Awarded to Empiric Solutions Limited

Start date: Monday 9 October 2017
Value: £91,200
Company size: SME
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

UK SBS IT17368 BEIS Lead Technical Architect

8 Incomplete applications

8 SME, 0 large

9 Completed applications

6 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Published
Tuesday 22 August 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 24 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 29 August 2017 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
BEIS require a Lead Technical Architect to provide technical leadership to the development team.
The aim is to create digital services that support grant applications, assessments and on-going monitoring. This is in Beta phase and so any subsequent phases will require a Digital Service Standard assessment and GDS Spend approval.
Latest start date
Monday 9 October 2017
Expected contract length
3 months with the option to extend for up to an additional 3 months
Location
London
Organisation the work is for
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Maximum day rate
£800

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Service Manager, Product Manager, Delivery Manager, Developer, Apprentice Developer, User Researcher/Business Analyst
What the specialist will work on
BEIS require a Lead Technical Architect to work on a Beta phase digital grant application service.

The Technical Architect will be required to:

• Provide technical leadership and consultancy to development team, ensuring infrastructure is fit for purpose, whilst meeting time and budget constraints.

• Provide solution architecture options appraisals and solution development for all line of business applications across the departmental pipeline.

• The specialist must also be able to act as a technical assessor on Digital Service Standard assessments.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET
Working arrangements
The working arrangements will be Monday to Friday on site.
A professional working day, hours and working pattern as needed to deliver the service in an efficient way.
Mainly based from our office in Westminster, London.
Potential for remote working one day per week subject to business needs.
Security clearance
Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) is required.

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
  • Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise... (Please leave this answer blank as it will not be scored)
  • to work to Digital Service Standards and Government Digital Service Spend Approvals and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this project (15%)
  • in elements such as gov.uk PaaS; Notify; Verify and also demonstrate your understanding of GDS Government as a Platform and how this will benefit this project (10%)
  • in software development, testing and application/solution architecture (specifically open source technologies) and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this project (10%)
  • to lead technical teams and deliver user-focused services and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this project (5%)
  • to work in and with agile environments, continual delivery techniques and DevOps cultures and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this project (5%)
  • to develop solution design documentation that is reusable and comprehensible for technical teams and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this project (5%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise to... (Please leave this answer blank as it will not be scored)
  • balance changing priorities and deal with ambiguity and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this project (5%)
  • communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences at both a strategic and operational level and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this project (5%)

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how you will... (Please leave this answer blank as it will not be scored)
  • work well as part of a collaborative agile team throughout this project (5%)
  • express courage throughout this project (e.g. can express and deal with controversial views, confront reality, make tough decisions, question actions inconsistent with group behaviours, candid about progress/estimates) (3%)
  • approach vulnerability throughout this project (e.g. declare uncertainty, fear, recognise mistakes, apologise, acknowledge weaknesses) (3%)
  • take responsibility throughout this project (e.g.act like a leader, serve your team, provide solutions to problems, engage in external/internal environments, seek the best for the organisation beyond your team) (2%)
  • ensure simplicity throughout this project (e.g. take simple steps to goals, do less but better, mitigate failures, talk straight with respect) (3%)
  • maintain excellence throughout this project (e.g. seek actionable feedback, set challenging targets, know users, deliver cost effective high level customer satisfaction) (2%)
  • maintain enthusiasm throughout this project (e.g. bring whole self to work, celebrate success, share passion and energy with others, optimistic) (2%)
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. What is the IR35 status of this opportunity?
This is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup
2. Is this DOS requirement considered to be outside of IR35?
This is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup
3. Hi, Is there resource already in place for this requirement or is this a brand new position? Thanks
There has been resource in place and a handover will be provided.
4. Is this role subject to the new IR35 regulations? In or Out?
This is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup
5. Team, Regarding the ‘UK SBS IT17368 BEIS Lead Technical Architect’ request is this inside or outside of the IR35? Comments Appreciated
This is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup
6. Are we permitted to use subcontractors?
Yes, provided that there is a clear route for escalation.
7. Is this role inside or outside of IR35?
This is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup
8. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
The estimated date on which suppliers will be informed of the shortlisting outcome is Monday 11th September.
9. Will this role be within IR35?
This is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup
10. What are the other expenses which will be paid?
No expenses will be paid.
11. What technologies will the consultant work on or should have experience with , please give detail
The consultant will be working in a SCALA programming language with a PLAY framework.
The database is Postgress with SLICK as the connector
Hosted on GOV.UK PaaS based on cloudfoundry A.P.I
12. Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid?
There is no travel required for this role. No travel expenses will be paid.
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 ?
We will consider all applicants who are permitted to work in the UK.
15. 1. Regarding the BPSS clearance status, if the candidate does not hold active BPSS clearance and is willing to go through the process, can this be considered, if yes will you sponsor the security clearance 2. Can any other higher security clearance be considered?
1. Owing to timelines the candidate must be able to start work with all security checks completed on the advertised start date. We will consider applicants who do not hold active clearance provided their application is underway. We will not sponsor the security clearance.

2. Yes, the BPSS is the minimum. We will accept SC and other higher levels of clearance.