Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency

PS/16/242 - Software Engineer

Incomplete applications

0
Incomplete applications

Completed applications

14
Completed applications
11 SME, 3 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 28 November 2016
Deadline for asking questions Monday 5 December 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 12 December 2016 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Summary of the work The Senior Software Engineers are lead within one of the Applications Support teams, which undertakes the support and maintenance of DVLA’s applications both internal and public/customer facing.

The software engineers will work as part of a flexible software delivery team working in a variety of styles, including Agile.
Latest start date 16/01/2017
Expected contract length 24 months
Location Wales
Organisation the work is for Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Budget range Maximum £600 day rate (plus T&S where applicable)

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done In line with government policy, the Agency has set out to transform its ICT estate to a digital, cloud hosted, open source, multi-supplier environment within a cloud-hosted environment to deliver a transformed ICT estate and reduce total cost of ownership.
This request is to support the DVLA pipeline of work providing Software Engineer resource as a service that will supplement the existing DVLA resources.
Problem to be solved In order to support the pipeline of work the level of in house expert knowledge needs to be supplemented in order to continue support the delivery of the pipeline and enablement of the in-house team.

The initial commitment is for 8 Software Engineer resources to be provided preferably by 3rd January but no later than the 16th January.

The contract will also be able to provision for a further 12 resources over the life of the contract to be provided as and when required.
Who the users are and what they need to do Multiple both internal and external customers.

The resources will be required to supplement the existing Software Engineering community staff.

The Senior Software Engineers are lead developers within one of the Applications Support teams, which undertakes the support and maintenance of DVLA’s applications both internal and public/customer facing.

The software engineers will work as part of a flexible software delivery team working in a variety of styles, including Agile.

Each call off will be supported by a predefined Statement of Work which will define individuals outcomes and success criteria.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team A team of in-house Software Engineers exist. This resource will bolster current skills on an as needed basis with an initial commitment for 8 resources to be provided preferably by 3rd January but no later than the 16th January.

The contract will also be able to provision for a further 12 resources over the life of the contract to be provided as and when required.
Current phase Beta

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place DVLA
Longview Road
Morriston
Swansea
SA6 7JL
Working arrangements 5 days a week

To be available on rota basis to undertake out of hours activities and provide on call cover to support the service
Security clearance Must have valid SC Clearance and be able to evidence.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions T&S charges only apply for staff that commute over a 75 mile journey in each direction. This is based on the distance that would be reasonable to expect a person to commute to the principal location(s). T&S is only applicable at the following maximum rates (excluding VAT): i. For T&S including travel but no overnight stay: Suppliers plain day rate plus £45.00. ii. For T&S including overnight stay: Suppliers plain day rate plus £90.00.

Suppliers will need to be available for telephone interviews between 28th-30th December.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Substantial experience in software development using both recognised and/or specialist programming languages and technologies, including Java
  • Input into Major Incident and Problem Management processes
  • Mentoring junior developers
  • System support (working day, weekends and on-call), including transitioning into support from project phase
  • Able to demonstrate the competencies to rapidly acquire the skills in another development language.
  • Continuous Improvement and defect fixes.
Nice-to-have skills and experience Experience of working within an agile system development methodology

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 10
Proposal criteria
  • Approach and methodology
  • How the approach or solution meets user needs
  • How the approach or solution meets your organisation’s policy or goal
Cultural fit criteria
  • Experience of working with Agile teams
  • Experience of raising issues and driving change
  • Ability to encourage efficient communication and continuous improvement
  • Supporting enablement of in-house development capabilities, engaging with staff and creating an environment of knowledge sharing
Payment approach Time and materials
Assessment methods Written proposal
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. The title seems to indicate this as a specialist opportunity. Could you please clarify? This is an outcome requirement for 8 software engineer resources. The contract will also be able to provision for a further 12 resources over the life of the contract as and when required.
2. Telephone Interviews: Please note: Telephone Interviews will be undertaken between 28th December 2016 to 6th January 2017.
3. You have mentioned about Java platform. Will you need people from Microsoft technology stack? For this particular requirement it is Java only
4. How many resources can each supplier submit? Can we submit only 1 resource? The requirement is for an outcome, meaning the selected supplier will be expected to provide all 8 software developers with the provision for a further 12 resources.