Awarded to LA International Computer Consultants Limited

Start date: Monday 10 July 2017
Value: £249,480
Company size: large
Home Office

NLEDP 033a Solution Designer

18 Incomplete applications

15 SME, 3 large

15 Completed applications

12 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Tuesday 18 April 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 20 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 25 April 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
We require a set of designs defined which define the order in which functions are migrated from the PNC to LEDS and the Rollback Strategy. They shall be passed to delivery partners to implement.
The Solution Designer shall be responsible for these designs, working with programme colleagues on specific content.
Latest start date
9th May 2017, subject to clearance
Expected contract length
6 months with option to extend
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
• Reporting to the Transition Programme Manager for deliverables
• Working with the PNC Transition Architect reporting to the Programme’s Lead Architect on design.
• Working with the Data Replication Designer who will assist in some of the data-related design analysis and decisions.
• Engaging with members of the Law Enforcement Data Service (LEDS) Architecture Team, the existing Police Live Services team and with the programme’s Delivery Partners as necessary.
• External stakeholder engagement should be expected to deliver some of the design work.
What the specialist will work on
The specialist shall deliver the design specifications and complete the activities required to derive their content, for the following:

• Transition Service Packages
• Transition Risk Mitigation and Rollback

They shall articulate specifications to a level that an implementation team can use, and refine these specifications with colleagues and delivery partners; expertise is available for consultation such as infrastructure and security architects. The designs are generally technical, but will involve some process and data-related design.
The specialist shall also contribute to other transition deliverables . These cover:
• Interface and Batch treatment plans
• Data Replication
• Reconciliation

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
• Primary location: Home Office, Marsham Street, Westminster, London; Moving to Croydon later in the year.
• Other London sites.
• Visits to Hendon Data Centre, and some external stakeholders
Working arrangements
Some remote or home working is acceptable. However, this will need to be supported by a Home Office laptop to enable collaboration .
Some meetings can be by conference call, but most significant design meetings are expected to be face-to-face and require travel to a Home Office location or partner site.
Existing Subject Matter Experts located in Marsham Street or Hendon Data Centre will provide most of the information on the architectures and requirements.
The PNC Transition Architect shall provide guidance and assurance and is accountable for the alignment of the products to the PNC Transition Architecture and strategy.
Security clearance
SC or the ability to be cleared to this level

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
T&S will not be payable for travel to sites within the M25. Travel outside of the M25 will be subject to HO T&S policy

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
  • Identify risks related to migration projects of data, interfaces and services
  • Identify inter-dependencies that complicate migration approaches
  • Use a variety of techniques, such as workshops and prototyping, to clarify understanding and stakeholder expectations
  • Derive a solution design through assessing the principles, risks, constraints, benefits and complexities involved.
  • Design the solution detail. Where these are technical components, are Home Office preference is for java and open source solution blocks
  • Author design documentation through various solution views
  • Build and use a network of colleagues to deliver the best possible product
  • Delivery of a range of solution designs that have addressed the application, data and process domains
  • Designs that meet non-functional requirements such as high availability, application performance monitoring, encryption of data in motion (TLS) and audit
  • Risk evaluation and mitigation approaches
  • Worked on projects that have spanned multiple systems and integration points
  • sharing knowledge and working in a multi-disciplinary team
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Development and implementation of Java-based applications
  • Encryption of data at rest
  • IBM 3270 protocol used for Terminal Emulators or Directly Connected Terminals
  • Mainframe Technology
  • Message/data reconciliation approaches
  • Adabas databases and related Software AG products

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Seek constructive outcomes in discussions
  • Challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver an outcome
  • Personal management of time within a team
  • Make recommendations for decisions and options
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. What is the budget (excluding VAT) for this specialist?
We have not published a budget for this role as we are looking to the market to inform the rate.
2. Will this engagement be inside or outside of IR35?
We are awaiting further internal guidance on reviewing upcoming roles in line with the IR35 legislation.
3. Please may you confirm whether there is a current incumbent?
There is no incumbent. This is a new role.
4. What is the total number for positions open for this role?
5. Can more than one candidate per supplier be submitted for this role ?
6. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
as soon as possible but less than one week.
7. Can a candidate with DV clearance be considered for this role ?
8. Will you sponsor the SC clearance if the candidate is eligible ?
9. What level of remote working is likely to be acceptable for this position (days per week)?
We expect this to be up to two days per week.
10. What technologies will the consultant work on or should have experience with , please provide details ?
To include, but not limited to:

• JMS messaging
• Managing transition from old to new systems
• Exposure to IT Networking
11. Would having knowledge of other Home Office programmes, such as Home Office Biometrics be an advantage to the candidate?