This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Tuesday 14 March 2017
Ministry of Defence

Army Headquarters IAS -Automation Tester 3 (ARMYHQ2/00191)

3 Incomplete applications

1 SME, 2 large

8 Completed applications

7 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 7 March 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 9 March 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 14 March 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Quality assurance analyst
Summary of the work
The MOD requires an Automation Test Consultant to write and maintain new and existing manual and automation scripts in order to support and test in-house developed Oracle Apex and .NET Applications.
Latest start date
20th March 2017
Expected contract length
220 days + option to extend 220 days
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence
Maximum day rate
There is no minimum or maximum day rate. The level of Specialist(s) supplied by Specialist Company should meet the requirement set out in the advert.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Specialist Company will be required to work with the Authority and other
Suppliers to ensure coherent delivery of the services. The Specialist Company must have the necessary office facilities to support their own off-site working.

It is anticipated that the Specialist Company will agree with the Authority to spend varying degrees of time located at the Authority’s site for face-to-face meetings and to carry out work of a security sensitive nature.
What the specialist will work on
1. To write & execute manual and automation test scripts using Selenium / F# and VB Scripts/HP UFT against Oracle Apex Applications and .NET Applications.
2. To carry out installation and configuration of the Oracle Applications.
3. Liaise & support Pre-Production and Production Oracle and .NET releases.
4. To design the test strategy for new work streams / proof of concept, suggesting new tools and building prototype automation frameworks to support them.
5. To demonstrate / conduct presentations of automation test scripts to stakeholders.
6. To provide the Lead Test with accurate estimates for assigned task duration.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The place of delivery of the contract shall be at such location as agreed between the Specialist Company and the Authority.
Working arrangements
The Specialist company shall use its own initiative as to the manner in which services are to be delivered; for the avoidance of doubt, the Specialist Company shall not be supervised, directed or controlled regarding how the services are delivered. The Specialist Company shall use its own equipment where security requirements permit.

The Specialist Company is expected to provide the services on such
hours/days as required to meet any deadlines, as agreed between the Specialist Company and the Authority.

The Specialist Company shall provide the necessary resources to support the
Services which shall include one or more specialists.
Security clearance
Security Clearance (SC) will be required for the duration of the role. Incumbents are to follow both the letter and spirit of Army Headquarters security regulations.

Additional information

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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience as a Test Automation Analyst / Engineer.
  • Minimum of 2+ years in coding in HP UFT 12.x against Oracle APEX and .NET Applications.
  • Minimum of 2+ years’ recent experience of writing and executing automation test scripts using Selenium/Java/Canopy/F#/Specflow against Oracle APEX and .NET Applications.
  • Experience in web browser testing including Apex 4.x & 5.x, IE8/IE11 & Chrome scripts compatibility.
  • Must have used Red hat Enterprise Linux Server 6.x, Oracle 10g and 11g and regression / exploratory testing against Oracle Apex applications.
  • Experience in using other tools such as Selenium, TestNG, ANT, Eclipse, WinSCP 5.x, Beyond Compare 3.x and Putty.
  • Extensive experience in System Integration Testing and Continuous Integration (using Jenkins or TeamCity) against Oracle Apex Applications and .NET applications.
  • Must have good knowledge of Oracle 10g and 11g including writing and executing complex SQL queries using Toad for Oracle 12.x & SQL Developer.
  • Must have knowledge of API Testing / Web Services Testing using SoapUI 5.x.
  • Has previous experience at deploying and testing manual and automation test scripts against CPU Patches and O/S patches for both Windows and Linux platforms, including Service Packs.
  • To perform VM tasks and maintain test environment using VMware vSphere Client 6.x and VMware vRealize Automation Tool 7.x.
  • A good knowledge & understanding of building and provisioning servers within Microsoft Azure.
  • Current experience of testing on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2005, 2008 & 2012.
  • Ability to write test plans, test reports, test strategy and user guides.
  • Competency and proven ability in the use of MS TFS and HP ALM 12.x to maintain test suites, execution of tests and defect tracking.
  • Has a development or DBA background in coding.
  • Has current experience working on both pre-production and production Linux and Windows platform.
  • Excellent communication and co-ordination skills when conducting daily stand-ups, team meetings and demonstrations.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience working within a secure defence environment.
  • Experiencing of working in an Agile DevOps delivery environment.
  • Experience and clear understanding of Agile Scrum / BDD Methodologies.
  • Performance testing experience using HP Loadrunner.
  • HP ALM 12.2 administrative experience.
  • ISEB Foundation/Practitioner Qualification.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
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
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can the buyer please state the primary buyer location where the services are to be performed.
The primary location for services to be delivered is Andover.
2. Could you please update us on the lead time for this application.
The advert closes on the 14th Mar 17. It is the Authority’s intention to conduct CV sift and interviews between the 14th Mar and 17th Mar, to allow for Contract Award by 20th Mar 17.
3. URGENT UPDATE. Clarification to Day Rate:
Please be advised that the maximum day rate for this role is £450.45