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The deadline was Thursday 23 July 2020
Maritime Coastguard Agency

Technical Architect

23 Incomplete applications

23 SME, 0 large

34 Completed applications

33 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Published
Thursday 16 July 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 20 July 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 23 July 2020 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
To provide assistance to HM Coastguard to define their future services landscape (as part of a wider programme team) through desktop research and virtual engagements with stakeholders
Latest start date
Tuesday 1 September 2020
Expected contract length
6 months
Location
South East England
Organisation the work is for
Maritime Coastguard Agency
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Work for the Programme Technical Design Architect (Lead), and with the Programme lead and Programme Business Analyst, whilst consulting with various stakeholders in the Coastguard.
What the specialist will work on
To assist HM Coastguard in defining their future services landscape and supporting technical strategy

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Southampton /Hampshire area
Working arrangements
5 Days a week (Mon – Fri), normal working hours
Security clearance
BPSS Required
SC desirable, will be required to undergo if not held

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Only fixed price proposals will be considered, any other type of pricing will be not be considered and proposals will be considered to be invalid.

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
  • Large scale (organisation wide) business transformation experience - devising and delivering technical strategy
  • Strong consultancy experience
  • Evidence of stakeholder management
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
  • Requirements gathering and documentation skills
  • Experience establishing and documenting baseline, target and gap analysis
  • Business Case experience
  • Demonstrable leadership of significant project, programme or team
  • Strong benefits realisation experience
  • Major Project experience within the Public Sector
  • Datacentre build/move/migration experience
  • Technical data centre Strategy/transformation
  • Technical - Platform/Hosting: Private vs public vs hybrid Cloud
  • Technical - Enterprise Storage
  • Technical - Database Technologies
  • Technical - Security / secure environments and operations experience
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Relevant professional qualifications e.g. Togaf, CISSP, Prince2, ITIL, manufacturer tech qualifications
  • Maritime / Maritime Industry experience
  • Emergency service experience
  • Technical - Network and Communications
  • Project Management experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Being transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Having a no-blame approach and learn from mistakes
  • Taking responsibility for their work
  • Sharing knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Challenging the status quo
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

50%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

30%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
No, this is for a new requirement.
2. Please can you also elaborate more on the expected day rates available here?
Price will be evaluated by assessment of day rate (which includes all elements including expenses) and multiplied by the number of working days to provide the overall total fixed cost for the requirement.

• Only pricing for the combined top 3 ranked suppliers for Technical Competence and Cultural Fit will be assessed – all other suppliers will not be considered further for the procurement
• For qualifying bids, pricing scores will be calculated as follows: Lowest Price divided by supplier’s bid price, multiplied by weighting
3. How should we include the "fixed price proposal" in our bid?
Should we still put the day rate in as normal and then include the overall price in our responses?
Yes, Price will be evaluated by assessment of day rate (which includes all elements including expenses) and multiplied by the number of working days to provide the overall total fixed cost for the requirement
4. Can you give anymore detail about the project the specialist will be working on?
Assist to define HMCG future services landscape through desktop research and virtual stakeholder engagements.
• Comparing, technical elements, including data centres, of Coastguard functions with other operations.
• Presenting findings and recommendations from technology horizon scanning .
• Contributing to the establishment of a future vision and strategy for HMCG including the development of business transformation artefacts.
• Reviewing the Technical Audit findings and recommendations and advise on the impacts to HMCG realisation.
• Contributing to the development of a subsequent programme plan and high level requirements of any required programme of work and business case development.
5. What is the budget?
he budget for this should not exceed £102k . Noting qualifying bids, pricing scores will be calculated as follows: Lowest Price divided by supplier’s bid price, multiplied by weighting
6. Can you confirm the panel please?
The panel will consist of the following :
Programme Director
Programme Manager
Lead Technical Authority Representative
Head of Procurement
7. Please can you confirm day rate or total cost for 6 months project (130 days)
Price will be evaluated by assessment of day rate (which includes all elements including expenses) and multiplied by the number of working days to provide the overall total fixed cost for the requirement

Bidders should base the requirement on a 6 month (120 working days) basis.
8. Will this role be outside IR35?
Yes
9. Will the specialist be able to work remotely for the duration of the contract?
Currently the majority of MCA staff are working remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.However, overall the role should be seen as Southampton based with some flexible/remote working.
10. Only fixed price proposals will be considered, any other type of pricing will be not be considered and proposals will be considered to be invalid.
We would charge a day rate for specialists and so we read this as you would like us to propose a fixed fee for the entire 6 months.
Is this the case? Or, do you mean a fixed day rate?
Yes, Price will be evaluated by assessment of day rate (which includes all elements including expenses) and multiplied by 120 working days to provide the overall total fixed cost for the requirement
11. What department will the consultant be working within?
The project and the role sits within the 'Commercial' Directorate of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
12. What department will the consultant be working within?
The project and the role sits within the 'Commercial' Directorate of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
13. Are you able to define the scope for the required strategy and roadmap a little more please?
Is this everything from Datacentre / Hosting Strategy all the way through to End User Devices / User experience or a specifc sub-section of this?
What kind of time frame do you expect the 'vision' to encompass?
The purpose of this requirement is to undertake, identify and define the strategy and scope of the blue light data centres.
14. Is there an existing Business Strategy or Vision that you are developing the Technology Roadmap to support / enable?
The purpose of this requirement is to undertake, identify and define the strategy and scope of the blue light data centres.
15. Are you seeking a single consultant to provide this work or a team of specialists capable of collectively providing subject matter expertise in all technical areas required with a prime/single point of contact to manage the work and the engagement?
MCA were looking for an individual specialist.