This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Tuesday 14 March 2017
Ministry of Defence

Army Headquaters IAS - AST Oracle DBA (ARMYHQ2/00154)

16 Incomplete applications

13 SME, 3 large

9 Completed applications

7 SME, 2 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
Summary of the work
The MOD requires an Oracle Database Administrator to support existing applications and architecture and deliver further capabilities in the future by developing and maintain the Army's hosting environment and supporting infrastructure.
Latest start date
20 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 date 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. Database administration, upgrade and data-migration, based on business requirements. Typical tasks include:
a. Performing data refreshes from the live environment back into the development and test environments.
b. Installation and configuration of Oracle products as required.
2. Design and develop automation scripts that deploy the required Oracle system software and bespoke application software to required environments.
3. Provide 3rd line support for Oracle development, pre-production and production environments.

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 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 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
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in Oracle 10g and 11g Database, RAC, ASM and Data Guard administration.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ recent experience in building and managing advanced security features including, yet not limited to: Oracle Database Vault; Oracle TDE; and Oracle VPD.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ recent experience in building and managing Oracle Web Logic Server 11g.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ recent experience in building and managing Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, specifically including Identity and Access Management (OID, OVD, OAM, WebGates) and Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ recent experience in Single Sign On technology, specifically Kerberos and SAML2 AD integration.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in building and managing Oracle APEX environments
  • A minimum of 3 years’ recent experience in building and managing Oracle REST Data Services environments and using OAuth2 to protect RESTful web services.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience using Oracle MapViewer 10g and 11g to consume Web Map Services (WMS) from a suitably enabled Geo Server.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in Oracle Warehouse Builder 10g and 11g.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in Oracle RMAN back-up and recovery.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in non-RMAN data recovery.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in patching, debugging, and rollback of Oracle environments.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ recent experience using Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.x or Red Hat Linux 6.x.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in Linux shell scripting for patching, upgrades and build automation.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in writing and debugging Oracle SQL and PL/SQL packages.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ recent experience in performance tuning analysis and performance improvement.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Working knowledge of ITIL v3.
  • Working within a Data Warehousing project
  • Working Knowledge of wider defence systems and services.
  • VMWare vRealize Suite
  • TOAD
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 11i (
  • Oracle OID and SSO
  • Oracle Discoverer, Forms and Reports
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control

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. 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.
2. Please could you confirm the IR35 status of this position, given the new legislation that becomes effective from next month?
The Authority has undertaken the HMRC IR35 on-line assessment for this role, producing a result stating that the intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement. Results will be provided to the winning Supplier.
3. Would a candidate without current SC clearance be considered for the role?
IAS would prefer to have someone who is already SC. If the right candidate is not available with SC; then IAS would consider sponsoring the chosen individual with BPSS. It would remain the intermediaries responsibility to put the candidate through the vetting process, hold the security details and provide SC details to IAS. IAS does not have the ability to process vetting.
4. URGENT UPDATE. Clarification to Day Rate:
Please be advised that the maximum day rate for this role is £515