Awarded to Aker Systems Limited

Start date: Monday 7 August 2017
Value: £158,625
Company size: SME
Home Office

DAC-029 - Senior Full Stack Developer - C8360

7 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 1 large

9 Completed applications

8 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Monday 24 July 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 31 July 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
The DQ Digital Capabilities develop several different products that deliver services to Border Force and the ability to quickly develop web based apps is key to this. We are currently looking to develop more services and a Full Stack Developer will be part of core feature team to enable this.
Latest start date
Friday 25 August 2017
Expected contract length
12 Months with an option to extend up to a further 6 months
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate
£750 ex VAT

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
A multi-disciplinary agile team including UX designer, front-end developer, back-end developer, content designer, dev ops, architecture, delivery manager, product manager and service manager.
What the specialist will work on
The developer will be required to provide cover within a feature team that is developing several different data, web, and API, based applications and services. The Data Quality capability is a service that provides reporting and analytics on Advance Passenger Information and other Aviation based data sets to Border Force

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Main location for the work will be at Bedfont Lakes Business Park for 4-5 days, with occasional other locations being central London and Croydon. Remote working may be available where necessary.
Working arrangements
We expect the supplier to be flexible to our needs and can make working with a mixed team across multiple sites effective. Off site and remote working can be accommodated, however due to security considerations this would need to be discussed.
Travel to regional sites to be agreed, expenses incurred from travel outside of the M25/Greater London will be subject to Home Office Travel and Subsistence Policy.
Security clearance
All staff must be SC cleared. We will ask bidders for details of key personnel, if successful the bidder will be asked for confirmation of security clearance or we will initiate clearance process

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
The initial term of the agreement will be for 12 Months with and option to extend for a period up to a maximum of a further 6 months. CV will be requested after short-listing responses.

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 delivering data driven web applications using node.js and python – 9%
  • Proven experience of analysing and integrating multiple data sets in specialist domain sectors – 9%
  • Knowledge and experience of agile software delivery and DevOps, particularly: User story creation and management, Source control (using Git), TDD/BDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Documentation, Continuous Deployment – 14%
  • Experience of multiple RDBMS (Postgres, MySQL) and NoSQL technologies – 4%
  • Experience of Containerised applications using Docker & Kubernetes – 4%
  • Proven skills in developing and supporting RESTful API’s – 4%
  • Ability to develop data models for web based applications – 4%
  • Experienced in meeting the Government’s Digital Service Standards and understanding of how developers should follow best practice – 9%
  • Proven skills in securing web API’s, with appropriate authentication and authorisation routines – 4%
  • Experience in using Message Queues in a micro services architecture – 4%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Airline domain knowledge
  • Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) database systems
  • Operating services in an AWS Cloud-hosted environment

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Collaborative approach to delivery – 1%
  • Used to operating with a flat team hierarchy – 1%
  • Full team involvement in the development of user stories and story decomposition – 2%
  • Iterative software development methods, delivering MVPs quickly and then refactoring based on business priorities – 1%
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is this role likely to be inside or outside of IR35?
We don't yet know the IR35 status of this role. The IR35 status will depend on information the preferred supplier must provide before a contract can be awarded.
2. Can you clarify the need for SC clearance. Does this offer SC sponsorship for successful specialists willing to go through the process?
3. Will there be a technical/coding test as part of the interview process?
4. Regarding the SC clearance status, if the candidate does not hold active SC clearance and is willing to go through the process, can this be considered, if yes will you sponsor the security clearance
See response 2
5. Will you sponsor SC clearance
See response 2
6. Can a candidate with DV clearance be considered for this role?
7. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
5 working days
8. Can more than one candidate per supplier be submitted for this role?
9. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Friday 25 August 2017?
No, this is the latest known start date, but is dependent on the candidate having SC Clearance in place.
10. What are the other expenses which will be paid?
As stated:
Travel to regional sites to be agreed, expenses incurred from travel outside of the M25/Greater London will be subject to Home Office Travel and Subsistence Policy.
11. Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later.
PDF. Details for CV formatting will be sent to suppliers which are successfully short-listed.
12. Is occasional remote working allowed?
Only by exception
13. What is the total number for positions open for this role?
14. Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid ?
There may be occasional travel, with regard to expenses, as already stated:
Travel to regional sites to be agreed, expenses incurred from travel outside of the M25/Greater London will be subject to Home Office Travel and Subsistence Policy.
15. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT?
Exclusive of VAT
16. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ?
Yes, provided they meet the SC Clearance assessment.