Awarded to Equal Experts UK Limited

Start date: Thursday 5 January 2017
Value: £94,500
Company size: large

WP1203 WebOps Specialist PaaS

0 Incomplete applications

10 Completed applications

8 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Wednesday 23 November 2016
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 25 November 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 30 November 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Web operations engineer
Summary of the work
The Government PaaS team at GDS require experienced WebOps expertise to provide additional development and operational input to the existing team to deliver an excellent user experience. The requirement includes providing skills transfer to public servants on the team.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
6 months with a 3 month review point
Organisation the work is for
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Multi-disciplinary team, mainly WebOps and back end developers, technical architect, user researchers, product managers, delivery managers, tech author.
What the specialist will work on
Development of the Government PaaS platform including tools. Operational input to the existing team to deliver an excellent user experience. Support of platform including out of hours support of production platform. Providing skills transfer to public servants on the team.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
125 Kingsway, Aviation House, Holborn, London WC2B 6NH
Working arrangements
Monday to Friday based in our office (currently Holborn we will be moving to Aldgate in the next 6 months) starting work by 9.30am, 7.5 hours per day + lunch time. There will be a requirement for team members to participate in the out of hours(OOH) support rota - on average one week in six. The OOH support will be paid separately from the day rate of the winning supplier candidates.
Security clearance
BPSS cleared.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Standard Cabinet Office terms and conditions 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
  • Experience collaborating closely with colleagues in order to meet users’ needs
  • Experience debugging a complex, multi-server service in a high availability production environment. Please give examples.
  • Experience using several languages such as Ruby, Python, Go, and Java within an existing, production codebase
  • Experience of developing/operating a PaaS with Cloudfoundry and BOSH and using in a production environment. Please give examples.
  • Experience of commodity cloud providers such as AWS in a production system. Please give examples.
  • Using Terraform as a configuration management tool in a complex production environment.
  • Experience of setting up and using a continuous delivery and deployment pipeline using Concourse, in a production environment. Please give examples.
  • Experience of deploying Datadog as a monitoring solution. Please give an example.
  • Please give an example of using continuous integration and version control (git, svn, bzr, mercurial) to create an application deployment workflow to a production environment,
  • Evidence/examples of a rigorous approach to software development (TDD, code review, pairing)
  • Experience and ability to develop tooling for automation and provisioning. Please give examples.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Proven interest in DevOps, and infrastructure as code.
  • Experience administering common open source databases like Postgres, MongoDB, Redis etc. in a production environment. Please give examples.
  • Experience supporting a production environment and supporting technical customers/users
  • Experience of working in multiple agile teams, please give examples.
  • Experience of using other CM tools such as such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Salt, in a production environment. Please give examples

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Collaborating closely with colleagues in order to meet users’ needs
  • Has experience of and likes pairing and knowledge sharing
  • Like to work in an agile environment
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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