Start date: Monday 15 November 2021
Value: £65,568
Company size: SME
Ministry of Defence

Link 16 Modern Crypt Key Operator

1 Incomplete application

1 SME, 0 large

4 Completed applications

4 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Monday 18 October 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 25 October 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 1 November 2021 at 11:59pm GMT


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
CSD L16M EKEY OPERATOR is responsible for; provision of L16 electronic keying material to CSD's cryptographic custodian accounts; Operation of equipment and completion of processes required to enable provision of L16 keymat; Support to CSD and L16 project team to plan and prepare for continued development of CSD L16 support.
Latest start date
Monday 25 October 2021
Expected contract length
Oct - Dec ‘21 with option to extend Jan - Mar ‘22 pending financial approval
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence
Maximum day rate
£820 inclusive of VAT

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplined team. This team consists of Authority Crown Servants, technical resource, and military staff.
What the specialist will work on
1.Conduct processes to enable the provision of L16 keymat.
2.Act as system manager for the LKMS installation
3.Manage incidents and problems with L16 keymat, providing guidance to end users.
4.Ensuring cryptographic material is authorised for issue in liaison with CSD teams.
5.Document processes associated with End-to-End provision of L16 electronic keymat, stored at an appropriate protective marking and updated as required
6.Liaison with sSCs, Controlling Authorities, Key Producers & Users on issues that impact delivery.
7.Input into development of CSD support to L16.
8.Support the CSD Ekey team to operate and maintain systems and equipment for the provision of ekey.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
MOD Corsham, SN13 9NR
Working arrangements
Due to the requirement to access bespoke IT systems and the nature of the work above OS this role will be office based 5 days a week There may be occasion to work outside of normal working hours if operationally urgent. Any leave must be agreed with your line manager.
Security clearance
Evidence of DV security clearance and validity dates for the duration of the contract will be required by the contract start date.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Any Personal Services Company (PSC) candidates will be required to come through an umbrella company.

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
  • Have experience of electronic crypt key (15%)
  • Have a high degree of IT literacy and competency (40%)
  • Have experience using MOD IT (15%)
  • Have broad and practical experience of all aspects of CIS support to operations (5%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Cryptographic Custodian Trained

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be able to work comfortably in a joint environment with a mix of Civil Servant and Military staff (1%)
  • take responsibility for their work (2%)
  • work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers (2%)
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Latest start date is 25/10/21, yet closing date is 1/11/21?
Apologies, we extended the response time. Latest start date is now 08/11/21.
2. Is there a preferred supplier/incumbent?
There is no preferred supplier or incumbent.
3. Can you confirm if this is inside or outside IR35 please?
Off-payroll working rules (IR35) apply
4. Will you accept an SC cleared candidate?
An applicant which is currently SC cleared will be accepted if DV clearance will be achieved by the date of contract award and the clearance will be valid for the length of the contract term.
5. Could the Authority clarify that the percentage mark of 40% for IT Literacy & Competency is correct.
The percentage mark of 40% for IT Literacy & Competency is correct.
6. Noting there are 2 roles advertised, will the Authority take the best candidates forward from all applicants across both Roles 1 and 2?
To maintain fairness and transparency only candidates which apply for the role will be considered. If you wish to be considered for both opportunities please apply for both roles. Opportunity 1 = Link 16 Modern Crypt Key Operator. Opportunity 2 = Link 16 Modern Crypt Key Operator Specialist 2 of 2.