Awarded to Calba

Start date: Monday 29 November 2021
Value: £78,000
Company size: SME
Disclosure Scotland

Senior Interaction Designer

5 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 0 large

11 Completed applications

10 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 14 September 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
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’re looking for an experienced Senior Interaction Designer who works with minimal support that can influence and mentor others.

You will design and lead on public and internal services that are accessible to everyone. Integrating Digital Scotland Design Standards. You will lead on the direction of new patterns and standards.
Latest start date
Monday 18 October 2021
Expected contract length
Contract will be let in 6 month increments, up to 23 months.
Organisation the work is for
Disclosure Scotland
Maximum day rate
£600 plus VAT

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.

You’ll work in a multidisciplinary team, alongside user researchers, service designers, business analysts, content designers, product owners, delivery managers and developers to deliver world-class, user-centred services that help the government transform the way it delivers services, so that they are more efficient, simpler, faster and easier to use.
What the specialist will work on
•use best practice/standards to design usable and access interactive services
•work with user researchers to gain a deep understanding of our users
•work with content/service designers to understand/map user journeys, visualise design problems
•identify, propose and evaluate design solutions
•work with multidisciplinary teams in an agile environment
•demonstrate strong knowledge of interaction design best practice
•work with technical roles to promote an outcome-led approach to designing services that considers technical feasibility
•design and validate a range of static/dynamic prototypes to test/ communicate ideas
•confidently design at low and high fidelity, including HTML and CSS
•lead discussions with teams and stakeholders

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
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

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
  • Demonstrable confidence in designing and prototyping at low and high fidelity, including HTML and CSS
  • Demonstrable experience of working in government/public sector and designing to Digital Scotland Service Standards/GDS standards
  • Demonstrable experience of interaction design in cross-functional agile teams
  • Demonstrable ability to work closely with others, including user researchers, service and content designers, front-end developers and product and delivery leads
  • Demonstrable experience of designing, accessible, responsive user interface
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
Cultural fit criteria
Evidence ability to effectively collaborate & engage with DS to deliver this engagement.
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. IR35 Status
This role is outside IR35 - Off-payroll working rules (IR35) do not apply.

If you require a copy of the HM Revenue & Customs status report, please email

n.b. The DOS advert template only has 2 options when publishing that does not fit all role - I have fed this back to Scottish procurement.
2. is there any Incumbent?
No, this is a new role that will work with the existing design team - Service Design, Content Design and User Research as well as with the wider digital team.
3. Please can you confirm when you anticipate the office re-opening and frequency of office visits?
This will affect rate(s) and / candidate options significantly
The office is currently open for essential staff. We anticipated the Digital Team will start to return from Late November. However this is on a as needed basis so will not be full time. Likely to be one day a week or less.
All candidates should be prepared to come into the Pacific Quay, Glasgow office if and when required from Nov 2021. Rates cannot change once submitted via DOS.