This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Friday 19 May 2017
Ministry of Defence

Army Headuarters - IAS Automation Tester 6 (ARMYHQ2/00185)

3 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 0 large

10 Completed applications

8 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Published
Friday 12 May 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 19 May 2017 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Quality assurance analyst
Summary of the work
The MOD requires an Automation Test Consultant to write and maintain new and existing manual and automation scripts in order to support and test in-house developed Oracle Apex and .NET Applications.
Latest start date
Monday 5 June 2017
Expected contract length
129 days
Location
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence
Maximum day rate
£444.21

About the work

Early market engagement
N/A
Who the specialist will work with
The Specialist Company will be required to work with the Authority and other
Suppliers to ensure coherent delivery of the services. The Specialist Company must have the necessary office facilities to support their own off-site working.

It is anticipated that the Specialist Company will agree with the Authority to spend varying degrees of time located at the Authority’s site for face-to-face meetings and to carry out work of a security sensitive nature.
What the specialist will work on
1. To write & execute manual and automation test scripts using Selenium / F# and VB Scripts/HP UFT against Oracle Apex Applications and .NET Applications.
2. To carry out installation and configuration of the Oracle Applications.
3. Liaise & support Pre-Production and Production Oracle and .NET releases.
4. To design the test strategy for new work streams / proof of concept, suggesting new tools and building prototype automation frameworks to support them.
5. To demonstrate / conduct presentations of automation test scripts to stakeholders.
6. To provide the Lead Test with accurate estimates for assigned task duration.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Army Headquarters, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8HJ

The place of delivery of the contract shall be at such location as agreed between the Specialist and the Authority.

Subject to the incumbent being contactable and providing the required outputs, remote working is a flexible element, an ad-hoc arrangement dependent upon work (eg. Outputs, meetings, stand-ups) requirements at the time. Working from home or from another MOD site is permissible, to be arranged at the time.
Working arrangements
The Specialist company shall use its own initiative as to the manner in which services are to be delivered; for the avoidance of doubt, the Specialist Company shall not be supervised, directed or controlled regarding how the services are delivered. The Specialist Company shall use its own equipment where security requirements permit.

The Specialist Company is expected to provide the services on such
hours/days as required to meet any deadlines, as agreed between the Specialist Company and the Authority.

The Specialist Company shall provide the necessary resources to support the
Services which shall include one or more specialists.
Security clearance
Security Clearance (SC) required for the duration of the role. Incumbents are to follow both the letter and spirit of Army Headquarters security regulations.

Current SC preferred, however IAS would consider interim BPSS sponsorship for the right individual, remaining the intermediary’s responsibility to put the candidate through SC vetting process.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
These MOD DEFCONs form part of this Contract: DEFCON 5J (Edn 18/11/16) Unique Identifiers, DEFCON 76 (Edn 12/06) Contractors on site, DEFCON 129J (Edn 18/11/16) Electronic business Delivery Form, DEFCON 516 (Edn 04/12) Equality, DEFCON 520 (Edn 18/11/16) Corrupt gifts and payments of commission, DEFCON 522 (Edn 18/11/16) Payment and Recovery of Sums Due, DEFCON 531 (Edn 11/14) Disclosure of Information, DEFCON 534 (Edn 18/11/16) Subcontracting and Prompt Payment, DEFCON 566 (Edn 07/14) Change of control contractor, DEFCON 642 (Edn 06/14) Progress meetings. The following DEFFORMs will be used: DF111 Addresses And Other Information, DF10 Acceptance Of Offer Of Contract

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
  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience as a Test Automation Analyst / Engineer.
  • Minimum of 2+ years in coding in HP UFT 12.x against Oracle APEX and .NET Applications.
  • Minimum of 2+ years’ recent experience of writing and executing automation test scripts using Selenium/Java/Canopy/F#/Specflow against Oracle APEX and .NET Applications.
  • Experience in web browser testing including Apex 4.x & 5.x, IE8/IE11 & Chrome scripts compatibility.
  • Must have used Red hat Enterprise Linux Server 6.x, Oracle 10g and 11g and regression / exploratory testing against Oracle Apex applications.
  • Experience in using other tools such as Selenium, TestNG, ANT, Eclipse, WinSCP 5.x, Beyond Compare 3.x and Putty.
  • Extensive experience in System Integration Testing and Continuous Integration (using Jenkins or TeamCity) against Oracle Apex Applications and .NET applications.
  • Must have good knowledge of Oracle 10g and 11g including writing and executing complex SQL queries using Toad for Oracle 12.x & SQL Developer.
  • Must have knowledge of API Testing / Web Services Testing using SoapUI 5.x.
  • Has previous experience at deploying and testing manual and automation test scripts against CPU Patches and O/S patches for both Windows and Linux platforms, including Service Packs.
  • To perform VM tasks and maintain test environment using VMware vSphere Client 6.x and VMware vRealize Automation Tool 7.x.
  • A good knowledge & understanding of building and provisioning servers within Microsoft Azure.
  • Current experience of testing on Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2005, 2008 & 2012.
  • Ability to write test plans, test reports, test strategy and user guides.
  • Competency and proven ability in the use of MS TFS and HP ALM 12.x to maintain test suites, execution of tests and defect tracking.
  • Has a development or DBA background in coding.
  • Has current experience working on both pre-production and production Linux and Windows platform.
  • Excellent communication and co-ordination skills when conducting daily stand-ups, team meetings and demonstrations.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience working within a secure defence environment.
  • Experiencing of working in an Agile DevOps delivery environment.
  • Experience and clear understanding of Agile Scrum / BDD Methodologies.
  • Performance testing experience using HP Loadrunner.
  • HP ALM 12.2 administrative experience.
  • ISEB Foundation/Practitioner Qualification.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team within our organisation and other suppliers.
  • Transparent & collaborative when making decisions.
  • Has a no-blame culture and encourages people to learn from their mistakes.
  • Previous experience of working within a Defence environment
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

30%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Could you please confirm that stated 129 days is 129 days of work. Thank you.
129 days is 129 business days excluding bank holidays.
2. Is there a current incumbent?
There is no current incumbent
3. Is there a current incumbent?
There is no current incumbent
4. Could you please inform if this role is inside or outside IR35?
Having applied the HMRC online employment status assessment tool, the working practices of this engagement are shown to fall outside the scope of the intermediaries legislation (IR35).
5. UPDATE TO ALL SUPPLIERS:
Please note that any applicants who are deemed commercially compliant will be requested to provide a CV. This is to provide the Authority with more detail for the technical evaluation.