Awarded to Thales UK Ltd

Start date: Tuesday 1 March 2022
Value: £350,000
Company size: large
MoD/Royal Navy/Maritime Capability, Trials and Assessment (MCTA), Portsmouth

MCTA TARDIS Developer - 702611451

0 Incomplete applications

2 Completed applications

1 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Published
Tuesday 11 January 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 13 January 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 18 January 2022 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Developer
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
MCTA Weapon Analysis - TARDIS Developer and Service Management Specialist
Latest start date
Tuesday 1 March 2022
Expected contract length
21 months with an option to extend by up to 25% by time, cost or both.
Location
South East England
Organisation the work is for
MoD/Royal Navy/Maritime Capability, Trials and Assessment (MCTA), Portsmouth
Maximum day rate
£775 per service delivery day max (385 days max).

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will be working in the Weapon Evaluation Division making use of various software packages on a dedicated Secret High LAN known as TARDIS to achieve the detailed analysis. There are several customers for these products.
What the specialist will work on
"MCTA require a specialist engineer/software developer to provide bespoke data management/application development services in support of Trials and Reduction Data Information System (TARDIS) and ancillary equipment systems.
Support and development of bespoke software to facilitate current and future Weapon System Assessment through tasking by TARDIS Users.
Provide administration of TARDIS system to include:
Installation/administration/maintenance of bespoke and COTS software packages on TARDIS; installation/administration/control of encryption software and associated cryptographic material, anti-virus software, patches and any necessary software to meet current security guidelines (JSP440)
Conduct low level hardware support to include, to module level, fault diagnosis, repair by replacement and upgrades."

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
All work to be undertaken in the Authority’s offices in Victory Building, HM Naval Base Portsmouth.
Working arrangements
Onsite daily delivering outcomes with the TARDIS processing system and the Weapon Analysis teams. Occasional meetings in Abbey Wood.
Security clearance
SC essential at contract start.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
"In addition to the daily rate, a further £3400 per contract year will be available for Travel & Subsistence outside the Portsmouth area. Any T&S should be agreed in advance by the project manager and will be paid monthly in arrears in accordance with MoD rates.

The following DEFCONs will apply to this requirement -
DEFCON 76 - Contractor's Personnel at Government Establishments
DEFCON 658 - CYBER
DEFCON 659A - Security Matters
DEFCON 703 - Intellectual Property Rights - Vesting in the Authority

The successful contractor must have been awarded ISO 9000, or equivalent"

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
  • Be proficient with MS Visual Basic 6.0 / .NET
  • Be proficient with MS Excel / Word VBA
  • Be proficient with SQL
  • Be able to install, administer and maintain COTS software, third-party bespoke software, and in house bespoke TARDIS software
  • Demonstrate competence to manage all phases of software development life-cycle (planning, requirements, design, code, testing acceptance, trials, installation and through life maintenance)
  • Demonstrate the range of skills to develop applications, maintain the existing code base, assist the User and maintain the operational capability of the TARDIS system
  • Be cognisant of and facilitate the implementation of MoD security Policy Install, administer and maintain encryption software and crypto key management
  • Install, administer and maintain encryption software and crypto key management
  • Install, administer and maintain anti-virus software
  • Install, administer and maintain backup software
  • Fault finding and rectification of defects on Ship's weapon systems based on field reports from the user community
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Have knowledge of RN Weapon Systems
  • Have experience of Project Planning and reporting
  • Have experience of DEC Pascal
  • Have experience of DEC Basic
  • Have experience of DEC Command Language
  • Have experience of JAVA
  • Have experience of Sys Admin for Open VMS

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers. (1%)
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes. (1%)
  • Take responsibility for their work. (1%)
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members. (2%)
  • Can work with customers with low technical expertise. (1%)
  • Consider equality & inclusion in the provision & operation of services, including a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, where relevant and proportionate (4%)
Additional assessment methods
Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Will this be assessed as inside IR35?
It is not expected that IR35 will apply. An assessment will be made after the winning supplier has been selected and assurances are obtained relating to IR35.
2. Is there a Cyber Risk Assessment?
The Cyber Risk Level is very low. Suppliers that are down selected will be required to complete a SAQ.
3. Is there an incumbent supplier in the role?
There is a supplier delivering this service.
4. Would you accept a DV cleared candidate?
Yes
5. How crucial is it that this supplier needs experience in all of the essential fields?
This is a single requirement for one supplier to provide a service across the range of requirements. Suppliers who cannot meet the essential criteria will be unable to meet this requirement.
6. Will there be any performance indicators within the contract
If performance indicators are required, these will be advised following down-selection
7. How will initial tender submissions be evaluated
How will initial tender submissions be evaluated
The Authority reserves the right to consider tenderers non-compliant if their points are below 2 on any essential criteria. Tenderers may also be considered non-compliant if their proposed start date is after the required start date or if their day rate/pricing is above the stated budget. Non-compliant tenderers will be excluded from the competition and their total technical evaluation points will be 0.
Tenderers with the three highest total technical evaluation points from this evaluation will be down selected and invited to take part in stage two.
8. How will final tender submissions be evaluated after initial down selection. Part 1
Technical
In addition to the initial submission, Tenderers will be asked to provide: cultural fit statements max 100 words each.
Each tenderer will be evaluated and re-allocated 0 (Not Met), 1 (Partially Met), 2 (Met) or 3 (Exceeded) against each of the essential and nice to have criteria, based on their initial and final tender submissions. Any additional proposal criteria will also be assessed in this same way.
9. How will final tender submissions be evaluated after initial down selection. Part 2
The points awarded for each criteria will be added together to give the total technical evaluation points. The total points allocated may differ between the initial and final submissions. The total technical points will be divided by the maximum available technical points and multiplied by the technical criteria weighting. This will give the technical score.
(For example, if tender has 30 points, the maximum points available was 35 and the technical weighting is 70, the technical score will be 30/35 = 0.85 x 70 = 60)
10. How will final tender submissions be evaluated after initial down selection. Part 2
Cultural

Tenderers will provide a cultural fit statement to show how they will meet each of the cultural fit criteria. This will include social value, if required.
Each tenderer will be allocated 0 (Not Met), 1 (Partially Met), 2 (Met) or 3 (Exceeded) against their responses to each of the cultural criteria.
11. How will final tender submissions be evaluated after initial down selection. Part 4
The points awarded for each criteria will be added together to form the total cultural evaluation points. The total cultural points will be divided by the maximum available cultural points and multiplied by the cultural criteria weighting. This will give the cultural score.
(For example, if tender has 20 points, the maximum points available was 25 and the cultural weighting is 10, the cultural score will be 20/25 = 0.8 x 10 = 8)
12. How will final tender submissions be evaluated after initial down selection. Part 5
Financial
For specialists, the day rate provided at initial tender submission will be the pricing figure.

The lowest compliant pricing figure will be divided by the tenderers pricing figure and multiplied by the financial criteria weighting. This will give the financial score.
(For example, if the lowest price was £1000, the tenderers price was £2000 and the financial weighting is 20, the financial score will be 1000/2000 + 0.5 x 20 = 10)
13. How will final tender submissions be evaluated after initial down selection. Part 6
Combined
The Authority reserves the right to consider tenderers non-compliant if they score below a 2 on any essential criteria. Tenderers may also be considered non-compliant if their proposed start date is after the required start date or if their day rate is above the stated budget. Non-compliant tenderers will be excluded from the competition and their total evaluation score will be 0.

The tenderer that receives the highest combined technical, cultural and financial scores, from all compliant tender, will be the winning tenderer
14. What format does the work history need to be supplied in?
For this specialist role, the Work History should be a CV.
15. How do we submit CV’s?
The CV's will only be required from suppliers down-selected to the second stage - They will be contacted by email to request the CV's and any additional information that is required.