This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Friday 13 May 2016
Home Office

Programme Head of QA

0 Incomplete applications

25 Completed applications

22 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Friday 29 April 2016
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 6 May 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 13 May 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Quality assurance analyst
Summary of the work
Test Design &Consultancy Services are part of HO Technology. Providing specialist services to support the successful delivery of a challenging mix of digital and technology programmes. This role is primarily responsible for assisting in the delivery of QA and testing for projects. This is a re-procurement of an existing role.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
2 Years
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The role will involve managing over 50 mixed supplier and civil servant resources.
What the specialist will work on
Initiating and influencing test automation and test engineering practices Initiating and influencing the use of a broad range of tools, including open source and cloud based Ensuring and advising on integration testing at an organisational level, which may involve complex technical integration with other organisations Ensuring/ advising on the use of analytical techniques Enable the use of exploratory testing techniques and evaluating aspects of user experience, accessibility, compatibility and performance Initiating and influencing the delivery of test engineering within an agile environment Ensure and advise on how to apply test engineering practices to support the digital by default service standard

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Central London and Croydon
Working arrangements
On site 5 days per week. Expenses will not be paid for travel within the M25. Travel to other parts of the country will be claimable at the standard Home Office expenses rate.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Standard 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
  • Experience of large scale integration testing of cloud based platforms
  • Experience of large scale Data Migrations into cloud based platforms
  • Ability to define and implement agile test strategies at an organisational level
  • Experience of running large (>40) performance and automation testing teams based on open source tooling
  • Significant experience in QA testing practices including system, system integration, accessibility, compatibility, performance and exploratory testing
  • Experience of integrating Test/DevOps tooling within a Continuous Integration lifecycle
  • Experience of testing Big Data Hadoop frameworks
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of integration of biometric systems experience working on government digital projects
  • Experience of DevOps toolsets including Jenkins, Puppet, Ansible, Nexus, Atlassian suite of tools
  • Experience of HortonWorks Big Data framework
  • Experience in containerisation e.g. Docker

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Transparent and collaborative when making decisions
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Could you please clarify how the tender will be evaluated on this; - Will it be interviews direct with the candidates? - If you will interview, will it be before the closing date of this tender? - Will you evaluate the CVs?
The evaluation will be based on responses received, which should demonstrate how the candidate meets the skill set. Interviews will be held with up to a maximum of 3 candidates, which will decide the successful candidate.
2. What is the day rate of pay range?
There is no pay range
3. What level of Security Clearance needs attained?
SC will be required. Security Clearance is not used as an evaluation criteria.
4. How many specialists can we submit? Currently I have 5 who all have the relevant skill set, experience and large government programme work history.
I would expect no more than 3 candidates to be submitted by any one supplier
5. Has this position been advertised to selected suppliers or this is accessible to all suppliers on this framework?
We are able to narrow the supplier field down through the on-line information, e.g Location, but we have no visibility of which suppliers have been invited to respond.
6. Our Program Manager worked with Home Office ( HOIT) department in past, through 'another supplier', his contract with 'the other supplier' expired in March-2015, He was 90% skill matching the requirement, wondering if we can submit his profile on this role?
If you feel that there is no contractual reasons why your resource would not be able to take up this role, should they be successful, his profile may be sumitted.
7. SC Clearance: Will the proposed candidate be required to have SC or will the Home Office sponsor clearance if a confirmed appointment
The successful candidate will be expected to have SC clearance, or work through the Home Office to attain SC clearance.
8. Is it possible to have 1 month onsite, 1 month remote kind of delivery?
9. Should this role be positioned under Programme Manager rather than as an Analyst ? We have submitted an Application but the portal forced us to price for Analyst .... ?
The role has been positioned where it could be positioned.
10. As an independent IT testing and QA service provider on g-cloud not a recruitment company. We can provide you with the level of consultant you are looking for the period of the contract and wanted to understand if this is something you would be happy to consider.
Yes. If the criteria can be met and submissions are made via the invitation on the DOS framework. This is not a G-Cloud competition.
11. Please confirm if the SC clearance mentioned on the description must be a current, valid clearance or if HO can process a clearance application for candidates who may not be cleared already.
The successful candidate will be expected to have SC clearance, or work through the Home Office to attain SC clearance.
12. The description notes that the candidate will be assessed by interview – please confirm if this will be a phone or face to face (or both).
The evaluation will be based on responses received, which should demonstrate how the candidate meets the skill set. Interviews will be held with up to a maximum of 3 candidates, which will decide the successful candidate. The final assessment will either be face to face or via telephone
13. Please confirm the maximum day rate available for the role
We are not stipulating a day rate
14. Please confirm the test tools (performance, automation tools etc) HO Tech – wording on the description is “broad range of tools”
I would suggest the candidate CV's detail of the test tools that the candidate is familiar with.
15. Please confirm breakdown of team of 50 that this person will manage – are they all test engineers or some as team leads?
The IPT Programme is made up of a mixture of civil servants, suppliers and contractors. The successful candidate will be expected to manage those in his team(s). There are leads in certain areas, who will manage, but the management is not confined to test engineers.
16. Is this resource expected to be hands-on?
17. The only framework mentioned on the spec is Hadoop – will this person need to have experience of automation frameworks i.e. Cucumber
If it is not mentioned in the spec, the candidate will not be evaluated on it.
18. If a programme test manager only has minor exposure to Hadoop (ie evaluated and decided against it a framework in previous projects), is that enough? How essential is Hadoop experience?
Hadoop is mentioned in the essential skill requirements section. The candidate must have a working knowledge of Hadoop