Awarded to Triad Group Plc

Start date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
Value: £286,000
Company size: SME
Home Office Borders Technology Portfolio

Borders Big Match Developer

8 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 1 large

3 Completed applications

3 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Friday 19 May 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 26 May 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 2 June 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
Contribute to the development of the Borders AFTC service working in an Agile delivery environment. Working closely with data on-boarding, data analytics and devops teams within the project. Role focuses on Infosphere “Big Match for Hadoop”.
Latest start date
Sunday 30 July 2017
Expected contract length
Up to 24 months or completion of the services.
South East England
Organisation the work is for
Home Office Borders Technology Portfolio
Maximum day rate
Maximum day rate of up to £700.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Key stakeholders within Border Force, Home Office Digital Data and Technology, Home Office and Security Services. The programmes are resourced by a range of specialist resources including Home Office Civil Servants and other government Civil Servants.
What the specialist will work on
The developer will need to be an SME in: Infosphere Big Match for Hadoop, Hadoop, HBase, MapReduce, Java 8, REST, TDD,
BDD (specifically Cucumber), Microservices architecture, GitHub / GitLab, use of branching and merging strategies, Clean code

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The Specialist is predominantly based at Home Office premises at Lunar House, Croydon, CR9 2BY, but may be required to attend Marsham Street, London, SW1; and MetroPoint , Croydon; Surrey; or other locations as necessary.
Working arrangements
This role requires being physically on site Monday – Friday. Approximate hours are 09:00 – 18:00.

Specialists will work primarily on-site with teams as required and report to management on site. Specialists are expected to work across the multiple sites as required. Expenses will conform to HO internal policies and will not be payable to Westminster, Croydon, or Heathrow.
Security clearance
Security clearance of Security Check (SC) is required.

Additional information

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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Infosphere Big Match for Hadoop
  • Hadoop
  • HBase
  • MapReduce
  • Java 8
  • REST
  • TDD
  • BDD (specifically Cucumber)
  • Microservices architecture
  • Fluent in English and good communication skills
  • Experience working within a Scrum team and familiarity with CI development techniques and environments
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • YARN
  • Samza
  • Kafka
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
  • GitHub / GitLab, use of branching and merging strategies
  • Clean code
  • Linux
  • IntelliJ
  • JIRA
  • Confluence

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work well in a team within our organisation.
  • Mentor members of the team.
  • Transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Have a flexible attitude and temperament.
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is the engagement inside or outside the scope of IR35? Could you please confirm if this role has been assessed as falling within or without of IR35 legislation or subject to 'off pay-roll working'?
Following review this role is deemed to be outside the scope of IR35 of the Intermediaries legislation. Availability to start is a key criteria within the process.
2. There are multiple roles here with slightly different role ID's. How many candidates are we allowed to submit? Is it one candidate per role, or one candidate across the similar roles?
Each supplier is requested to provide one applicant submission and associated CV per role.
3. Can a candidate without SC Clearance apply? Will the Home Office sponsor the SC Clearance? The role states that SC will be required. Is it advisable for a candidate to have SC prior to applying or would the Home Office be willing to accept a suitable candidate without SC and then put them through the clearance process?
The advert refers to Security Clearance being required. Candidates may be working towards obtaining this level of clearance, but candidates are required to have this in place by the latest start date. The Home Office may support the candidate with this process upon appointment, but this must be in place by employment commencement.
4. Can a candidate with DV clearance be considered for this role ?
Candidates with DV Clearance will have already undergone Security Clearance level checks and will therefore be considered as part of this process.
5. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
The Home Office is aiming to conclude the evaluation stage of the process before the end of June.
6. Is occasional remote working allowed?
Specialists will work primarily on-site with teams as required and report to management on site. Only approved IT facilities and equipment may be used and off-site or home working may be required at times subject to line management review and agreement. Specialists are expected to work across the multiple sites as required.
7. What is the total number for positions open for this role ?
Each supplier is requested to provide one applicant submission and associated CV per role. There is one position open for this role as detailed within the advertisement.
8. Will the day rate be excluding VAT or including VAT ?
All day rates quoted will be exclusive of VAT.
9. Please confirm the years of experience that you require your person to have?
Proposed candidates will possess varying levels of experience and skills within their overall applications. On this basis the Home Office will assess all areas of applications and a set number of years of experience is not part of that assessment.
10. Is there a current incumbent?
The Home Office has both new and existing requirements for this type of role with both incumbent suppliers and new suppliers.