Start date: Monday 9 January 2023
Value: £63,000
Company size: SME
The National Archives

Senior Cloud Infrastructure Engineer – Digital Archiving Department

7 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 0 large

17 Completed applications

16 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Wednesday 16 November 2022
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 23 November 2022 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Web operations engineer
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
You will design/implement/optimise/maintain our cloud-based systems. Responsibilities include designing, commissioning and managing cloud environments, deploying and debugging systems, and contributing to new cloud initiatives. You will help our teams take a consistent approach to security, cost-management, monitoring and reporting. Efficient resource use and designing/operating secure environments are important.
Latest start date
Monday 9 January 2023
Expected contract length
Initially 4 months with the possibility of extension.
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
The National Archives
Maximum day rate
Up to £750 ex VAT per day. Standard 8 hour working day. No additional expenses for attendance on-site will be paid, this should be included in your daily rate. Other expenses only paid with prior approval from The National Archives.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Our multidisciplinary Agile teams working on records transfer, digital preservation and our data pipeline. These teams are a combination of internal TNA employees and external suppliers. You will collaborate closely with technical architects, software developers, data engineers, and experts from across the organisation to ensure that our cloud services are robust, performant and well managed.
What the specialist will work on
Collaborate with product and infrastructure teams to design optimal cloud solutions on AWS. 

Implement and maintain cloud infrastructure solutions, contribute to design, follow good practice and departmental policy. 

Maintain a focus on security. Identify, analyse, and remedy infrastructure vulnerabilities. 

Ensure effective operation of cloud infrastructure. Manage performance and availability. 

Ensure secure operation of cloud infrastructure. Manage access and monitor activity. 

Monitor and understand resource utilisation, make recommendations, manage optimisation and scaling to ensure resources are used efficiently and cost-effectively. 

Investigate and resolve application deployment issues.

Oversee handover from current suppliers.

Provide mentorship to junior staff.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. Occasional on-site attendance may be required.
Working arrangements
You can work remotely or at The National Archives office in Kew. The teams you will be working with are primarily hybrid workers. You may be asked to work on site occasionally (maximum twice a month) to take part in workshops or planning sessions.
Security clearance
Baseline security clearance

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
  • In-depth knowledge of core services in AWS particularly compute, storage, networking, databases, management and security, with experience in cloud engineering or role with a strong element of cloud engineering.
  • Demonstrable practical experience of CI/CD pipelines (using GitHub Actions) including planning, designing, implementing, testing, monitoring and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of designing for security, and experience of good practice for operational management in a secure environment.
  • Good experience of an ‘infrastructure as code’ approach using Terraform.
  • Experience of monitoring resource utilisation, making recommendations, managing optimisation and scaling to ensure resources are used efficiently and cost-effectively.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Relevant certification in cloud engineering.
  • Experience of knowledge transfer and providing technical support to more junior colleagues.

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a work history.

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
Additional assessment methods
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. is there an incumbent?
2. Has this role been determined Outside or Inside IR35? Thanks
This role is Inside IR35 (in scope, the Intermediaries Regulations apply).
3. When will the interviews take place?
It’s likely the interviews will be held on 12th and 13th December.