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Sovereign Housing Association

QA service providers

23 Incomplete applications

20 SME, 3 large

11 Completed applications

8 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Monday 12 July 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 19 July 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 26 July 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


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
We are looking for Industry leading Testing and QA service providers to fullfill our testing requirements as mentioned below. The supplier should be having extensive knowledge in working multiple platforms and digitally enabled solutions.

1. Manual Testing
2. Automation Testing
3. Performance\Load Testing
4. Security Testing
5. Test Management
Latest start date
Wednesday 1 September 2021
Expected contract length
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Sovereign Housing Association
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
The requirement for QA service provider partnership is to fulfill our testing and quality assurance resource requirements for various digital products within Sovereign
Problem to be solved
Shortage in skilled Testing resources
Who the users are and what they need to do
As a Test lead I want to ensure we release good quality and validated digital products to our customer so that we provide quality services to our customers
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
The supplier will be working Sovereign's internal product team as well as working with Sovereign's other resourcing partners.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Our company is based in UK. Mostly the work will be done remotely. However we would like to have people onsite as required
Working arrangements
The working arrangements will be flexible as per the project delivery requirements.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

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
  • Manual Testing of digital products
  • Automation testing with wide range of expertise in various automation tools
  • Performance\Load\Stress testing
  • Test management
  • Non-Functional testing
  • Scale up and down as per Soverign's Testing requirements
  • Agile Methodologies
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Global preference
  • CMMI level 4 or above

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Technical Solution
  • Case studies from clients
  • Approach and methodology
  • Competencies
  • Credibility on Testing expertise
Cultural fit criteria
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Excellent communication is essential
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • No blame culture
  • share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Keep trying to make the processes and way of working effective
Payment approach
Time and materials
Additional assessment methods
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. What do you mean by “Global preference”? Is this expertise in having offshore testing capability?
Global presence means do you have offices/resources globally or only based within the UK? We will be looking offshore resourcing however there may be cases we will need resources onsite.
2. Please can you explain in detail what is meant, by ‘Global Preference’?
Global presence means do you have offices/resources globally or only based within the UK? We will be looking offshore resourcing however there may be cases we will need resources onsite.
3. Do you have any idea of numbers of resources that you will need?
Sorry, it would be difficult to say at the moment. We are looking for strategic resourcing partner who can provide us resources as and when we have a requirement for testing and QA. I am afraid I can't give a number now.
4. Will this be on an on-demand basis?
Yes, it will be on-demand basis
5. Will we be competing with offshore suppliers or is the onsite element essential?
Yes, we will need offshore and onsite presence. Majorly offshore however there are chances we need resources onsite.