Home Office - Border Force

Home Office - Borders Business Architect (BBA2)

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
14 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
10 SME, 3 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 20 March 2017
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 27 March 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Designer
Summary of the work The roles are for experienced Business Architects working across the Border Force business domain to design target operating models and associated business architecture artefacts in order to realise the business transformation by 2020.
Latest start date on or before Monday 24 April 2017
Expected contract length 6 months - with the option for a further six months extension up to one year
Location London
Organisation the work is for Home Office - Border Force
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The specialist will work with the wider Design Team, Analysts, internal and external stakeholders across wider government departments
What the specialist will work on The Business Architect is required to support the Design Team by providing Business Architecture Domain Knowledge, specifically a detailed understanding of Capability Maturity Models and how they help in aligning Transformation plans.
Assure Programmes and Project deliverables for consistency with all components of the Business Architecture meta model.
Deliver the Business Design Assurance framework, with support being provided to the Business Design Authority.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Central London (2 Marsham Street SW1P 4DF) and the Home Office Croydon Campus (Metro Point, Apollo and Lunar House) with occasional visits to other Border Force locations
Working arrangements The Business Architect will be expected to manage their own working arrangements.

However a minimum of 3 days on site is required, due to expected levels of stakeholder engagement required and weekly face to face team meetings
Security clearance All staff engaged on the programme must currently hold or be capable of being security cleared to SC level

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Proposed individuals who are non British/EEA nationals must either be in possession of leave to remain with no restrictions on their time to live/work in the UK or their leave to remain must be valid for the duration of this award and permit work in this capacity.

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
  • Detailed understanding of Capability Modelling and maturity assessments
  • Experience of designing Target Business Architectures and transition states in an Agile Delivery environment
  • Effective workshop set up, facilitation and execution
  • Experience of embedding Business Design Authority capabilities
  • Have ability to evaluate information and present in such a way that is easily understood by the target audience, including through written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness at facilitation and conflict resolution
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Evidence of successful implementation of TOM
  • Experience of developing business transition states in an Agile Delivery technology environment
  • Previous experience using Enterprise Modelling tools

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Stakeholder management: Experience delivering progress reports and liaison with a wide range of internal stakeholders, including those at senior level
  • Work as part of One team. Be visible to staff and stakeholders Be transparent, flexible, and collaborative with 3rd parties and multi-supplier working
  • Demonstrate ability to assist in development of Client capability
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Who should submit evidence? Evidence should only be provided by bidders that can confirm 'yes' to all the Technical and Nice to have experience. Any responses unanswered or not confirmed as 'yes' will NOT be considered.
2. Where and more importantly when do I submit my evidence? All responses MUST be received by the Home Office team (DSAB.commercialteam@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk) by 23:59 on the closing date of this procurement, Monday 27 March 2017. Responses received after this time will not be considered.
3. Does the evidence have to be in any specific format? Please provide the evidence in CV format. All CV's should be in Portable Document Format (.pdf), showing the candidates name and Role title applying for. Responses in any other format will not be evaluated.
4. Can Suppliers provide links within a CV or attach files to any e-mail submissions? No, please ensure that any responses are 'self contained'. Please do not include any 'embedded' or 'attach objects within any of the documents or e-mails submitted. They will not be opened or evaluated.
5. Will all responses automatically be evaluated? No, the Home Office reserves the right to reject any response which has not followed the above instructions or is outside the shown budget estimate.
6. You have assigned this "specialist role" as "Designer", however this role is clearly not a designer (in digital/web terms). We have a rate cap in that specialist role category. We will not be able to submit suitable candidates through the portal above that rate. Architects command a much higher rate, can you change the "specialist role" to Technical Architect? please advise? It isn't possible to change the ' specialist' role once its published, but we can say in response that this should be considered a 'Technical architect role' and the relevant rates would be applicable.
7. What is the maximum number of resources CV's we could submit? A maximum of 5 from any one supplier for each role.
8. What is the Lead time for the feedback once the application is submitted? Initial feedback will be provided by 7th April 2017
9. Hi, this role is released under the category "Designer". The designer category is suitable for designers and this role is a Business Architect, closer to business Analysis or Technical Architecture. As such the rates in the Designer category are not suitable. Would it be possible for a supplier to tender at the rates of one of the other categories? We can confirm that this should be considered a 'Technical architect role' and the relevant rates would be applicable. It was shown as a 'Designer' role in error.
10. IR35 status please, will they be inside/outside the legislation The Home Office are not able to provide further information regarding this query at the moment. Further discussions are under way with both CCCS and HMRC regarding determining IR35 status as described but at this time no additional information is available.
11. What is the process if the candidate does not currently hold SC level security clearance? SC clearance is required. We have an urgent need to fill this post and meet existing demands.
12. Can you give us an indication of day rate budget for this role please? Our maximum day rate for a Business Architect is £700 (ex VAT)
13. On the brief it mentions occasional visits to other Border Force locations, it would be good to get more insight on this? This will be determined by business need and some flexibility will be required.
14. From 6th April, responsibility for determining if an assignment is within IR35 will shift to the Public Sector organisation. We need to understand the client’s decision on the status of each contract assignment (including extensions) under IR35 and whether a new contractor assignment is deemed ‘Inside’ or ‘Outside’ of IR35 at the beginning of the recruitment process for hiring a contractor. There is an HMRC status portal available to help determine the status but we do require you to post a response as to whether the role is ‘inside’ or ‘outside’ The Home Office are not able to provide further information regarding this query at the present time. Further discussions are under way with both CCS and HMRC regarding determining the IR35 status for roles as is described, but at this time no additional information is available.