Awarded to BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Limited

Start date: Monday 5 July 2021
Value: £460,000
Company size: large
Royal Navy Digital Services (Head of Navy Digital Services)

Technical Chief of Staff for Navy Digital Services

8 Incomplete applications

8 SME, 0 large

3 Completed applications

2 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 18 May 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 20 May 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 25 May 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Summary of the work
A specialist is required by the Royal Navy’s Navy Digital Services organisation to provide high quality advice on a wide range of technical issues, supporting the existing Executive to ensure all Services are delivered to time, budget and quality.
Latest start date
Monday 14 June 2021
Expected contract length
2 years with an option to extend for a further 6 months
South East England
Organisation the work is for
Royal Navy Digital Services (Head of Navy Digital Services)
Maximum day rate
Up to £1150 per day

About the work

Early market engagement
No pre-market engagement has taken place for this role.
Who the specialist will work with
The Specialist will work with the Navy Digital Services Executive team, Navy Digital Services service teams, the Navy Digital Chief Architect, and others as required. The Navy Digital Services ecosystem comprises MoD Crown Servants, Military personnel, DSTL researchers and contractors from a variety of industry partners. The Specialist will have no direct management responsibility, but may be expected to direct resource from both the Authority and Industry partners on occasion with temporary delegated authority provided by Executive mandate.
What the specialist will work on
Defining overarching strategy and vision in collaboration with the Executive and the Navy Digital Chief Architect
Support the Executive in engagements with wider MoD stakeholders such as the CDIO function, CTO function and multiple programme stakeholders
Acting as a conduit between the Navy Digital Services Architecture and Delivery functions to facilitate shared understanding of design, deliverables and milestones.
Identifying, recording and overseeing the resolution of material technical issues that have the potential to frustrate Delivery to time, budget and quality.
Maintaining a Kanban board to enable monitoring of priorities and Delivery by the Executive.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Royal Navy Digital Services, 3rd Floor, Semaphore Tower, HMNB Portsmouth, PO1 3LT
Working arrangements
Your core location will be Semaphore Tower in HMNB Portsmouth. For collaboration purposes with your peer community and also to support roundtable meetings you will be expected to attend site according to tasking as well as working remotely. Occasional travel may be required to other Royal Navy locations. Expenses will be within your daily rate for your regular work location. Additional travel expenses will be available should you need to travel to other sites other than your core location. The Royal Navy also supports flexible working.
Security clearance
The specialist will require MoD DV clearance at contract start. MoD cannot sponsor clearances.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
All expenses must be pre-agreed with the Authority and must comply with the MoD Travel and Subsistence (T&S) Policy.

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
  • Recent experience (<12 months) of working on a UK MoD programme in a senior/leadership role to deliver digital transformation.
  • Broad experience of delivering technical solutions across: Data Engineering, Data Modelling, Data Architecture, DevOps.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the MoD environment and successful delivery within it including knowledge of defence suppliers, technology, processes, finances and relevant standards like JSP440 and JSP604
  • Adeptness in communication of complex technical situations to senior stakeholders/business leaders
  • Adept at identifying the wider impact of technical issues and decision making on the Royal Navy.
  • Skilled in the setting of strategic technical direction.
  • Expertise of delivering within an open architecture. Gartner defines an Open Architecture as a technology infrastructure with specifications that are public as opposed to proprietary.
  • Working knowledge of delivering using agile methodologies within the public sector.
  • Substantive leadership and stakeholder management skills.
  • Proven ability to operate at all levels of business, both within MoD and wider industry, from apprentices to industry bodies, suppliers and board members.
  • A MoD acceptable DV required at contract start. MoD will not sponsor clearances.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of delivery using Scrum methodology on a UK MoD programme
  • Experience of delivery using Kanban methodology on a UK MoD programme
  • Experience of delivering digital, data or cloud services to users
  • Experience of working within the UK Maritime domain

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as part of a team within our organisation and with other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Take responsibility and demonstrate accountability for their work
  • Operate within and promote a no-blame culture that actively encourages stakeholders to learn from mistakes
  • Share knowledge and experience
  • Challenge any practices and behaviours that do not support the culture of Digital Transformation under Navy Digital Services and work constructively to improve them.
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. What is the IR35 status?
It is not expected that IR35 will apply. An assessment will be made after the winning supplier has been selected and dependent on how the propose to provide personnel delivering the services.
2. What is the IR35 status?
It is not expected that IR35 will apply. An assessment will be made after the winning supplier has been selected and how the supplier intends to provide the personnel delivering the service.
3. is there a current incumbent for this opportunity?
There is an incumbent delivering this service.
4. Is there a Cyber Risk Assessment?
The Cyber Risk Level is very low. Suppliers that are down selected will be required to complete a SAQ.
5. Would you accept a DV cleared candidate?
Yes, we would accept a candidate with a DV for this role.
6. How crucial is it that this individual needs experience in all of the essential fields?
This is a single requirement for one specialist and we are therefore looking for an exceptional supplier with a wide range of expertise to deliver outcomes required. Suppliers/candidates will need to provide one example outlining their experience in each essential criteria.
7. How will tenderers be assessed?
Each tenderer will be evaluated and scored 0-3 against responses to essential and nice to have criteria. The tenderers with the three highest total scores will be down selected.

Down selected tenderers will be asked to provide a CV and a cultural response, which will be evaluated and scored 0- 3. They will then be provided with a percentage score for the technical, cultural and financial criteria (relative to their scores in comparison to the maximum available score and their rate in comparison to the lowest offered rate).

The tenderer with the highest combined score will be the winning tenderer.
8. If our Consultant has held previous DV from GCHQ which has lapsed – and has extensive Experience would you consider renewing his DV ?
The specialist will require MoD DV clearance at contract start. MoD cannot sponsor clearances.