Awarded to Content Support Services Limited (Company Dissolved 03/12/19)

Start date: Thursday 1 June 2017
Value: £139,700
Company size: SME
National College for Teaching and Leadership

Senior Developer

13 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 2 large

7 Completed applications

6 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Wednesday 19 April 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 21 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
Development of both Oracle Service Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics customer facing portals and back end databases.
Provision of specialist technical advice on above developments.
Drupal development and supporting Umbraco Content Management System.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
1 year
No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
National College for Teaching and Leadership
Maximum day rate
£550 per day excl. VAT.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will work with Department for Education project managers, National College for Teaching and Leadership business leads and National College for Teaching and Leadership CRM project managers.

In addition, the specialist will be expected to work with Home Office testing team and external developers.
What the specialist will work on
Development of both Oracle Service Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics customer facing portals and back end databases, including (but not limited to);
1) creation of new objects and customisation of existing objects,
2) creation of new portals and customisation of existing portals,
3) provision of specialist technical advice on new Oracle Service Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics developments.
4) manage and support an e-learning Drupal platform and supporting Umbraco Content Management System.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership's current customer facing portal can be found at

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Whilst the bulk of the work can be completed remotely the specialist will be required to attend occasional face to face meetings in Nottingham. We anticipate that the specialist would need to spend at least one day per week in Nottingham.
Working arrangements
All expenses must be pre-agreed with the Department for Education and must be in line with policy.

Contract will be for four days per week for one year (and when prearranged for an additional day per week).
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
This post is subject to IR35.

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
  • Have experience developing in Oracle Service Cloud
  • Have experience developing in Microsoft Dynamics
  • Have experience developing in Drupal and supporting Umbraco Content Management System
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Experience of working on services to the Government Digital Service Standard

How suppliers will be evaluated

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
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Please can you confirm if this role will be inside or outside IR35?
This role will be inside IR35
2. Please confirm if this role is inside or outside IR35
This role is inside IR35
3. Is there any travel involved in this role?
The successful candidate may occasionally be required to travel to Nottingham or other DfE sites.
4. What is the total number for positions open for this role?
One position is available.
5. What Dynamics are you using CRM, AX, NAV?
We will be using CRM.
6. What is the preference of skill sets as Oracle/ MS Dynamics are competing technologies and Drupal/ Umbraco are also very similar?
Both Oracle and Dynamics experience are required equally. The Drupals instances are Apache Drupal Postgrestql on Linux CentOS, Umbraco like MS Dynamics .NET in a windows environment.
7. Does this role need any type of security clearance?
No clearance is required however the successful candidate will need to undergo Disclosure Scotland.
8. Can the candidate work all 5 days of the week from Nottingham office?
Yes, the candidate can be based at our City Centre office 5 days a week if required.
9. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application within four weeks of the closing date.
10. Can more than one candidate per supplier be submitted for this role?
No, we require one individual for the role.
11. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role?