Information Systems and Services (ISS), MoD Corsham

Technical SME to deliver SAGAT Options

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
12 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
6 SME, 2 large
Important dates
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Published Friday 31 March 2017
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 7 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work Options paper, outline costs/time lines in high level project plan.
Assessment of ISS technology/services for Defence/OGDs.
Concept of Use (CONUSE), Concept of Operations (CONOPS), User
Cases, Information Exchange Requirement (IER)/Master Data
Assumptions List (MDAL).
Identify technical risks/issues associated with new capability across all Defence Lines of Development (DLOD).
Latest start date 02/06/2017
Expected contract length 6 months initial with option to extend.
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for Information Systems and Services (ISS), MoD Corsham
Maximum day rate £1000 Ex VAT

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with JFC Jt User
What the specialist will work on Work with the senior customers (3* Level) to establish a detailed comprehensive set of defined and verified requirements, transfer this into an option paper which is to include costings for the proposed options. This options paper is to include:

• Nodal map of the existing network topology, resilience, security and accreditation risks.
• Develop Operating Model and Establish Governance Levels.
• Cost early phases and whole life.
• Establish a “route to market” through commercial.
• Selection of the appropriate technology, methodology to meet the required capability.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Based in MoD Corsham with occasional travel to various Classified sites
Working arrangements 5 days a week (37 hours per week). 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 'DV' clearance.

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
  • Ability to work at DV Clearance level and maintain this clearance for the duration of the tasks- 5%
  • 15+ years’ experience of in design and establishment of engineering delivery; organisations across design, development, test and release to service- 5%
  • 15+ years’ mission critical systems engineering experience- 5%
  • Experience of managing and chairing of engineering design reviews (SRRs, PDRs, CDRs, PRRs, etc.)- 5%
  • Extensive expertise in IT Infrastructure and applications design and delivery- 5%
  • Security principles including, encryption and security of networks at IL3 and IL5- 5%
  • Technical management of multiple hardware and software suppliers- 5%
  • Experience in the release of Bills of Materials (BOMs), hardware drawings and designs- 5%
  • Continuous Delivery Models (e.g. DevOps)- 5%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Tactical communication network technologies- 5%
  • Understanding of the Defence Operating Model, and ISS’ role within the Front Line Command deployed operating model- 5%
  • Transition and convergence of multiple systems- 5%
  • Exemplary communications skills both written and oral- 5%
  • Meet the demanding time lines associated with a 3* briefing cycle- 5%
  • Strong technical understanding of the current and future Information Systems and Services (ISS) infrastructure across multiple services and their interaction with Other Government Departments (OGDs)- 5%
  • A comprehensive understanding of business continuity and critical infrastructure requirements- 5%
  • A detailed understanding of commercial models for service provision and restoration of critical services- 5%
  • Understanding of ISS processes and directives- 5%
  • Able to demonstrate financial planning and validation of costs for selected options- 5%
  • Must be able to work on client site using client information systems- 5%

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 within Defence and Other Government Departments
  • 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. What is the format of CVs? CVs are to be submitted no later than 1000hrs Monday 7th April to and CVs must be in word format and must not be anymore than 4 sides of A4.
2. Does the day rate include agency fees? The day rate is the maximum that will be paid to any organisation including all fees.
3. Is the timing of this opportunity the result of changes in the IR35 regime? No.
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’. This will be classed as inside IR35 until the compliancy team has run checks on all contracts. This is not going to be a quick process.
5. Are you only looking for current DV cleared candidates - or will you accept SC who are eligible to be put through the process? Unfortunately due to the nature of this area of work we are looking for only DV cleared personnel.
6. Is there a current incumbent for this role or has there recently been an incumbent? This is a new post.
7. What does the acronym SAGAT stand for? SAGAT is the project name, it doesn't stand for anything.