This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Monday 31 July 2017
Ministry of Defence, Information Systems & Services

ISS Microsoft Remote Desktop Service (RDS) Specialist

4 Incomplete applications

4 SME, 0 large

3 Completed applications

2 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
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Designing and providing architectural expertise to implement Microsoft RDS into an existing Hadoop architecture. Work includes production and maintenance of high and low level designs and ensuring alignment with wider project direction.
Latest start date
Monday 21 August 2017
Expected contract length
Intial contract will be for 50 days with 3 month extensions to the 2 year point.
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence, Information Systems & Services
Maximum day rate
Please submit your day rate. Please note that Intermediaries legislation applies to this assignment, take this into account when choosing your candidate and ensure they are aware at the outset.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Civilian and contractors within the ISS Security Infrastructure Cyber CySAFA team.
What the specialist will work on
The experts will be responsible for designing and providing architectural expertise for the implementation of Microsoft RDS into an existing Hadoop architecture for a major cyber defence project. The work will include the production and maintenance of the high level and low level designs for the solution, ensuring alignment with wider project direction.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
ARK Datacentres, Spring Park, Westwells Road, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9GB
Working arrangements
Tasking will take place from Corsham . Standard office hours, the working day is 8 hours to include 30 minutes for lunch. Day visits may be required to CGI, Reading. Travel and subsistence will be provided for off-site working at MoD Civilian Rates. All resources will be provided and access to the organisation's IT system; no personal or company laptops will be permitted on site. No other expenses will be payable. No remote working permitted.
Security clearance
SC clearance must be in place prior to the contract starting due to the projects the individual is required to work with. SC status must be valid for the duration of the contract. SC, BPSS or Disclosure Scotland is not acceptable and the Authority will NOT sponsor Clearance.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Intermediaries legislation applies to this assignment (Inside IR35), take this into account when choosing your candidate and ensure they are aware at the outset. We aim to get feedback to you within ONE week of the advert closing. The Authority WILL NOT sponsor SC Clearance, it must be in place and valid for the duration. Candidates who make the shortlist will be asked to provide a Work History, a template will be issued for this. Only T&S will be paid no other expenses. No remote working. Flexible start date for right candidate!

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
  • A proven track record in designing and implementing Hortonworks, 25%
  • A proven track record in designing and implementing Microsoft RDS thin-client solutions, 25%
  • Experience of delivering in an Agile (Scrum) framework, 15%
  • Have know-how of how to identify and raise project dependencies, whilst working in a wider team with multiple projects in-flight, 10%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Previous experience of working on cyber defence projects, 5%
  • Familiarity with ARK Datacentres / Crown Hosting facilities, 5%
  • Have ability to evaluate information and present in such a way that is easily understood by the target audience, including through written and oral communication, 5%
  • Have ability to own issues and drive them to resolution. Provide direction to inform sound decisions based on business priority and technical feasibility, 5%
  • Have ability to think creatively and be able to articulate innovative ideas to solving complex business and IT problems, 5%

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Experience working with Ministry of Defence IT systems, networks, and end user devices (MODNet, DII, CirtNet, RLI, SLI, Deployed systems).
  • Have excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and a positive approach
  • Have the people skills to work with senior stakeholders to secure access to people in their working environment.
  • Easy daily access to MOD Corsham site (for team meetings and during implementation/testing phase)
  • Values and behaviours in line with MOD core values
Assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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