Awarded to Solirius Consulting

Start date: Tuesday 8 June 2021
Value: £365,750
Company size: SME
Defence Digital, MOD

Senior Data Architect

24 Incomplete applications

20 SME, 4 large

19 Completed applications

18 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Published
Wednesday 10 March 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 12 March 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 17 March 2021 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Technical Architect
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Summary of the work
Cyber Mission Data-Alpha(CMD-A) shall improve the quality of Defence data, through new data structures to enable data exploitation through Machine Learning and Data Science.
CMD-A will facilitate the delivery of new Cyber Insights upon data currently held and identify information to assist decision making whilst saving resource effort through automation.
Latest start date
Tuesday 13 April 2021
Expected contract length
18 months
Location
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Defence Digital, MOD
Maximum day rate
£1300 per day MAX. (exclusive of VAT and Inclusive of T&S)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Senior Data Architect will work within the multi-disciplined Cyber Mission Data Alpha team. This team consists of Authority Crown Servants, current contract supplier technical resource, and separately procured technical resource.
The Cyber Mission Data Alpha team fits within the current construct of the Data as a Service function, which forms part of the wider Defence Cyber Operations.
What the specialist will work on
You will guide the business stakeholders and shape the business data strategy, by creating roadmaps for the delivery of CMD.

You will effectively combine long-term strategic vision with hands-on, practical architecture in the design of solutions for data acquisition, data storage and data exploitation.

You will identify and eliminate gaps in data governance and information management practices, leading to higher data management maturity.

You will possess excellent data modelling skills, to support both operational/business reporting Cyber use cases.

You will analyse system requirements and implement migration methods for existing data through SQL, Oracle, predictive analysis and data visualization techniques.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
MOD Corsham / Working from home.
Working arrangements
5 days per week, either from MOD Corsham or working from home (to be agreed with Authority).
Security clearance
DV, although initially SC (must be held to start role) would be acceptable with the aim to acquire DV once onboarded.
Sole UK nationality is required for this role.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Off-payroll working rules apply (IR35 in-scope)

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
  • Master’s in computer science, Business or similar field (5%)
  • 5+ year’s practitioner experience as a Data Architect (10%)
  • Must have experience of enforcing legal policies and requirements for processing, storing and using data for the purposes of Cyber Defence (5%)
  • Ability to produce High- & Low-Level Diagrams (5%)
  • Experience with cloud based Big Data Tech Stack such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud (3%)
  • Experience of delivering Data Lake Implementations (5%)
  • Experience of leading multi-skilled, geographically distributed teams delivering big data implementations (10%)
  • Previous experience working on Big Data environments (5%)
  • In-depth understanding of database structure principles (10%)
  • Experience gathering and analysing system requirements (3%)
  • Knowledge of data mining and segmentation techniques (2%)
  • Expertise in SQL and Oracle (1%)
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools (1%) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/data-architect
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Previous experience working within a defence or intelligence environment
  • Previous experience working within a defensive cyber security environment
  • Previous experience working on a large scale data system that is geographically separated with constraints such as classifications and sensitivities around sharing data across organisations

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 our organisation and other suppliers (1%)
  • be transparent and collaborative when making decisions (1%)
  • have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes (1%)
  • take responsibility for their work (1%)
  • share knowledge and experience with other team members (1%)
Additional assessment methods
Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

5%

Price

30%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, and this is an entirely new role, so there is no current incumbent.
2. Is there a current incumbent or preferred supplier for this role please?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, and this is an entirely new role, so there is no current incumbent or preferred supplier for this role.
3. Is there an incumbent in the role?
Is it a Ltd company or a service partner?
If incumbent is this a need/desire to replace?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, and this is an entirely new role, so there is no current incumbent.

The question in relation to whether it is a Ltd company or a service partner is not understood. Please re-word and re-submit."
4. Is there an incumbent suppplier curently providing this role?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, and this is an entirely new role, so there is no current incumbent.
5. Is there a current or preferred incumbent for this?
If there is any then please let us know what are the key pain points?
Is this requirement inside or outside of IR35?"
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, and this is an entirely new role, so there is no current incumbent or preferred supplier for this role.

Inside IR35, off-payroll working rules apply.

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6. Is there a current incumbent?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, and this is an entirely new role, so there is no current incumbent.
7. Do consultants need to have to have current SC clearance in-place?
Would the MoD sponsor an SC application for consultant who has previously held SC clearance that has lapsed?
SC Clearance must be in place for the start of the contract.

This will not be sponsored by the MOD.
8. Is there an incumbent currently in place?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, and this is an entirely new role, so there is no current incumbent.