The National Archives

Scala Developer for the build of the Transfer Digital Records (TDR) Service

5 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 0 large

0 Completed applications

Important dates

Thursday 18 November 2021
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 25 November 2021 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 2 December 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
Develop and test features in Scala and TypeScript to help users to transfer digital records to TNA. Configure and deploy AWS services following DevOps principles using Terraform to support those features. Review code written by other developers on the team. Support and provide guidance as required for two junior developers.
Latest start date
Tuesday 4 January 2022
Expected contract length
Through to 31st March 2022, with the option to extend up to a further 6 months
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
The National Archives
Maximum day rate
£700 a day

About the work

Early market engagement
The specialist will work with the ‘Transfer Digital Records’ product team. The team are building a product which will enable the secure transfer of selected born digital public records to The National Archives. The service offers tools for content upload, validation and transfer of ownership to the Archive. The primary users of TDR will be transferring public record bodies and courts.
The TDR team have completed in-house Discovery and Alpha prototyping phases to determine the scope of the proposed service and released in private Beta in July 2021. They are currently over midway in the Beta public build of the product. The product is due to receive court judgments in April 2022 with a public beta release estimated for June 2022.
We require a developer to work on the end-to-end journey of this web based service in order to increase capacity within the team so that the product build remains on track for key milestones.
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will work with the Digital Selection and Transfer Service Owner, joining the ‘Transfer Digital Records’ product team as a Developer. They will work with developers, user researchers, designers, a technical architect, data specialist, delivery manager and product manager to complete the multi-disciplinary team.
What the specialist will work on
The Transfer Digital Records (TDR) product build

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The National Archives, Kew, TW9 4DU; Remote working is possible for this position. Some attendance on site at The National Archives, Kew, London may be required with notice.
Working arrangements
Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm, but flexible working is available by mutual agreement.
Embedded into a multi-disciplinary agile product team with excellent and active collaboration via tools including Teams, Slack, Jira and Git.
Security clearance
Baseline security clearance is required with a willingness to undergo SC clearance at a later date

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 writing code in Scala
  • Strong ability to create and test software so that it is maintainable
  • Experience configuring and deploying to AWS services, using tools like Terraform
  • Knowledge of development and infrastructure to meet modern standards of security, reliability
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience building front-end HTML and JavaScript using a progressive enhancement approach
  • Have experience of working within accessibility standards and best practice
  • Translating complex technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Understanding of GDS principles

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team in an agile development environment
  • Communicate openly, demonstrate progress and discuss findings regularly
  • Be transparent and collaborative
  • Have a no-blame culture and take responsibility for their work
  • Be able to work and make progress independently to deliver work to a deadline
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Does it fall under IR35 ? or it is out of scope of IR35 and can be considered as Outside IR35 ?
We have checked the role requirements (to the best of our knowledge) using the assessment tool found at and the determination for the role(s) as advertised is that the intermediaries legislation does apply to this engagement (in scope for IR35).
2. Is there any incumbent?

The deadline for asking questions about this opportunity was Thursday 25 November 2021.