Awarded to Experis Limited

Start date: Monday 18 October 2021
Value: £96,750
Company size: large
Disclosure Scotland

Technical Architect

16 Incomplete applications

15 SME, 1 large

17 Completed applications

16 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Published
Thursday 29 July 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 5 August 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 12 August 2021 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Technical Architect
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
Disclosure Scotland provides criminal record checking services to individuals and organisations to support safer recruitment and protect vulnerable groups. We are currently undergoing a digital transformation . This is a rare opportunity to help transform the way we provides this critical public service
Latest start date
Monday 6 September 2021
Expected contract length
Contract will be let in 6 month increments, up to 23 months.
Location
Scotland
Organisation the work is for
Disclosure Scotland
Maximum day rate
We expect rates to be submitted in line with current market rates.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The existing team is comprised of contract and Civil Service resources. The specialist will be expected to be embedded into the Digital team as well as working with the other members of the business.

The Architect Team consists of a Lead Technical Architect, a Cloud Architect, an Associate Technical Architect and this role.
What the specialist will work on
• Design new systems, services and technical architectures in collaboration with technical teams
• Produce high-level systems documentation for technical teams to follow, for governance purposes and for accreditation purposes
• Work with technical teams to understand the technical impact of change, the limitations of current systems and the gaps between implemented functionality and desired functionality
• Innovation in creating low-cost, sustainable solutions that yield a low Total Cost of Ownership
• Mentoring and guiding colleagues through Architecture and technical disciplines

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Work remotely for now, when office opens, work will be at the below address and specialist may have to attend this office address as required. It is likely a large proportion of the week will be remote working.

1 Pacific Quay
Glasgow
G51 1DZ
Working arrangements
• The specialist will be working remotely to start. Once the Scottish Government confirms the return to office based working, it is expected we will return to the office on a part time basis/as required.
• The specialist will be expected to attend meetings using MS Teams or once office working resumes, face to face.
• Make use of collaborative tooling (Slack, MS Teams, Miro, Confluence and Jira).
• The specialist will be pro-active
Security clearance
Must have BPSS clearance to begin work and willing to go through SC 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
  • Experience with AWS (in last two years), ideally hands-on, but an ability to follow AWS architectures and technical conversations will be sufficient
  • Experience with one or more of (in last five years): Java, Spring, MySQL, MariaDB
  • Experience with Agile, ideally Scrum or KanBan
  • Fast learner – able to land in the role and be self-sufficient in seeking out stakeholders and understanding the technical landscape
  • Ability to work in complex, changing environments across multiple streams of work, working with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience of mentoring others
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
15
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative whilst working
  • 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
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Be comfortable with working with clients with both high and low technical expertise
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent in the role?
This is an additional role requirement. This role is part of a team consisting of: Lead Technical Architect, a Cloud Architect, an Associate Technical Architect and this role.
2. IR35 Status?
The role is outside IR35.

The DOS system only provides the one option to put on adverts that we can't edit so we have used the HM Revenue determination tool to confirm status.

If you require a copy of the HM Revenue and Customs summary showing this before contract award, please email DS_PMO_Mailbox@disclosurescotland.gov.scot

The DOS system only provides the one option to put on adverts that we can't edit so we have used the HM Revenue determination tool to confirm status.
3. Could you please provide breakdown of further stages with dates? When exactly the final decision would be made?
The advert closes 12th August.
Sift of applications will be 13th to 20th August, notifications issued 20th-23rd August for next stage of chats with leads of area.

These chat will be held w/c 30th August, outcomes by end of that week.

Due to time to get clearance, it is expected that the successful candidate will start 4-5 weeks after this.

If we can speed any of these steps up, we will, it is dependant on the number of applications received.
4. How much on-site time is expected?
Work remotely for now, when office opens, work will be at the below address and specialist may have to attend this office address as required. It is likely a large proportion of the week will be remote working.

It is expected one, possibly twice a week, however, this could change dependant on office spacing which is still being determined.