Awarded to CODESURE LIMITED

Start date: Monday 2 August 2021
Value: £143,000
Company size: SME
Ministry of Defence, Defence Business Services

PHP Developer for MOD Apply for a Deceased Person's Military Record Service

10 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 1 large

8 Completed applications

8 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Published
Friday 11 June 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 18 June 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 25 June 2021 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Developer
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work
MOD DBS seeks a developer for the Apply for a Deceased Person's Military Record project. The developer will interactively develop the application through public beta phase to live and maintain the integration of gov.uk/pay and gov.uk/notify services to Government Digital Service standards and practice.
Latest start date
Monday 19 July 2021
Expected contract length
220 days over a 12 month period with optional 55 day extension if needed.
Location
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence, Defence Business Services
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Not undertaken
Who the specialist will work with
The developer will support the service manager to ensure that MOD meets its business objectives for enhancing access to historic military service records via www.gov.uk

The developer will join a team which includes Service Manager, Delivery Manager, Technical Architect, User Researcher and Performance Analyst.

The developer will be expected to work with Subject matter experts from MOD Disclosure Branches, Policy Leads and members of the public including key user groups for example, genealogists.
What the specialist will work on
The MOD is seeking a PHP Developer as part of a project team improving access to historic service records via www.gov.uk. The developer is required to iteratively develop the application through the public beta stage and ensure readiness for live service (compliance with Government Digital Service Standard and Government Technology Code of practice required), and maintain the integration of gov.uk/pay and gov.uk/notify services. The developer will need to provide knowledge and skills transfer to DBS staff and work closely with the user researcher on iterative service development based on user needs and stories.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Remote working with travel to Bristol, London or Manchester and other UK locations if needed.
Working arrangements
A typical working day is 9am - 5pm (however working outside of these hours may be required due to business/project need).

The role is based remotely but there may be travel to Bristol, Manchester or London involved or to other regions of the country. Travel expenses outside of the base locations will be covered.
Security clearance
BPSS

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Cabinet Office (CO) Travel and Subsistence policy will apply. All expenses must be pre-agreed between the parties and must comply with the CO 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
  • Experience working alongside a user researcher and technical architect using user centred design practices to ensure user stories and user research are at the heart of product design.
  • Proven ability to design services to meet valid user needs including planning, designing and conducting usability testing of prototypes.
  • Proven experience in use of industry standard web application technologies such as HTML, CSS, Java, Javascript, PHP, Ruby and Python.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication including strong negotiation skills and the ability to influence external partners, suppliers and stakeholders.
  • Proven experience in use of service-based technologies such as SOAP, RESTful APIs, XML messaging and JSON. 6. Experience of working using Agile Methodology.
  • Experience Delivering outputs in line with the Government Digital Service Standard, Government Digital Service Design Manual and Government Technology Code of Practice and assessment process.
  • Experience of deploying and building web applications on Cloud Foundry using buildpacks and the CLI.
  • Experience of developing products to meet the needs of assisted digital users to ensure the service is designed to enable maximum digital take up.
  • Proven experience of iterative product development based on user needs and stories.
  • Proven experience of the ability to share and transfer knowledge and skills to a junior developer to enable their development and learning of industry practice.
  • Proven experience of the ability to share and transfer knowledge and skills to a junior developer to enable them to effectively manage product/s development and maintenance.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Understanding of Government Digital Service design principles.
  • Experience designing services for GOV.UK.
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary agile teams.
  • Experience of developing products to meet the needs of assisted digital users to ensure the service is designed to enable maximum digital take up.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
10
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Experience of successful collaborative working as part of a multi supplier delivery team sharing knowledge within the team.
  • Create and maintain an agile working environment.
  • Take responsibility for their work.
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise.
  • Able to challenge the status quo and use persuasion skills to achieve business buy-in.
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes.
  • Bring agile mindset and principles into practice.
Additional assessment methods
Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent in the role and also Can you please confirm the IR35 status on this piece of work?
There is currently no incumbent in the role.
Off payroll workers rules (IR35) do not apply.
2. Please confirm how many roles you are looking for?
Our requirement is for 1 role.
3. What’s the maximum day rate for this role please?
The day rate should not exceed the framework rates.
4. Is there any existing code in place?
If so, what PHP frameworks are being used?
Yes, there is existing code in place.
We are using the Laravel PHP framework.