Ministry of Defence

Link 16 Electronic Crypt Key Operator

2 Incomplete applications

2 SME, 0 large

1 Completed application

1 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Thursday 22 September 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 29 September 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 6 October 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
CSD L16M EKEY OPERATOR is responsible for; provision of L16 electronic keying material to CSD's cryptographic custodian accounts; Operation of equipment and completion of processes required to enable provision of L16 keymat; Support to CSD and L16 project team to plan and prepare for continued development of CSD L16 support.
Latest start date
Tuesday 1 November 2022
Expected contract length
24 months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence
Maximum day rate
£800 per day MAX. (excluding VAT and inclusive of T&S)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplined team. This team consists of Authority Crown Servants, technical resource, and military staff.
What the specialist will work on
1.Conduct processes to enable the provision of L16 keymat.
2.Act as system manager for the LKMS installation
3.Manage incidents and problems with L16 keymat, providing guidance to end users.
4.Ensuring cryptographic material is authorised for issue in liaison with CSD teams.
5.Document processes associated with End-to-End provision of L16 electronic keymat, stored at an appropriate protective marking and updated as required
6.Liaison with sSCs, Controlling Authorities, Key Producers & Users on issues that impact delivery.
7.Input into development of CSD support to L16.
8.Support the CSD Ekey team to operate and maintain systems and equipment for the provision of ekey.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
MOD Corsham, SN13 9NR
Working arrangements
Due to the requirement to access bespoke IT systems and the nature of the work above OS this role will be office based 5 days a week. There may be occasion to work outside of normal working hours if operationally urgent, as such there is an expectation to be flexible to the Authority’s requirement at short notice. Any leave must be agreed with your line manager.
Security clearance
Evidence of DV security clearance and validity dates for the duration of the contract will be required by the contract start date.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Suppliers must use Authority’s Purchase Payment Tool CP&F or be prepared to sign up to the tool.

The Cyber Risk Profile for this requirement will be completed and details provided at Stage 2.

The Authority reserves the right, but is not obliged to withdraw this advert and/or ITT at any time, or choose not to award any Contract as a result of this tender process, or re-invite Tenders on the same or any alternative basis.

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
  • Experience of modern Electronic Crypt Key. Relevant and recent experience of using ECK in LINK16 preferred. Experience of similar cryptographic equipment, modern ECU types and systems would be considered.(20%)
  • High degree of IT competency focusing on solving interoperability issues presented when running on different operating systems. Ability to pass knowledge to permanent members of staff is beneficial. (25%)
  • Have experience using MOD IT, or similar experience within a relatable industry system (10%)
  • Have broad, practical experience all aspects CIS support to operations (or relatable experience similar industry). Experience challenges associated with being on AND supporting operations (similar experience) is beneficial (10%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Cryptographic Custodian Trained
  • Experience of J3/J5 Ops and Plans activities
  • Knowledge and experience of JSP 440, 441, 490, 491
  • Knowledge of tactical data links and communication networks

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be able to work comfortably in a joint environment with a mix of Civil Servant and Military staff (1%)
  • Take responsibility for their work (2%)
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers (2%)
  • Social Value - Demonstration of the company’s approach to Support educational attainment relevant to the contract, including training schemes that address skills gaps and result in recognised qualifications (5%)
  • Social Value - Demonstration of the company’s approach to delivering additional environmental benefits in the performance of the contract, including working towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions (2.5%)
  • Social Value - Demonstration of the company’s actions to identify and tackle inequality in employment, skills and pay in the contract workforce (2.5%)
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent for this role and is the intention for them to re-apply?
There is no incumbent in mind to fulfil this requirement. This is being treated as a new role.

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