Awarded to Rainmaker Solutions

Start date: Monday 9 October 2017
Value: £108,000
Company size: SME
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Technical Architect

12 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 1 large

13 Completed applications

10 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Published
Tuesday 29 August 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 31 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 5 September 2017 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Work with SEPA to define the Technical Architect role and associated roles within SEPA's new digital delivery service.
Work as part of a team to ensure new systems and services are robust, scalable, open & secure.
Support teams establishing key processes, documentation, tools & techniques.
Knowledge transfer & exit strategy.
Latest start date
Monday 25 September 2017
Expected contract length
6 months (25/09/17 to 30/03/18)
Location
Scotland
Organisation the work is for
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Maximum day rate
£800

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Senior managers, for example Head of IS and Transforming Regulatory Information Systems Project Lead
Digital teams delivering initial services
What the specialist will work on
Provision of specialist advice to senior managers and digital teams.
Work with SEPA to define the Technical Architect role and associated roles within SEPA's new digital delivery service.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Angus Smith Building, Maxim 6. Parklands Avenue,
Eurocentral, Holytown, North Lanarkshire, ML1 4WQ
Working arrangements
35 hour working week
5 days a week face-to-face meetings
working as part of a team
Security clearance
Disclosure Scotland Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

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
  • Proven track record (minimum 5 years) of working in digital transformation of public and/or private sector organisation
  • Experience leading technical teams and delivering user-focussed services
  • Strong software development and application architecture experience, with good knowledge of open source technologies, testing and at least one programming language
  • Experience of scaling online services
  • Awareness of emerging security issues
  • Ability to read and understand solution design documentation
  • Understanding of agile environments., continual delivery techniques and dev-ops cultures
  • Understanding of how to influence senior management and communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Eagerness to influence how digital services are delivered within SEPA and across government
  • Experience of designing and implementing secure systems
  • Experience of mentoring technical staff and managing stakeholders
  • Understanding of government best practices, standards and policies
  • Experience of cloud technologies, enterprise integration tools and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools
  • Awareness of how to budget in an on-demand environment and an understanding of legal implications
  • View technology as an enabler of great digital services

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
10
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame attitude and encourage people to be open about and learn from their mistakes
  • Take responsibility and ownership for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Challenge the status quo with the right balance of rigour and diplomacy
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can I ask what the current development team are working with on the technology stack, for example is it Java and Linux or C# .Net?
o SEPA are WinTel running Windows 2012 R2 Server side and Windows7 and MS Office 2010 tools on desktop
o Server Estate (some 250+) is fully virtualised using VMWare/Citrix
o Desktop VDI provisioned to 1300 staff across 25 locations using Citrix
o Mobile devices include laptops/iPad
o Longstanding Oracle house currently on 11G
o Historically SQL/Forms/Apex main development tools
o Significant Web presence hosted by Pulsant
o Website built on .Net/Umbraco CMS
2. Does this role fall inside or outside of the "off payroll" working legislation?
o If the applicant is working through their own intermediary which is either a partnership, limited company or other person not being an agency, they fall within IR35
o If the applicant is a consultancy company or agency who pay tax and NIC, they will fall outside IR35
o If the applicant is a sole trader, they will need to be treated as employed
o Ultimately we are unable to confirm the IR35 status until the evaluation process is complete, the successful candidate is agreed and the individual’s circumstances are processed through the HMRC ‘check employment status for tax’ tool.
3. What is the IR35 status of this position?
o If the applicant is working through their own intermediary which is either a partnership, limited company or other person not being an agency, they fall within IR35
o If the applicant is a consultancy company or agency who pay tax and NIC, they will fall outside IR35
o If the applicant is a sole trader, they will need to be treated as employed
o Ultimately we are unable to confirm the IR35 status until the evaluation process is complete, the successful candidate is agreed and the individual’s circumstances are processed through the HMRC ‘check employment status for tax’ tool.
4. Is there flexibility around location, with some ability to work remotely and via video conference?
The role is based 5 days a week on site.
5. Can you confirm if this is "inside or outside of IR35" please?
o If the applicant is working through their own intermediary which is either a partnership, limited company or other person not being an agency, they fall within IR35
o If the applicant is a consultancy company or agency who pay tax and NIC, they will fall outside IR35
o If the applicant is a sole trader, they will need to be treated as employed
o Ultimately we are unable to confirm the IR35 status until the evaluation process is complete, the successful candidate is agreed and the individual’s circumstances are processed through the HMRC ‘check employment status for tax’ tool.
6. Please can you advise if this role will be inside or outside of IR35?
o If the applicant is working through their own intermediary which is either a partnership, limited company or other person not being an agency, they fall within IR35
o If the applicant is a consultancy company or agency who pay tax and NIC, they will fall outside IR35
o If the applicant is a sole trader, they will need to be treated as employed
o Ultimately we are unable to confirm the IR35 status until the evaluation process is complete, the successful candidate is agreed and the individual’s circumstances are processed through the HMRC ‘check employment status for tax’ tool.
7. Please can you confirm your IR35 assessment result?
o If the applicant is working through an intermediary which is either a partnership, limited company or other person not being an agency, they fall within IR35
o If the applicant is a consultancy company or agency who pay tax and NIC, they will fall outside IR35
o If the applicant is a sole trader, they will need to be treated as employed
o Ultimately we are unable to confirm the IR35 status until the evaluation process is complete, the successful candidate is agreed and the individual’s circumstances are processed through the HMRC ‘check employment status for tax’ tool.
8. Does this fall inside or outside IR35?
o If the applicant is working through their own intermediary which is either a partnership, limited company or other person not being an agency, they fall within IR35
o If the applicant is a consultancy company or agency who pay tax and NIC, they will fall outside IR35
o If the applicant is a sole trader, they will need to be treated as employed
o Ultimately we are unable to confirm the IR35 status until the evaluation process is complete, the successful candidate is agreed and the individual’s circumstances are processed through the HMRC ‘check employment status for tax’ tool.
9. Please could you confirm if this role is inside or outside IR35?
o If the applicant is working through their own intermediary which is either a partnership, limited company or other person not being an agency, they fall within IR35
o If the applicant is a consultancy company or agency who pay tax and NIC, they will fall outside IR35
o If the applicant is a sole trader, they will need to be treated as employed
o Ultimately we are unable to confirm the IR35 status until the evaluation process is complete, the successful candidate is agreed and the individual’s circumstances are processed through the HMRC ‘check employment status for tax’ tool.
10. What scope for expenses is allowed for?
o Only travel and subsistence costs relating to the delivery of the role (if required) are allowed for. These expenses shall be aligned to SEPA’s Business Expense Rates (excluding VAT) as follows:
 Motor vehicle mileage 38p per mile
 Hotel (including breakfast) £71.00 per person per night
 Lunch £6.00 (if staying overnight)
 Dinner £21.00 (if staying overnight)