This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Thursday 25 February 2021
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)

Dstl Command Lab Software Perfomance Analyst

5 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 0 large

4 Completed applications

4 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Published
Thursday 18 February 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 22 February 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 25 February 2021 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Performance analyst
Summary of the work
In-house software developer requirement for Dstl Command Lab. Key task: Complete development of the Distributed Simulation Environment in accordance with the current project software architecture. Key competencies: C++ and C#, networking M&S software using open standards particularly DIS, using mapping engine SDKs and experience with VBS3/CARMENTA SDK as a developer.
Latest start date
Monday 12 April 2021
Expected contract length
12 Months with a possible extension of additional 12 Months
Location
South East England
Organisation the work is for
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Maximum day rate
£660.00 (Maximum Day Rate)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Dstl Core Team will include of Project Technical Partner (Tasker); Project Manager; Project Technical Authority; and Project Lead. The developer will be required to engage with delegates from other MoD projects to understand and identify integration solutions. There is also a requirement to work with the industry suppliers of the various software being utilised and the industry partners supporting the projects that are interested in the Command Lab.
What the specialist will work on
The requirement is for the Dstl project - Command Lab. The goal is to develop a Live, Virtual and Constructive facility that will provide an Underwater to Space Distributed Simulation Environment (DSE) capability to allow Human-In-The-Loop experiments and a Testbed for future UK MoD technology and research projects. This in-house developer role will consist of a collaborative and agile work approach with other MoD projects and Industry Partners. FY 21/22 will mainly include of developing the above water elements of the DSE and integration activities with other projects. Key date: Command Lab FOR Full Operational Capability - Aug 21.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Flexible working environment - When required, developer shall work from Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham and/or a UK MoD establishment in Portsmouth. Otherwise, in general work from home is permitted in agreement with Dstl.
Working arrangements
Agile working pattern - Regular virtual and face-to-face catch-ups with Dstl Core Team; Frequent on-site working when required; Occasional attendance of project related meetings/events on external sites if required. Note: Dstl will not provide any financial support for travel and expenses.
Security clearance
The candidate currently must hold a valid UK Security Clearance (SC) that shall not expire before the end of contract term. Successful candidate shall liaise with Dstl Security for any brief or induction prior to starting the role. Note: Dstl will not organise or provide financial support for personnel clearances.

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
  • Demonstrate the breadth, depth and a track record of technical expertise working with networked Distributed Simulation Environment to generate a complete Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) capability.
  • Demonstrate following technical competencies: C++ and C# programming; VBS3 developer including the plug-ins; Carmenta Engine developer; Build required interface plug-ins/converters; Generate a Distributed Simulation Environment via Distributed Interactive Simulation standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of systems architecture, particularly a network of software and emulators.
  • Use technical expertise to implement the Data Distribution Service (DDS) OMG standard middleware and configure the data flow requirements via this protocol.
  • Demonstrate in their bid a clear technical plan, methodology, evidence based approach and scope of work that would lead to the requirements being achieved.
  • Demonstrate experience in SADM, ODIN and NEREUS from a user's perspective but able to configure external interfaces to network these software.
  • Demonstrate experience in VBS3 and CARMENTA ENGINE SDK from a developer's perspective.
  • Demonstrate previous experience in developing military operator GUIs for decision making HMI experiments.
  • Demonstrate previous experience working in project to network different modelling and simulation software to generate a Distributed Simulation Environment.
  • Demonstrate previous experience working in a project where applications of a P2P Publish/Subsribe style middleware was implemented.
  • Possess basic knowledge and understanding of maritime C2 systems and fundamental TTPs, surface ship sound room and operations room HMIs, and a typical RN warship's Combat Management System.
  • Take responsibility for their work and use tools available in the organisation to record and report the work
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
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • • Work as a team with different elements of the organisation and other external suppliers and stakeholders
  • • Take responsibility to identify technical development work when required.
  • • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • • Capable of providing clear explanations of the work to non-specialist staff.
  • • Have an agile and flexible mindset towards the software development technical work.
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can you please determine whether this opportunity is inside or outside of IR35?
This is an EMR (service) requirement, IR35 does not apply as that only applies to contingent labour (CTWs).
2. Is there a current incumbent for the opportunity?
Yes