Awarded to Ixydo Ltd

Start date: Monday 7 August 2017
Value: £118,680
Company size: SME
Government Digital Service, GOV.UK Verify

WP1424 Technical Architect Specialist for GOV.UK Verify

11 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 2 large

19 Completed applications

15 SME, 4 large

Important dates

Wednesday 28 June 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 30 June 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
GOV.UK Verify is migrating from a VMWare based environment to AWS. This role requires extensive knowledge of both types of environment ensuring the migration optimises the services offered by AWS whilst minimising lock-in, in parallel with improving the architecture to enable resilience, rapid scaling, and ease of maintenance and change.
Latest start date
Monday 7 August 2017
Expected contract length
1 Year
Organisation the work is for
Government Digital Service, GOV.UK Verify
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
working with the webops team, developers, delivery managers, product managers, Security operations and senior stakeholders
What the specialist will work on
Migration from VMWare-based IaaS to AWS ensuring resilience, scalability and maintainability of final outcome.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
10 Whitechapel High St, London E1 8DX
Working arrangements
Normal hours 9 - 5.30am Monday to Friday. Expected to be on site a minimum of 3 days a week, using Slack and other channels to keep in communication with team when working remotely. Expected to attend stand-ups, retros ect. Contribute to describing and breaking down epics, provide documentation on technical solutions/decisions,creating presentations for stakeholders and providing other structured knowledge sharing opportunities.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Cabinet Office Travel and Subsistence expense policy applies

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
  • strong systems development and architecture experience in diverse cloud environments, with good knowledge of open source technologies and testing
  • experience of modern infrastructures such as cloud native infrastructure, virtualisation technologies and virtual networking
  • experience of configuration management tools like puppet, ansible or chef
  • experience of operating a service, including monitoring, diagnosis and incident resolution
  • experience designing and implementing secure systems and a good understanding or experience of implementation and running of a PKI
  • experience scaling online services
  • ability to develop solution design documentation that is reusable and comprehensible for technical teams
  • understanding of how to prioritise work in a fast, customer centric, environment
  • understanding of agile environments, continual delivery techniques and devops cultures
  • understanding of how to influence senior management and communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences
Nice-to-have skills and experience
an awareness of how to budget in an on-demand environment and an understanding of legal implications

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Commitment to excellence
  • Culture of taking responsibility for owning issues and resolving and problems.
  • Commitment to team working
  • Your approach to resolving technical and business risks or issues in a collaborative way that maximises productivity and business outcomes.
  • Your approach to transferring knowledge and experience to civil servants to support learning from this engagement.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is this role in addition to the Outcomes Opportunity "WP1410: Dev Ops capability for Verify"? It seems to be describing the same project, or is this for a separate team?
No. This is a replacement of WP1410
2. Maximum number of applications (candidates) we could submit
One candidate
3. Date on which feedback would be provided for the applications submitted.
Within 4 working days of the opportunity closing
4. Please could you confirm the IR35 Status of this role.
5. May i know day rate for this opportunity? It is not mentioned on this advert. Can you please reply me at earliest?
We are not setting day rate cap, all bids will be considered.