This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Thursday 14 October 2021
Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

IT Tester For Analytical Platform

13 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 2 large

13 Completed applications

13 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Published
Thursday 7 October 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 11 October 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 14 October 2021 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Quality assurance analyst
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work
The candidate is required to carry out testing work on the current platform Cloud Based Analytical System (private cloud) and help migrates testing to the new Azure Platform.
Latest start date
Friday 29 October 2021
Expected contract length
18 month than possibility of 6 months extension after review
Location
London
Organisation the work is for
Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
Maximum day rate
Up to £570

About the work

Early market engagement
None
Who the specialist will work with
The Support team is embedded with the Analytical community and serves other external departments, but all users are Analysts (Statisticians, Economists, Operational Researchers and Social Researchers).
What the specialist will work on
1. Develop & document functional test procedures for new production builds for the analytical platform

2. Develop & document non-functional test of the analytical system.

3. Conduct User Acceptance testing of enhancements and new functionality.

4. Providing assurance of migration of data and application to new platform.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Westminster, London.
Working arrangements
Hybrid working, London Office and working from home.
Security clearance
Willing to undergo Security Clearance (SC).

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
  • Experience of developing functional tests within window & Linux build environments- 12 points
  • Experience of developing non-functional for systems that are based on cloud (public and private) - 12 points
  • Experience of working with users to conduct user acceptance testing. - 12 points
  • Experience of working in cloud environment (both public and private) - 6 points
  • Experience of reporting results and recommendation to senior management - 6 points
  • Experience of working with on-premise and cloud analytical tools such as PowerBi, SAS, SPSS or NHM - 6 points
  • Experience and understanding of how security is applied to government data. – 6 points
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working with government analyst, such as statisticians or economists - 6 point
  • Experience of working with BAU/Support team to help them improve process - 6 points

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Able to work in a small multi-skilled team (less than 10) - 6 points
  • Willing to help develop other colleagues' capability - 3 points
  • Able to communicate complex solutions in a simple manner for non-technical users - 6 points
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

50%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

30%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent currently in this role?
Yes
2. What is the IR35 status
Outside IR35 (Contracted out service)
3. Is SC clearance required before starting the job?
No (however, this will be required after joining)
4. Does the maximum day rate include or exclude VAT?
Excludes VAT
5. What test tools are currently being used?
The tester will use scripts that relate to the infrastructure, such as R, Python, VBA and Powershell. Some of the tools include cucumber and gerkhin.
6. Who from your team will be scoring applications for this opportunity and what positions do they hold?
There will be 3 on the panel – depending on availability. All will be permanent Civil Servant's from the Team.
7. What is the expectation for hybrid working? Is there a requirement to be onsite in London for a minimum 1 day per week or more, or is there flexibility?
Yes the plan is to work in hybrid environment- there is an expectation to be in office at least one day a week.
8. We would envisage a testing service being a better fit to provide the broad scope needed for the project. Would it be possible to start with a test analyst and bring in expertise for the non-functional and data migration assurance parts as and when required?
This procurement is for an individual. The testing, whether functional or non-functional is carried out by the incumbent.
9. Can the incumbent apply for this role?
Yes
10. Can this role be filled by more than one person. For example a test analyst for the User Acceptance testing, a non-functional test specialist for the non-functional testing, and a data migration assurance specialist for the data migration assurance. It is unlikely that a test analyst will have the skills to do the performance (non-functional) testing or the data migration assurance.
This procurement is for an individual. The testing, whether functional or non-functional is carried out by the incumbent.
11. What is the anticipated split of work between office and remote? Is there a minimum number of says the person would be expected to be on-site?
The expectation from our department is to work 2 days at the Office, October forward. The department will adapt to the context of the environment.
12. Non-functional testing is mentioned, which non-functional aspects particularly would you look for the individual to work on e.g. Performance, OAT, accessibility?
All areas
13. As a previous answer says “R, Python, VBA and Powershell. Some of the tools include cucumber and gerkhin” – are you looking more for an automation tester than a general functional tester with some non-functional skills?
We are looking for an all-rounder. We are small team and tester should have multiple skills/experience
14. By what date will a decision be reached and the successful applicant notified?
All within our advertising timescale.