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The deadline was Tuesday 5 September 2017
Home Office - Police National Computer

NLEDP 056 - Natural Language Programmer

1 Incomplete application

1 SME, 0 large

7 Completed applications

5 SME, 2 large

Important dates

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


Specialist role
Summary of the work
The role is responsible for developing new and enhanced PNC application software using Software AG’s Natural programming language
Latest start date
Monday 18 September 2017
Expected contract length
Minimum 6 Months. Potential for extension
Organisation the work is for
Home Office - Police National Computer
Maximum day rate
Price will form part of the evaluation criteria

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will be a member of the PNC ‘Names’ programming team which is comprised of a mix of Civil Servants and contractors
What the specialist will work on
Application software on the Police National Computer is written in Software AG’s Natural programming language. The existing software development team is becoming increasingly involved in supporting the National Law Enforcement Data Programme. Additional programming resource is required to maintain the PNC software development program.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Home Office, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF
Working arrangements
The appointed Contractor will be required to work onsite based at 2 Marsham Street, nominally 5 days per week. Home Office IT will be provided.
Security clearance
Clearance to NPPV3 level or commitment to undergo NPPV3 vetting procedure.

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
  • 3 years or more experience of software development using Software AG’s Natural programming language
  • Familiarity with major ADABAS calls
  • Understanding of how Natural statements relate to ADABAS commands
  • Ability to analyse, diagnose and resolve logic, coding issues in development and test environments
  • Ability to follow strict standards for performing unit and link testing of software components and batch processes
  • Production of module design artefacts, specifically module specifications and logic flow diagrams
  • Ability to clearly and confidently communicate with other parties at all levels, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to review all artefacts (e.g. program code, module specifications, test plans, diagrams etc.) with confidence to challenge the author on matters of completeness or correctness in a cordial manner
  • Ability to work with colleagues at all levels in the organisation
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience with Fujitsu BS2000 JCL although applicants with sound experience of JCL on a different platform (e.g. IBM MVS) will be considered
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and manage expectations of stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently, be self motivated and organised, and adept in written and verbal communication skills

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Experience of working with Central Government or major private sector corporates.
  • Evidence of how the proposed Contractor would integrate with existing team members, take ownership of problems, resolve issues, and overcome barriers.
  • Demonstrable ability to work within the spirit of the Civil Service code, as at
  • Commitment to transfer acquired knowledge & skills to Civil Servant team members
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Q1. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
A1. The requirement is urgent and we will endeavour to provide feedback to suppliers expeditiously.
2. Q2. Will this role be within IR35?
A2. This contract would probably be deemed outside the intermediaries’ legislation (IR35) but could be affected by factors outside HO control. HO assumes no liability and will grant no guarantee of status.
3. Q3. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Monday 18 September 2017.
A3. The requirement is urgent and we will endeavour to engage the successful supplier / candidate at the earliest possible opportunity.
4. Q4. Will you sponsor NPPV3 clearance?
A4. The requirement is urgent and we seeking to appoint a supplier / candidate already holding the requisite security clearance
5. Q5. What are the other expenses which will be paid?
A5. Expenses will be paid in accordance with standards HO terms
6. Q6. Any specific format (pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later?
A6. Any format will be acceptable
7. Q7. Is occasional remote working allowed?
A7. The security nature of this role does not lend itself to remote working
8. Q8. Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid?
A8. There may be occasional travel the our site at Hendon. Expenses will be paid accordance with standards HO terms
9. Q9. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT?
A9. Rates / process should be submitted exclusive of VAT
10. Q10. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role?
A10. The primary stipulation is security clearance at a minimum of SAC level.
11. Q11. Can any other security clearance such as CTC, SC or DV be considered for this role?
A11. The primary stipulation is security clearance at a minimum of SAC level.