Awarded to ABRAXOR LTD

Start date: Sunday 1 May 2022
Value: £348,833
Company size: SME
Disclosure Scotland

Dev Ops Engineer 2

5 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 0 large

14 Completed applications

13 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 8 February 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 10 February 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 15 February 2022 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
Come join a team focused on building a cloud based platform.
DS's work is vital to safeguarding Scotland’s children and vulnerable adults. We are embarking on a challenging programme of delivering a system capable of implementing the new Disclosure (Scotland) Act 2020, as well as continuously improving the existing system.
Latest start date
Monday 4 April 2022
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
£700 plus VAT (Including any agency fees)

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.
What the specialist will work on
-Working with delivery teams, design & implement high-level technical requirements in a reliable, scalable, secure and performant way.
-Contributing expertise on information system options, risk, and operational impact.
-Able to communicate technical solutions (verbally and written) to audiences of varying technical skillsets.
-Provide coaching and mentoring to junior colleagues.
-Ensure due technical consideration is given to make processes repeatable, scalable and secure.
-Have deep technical knowledge and experience in DevOps environments, providing support to delivery teams, solving complex problems.
-Overseeing routine maintenance procedures.
-Documenting processes.
-Monitoring performance metrics.
-Conforming to best practices in cloud based (AWS) network administration and cybersecurity.

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. 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 or SC Clearance to begin work. Must be willing to go through SC clearance if not already in place.

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
  • 5+ years in a hands-on platform engineer / devops role working at a senior level
  • Expert level Kubernetes infrastructure build and operate experience
  • Demonstrable experience building secure solutions on Kubernetes at scale, ideally using AWS EKS
  • Ability to contribute to architecture roadmap for business area through leading and participating in Proof Of Concept (POC)/prototyping initiatives
  • Experience implementing CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience designing, documenting and presenting secure solutions to stakeholders
  • Experience implementing service mesh technologies (Istio)
  • Experience building secure solutions using Hashicorp Terraform
  • Worked in a GitOps-driven environment
  • Able to provide ongoing and appropriate mentorship for DevOps Engineers
  • Be eligible for SC level Security Clearance
  • Provide a CV for the candidate being submitted to before the closing date. Please ensure the name of the agency submitting is at the top of the CV.
  • Significant practical experience and able to evidence detailed technical knowledge of: AWS technologies (Compute, Networking, Security, Organisations, Toolsets), Linux, Containers and container orchestration, Helm, Terraform, Git.
  • Significant practical experience and able to evidence detailed technical knowledge of: managing infrastructure as code, catering for multiple environment differences, Configuration Management, Secrets Management, TLS, mTLS and Authentication technologies.
  • Some experience with: Coding in Python, Interacting with APIs and Production support of Java applications.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Experience with any or all of: Terragrunt, ArgoCD, Ansible

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. There is an existing group of Dev Ops Engineers, this is an addition to that group.
3. Will you accept candidates who are willing to go through SC and will. you support it or you need a SC before starting the role? Please confirm...
It is preferred if they have SC before starting but if not, yes, we will put them through it.

Candidate will need a BPSS clearance before starting in DS as a minimum.
4. Do you need all the questions completed when that’s the point of a CV?
Yes, please complete all questions. Having the answers along with the CV helps us ensure we put the right people through to the next stage.