Home Office National Law Enforcement Data Programme (NLEDP)

NLEDP 033 Solution Designer

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Important dates
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Published Tuesday 21 February 2017
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 23 February 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work We require a set of designs defined for components identified in the Police National Computer (PNC) transition architecture. They shall be passed to delivery partners to implement.
The Solution Designer shall be responsible for these designs, working with programme colleagues on specific content.
Latest start date 3rd April 2017 (subject to clearance)
Expected contract length 6 months with option to extend
Location London
Organisation the work is for Home Office National Law Enforcement Data Programme (NLEDP)
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with • Reporting to the Transition Programme Manager for Transition deliverables within the PNC Transition Programme
• Working with the PNC Transition Architect reporting to the Programme’s Lead Architect on design.
• Working with the Data replication Designer who will take the lead for some of the design activities to develop these deliverables.
• Will need to engage with members of the Law Enforcement Data Service (LEDS) Architecture Team, the existing Police Live Services team and with the programme’s Delivery Partners as necessary.
• To deliver some of the design work, external stakeholder engagement should be expected.
What the specialist will work on The specialist shall be responsible for the delivery of the design specifications and completing the activities required to derive their content, for the following:
• Data Replication
• Transition Service Packages
• Risk Mitigation and Rollback
• Reconciliation
They shall articulate specifications to a level that an implementation team can use, and refine these specifications with technical colleagues and delivery partners. Specialist expertise shall be available to consult with such as infrastructure and security architects. The designs are generally technical, but may involve some process-related design.
Some involvement is required on refining Interface and Batch Job treatment plans.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place • Primary location: Home Office, Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 4DF.
• Other London sites.
Visits to Hendon Data Centre, and some external stakeholders visits
Working arrangements Some remote working is acceptable, supported by a HO laptop to enable collaboration and sensitive material to be exchanged.
Some meetings can be by conference call, but significant design meetings are expected to be face-to-face at a HO location or partner visit. Existing Subject Matter Experts located in Marsham Street or Hendon will provide most of the information on the architectures and requirements.
The production of the specification documents will be assisted by the Data Replication Designer; the PNC Transition Architect shall provide guidance and assurance and is accountable for the alignment of the products to the whole PNC transition.
Security clearance SC or ability to be SC cleared

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions T&S will not be payable for travel to sites within the M25. Travel outside of the M25 will be subject to HO T&S policy

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
  • Able to design technical solutions for implementation in java, by a third party.
  • Author technical design documentation
  • Knowledge of data architecture
  • Identify the challenges for the transition components in the defined architecture and approach, clarify understanding or stakeholder expectations, and define a best option or set of options
  • Outline risk and benefits of different options to achieve value for money
  • Derive a solution design that pragmatically accounts for the principles, risks, constraints and complexities involved
  • Define the system components within previously stated black boxes against functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Work with security and infrastructure architects to define a set of solution views
  • Use a variety of techniques such as workshops or prototyping to elicit necessary detail
  • Rapidly build and maintain a network of colleagues to achieve progress on objectives
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver the best possible product
  • Development and implementation of Java-based applications
  • Encryption of data in motion (TLS)
  • Worked on projects that have spanned multiple systems and integration points
  • Practical knowledge of Data Replication projects
  • Building high availability into designs
  • sharing knowledge and working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Delivery of a range of solution designs that have addressed the application, data and process domains
  • Use of service and system monitoring as an integral part of an IT solution
  • Development of message-based and web service integration solutions
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Encryption of data at rest
  • IBM 3270 protocol used for Terminal Emulators or Directly Connected Terminals
  • Mainframe Technology
  • Message/data reconciliation approaches
  • Adabas databases and related Software AG products
  • Risk evaluation and mitigation approach
  • Development of data migration and replication solutions

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Seek constructive outcomes in discussions
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver an outcome
  • Challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress
  • Make recommendations for decisions and options
  • Personal management of time within a team to best deliver the scope of work
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

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