Ministry of Defence

Army Headquarters IAS - ArmyNET PHP Developer (ARMYHQ2/00158)

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
7 SME, 3 large

Completed application

Completed application
0 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 8 February 2017
Deadline for asking questions Friday 10 February 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work Deliver advanced code to support the Defence Gateway environment and IAS applications.
Deliver integration between IAS Environments and new applications hosted within the Defence Gateway.
Provide effective documentation to support delivered outcomes.
Work effectively as part of a mixed Military, Civil Servant and Contractor environment.
Latest start date 01 May 2017
Expected contract length 220 days + option to extend 220 days
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for Ministry of Defence
Maximum day rate £500

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with MOD Civil Servants, Military Personnel, Contractors
What the specialist will work on Information Application Services (IAS) is a branch of Army Headquarters based in Andover, Hampshire. To achieve its mission, IAS provides IT application development on the Joint Server Farm, and a wider range of applications on a separate Army Hosting Environment.
IAS has a portfolio of successful Oracle Apex, PHP, and .NET applications developed in-house that support MoD and Army branches with their business processes. Working in an Agile and DevOp capability to enhance services for Defence.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Army Headquarters, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8HJ
Working arrangements Place of delivery shall be on site at Army Headquarters, Andover. Army Headquarters normal working hours are Monday – Friday 0830 – 1700. Remote working acceptable. On rare occasions the specialist may be required to visit / work from other MOD locations.
All specialists must successfully complete the Army HQ Induction Package; this basic package satisfies a range of administrative requirements such as, yet not limited to, health and safety; equality and diversity; and fire awareness. Specialists are to note this is a mandatory requirement.
Security clearance Security Cleared (SC)
All specialists should have the necessary security clearance to be able to access MOD premises and information up to SECRET – UK EYES ONLY; this is the DBS NSV SC level of vetting. Incumbents are to follow both the letter and spirit of Army Headquarters security regulations.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions These MOD DEFCONs form part of this Call Off Contract: 5J (Edn 18/11/16) Unique Identifiers 76 (Edn 12/06) Contractors on site 129J (Edn 18/11/16) Electronic business Delivery Form 516 (Edn 04/12) Equality 520 (Edn 18/11/16) Corrupt gifts and payments of commission 522 (Edn 18/11/16) Payment and Recovery of Sums Due 531 (Edn 11/14) Disclosure of Information 534 (Edn 18/11/16) Subcontracting and Prompt Payment 566 (Edn 07/14) Change of control contractor 642 (Edn 06/14) Progress meetings The following DEFFORMS will be used: 111 Appendix - Addresses And Other Information 10 Acceptance Of Offer Of Contract

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • At least 5 + years IS experience of developing and delivering robust enterprise web applications.
  • Experience in building Secure Web Applications including knowledge of how to mitigate common risks listed by OWASP
  • At least 5 + years IS experience of PHP programming and MYSQL databases.
  • Experience of using TFS/VSTS to manage requirements, source code (Git), Continuous Integration and Release Management.
  • Can produce high quality and well structured PHP coding solutions, with minimum security risks.
  • Have extensive knowledge of PHP (v5/v7) with proven experience of integrating PHP with 3rd party software such as forums and email.
  • Integration with web services via such services as SOAP and the integration of PHP with stored procedures of various databases particularly MySQL, Microsoft SQL and Oracle.
  • Have a detailed knowledge of MYSQL (v5) database design, stored procedures and administration.
  • Have a detailed knowledge of Linux Operating system commands, shell scripting and administration.
  • Have a detailed knowledge Apache web server (v2.2) configuration and administration.
  • Have a detailed knowledge Shibboleth (v2.4) configuration, admin and its integration into Apache & PHP software, including 3rd party software.
  • Have a detailed knowledge PHP frameworks and libraries, in particular Zend framework and Smarty templating.
  • Assist in requirement analysis, software design and problem solving.
  • Experience of preparing detailed development estimates; the capacity to work to deadlines, and to inform non-technical management of progress.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Working within a Defence environment, and within the military culture.
  • An understanding of other Internet related technology, including (yet not limited to) CSS, JavaScript, streaming media, IM, SMS and e-mail interfacing.
  • Knowledge, experience and demonstrable ability in Microsoft Azure, including configuring and managing IaaS and PaaS workloads.
  • Experience in deploying , securing and maintaining WordPress
  • Experience in deploying , securing and maintaining LimeSurvey
  • Experience in deploying , securing and maintaining Piwik analytics
  • Experience in deploying , securing and maintaining Kayako Fusion Helpdesk
  • Experience in deploying , securing and maintaining phpBB Forums
  • Experience of PHPMailer, Apache Tika and pChart PHP Libraries.
  • Have a good understanding of AJAX and JavaScript.
  • Have experience of SMS gateway services.
  • Have experience of Content Management Systems.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team within our organisation and other suppliers.
  • Transparent & collaborative when making decisions.
  • Has a no-blame culture and encourages people to learn from their mistakes.
  • Previous experience of working within a Defence environment.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Actual latest start date: 31 March 2017