Awarded to Parico Limited

Start date: Monday 7 June 2021
Value: £230,400
Company size: SME
Defence Digital, MOD

Scrum Master

33 Incomplete applications

33 SME, 0 large

15 Completed applications

14 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
Agile coach
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
£700p/d MAX (exclusive of VAT and inclusive of T&S)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Scrum Master 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
The Scrum Master will work within the construct of the Agile Delivery Model to lead and contribute towards delivery of:
Manage the phase scope and timeline
Coordinate sprints, retrospective meetings and daily stand-ups
Coach team members in Agile frameworks
Facilitate internal communication and effective collaboration
Be the point of contact for all communications
Work with product owners to handle backlogs and new requests
Resolve conflicts and remove obstacles that occur
Help teams implement changes effectively
Ensure deliverables are up to quality standards
Guide development teams to higher scrum maturity
Help build a productive environment where team members ‘own’ the product

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 the Authority)
Security clearance
DV, although initially SC (must be held to start role) would be acceptable with the aim to acquire DV once onboarded.

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
  • Experience in a scrum master role (7%)
  • Obtained the Certified Scrum Master qualification (7%)
  • Degree in Computer Science, Business or similar field (7%)
  • Familiarity with software development (2%)
  • Excellent knowledge of Scrum techniques and artefacts (such as definition of done, user stories, automated testing, backlog refinement) (7%)
  • Excellent communication and servant leadership skills (1%)
  • Problem-solving and conflict-resolution ability (1%)
  • Outstanding organizational skills (1%)
  • Agile practices. Coach and lead teams in Agile practices. An advocate of this approach, continuously reflecting and challenging the team. Tailor new ways of working; you are always innovating. (5%)
  • Commercial management. Take responsibility for complex relationships with contracted suppliers. Identify appropriate contractual frameworks and identify appropriate suppliers. Get good value out of contracts and suppliers. (2%)
  • Communication skills. Mediate between people/mend relationships, communicating at all levels. Manage stakeholder expectations/facilitate discussions within constrained timescales. Speak to large audiences inside and outside of government. (5%)
  • Life-cycle perspective. Apply experience throughout the product life cycle. Recognise when to carry on and when to stop. Recognise appropriate deliverables and the right people to meet these. (5%)
  • Maintaining delivery momentum. Optimise the delivery flow of teams. Actively address the most complicated risks and dependencies including where ownership exists outside the team. Identify ways to unblock issues. (5%)
  • Making a process work. Identify/challenge organisational processes. Add value/coach the organisation to inspect and adapt processes. Know how to guide teams through the implementation of a new process. (5%)
  • Planning. Lead a continual planning process in a complex environment. Plan beyond product delivery. Identify dependencies in plans across services/coordinate delivery. Coach teams as the central point of expertise. (3%)
  • Team dynamics/collaboration. Identify team problems and rectify them. Identify issues through health-checks/provoke the right responses. Provide feedback, choosing the right type at the right time, ensuring the decision sticks. (2%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Previous experience working within a defence or intelligence environment
  • Previous experience working within a defensive cyber security environment

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, so technically there is no current incumbent however, this project does supersede a project which had a current incumbent within it.
2. Is there a current incumbent or preferred supplier for this role please?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, so technically there is no current incumbent however, this project does supersede a project which had a current incumbent within it.
3. Is there a current incumbent?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, so technically there is no current incumbent however, this project does supersede a project which had a current incumbent within it.
4. 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, so technically there is no current incumbent however, this project does supersede a project which had a current incumbent within it.

Although Cyber Mission Data is superseding a project which is currently in place, CMD is an entirely new project with a different set of objectives, which warrant the Authority going out to market to ensure that we are getting the most suitable specialists for each role. There were no particular pain points to address.

Inside IR35, off-payroll working rules apply.
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?

Will you also consider SC eligible candidate and sponsor SC and DV for a candidate?
CMD is a new project being stood up, technically there is no current incumbent however, it supersedes a project which had a current incumbent within it. This is a new project with a different set of objectives which warrants the Authority going out to market to ensure they have the most suitable specialists. No particular pain points to address.

SC Clearance must be in place for the start of the contract, this will not be sponsored by the MOD. A candidate with DV in place will be more desirable but the MOD will sponsor DV clearances for the right candidate.
6. Is there an incumbent in the role?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, so technically there is no current incumbent however, this project does supersede a project which had a current incumbent within it.
7. 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, so technically there is no current incumbent however, this project does supersede a project which had a current incumbent within it.

The question in relation to whether it is a Ltd company or a service partner is not understood. Please re-word and re-submit.

Although Cyber Mission Data is superseding a project which is currently in place, CMD is an entirely new project with a different set of objectives, which warrant the Authority going out to market to ensure that we are getting the most suitable specialists for each role.
8. Is there an incumbent suppplier curently providing this role?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, so technically there is no current incumbent however, this project does supersede a project which had a current incumbent within it.
9. In regard to the statement “Off-payroll working rules apply (IR35 in-scope)”, can you confirm if we propose a specialist (worker) who is an existing employee with us, and we are not a PSC (personal service company), then the off-payroll rules will not apply.
If the proposed individual is employed and therefore paying PAYE and NI then the rules do not apply.  If successful the Authority will require  evidence that this statement is true.
10. If our specialist has held SC previously but is not currently undertaking activities that require SC, nor working for the organisation that previously sponsored the SC, is this acceptable?
SC Clearance must be in place for the start of the contract, this will not be sponsored by the MOD. If the specialist’s SC is still valid, then this is acceptable, provided that it can be transferred over.
11. Could we confirm for sure, if its possible to work remotely for this position?
Under the current COVID19 circumstances, this position will be full time remote working, however, as restrictions lift, there will be expectations where this role will require you to work from the office in Corsham on occasions too.
12. Are you happy to cover SC clearance, or would the specialist be accountable?
SC Clearance must be in place for the start of the contract, this will not be sponsored by the MOD.
13. Will MOD sponsor the DV clearance process?
SC Clearance must be in place for the start of the contract, this will not be sponsored by the MOD. A candidate with DV in place will be more desirable but the MOD will sponsor DV clearances for the right candidate.
14. Can I ask if there is a current incumbent for this role?
Cyber Mission Data is a new project being stood up, so technically there is no current incumbent however, this project does supersede a project which had a current incumbent within it.