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The deadline was Tuesday 19 October 2021
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP Digital)

Practitioner - Senior Dev Ops Engineer

9 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 2 large

6 Completed applications

6 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Tuesday 12 October 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 14 October 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 19 October 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
The specialist will need to be a highly experienced (Practitioner level) Senior Dev Ops Engineer. Managing day to day support, technical leadership and guidance, creating a DevOps culture and implementing automation best practices. Upholding DWP values and working within Government Digital Standards.
Latest start date
Monday 15 November 2021
Expected contract length
6 months with an optional extension period of up to 6 weeks.
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP Digital)
Maximum day rate
Up to £675 per day. Standard 8 hour working day, includes expenses to base location agreed with DWP. This role is Inside IR35.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will work with the existing DWP BPS Technical Service Environment team.
What the specialist will work on
Senior Lead a DevOps Engineering team providing support, technical leadership and guidance, creating a DevOps culture and implementing automation best practices. This will include coaching, mentoring and supporting your team, taking responsibility for their decision-making and their professional development.
Responsible for large blocks of work, employees in varied disciplines and with a wide span of leadership, breaking down user stories into tasks.
Design and manage the tactics for building reusable libraries, templates and services and own the development of medium-long term strategies for product lines within your Functional and Professional Communities.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
North East - Longbenton, Newcastle. North West - Peel Park, Blackpool.
Working arrangements
Specialist will work 5 working days per week remotely until further notice. The specialist will be required to be online between the hours of 8:00AM - 17:00PM.
Security clearance
All suppliers must BPSS cleared and On-Shore.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
It is essential that the Department (DWP) holds copies of and rights to all source code developed and accompanying intellectual property rights to the code to develop further or make changes as it sees fit.

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
  • Demonstrate experience of working in a large scale organisation and/or Government or Public Sector within dev ops area especially AWS utilising various tools and packages such as Ansible, Puppet
  • 3+ years in a practical DevOps role
  • Expert level AWS infrastructure build and operate experience
  • Demonstrable experience building secure solutions AWS
  • Experience building secure solutions using Hashicorp tooling: Terraform
  • Can demonstrate practical experience with RedHat Linux
  • Experience of managing infrastructure as code, catering for multiple environment differences, using Puppet, Ansible
  • Demonstrable experience of using configuration management in team environments (eg, git, GitLab)
  • Demonstrable experience delivering CI/CD pipelines
  • Able to demonstrate mentoring colleagues in automation, security, and reliability, within a DevOps context
  • Can demonstrate a firm grasp of DevOps and Agile methodologies
  • Experience of managing infrastructure as code, catering for multiple environment differences
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrable experience of Red Hat Linux System Administration
  • Worked in an Agile driven environment
  • Able to demonstrate they have worked in regulated and controlled government environments

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work well as the lead of a team and keep the team motivated to perform well
  • Transfer knowledge gained through the team and be willing to share experiences across the wider department
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Is accountable and takes responsibility for their work
  • Can work with colleagues with little or no technical knowledge
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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