprise Network Service requires a 3rd line support team comprising of MOD DV cleared UK nationals of suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) to provide on-site network engineering support. Working in conjunction with existing members of a network operations department, the network engineers (NE) are to:
This role will report to the System Operating Authority that manage a number of networks and Information Systems at Secret and Above Secret"
What the specialist will work on
"1. Perform IT Service Management activities for the network, including but not limited to: incident management, problem management, change management, configuration management, knowledge management, and service validation and testing.

2. To be in attendance (at Site A) during normal working hours (NWH).

3. To occasionally work outside of working hours (OWH) to conduct pre-planned change activity.

4. To travel to othe locations to conduct network support. These support tasks may last several days. Not less than 1 in 8 weeks will be spent at other offices."

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
West Midlands
Working arrangements
"5 days a week (excluding Bank Holidays) assumed 230 working days per year
Mon to Fri 08:30 to 17:00
1 x NE from this team is to be on-call OWH. On-call response obligations include:

a. Respond to a phone call within 30 minutes (i.e. answer or return a call and maintain voice communications with on-site personnel thereafter).

b. Attend the main office within 1 hour. This is assumed to be a 1-in-6 rotation amongst the team unless personnel shortages necessitate a higher frequency.

c. Attend any other site within UK within 24 hours."
Security clearance
MOD Developed Vetting - No dual nationals can be considered.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
"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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) (Enterprise)
  • 3-5 years or longer experience supporting complex Campus LAN & WAN networks based on IP cryptography.
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of OSPF
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of EIGRP
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of DMVPN
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of BGP
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of QoS (DSCP)
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of PBR
  • Configuration and administration within a production environment of VSS
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • CCIE (Enterprise Infrastructure)
  • CCNP (Security)
  • CCNP (Collaboration)
  • CCDA (DevNet)
  • CCNA (CyberOps)
  • Python Certified Entry-Level Programmer (PCEP)
  • Cisco: 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.
  • Nexus-OS, Linux OS, Hyper-V, VMWare, logging and analysis tools (e.g. PRTG, Splunk, Solar Winds), Dell networking equipment, Juniper & Cisco firewall equipment.
  • Oracle Communications equipment, VoIP and video teleconferencing, RBAC administration, software defined network (SDN) exposure including SD-WAN, Cisco DNAC and Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE).

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
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
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. is there a current incumbent for this role?
No incumbent.
2. Will the On-call welcome additional standby and/or overtime?
Yes On Call and Over Time will be paid additional rates in line with existing payments.
3. Would it be possible to specify the location of the primary work location, plus the other likely sites the Network Engineer would need to travel to?
The location of the main office and other sites will be clarified at time of interview.
The main office is in the West Midlands with other locations being in the UK.

There will be depending on work commitments, be a requirement for travel when needed.
The cost of which will be covered by the business.
4. Will this role fall outside of IR35?
Yes, the role is outside of IR35
5. If the Candidate is experienced to CCNP level and above but doesn't hold a current certification would they be considered?
The candidate must meet all the requirements of the Essentials which will include certification where stated.
6. What is the IR35 status?
The role is outside of IR35
7. Is there a current incumbent?
There are no incumbents.
8. Is there a current incumbent?
There are no incumbents.
9. Is there an incumbent?
There are no incumbents.
10. Where in the west midlands is the main office based?
Location to be disclosed at time of interview.
11. would you consider SC candidates
The requirement is for MOD DV cleared candidates only. The MOD DV must be held continuously for the length of the contract.
12. The rate for this role is very low, is there room for negotiation on this please?
The rates paid are in line with other similar roles and unfortunately, no room for negotiation.
13. With CCNP (Enterprise) being a fairly new certification would you consider someone with CCNP, providing the other essentials are met?
The CCNP required for the role is ENTERPRISE, formerly known as CCNP - Routing and Switching.
If the the candidate has a CURRENT qualification within this field, then they would be accepted providing all other areas of the essentials are met.