Awarded to Carbon60 Limited

Start date: Monday 4 January 2021
Value: £51,200
Company size: large
Royal Navy - MoD

Royal Navy Digital Development Facility (DDF) Digital Outcomes Technical Delivery

3 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 0 large

2 Completed applications

1 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Monday 16 November 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 23 November 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Technical SME support for a programme of C4ISR, technical, and operational SMEs, across a spectrum of digital programmes and projects delivering digital outcomes that enable current and future information based capabilities supporting Navy Command Information, MoD and HMG defence and national security outputs.
Latest start date
Monday 4 January 2021
Expected contract length
3 months
South East England
Organisation the work is for
Royal Navy - MoD
Maximum day rate
A maximum of £800 per day, based on 7.5 hours per day, 30 hours per week (4 days), for the duration of the contract; flexible working. There will be no overtime available.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The DDF will be tasked by Navy Digital, will support MCSU and will liaise with several RN operational groups including Carrier Strike Force, Amphibious Task Group, and maritime platforms delivering outcomes under the guidance of the Navy Digital Capability Development Head.
What the specialist will work on
"Support the DDF programme with technical SME of command and control Functional Area Services (FAS) applications.'

Deliver core DDF Functions:
1. Educate and inform users in support of CSG21 deployment in the best ways of working in using C2 Apps in an interoperable coalition.
2. Innovate and develop tools and data sets to improve the information advantage of the RN.
3. Produce knowledge articles including configuration guides, 'how-to' wikis, work-arounds and user guides for the C2 apps and their integration to systems. "

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Whale Island, Portsmouth, and MCSU at Portsdown Technology Park, with a relatively small amount of travel within the UK
Working arrangements
"The C4ISR Tech Lead will be supporting the Team Leader working in a team with stakeholders from within the RN operational staffs, MoD, and other government departments to deliver capability outcomes in support DDF tasks.
There will be approx. 2 days per week working in office, the rest working flexibly.  Planning work will be via a MODNET laptop, to be supplied, and can be conducted remotely using collaborative working. There will be some visits to battle staffs and maritime platforms to deliver outcomes in situ.  These may be in the Portsmouth, Plymouth and Faslane areas."
Security clearance
SC is essential and DV desirable.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
In addition to the day rate, an additional £1K is available for T&S in line with current MoD rates. Foreign travel is included in this but prior authorisation is required from the Authority in advance of booking (committing)

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 delivering C4ISR/ICT digital programmes and projects in a complex maritime environment.
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of FAS applications provided by NCIA and other vendors such as Northrop Grumman.
  • Experience as an Enterprise Architect designing and endorsing digital and information solutions using current and next generation technology and resources.
  • Experience of delivering intermediate level designs (ILD) for digital and cloud C4ISR solutions ensuring that all relevant lines of development are considered.
  • Experienced in application of MoD standards for ICT, information security, digital design, delivery, compliance, safety, maritime integration and operations.
  • Ability to understand complex digital and information based issues and provide options for resolution across a multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Experience in an instructional or mentoring role
  • Experience of programme management of complex software change activities at the Department level.
  • Knowledge of Windows, Linux, Unix and other servers solutions as well as virtualisation using vSphere and Hyper-V.
  • Knowledge of Maritime Platforms and systems such as Combat System Highway and the integration of those systems to sensors and transmitters, the data flow and information exchange.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience with in-service maritime digital command system solutions, system engineering and system integration.
  • Experience in all variants of in-service maritime command system digital data link technologies and solutions.
  • Experience with NATO data link information exchange protocols.
  • Experience developing and defining digital and cloud-based requirements to enable naval and maritime outcomes.
  • Experience managing teams delivering digital maritime engineering outcomes as head of department with charge responsibility in a complex sea-going or similar role.
  • Experience in maritime information exchange requirements and the information flow

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and with other government organisations
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Can work with customers with low technical expertise
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team on a daily basis
  • Able to make decisions in an informed and confident manner
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. How will you assess the specialists?
A Work History in the form of a CV will be required within 2 working days of being notified that a supplier has been down-selected.
2. Will this be assessed as inside IR35?
Off-payroll working rules (IR35) do not apply.
3. Is there a Cyber Risk Assessment?
The Cyber Risk Level is N/A.
4. Is there an incumbent supplier in the role?
There is an incumbent delivering this portfolio management activity.
5. Would you accept a DV cleared candidate?
Yes, we would accept a candidate with a DV for this role.
6. How crucial is it that this individual needs experience in all of the essential fields?
This is a single requirement for one specialist and we are therefore looking for an exceptional portfolio with a wide range of expertise to deliver outcomes required. Suppliers/candidates will need to provide one example outlining their experience in each essential area.
7. Please can you confirm if there is an incumbent in this role
There is currently no incumbent in this role. This is a new role. Please note the previous answer give at question 4 was incorrect.