This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Wednesday 21 September 2022
Defence Digital

Military Messaging (MM) Solution Architect

4 Incomplete applications

4 SME, 0 large

3 Completed applications

3 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Wednesday 14 September 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 16 September 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 21 September 2022 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
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
Project Team (PT) lead during the design process, supporting system accreditation and delivery of MM into service.

Independently review architecture documents and lead on the development of documentation.

Identify boundary protection capabilities for MM and lead from the PT on integration.

Completion of ADP Stage 3 and 4 documentation.
Latest start date
Monday 3 October 2022
Expected contract length
15 months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Defence Digital
Maximum day rate

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
Working with the Project Team (PT) and the MM Contractor to develop and finalise the system design.
Liaise with the PT, MM Contractor and external stakeholders throughout the Delivery Phase (DP) until Initial Operating Capability (IOC) is achieved.
Report to the Project Lead on progress and report risks and issues appropriately.
Lead the identification of appropriate boundary protection products required for MM and liaise with the MM Contractor to ensure successful integration.
Act as the MM PT lead during design reviews and work with the MM Contractor to develop system design documentation to enable system accreditation.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
MOD Corsham
Westwells Road
SN13 9NR
Working arrangements
Hybrid working with Ministry of Defence in Corsham as a base location, with a minimum of two days home working. Some travel to other MOD sites as required. Locations can be provided at a higher classification.
Security clearance
DV with the Ministry of Defence not sponsoring through the clearance process

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
  • Design of Formal messaging systems; Provide examples which demonstrate; knowledge and understanding of formal messaging systems, and ability to be a Project Team Architecture lead during the design process. 20%
  • SECRET, TS/STRAP Solution Architect; Provide examples of working as an architecture lead for a team in the design process of a Secret and TS/STRAP IT system. 20%
  • Architectural documentation; Demonstrate your experience by giving at least two examples of producing (independently and in liaison with third parties) reviewing system design documentation whilst in an Architect role. 15%
  • Messaging Formats and Standards Demonstrate knowledge (give examples) of formal messaging formats/standards applicable to 5-Eyes and NATO messaging systems in Secret and TS/STRAP domains including how you ensured compliance. 15%
  • Boundary Protection; Demonstrate experience and knowledge, by giving examples of where you, in an Architecture role have identified suitable boundary protection products and led the integration into a system. 5%
  • DCCP; Provide your DCPP reference: RAR-753549993/Cyber Risk Profile High. Complete the SAQ using the SAQ Form, return to demonstrate completion evidence in response by providing the SAQ reference. 5%
  • Leadership ; Please provide a minimum of two examples which demonstrate your abilities to lead a team whilst in an Architectural role. 15%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Stakeholder Management; Demonstrate your experience of stakeholder management skills, both internal and external, including how you identified, managed and briefed stakeholders. 5%

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Take responsibility for their work – 50%
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline – 50%
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. is there a current incumbent supplier?
Yes, there is a current incumbent supplier
2. Do you have preferred supplier ?
There is no preferred supplier, this is an open and fair competition to all suppliers