Awarded to People Source Consulting Ltd

Start date: Monday 2 November 2020
Value: £60,384
Company size: SME
Ministry of Defence - Defence Digital

RM1043/CCT901 - Pegasus Programme Security Assurance Co-ordinator

6 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 0 large

5 Completed applications

5 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Wednesday 2 September 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 4 September 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 9 September 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Cyber security consultant
Summary of the work
The role is aimed at an experienced Security Assurance Coordinator and involves meeting the requirements of JSP 440, the Defence Manual of Security and ensuring systems meet accreditation standards. Extensive knowledge of Government and Defence Systems is essential.
Latest start date
Saturday 31 October 2020
Expected contract length
5 Months (until 31/03/2021). Possible Optional Extension of 1.25 months (Subject to funding)
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence - Defence Digital
Maximum day rate
£650 ex-VAT per day.
Limit of Liability for T&S is £1,000 ex-VAT.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Civilian, Military and Contractors within the Interoperability Services and Gateways team.
What the specialist will work on
Provide security assurance to the Pegasus Programme as well as wider ISG requirements to transition Pegasus to CDIS. The Security, Service Management, and Directories elements of this SAC requirement will be needed to sustain and support existing live services as well as new capability tasking. The contracted SAC will be required to provide advice and support to the ISG Portfolio and Pegasus Programme Project Managers.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Defence Digital, Building 405, Spur D1, Westwells Road, MOD Corsham, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9NR
Working arrangements
All tasking will take place from MOD Corsham and you are required 5 days a week, the working day is 8 hours to include 30 minutes for lunch. Day visits may be required within the UK. Travel and subsistence will be provided for off-site working at MOD Civilian Rates.
Security clearance
Due to short timescales DV Clearance must be in place prior to contract starting & for the duration, due to the projects the individual is required to work with.
Role is outside of IR35.
Cyber Risk Assessment RAR-UB7F5TJZ
SAL letters to be issued.
There is a current incumbent.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
DEFCONs 658 Cyber & 659 Security.
Crown Patents drafting
Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Contract and for the avoidance of doubt, award of the Contract by the Authority and placement of any contract task under it does not constitute an authorisation by the Crown under Sections 55 and 56 of the Patents Act 1977 or Section 12 of the Registered Designs Act 1949. The Contractor acknowledges... with reference to the acts authorised and the specific intellectual property involved." will apply.

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
  • Extensive experience of providing security assurance with Government and Defence systems, including a good understanding of the Interoperability Services and Gateways department including the Pegasus Programme (40%)
  • Experience in working with international project teams, providing security assurance guidance in support of delivery (20%)
  • Experience of working to the Defence Digital CAPINT Process (20%)
  • Ability to work across multiple project teams whilst maintaining key security assurance outputs (20%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • A flexible, transparent and collaborative approach when making decisions (20%)
  • Experience of working with international partners as part of a Multi-National delivery programme, understanding the political aspects of working in the environment (20%)
  • Ability to integrate and work as part of a team under a one team ethos (20%)
  • Proactive rather than reactive (20%)
  • Highly motivated with experience of the Defence Military and Civilian Cultures and able to work within them (20%)
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
As stated in the advert, there is an incumbent provider.
2. What is the IR35 status?
As stated in the advert, the role is outside IR35.
3. Are you able to advise if the current incumbent will be reapplying please?
The Authority wouldn't have this information until after the bid deadline has closed, so we cannot advise.
4. Role is shown as 5 days per week in Corsham. What are current Covid-19 working arrangements?
Currently the workforce are requested to work from home, with laptops provided. The department is planning a phased return to the Corsham office. Working from Corsham will be required for any discussions that cannot be carried out via MODNet, Skype etc.
5. Can you please clarify the T&S rate quoted? Is this £1,000 ex VAT per day/week/month or for the entire initial 5-month period?
The £1000 ex VAT is for the entire contract period. With current working arrangements, the Authority believes that this will be sufficient for the 5 month period. Currently, no travel is planned for this role for the foreseeable future.
6. Is £650 your total rate including supplier fees or is that the rate you are happy to be paid to the candidate with supplier fees additional?
The maximum £650 day rate is inclusive of all suppliers fees and costs (including T&S) associated with being based at Corsham (when working at Corsham is permitted re. Covid-19).
7. Please share information about "Defence Digital CAPINT" processes.
The Defence Digital CAPINT process is linked to the APM Project Lifecyle process. This follows the APM methodology of Concept, Definition, Development, Handover & Closure. It incorporates the extended project lifecycle including benefits realisation and operational phase and subsequent termination or refresh activity of ICT services.
Within each phase there are stage and gate reviews, either for key decision points to proceed with funding projects or reviewing activity within sub-divided stages to track the process or check against the expected output or outcome.
Throughout the CAPINT lifecycle, security assurance is required to ensure the JSP604 process is adhered too.