Awarded to Whitetree

Start date: Monday 2 November 2020
Value: £30,000
Company size: SME
Department for Transport, Rail Analysis division

Business Analyst working on the New Passenger Demand Forecasting System Development

16 Incomplete applications

13 SME, 3 large

24 Completed applications

21 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Published
Monday 24 August 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 31 August 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 7 September 2020 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Business analyst
Summary of the work
The winning BA will be required to:
• Help write the specification and procurement forms for the modules of the new system
• ensure solutions meet business needs and requirements
Latest start date
Monday 12 October 2020
Expected contract length
Location
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Department for Transport, Rail Analysis division
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
DfT:
Project Leader, Technical project manager, Digital Architect, Data Scientist, Rail Modelling Team, MOIRA 2.2 working group, Network Rail
What the specialist will work on
DfT aim to develop a new Passenger Demand Forecasting Model that will replace MOIRA 2.2.

The Business Analyst will help write the procurement and specification forms to develop a number of modules for the new rail demand forecasting model. They will take on an advisory role in:

• Evaluating the tenders for the different modules of the new system.
• Ensuring the solutions meet the project objectives and needs.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Usually @ Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR.
Working arrangements
The supplier would be expected to engage closely with the rail modelling team, as well as external stakeholders on a frequent basis to fully meet the requirements. The supplier will be aligned to DfT working arrangements and provide timesheets describing the work done
Security clearance
SC security clearance will be required

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
  • Experience of being familiar with Government IT procurement exercises and be able to produce procurement documents
  • Experience of having significant knowledge of software development, programming languages and technology.
  • Experience of being able to understand business requirements and to then translate and action to a IT technological output.
  • Experience where they have proven to have the ability to talk to internal and external teams to outline expectations and work within timelines leading to successful outcomes
  • Experience where they have taken responsibility for the creation of test cases, create traceability records from test cases back to requirements.
  • Experience in writing acceptance criteria, carrying out acceptance testing to validate technical designs and developments.
  • Experience of understanding how to ensure that teams are using the right tools and methodologies and promote their use.
  • Experience of working on complex projects with multiple interdependencies.
  • Experience of encouraging business teams to make difficult decisions, leading and influencing discussions to drive change forward
  • Experience of working in an environment that handles sensitive data.
  • Experience of being able to investigative work into problems and opportunities in existing and new services, create recommendations for service improvements, analyse large amounts of complex information producing solutions
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience in creating transport models through software development
  • Experience of working with Government
  • • BCS Diploma in Business Analysis

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
5
Cultural fit criteria
  • • Experience of sharing approach, knowledge and skills with other team members and with the department by example (5%)
  • • Experience of transparent and collaborative decision making (5%)
  • • Experience of taking responsibility for their work and resolving problems effectively (5%)
  • • Experience of sharing approach, knowledge and skills with other team members and with the department by example (5%)
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

50%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

30%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent
No
2. What is the contract length?
Up to 6 months
3. Is there an incumbent
No
4. Please could you confirm the maximum day rate available?
£850
5. Could you enclose the length of contract and overall budget for the role please?
6 month contract. £30k maximum budget for the role
6. Will you be able to sponsor SC clearance for the right candidate?
No. DfT will not sponsor SC clearance
7. Are you willing to put the right specialist through the security clearance process?
No. DfT will not sponsor SC clearance. The specialist should have or arrange to get SC security clearance
8. Would you sponsor candidates who currently do not have security clearances?
DfT will not sponsor SC clearance
9. Is SC mandatory requirement or BPSS will do
The right candidate should have or arrange to get SC clearance.
10. What's the maximum rate for this role
£850
11. Hello, you've stated the maximum day rate available is £850, but the budget overall is £30k which equates to £250 per day. Is this role part time?
The role is part time. The working pattern will be agreed between DfT and the specialist. It will be for up to 6 months and have an overall budget of £30k
12. Could you please clarify duration and budget? You indicate 6 months with a max budget of £30,000, this would equate to £250 per day assuming 120 days, is this your intention? Thanks
The role is part time. The working pattern will be agreed between DfT and the specialist. It will be for up to 6 months and have an overall budget of £30k
13. Is SC clearance required before starting the role or you maybe willing to sponsor the candidate?
No, DfT will not support the SC Clearance process
14. just for clarification, if you have a £30,000 budget for 6 months this equates to £250 per day. Is that correct?
The role is part time. The working pattern will be agreed between DfT and the specialist. It will be for up to 6 months and have an overall budget of £30k
15. In one of the earlier question, you have mentioned 6 month contract, £30K budget, doesn't seems to be right. In another question, you have mentioned £850 is the maximum day rate, if we take 120 days in 6 months, then either £30K figure is not right or £850 per day is not right, can you please clarify?
The role is part time. The working pattern will be agreed between DfT and the specialist. It will be for up to 6 months and have an overall budget of £30k
16. You've mentioned £850 as the maximum daily rate, but then said the budget available is £30k over 6 months. This would mean the stated £850 a day isn't feasible unless the position is expected to be part time or only a few months in duration. Please could you clarify?
The role is part time. The working pattern will be agreed between DfT and the specialist. It will be for up to 6 months and have an overall budget of £30k
17. Is this a part-time contract given the rate is £850 per day with the budget 30K?
The role is part time. The working pattern will be agreed between DfT and the specialist. It will be for up to 6 months and have an overall budget of £30k
18. Based on a 6 month contract (20days pm) – the £30k budget only equates to £250pd? Please can you confirm if this is correct
The role is part time. The working pattern will be agreed between DfT and the specialist. It will be for up to 6 months and have an overall budget of £30k
19. Could you please provide the role titles of the evaluation panel members?
All of the evaluation panel are Rail Modelling Advisors.

More specifically:
Rail Modellers
Head of Rail Modelling
Head of Guidance for Rail Forecasting and Appraisal
20. Is this role inside or outside of IR35?
This role is outside of IR35