This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Friday 27 August 2021

Lead DevOps Engineer

11 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 2 large

3 Completed applications

3 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Friday 20 August 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 24 August 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 27 August 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Web operations engineer
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
This is an exciting time for this pivotal role at the MHRA. We are looking for an experienced Lead DevOps Engineer able to manage and build our DevOps platform.
Latest start date
Wednesday 1 September 2021
Expected contract length
6 Months with a possibility to extend
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Maximum day rate
£749/day inside IR35

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Will be reporting to Head of Engineering and working with Top Tier suppliers and internal project manager
What the specialist will work on
• Managing a team of engineers
• Managing integration build and integration testing
• Assist in embedding a DevOps culture in the organisation
• Follow and document good development standards and processes
• Manage DevOps tools such as code repositories and monitoring
• Setup and maintaining environments
• Automation: Building CI/CD pipelines and test automation
• Support of user requests
• Patching and updating systems
• Transform technical requirements into DevOps processes
• Build complex stories without additional support
• Manage live test environments
• Identify and resolve issues preventing delivery
• Produce systems design
• Be user focus

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Mostly from home with ad-hoc occasional office meeting
Working arrangements
Mostly work remotely and will be provided with Agency laptop
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
  • GitHub repository
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • Helm
  • Terraform
  • Ansible
  • Maven
  • NEXUS artefact repositories
  • Code analysis tools - SonarQube
  • Elastic Search
  • Log Stash
  • Kibana
  • Linux
  • Java 6
  • C#
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • GitHub Actions
  • Azure
  • AKS
  • Argo CD
  • Gradle
  • Prometheus
  • Grafana
  • Azure Monitor
  • Cypress
  • Selenium
  • Atlassian Jira Software
  • Visual Basic, PHP scripts, Appian low-code, Mulesoft integrations, JavaScript

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • be inclusive
  • collaborative
  • comfortable to ask questions
  • Being truthful and open
  • Creative self-starter
  • solution focused
  • able to demonstrate initiative
  • effectively deal with requirements ambiguity
  • develop pragmatic software solutions that realise business benefits
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. 27 essential and nice-to-have skills will require a response in the region of 2,700 words in order to apply. From experience, this will deter the best talent available from applying – is there any way this can be shortened ?
Some of these requirements can be grouped together to reduce the number of requirements. To make it easier for searching, we explicitly broke them down to individual pieces. For example, ELK was expanded to the following 3. Elastic Search, Log Stash and Kibana.
2. Please can you confirm the level of clearance required?
BPSS is the minimum requirement. MHRA will also carry out additional checks.
3. Is there a current or preferred incumbent for this? If there is any then please let us know what are the key pain points?
No. N/A.
4. Will you also consider SC eligible candidates and sponsor SC and DV for a candidate?
The MHRA expect BPSS check to be completed before the start date and that this responsibility falls to the party representing the candidate
5. Is this requirement inside or outside of IR35?
Inside IR35
6. The candidate is willing to go through Security clearance. Would the SC clearance be sponsored?
The MHRA expect BPSS check to be completed before the start date and that this responsibility falls to the party representing the candidate