Awarded to People Source Consulting Ltd

Start date: Monday 16 May 2022
Value: £170,500
Company size: SME
Defence Digital

ISG (Interoperability Services and Gateways) Security Assurance Coordinator

4 Incomplete applications

4 SME, 0 large

5 Completed applications

5 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Tuesday 22 February 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 24 February 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 1 March 2022 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Cyber security consultant
Off-payroll (IR35) determination
Contracted out service: the off-payroll rules do not apply
Summary of the work
The role is aimed at an experienced Security Assurance Coordinator and involves meeting the requirements of JSP 440, the Defence Manual of Security and ensuring systems meet accreditation standards.  Extensive knowledge of Government and Defence Systems is essential.
Latest start date
Monday 2 May 2022
Expected contract length
Length of Contract: 11 months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Defence Digital
Maximum day rate
£ 900 per day (Ex VAT) Budget per day including agency fees
The Limit of Liability for T&S is £5500 (ex VAT), paid on Authority acceptance of actuals at MoD Civilian Rates. Authority approval is required prior to any travel.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Civilian, Military and contractors within the MOD and wider Defence industry.
What the specialist will work on
Provide security assurance to High Assurance Gateway projects across ISG (Interoperability Services and Gateways). The Security and Assurance Coordinator (SAC) will be needed to sustain and support existing live services as well as new capability tasking. The contracted SAC will be needed to provide advice and support to ISG Project Managers working on high assurance gateways.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Defence Digital, Building 405, Spur D1, Westwells Road, MOD Corsham, SN13 9NR
Working arrangements
All tasking will be based at MOD Corsham with a hybrid working pattern of working at MOD Corsham with some limited home working, where tasking allows. You are required 5 days a week, the working day is 8 hours to include 30 minutes for lunch. Day visits may be required within the UK.
Security clearance
Valid DV clearance must be in place prior to the contract starting and for the duration of the contract due to the projects the individual is required to work with.

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
  • DV STRAP/TK Clearance - 10%
  • CCP Senior SIRA status (current/previous) - 10%
  • Detailed knowledge of Government IA Policy, including JSP440, JSP604, IS1/2, DIANS and NCSC IA guidance - 15%
  • Detailed knowledge of gateway design and capability including NCSC Architectural Patterns and an in depth understanding of how NCSC work - 15%
  • Detailed knowledge of Security Requirements and related compliance/noncompliance within the designs - 10%
  • Detailed knowledge of OSMP documentation - 10%
  • Detailed knowledge of how the accreditation process works within the UK Government and Defence systems - 15%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Detailed knowledge of the Assurance Plan in respect of the gateways - 5%
  • Detailed knowledge of associated Risks and Threats specific to the gateways - 5%
  • Detailed knowledge of the T&A process that is implemented across Government and Defence system projects - 5%

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Describe how you would work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Describe a time when you have been transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Give an example of a no-blame culture where you have encouraged people to learn from their mistakes
  • Illustrate how you have taken responsibility for your work
  • Give an example of how you have shared knowledge and experience with team members
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. is there a current incumbent
the incumbent is People Source Consulting limited
2. Will the MoD sponsor DV clearance
MOD will not undertake sponsorship of DV clearances
3. Can DV clearance be transferred from a different department
Yes, DV can be transferred to MOD from another department during the onboarding.
4. Can you confirm what T&A stands for WRT the T&A process please?
T&A stands for test and acceptance