Awarded to Redweb Ltd

Start date: Tuesday 29 August 2017
Value: £336,000
Company size: SME
Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Scala Developer

12 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 1 large

13 Completed applications

11 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Thursday 3 August 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 7 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 10 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
Developer to take a maintenance and incremental change role initially covering one service but would also include the other services that fall under Service Optimisation team's responsibility. These are delivered in an Agile manner to the cloud hosted platform.
Latest start date
Thursday 31 August 2017
Expected contract length
2 years
Organisation the work is for
Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The domain stakeholders, delivery manager, working in an agile environment.
What the specialist will work on
Work Packages include:
1. Acting as the lead developer for a specific service.
2. Incremental development of the service to evolve the service to more closely meet the Technical Design Authority approved technical stack, so follow the road-map.
3. Ensure the service applications meet best practice coding and structural designs.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Fleet Street/Westminster
Working arrangements
Typically on-site, with some opportunity to work remotely.
Security clearance
SC Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process

Additional information

Additional 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
  • Have in-depth experience of Scala programming
  • In-depth knowledge of modern JavaScript and Node.JS and use of the express JS framework
  • Have In-depth Knowledge of MySQL or Postgres
  • In-depth web design and development experience with CSS and SASS
  • Good knowledge of Docker and Kumbernetes
  • In depth experience of working in an agile environment, including continuous delivery
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Monitoring with Sysdig
  • Experience with AWS (Amazon Web Services)
  • Familiarity with Drone.10 CI

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work in a multi-discipline team
  • Can work with stakeholders with low technical expertise
  • Able to manage own work tasks with minimal management
  • Be transparent and collaborative
  • Focus on delivery
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Does this role fall within the off payroll worker legislation?
We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
2. Will this role be within IR35?
We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
3. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
The panel will aim to send their shortlisting results by week ending 18th August 2017.
4. Can a candidate with DV clearance be considered for this role?
5. Will you sponsor SC clearance?
6. Can more than one candidate per supplier be submitted for this role?
No, on the Digital Market place, a supplier can only submit one candidate per role.
7. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Thursday 31 August 2017?
The latest start date remains the same but will depend on the successful candidates clearance process.
8. What are the other expenses which will be paid?
Other than travel expenses for business needs, other expenses will not be covered.
9. Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later?
CVs can be sent in either PDF or Doc format.
10. Is occasional remote working allowed?
11. Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid ?
There may be travel involved to different regional sites in the UK and any travel required by the business will be paid.
12. What is the total number for positions open for this role?
There are 2 roles available for Scala Developers on the team – The other, Another vacancy is currently live on the Digital Market Place as a separate vacancy.
13. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT?
The day rate is exclusive of VAT.
14. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ?
Our security team require the successful candidate to fall into these categories below:
-British Citizen
-EEA Citizen (or Swiss or Turkish Citizen)
-Commonwealth Citizen with no time limit or restrictions on stay in the UK.
15. You have recently advertised for a similar Scala Developer opportunity. Please can you confirm whether this is a new requirement or an amended requirement?
This is a New requirement.