Start date: Thursday 1 October 1981
Value: £97,222.50
Company size: SME
Cabinet Office

National Underground Asset Register - utilities data and product specialist

3 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 0 large

4 Completed applications

4 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Friday 13 August 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 17 August 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 20 August 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Product manager
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Supply of resource: the off-payroll rules will apply to any workers engaged through a qualifying intermediary, such as their own limited company
Summary of the work
The Geospatial Commission's National Underground Asset Register will soon be entering into the 'build' phase of work to build a production platform. A client-side digital outcomes specialist is required to help develop and implement the NUAR product backlog and data model.
Latest start date
Friday 1 October 2021
Expected contract length
Initial 6 months with option to extend up to a total of 2 years.
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Cabinet Office
Maximum day rate
£765 per day

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
To address the complexities of the programme, the Geospatial Commission plans to lead the work through the creation of a ‘one team’ delivery unit that draws upon existing staff and that of subject matter experts and local government representatives. A commercial supplier is being appointed through a CCS framework to develop the production platform and provide engagement and data transformation services. The supplier appointed under this contract will provide client-side product development and data modelling services. This work will be overseen by the NUAR Head of Product Development, a post within the Civil Service.
What the specialist will work on
The National Underground Asset Register is a government commitment in the National Infrastructure Strategy and will soon be entering the build phase of work. The digital outcomes specialist will:

1. Carry out product owner services; including developing and implementing the NUAR Data Model, product backlog, sprint cycles and will help with data & architectural modelling.
2. Use advance knowledge and experience in the energy, water, telecommunications sectors to inform, refine and implement the product backlog.
3. Embed knowledge and best practice within the NUAR 'One Team' Delivery unit

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The National Underground Asset Register will operate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Geospatial Commission's head office is currently based in London (10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 4PU) with offices soon to open in Bristol and Manchester. The specialist will be required to periodically travel to these offices and elsewhere as required.
Working arrangements
It is expected that the specialist will work 5 days a week (37 hours) with up to one day a week in person as required. Face-to-face meetings may be held in London, Bristol, Manchester or the offices of the appointed development supplier or their supply chain.

Expenses (such as travel) must be authorised in advance.
Security clearance
CTC clearance is required to commence work. The supplier will be required to obtain Security Check clearance within 6 months of commencing work.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
The standard contract terms and conditions will be used.

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
  • Knowledge of and experience working with standards related to the detection, verification and location of underground utility assets
  • Knowledge and experience integrating datasets from across the energy, water, telecommunications sectors and highways and local authorities, utilising existing or emerging standards and models as appropriate.
  • Experience designing and implement data modelling solutions using relational, dimensional, and NoSQL databases
  • Advanced knowledge of existing source database structures across the energy, water, telecommunications sectors and highways and local authorities
  • Advance knowledge of working practices and terminology used across the utilities sector
  • Experience working in the utilities sector; 10 years minimum is expected
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in computer science and / or computer systems engineering
  • Experience developing technical designs and solutions for utility applications
  • Experiencing delivering product and services using Agile, in particular Scrum
  • Experience managing a product backlog, working with external stakeholders, including advance negotiating and expectation management
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Experience working with government departments or local government organisations

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Fully embrace the Cabinet Office values of Trust, Respect & Collaboration
  • Work as a team with our organisation, our partners and supplier(s)
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members and seek out the views of others
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there any Incumbent?
No, there is not an incumbent.
2. Is there a preferred supplier?
We do not have a preferred supplier for this requirement.
3. Is there a current or preferred incumbent for this?
See answer to questions 1 and 2.
4. If there is any then please let us know what are the key pain points?
N/A - there is not a current incumbent.
5. Will you also consider SC eligible candidates and sponsor SC and DV for a candidate?
CTC is required to commence work and SC must be attained within six months. DV is not required. Any costs associated with security clearances should be detailed in submission.
6. Is this requirement inside or outside of IR35?
The requirement is inside IR35.
7. Please can you clarify if the role is Outside/Inside IR35 and whether the maximum rate advertised is inclusive/exclusive of VAT?
See answer to question 6.

The maximum rate advertised is exclusive of VAT.
8. Do you require the successful bidder to have list X status (ability to apply and hold security clearance)? Or will you sponsor the application to obtain SC clearance?
CTC is required to commence work and must be attained by the latest start date - 1 Oct 2021. See question 5 for answer to second question.