Awarded to Interact Consulting Limited

Start date: Thursday 12 November 2020
Value: £400,000
Company size: SME
Home Office Police & Public Protection Technology (PPPT)

C19570 Home Office Police and Public Technology Lead Cloud Architect

9 Incomplete applications

8 SME, 1 large

15 Completed applications

13 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Thursday 24 September 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 28 September 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 1 October 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
A Lead Cloud Architect is required to lead the design and strategy of a critical Commodity Cloud Platform build.
Latest start date
Thursday 12 November 2020
Expected contract length
The initial statement of work will have a six month term. The contract can have a two-year term.
Organisation the work is for
Home Office Police & Public Protection Technology (PPPT)
Maximum day rate
£800. The role is at the SFIA 5 level.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will be working within PPPT as a Lead Architect engaging with the Chief Technology Officer's office on design.

The specialist will need to engage with members of the Law Enforcement Tenants, the existing Police Live Services team and with the programme’s Delivery Partners as necessary.

To deliver some of the design work, external stakeholder engagement should be expected.
What the specialist will work on
The specialist will define the tactical and strategic direction of a critical platform build and tenants’ migration project.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The primary location is the Hendon Datacentre, Aerodrome Road, Colindale London, NW9 5JE.
Other London sites will include Croydon and 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF.

The Specialist will be Home based during Covid 19 restrictions.
Working arrangements
A typical working day is 9am-5pm, however working outside of these hours may be required due to business/project need.

Remote working is acceptable, supported by a Home Office laptop to enable collaboration and sensitive material to be exchanged.

Some meetings can be by conference call, but significant design meetings are expected to be face-to-face at a Home Office location or partner visit. Existing Subject Matter Experts located in Croydon or Hendon will provide most of the information on the architectures and requirements.

The role is outside IR35.
Security clearance
SC or ability to be SC cleared.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Travel expenses are payable for journeys outside the M25 where approved in advance by the customer and in line with Home Office Travel policy (subsistence is not payable).

Day rates will be in line with the Home Office "Project Optimus" requirements.

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
  • Demonstrable experience in technically leading strategic and tactical projects and/or programmes within the past 2 years.
  • Demonstrable expert knowledge of building a platform on Commodity Cloud.
  • Demonstrable experience in architecting Commodity Cloud IaaS and/or PaaS solutions from the ground up within the past 2 years.
  • Demonstrable expert knowledge of Linux, specifically Redhat within the past 2 years.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the following Harshicorp products. Vault, Consul, Terraform within the past 2 years.
  • Demonstrable expert knowledge of DNS and Route53.
  • Demonstrable expert knowledge of specific AWS products. CloudHSM, Transit Gateway, Control Tower, AWS Organization, Service Catalog, Security Hub (or similar).
  • Demonstrable knowledge of F5 and Palo Alto.
  • Designing AWS (or similar) cloud security solution for highly secure national system.
  • Implementing AWS (or similar) cloud security solution.
  • Creating cloud migration designs and migrating client environment.
  • AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional or similar certification.
  • AWS Certified Developer or similar certification.
  • AWS Security Speciality Certified or similar certification.
  • CISSP or working towards certification.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrable experiences working with encryption or data and network traffic.
  • Demonstrable working practice of DevOps tools.
  • Knowledge of Police IT Systems or similar Public Sector systems.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Seek constructive outcomes in discussions.
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver an outcome.
  • Challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress.
  • Make recommendations for decisions and options.
  • Personal management of time within a team to best deliver the scope of work.
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent?
Yes there is an incumbent.
2. Is this in conjunction with or to replace the previously published "Home Office-PPPT Reference Architecture Service"?
This is a totally separate project to the CTO Reference Architecture Service.