This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Monday 6 June 2022
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP Digital)

Practitioner - Senior Dev Ops Engineer

9 Incomplete applications

8 SME, 1 large

10 Completed applications

9 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Monday 30 May 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 1 June 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 6 June 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
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 4 July 2022
Expected contract length
9 months with an optional extension period of up to 2.25 months.
North West England
Organisation the work is for
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP Digital)
Maximum day rate
Up to £700 per day (Ex VAT). 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 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
Peel Park Blackpool or St Peter's Square, Manchester.
Working arrangements
Specialist will work hybrid, 2 days per week in DWP Hub, 3 days remotely. 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
  • 3+ Year in a hands-on platform engineer/devops/cloud support role.
  • Evidence of significant practical experience and detailed technical knowledge of Redhat based Linux distributions.
  • Evidence of significant practical experience and detailed technical knowledge of Ansible Automation Platform and automating manual/human processes.
  • Evidence of significant practical experience and detailed technical knowledge of Terraform.
  • Evidence of significant experience and technical knowledge of managing infrastructure as code, catering for multiple environment differences (Cloud and On-Premise Hosting).
  • Evidence of practical experience and detailed technical knowledge of Gitlab.
  • Evidence of practical experience of Jenkins, including writing Jenkins related jobs with AWS automation tools.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience of working in regulated public sector environments (DWP, HMRC).
  • Able to demonstrate mentoring other colleagues with technical matters.
  • Demonstrate experience of identification of manual processes, suitable for automation.

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




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent or preferred supplier?
No, this is a new opportunity and there is no preferred supplier.
2. You mentioned 2 days per week in DWP Hub, will that be only in Blackpool or Manchester or any other DWP sites in London and other parts of the country is also covered under this?
Blackpool and Manchester only. The team is based in the North West.
3. Is the expectation to be working on site fully (or a fixed amount per week), or is the team largely remote?
The actual days of required attendance will be agreed with the line manager. The team isn’t remote. All based in the North West.