Awarded to Aker Systems Limited

Start date: Friday 25 August 2017
Value: £376,000
Company size: SME
Home Office

DAC-032- C8365 DQ Product Manager

12 Incomplete applications

10 SME, 2 large

14 Completed applications

12 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Wednesday 26 July 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 28 July 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 2 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Product manager
Summary of the work
We need a senior Product Manager to oversee our growing team in Bedfont Lakes to lead multi-disciplinary, agile teams in delivering digital data quality services that meet the needs of users. With the overall objective of improving the quality of data received from airline carriers.
Latest start date
Friday 25 August 2017
Expected contract length
up to 24 months
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate
£800 Ex-VAT

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
A multi-disciplinary agile team including UX designer, front-end developers, back-end developers, content designer, dev ops, architectures, delivery managers, business analysts and service manager.
What the specialist will work on
The senior product manager will provide the vision and focus to for the DQ Teams to deliver the digital data quality capabilities as a service that provides reporting and analytics aviation data sets to Home Office 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.
Working arrangements
The supplier is expected supply a resource working within a feature team made of up of the specialist skills required to deliver the outcomes. 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
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
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the ways of working detailed in the Government Digital Service manual and standards ( - 8%
  • 4 years experience as a product manager in the principles and application of agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban - 12%
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering in a DevOps environment – 6%
  • The ability to passionately pursue a vision and articulate it to a wide audience, from team members to Director General level -6%
  • Demonstrable experience of evaluating and solving problems creatively and laterally when needed, using appropriate evidence and data over instinct wherever possible to inform product decisions - 7%
  • Experience working with user researchers and designers to discover and understand the needs of users, and to gain a wider perspective of the landscape surrounding activities and policies – 7%
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and communicating a coherent product roadmap and strategy – 7%
  • Demonstrable knowledge of working with aviation data from a data quality perspective – 12%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Understanding of the relevant legislation pertaining to information management within the Government/Public Sector – e.g. Government Data Standards / Data Protection Act / General Data Protection Regulation
  • Understanding of data quality stands relating to ISO 8000-1

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work well in a collaborative agile team – 1%
  • Be open and inviting of the views of others and respond despite pressure to ignore, revert or concede – 1%
  • Be adaptive to constant changes – 2%
  • Comfortable with ad-hoc research request from other teams and provide support when can – 1%
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can you confirm the IR35 assessment result please?
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. Will you sponsor SC clearance?
3. 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
4. Can a candidate with DV clearance be considered for this role?
5. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
5 working days
6. Can more than one candidate per supplier be submitted for this role ?
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Is occasional remote working allowed?
Only by exception
11. What is the total number for positions open for this role?
12. What is the total number for positions open for this role?
13. 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.
14. 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