HM Passport Office

DevOps Engineer

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
11 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
8 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Thursday 6 April 2017
Deadline for asking questions Monday 10 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 13 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Web operations engineer
Summary of the work Senior DevOps engineer with good knowledge of Linux, cloud computing, WEB applications, Puppet config management, AWS, UNIX open source tools, networking, Internet security, containerisation. Scripting languages Bash+Ruby/Python
Latest start date 24/04/2017
Expected contract length
Location London
Organisation the work is for HM Passport Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with Network Architects and Developers.
What the specialist will work on 1. Improve and expand AWS platform 2. Apply changes using configuration management tools(Puppet, Ansible). 2. Rotate between agile Development projects providing DevOps expertise and establishing best practices (working with applications written in java/nodejs/scala) 3. Support and troubleshoot complex micro-service based environment(Haproxy/Nginx loadbalancing) 4. Improve monitoring and performance measurement tools(Sensu/Grafana/Logstash/ELK) 5. Participate in the oncall rota 6. Work on containerisation of the services(Docker, Kubernetes) 7. Perform DBA tasks on variety of Databases(Postgres, Mongo, Mysql) 8. Implement and improve security stack/tools 9. Configure continues integration pipelines for deployment 10. Containerisation 11. Automating various tasks using puppet, ansible and scripting (Shell + Ruby/Python)

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Her Majesty's Passport Office
Peel 2 NE,
2 Marsham Street,
Working arrangements Full-Time, one day working from home.
Security clearance Candidate should have valid Security Clearance with the Home Office.

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
  • Linux
  • AWS, services, SDK
  • Puppet
  • Shell/Bash
  • Ruby/Python or any other high level language
  • WEB servers (Apache, Nginx)
  • Networking(TCP/IP, LoadBalancing, Firewalls)
  • Databases(Mongo,Postgres or alternative)
  • RabbitMQ or alternative
  • Troubleshooting
  • HTTP
  • Security in the cloud
  • DNS
  • Continues integration for developing applications (Jenkins, GIT, Nexus, Artifactory or alternative tools)
  • Logstash/Kibana/ELK
  • Haproxy
  • Docker
Nice-to-have skills and experience Kubernetes

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
Assessment methods Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Can you tell me the contract length and the max daily rate? The length of contract is 6-12 months and the rate depends on the candidates skills and qualifications
2. Is this role within IR35? Do you have a rough idea on the day rate and length of the contract? The role is outside IR35
3. Is it essential that the candidate holds active SC clearance, or is that they must be willing to go through the process of obtaining the clearance? The candidate should have valid Security Clearance with the Home Office already
4. Can you clarify the difference between a Security Clearance from Home Office and other Departments, please? Our engineers have Security Clearances from DWP, HMRC, Defence etc. Security Clearance for other departments will need to be transferred to Home Office which takes extra time
5. Will the day rate be inclusive or exclusive of VAT? The Daily rate is exclusive of VAT
6. What are the other expenses which will be paid There is no expenses paid
7. Is there any travel involved in this role? No travel is involved, only to the main site.
8. Can more than one candidate per supplier be submitted for this role No
9. Can you consider DV clearance held by Home Office for this role? Yes