Information Systems and Services (ISS), MoD Corsham

NSoIT(D) Head of Design Delivery

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
9 SME, 4 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
9 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 27 March 2017
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 3 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Programme manager
Summary of the work •Creation of engineering design team
• Specify/ensure delivery of engineering tasks/design documentation
• Tasking/mentoring of staff
• Support development of deployed
• Support discussions with suppliers/stakeholders
• Resolve technical issues/incidents.
• Enforce technical governance
• Contribute to technical coherence
• Provide assurance of changes to estate
• Deliver Weekly/Monthly Reports
Latest start date 10/04/2017
Expected contract length 8 months
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for Information Systems and Services (ISS), MoD Corsham
Maximum day rate Maximum daily rate is £780 (ex Vat)

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with ISS DPS NSoIT(D)
What the specialist will work on Responsible for establishing and transforming the New Style of IT (Deployed) design team and leading the technical delivery aspects of the NSoIT(D) design project. Managing all aspects of the delivery lifecycle to reduce the technical and live service risk associated with the transition and migration from the existing to future services and suppliers. Will also interface with the projects that interoperate with the deployed domain to ensure coherence in transitions across the Defence as a Platform (DaaP) Portfolio.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place MoD Corsham
Working arrangements 5 days a week (37 hours per week) within a bandwidth of 08:00 - 18:00 (hours to be agreed with individual teams). Individuals will be permitted to leave by 1500hrs on Friday. All the tasking is expected to be carried out on site. If 'OFF-SITE' working is required expenses will require to be agreed with Line management and up to a limit of £5k for the term of the contract. All resources will be provided, access to the organisation's IT system and no utilisaton of personal or company laptops will be permitted.
Security clearance Individuals will be required to hold a minimum of 'SC' clearance, with the ability to obtain DV as soon as possible, in order to work across the various ISS Portfolio.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions

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
  • Degree qualified in Engineering or Computer Science related subject, Chartered Engineer or Chartered IT Professional (i.e. CEng or CITP), Engineering or Computer Science related professional qualification (i.e. MIET or MBCS)
  • 5+ years’ experience in Head of Design or Engineering Programme Manager role
  • 15+ years’ experience of in design and establishment of engineering delivery; organisations across design, development, test and release to service
  • Experience and skills in Agile programme and project management methods
  • Formal Agile certification required (i.e. CSM, PMI-ACP or PRINCE2 Agile),ITIL Foundation Certificate in Service Management; Plaform Services
  • Formal programme and project management certification (MSP and PRINCE2 preferred, PMP, etc.)
  • 15+ years’ mission critical systems engineering experience
  • Experience of managing and chairing of engineering design reviews (SRRs, PDRs, CDRs, PRRs, etc.);
  • Extensive expertise in IT Infrastructure and applications design and delivery
  • Delivery of deployed platforms into limited bandwidth environments, including mobile
  • Software defined data-centre virtualisation techniques and products (e.g. VMware)
  • 10+ years’ software development experience
  • Application migration experience
  • Security principles including, encryption and security of networks at IL3 and IL5
  • Technical management of multiple hardware and software suppliers
  • Delivery of IT services worldwide across multiple suppliers and geographic boundaries
  • Experience in the release of Bills of Materials (BOMs), hardware drawings and designs
  • Continuous Delivery Models (e.g. DevOps)
  • Familiarity with Atlassian toolset (JIRA, Confluence and Bitbucket)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Agile coach experience including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Kaizen, etc
  • . 5+ years’ of MOD ICT operational experience of Deployed Platform Services
  • Experience of deployed mission systems (e.g. mission planning systems)
  • Orchestration techniques and products (e.g. Ansible, Puppet)
  • Remote access and mobile technologies
  • Tactical communication network technologies
  • Understanding of the Defence Operating Model, and ISS’ role within the Front Line Command deployed operating model
  • Worldwide transition and convergence of multiple systems covering: users, applications, infrastructure and data
  • Delivery of secure IT systems into non-UK geographies

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 10
Cultural fit criteria
  • 15+ years’ experience in providing engineering leadership of multi-disciplinary teams in large public or private sector organisations in the defence sector
  • Ability to handle a complex delivery landscape - multiple suppliers, multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and communication skills
  • Transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a flexible approach
  • Ability to integrate and work as part of a team
  • Proactive rather than reactive
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is there a current incumbent for this role or has there recently been an incumbent? There has until a few weeks ago been an incumbent in the role.
2. What are the impacts of IR35 We are having all of our requirements checked by the compliancy team and at the minute can not assure you that this falls outside of IR35.
3. Can you please advise whether this opportunity is in or out of scope for IR35 please? Please see above answer.
4. From 6th April, responsibility for determining if an assignment is within IR35 will shift to the Public Sector organisation. Comparex 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 compliance team is working through hundreds of contracts at present so I can not give you a definitive answer.
5. CV Submission Can you please ensure you send CVs to prior to the advert deadline. CVs are to be no more than 4 sides of A4 long, and must be in word format DO NOT include the day rate on the CV.