Home Office - Police National Computer

NLEDP DOS 058 - Police National Computer ‘Names’ Application Development Consultant

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
4 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
2 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 8 September 2017
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 15 September 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work The role requires in-depth knowledge of original PNC ‘Names’ application software development to enable provision of expert input into the design and construction of PNC software enhancements and developments and to act as a consultant to the ‘Names’ development team.
Latest start date Monday 2 October 2017
Expected contract length Minimum 6 Months. Potential for extension to end of PNC lifespan.
Location London
Organisation the work is for Home Office - Police National Computer
Maximum day rate Day rates will form part of the evaluation criteria

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement None
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 using an ADABAS database on Fujitsu hardware.. The existing programming team is becoming increasingly involved in supporting the National Law Enforcement Data Programme. Expert resource is required to support and maintain the PNC software development program until such times as the new national Law Enforcement Data Service is delivered.

Work setup

Work setup
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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 information
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Additional terms and conditions This engagement would probably be classed as self employed for a sole trader for taxation purposes but could be affected by factors outside HO control. HO assumes no liability and will grant no guarantee of status.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • 10+ years experience of software development using Software AG’s Natural programming language (V4+). Essential recent experience. The majority of experience must have been gained in large mainframe Natural installations.
  • 10+ years experience of ADABAS, must have recent experience (the last 3 years). The majority of experience must have been gained in large mainframe Natural installations.
  • Familiarity with ADABAS ‘direct calls’; utilities such as ADAREP; design of ADABAS files
  • Familiarity with BS2000 Job Control Language (JCL) and Natural Remote Job Entry (RJE).
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the PNC ‘Names’ application at the functional level knowledge of major software components including: NSPIS; PFI; IDENT1; N.SIS; E-borders; DAF.
  • Knowledge of : Complex ‘Names’ on-line transactions; ‘Names’ batch processes; Message queueing (e.g. WebSphere); asynchronous processes; FTP
  • Production of detailed, complete, precise, unambiguous module design artefacts, specifically module specifications; design documentation; impact assessments; change proposals and logic flow diagrams
  • Quality assurance of program code; unit and system test plans; documentation
  • Creation of comprehensive test documentation to PNC standards and a tenacious attitude to testing demonstrating a desire to identify faults early in the development lifecycle
  • Analysis of existing complex processing; design of substantial sub-systems and software components
  • Analysis, debugging, diagnosis and resolution of complex ‘Names’ application issues in both development and Live environments
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with colleagues at all levels in the organisation; provide constructive feedback on the work of others; mentor less experienced members of staff
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Working in a law enforcement / policing background within the last 3 years.
  • Knowledge of the operation of strategic PNC partner agencies such as UK Borders, N.SIS and CRB
  • Advanced use of MS Word, Excel and Visio
  • Familiarity with the Remedy and ClearQuest software defect management tools

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-code
  • 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

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Regarding the NPPV3 level clearance status, if the candidate does not hold active NPPV3 clearance and is willing to go through the process, can this be considered, if yes will you sponsor the security clearance. Security clearance is a key factor with respect to start date. If necessary we may consider sponsoring a suitable candidate.
2. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted? We aim to provide feedback within 3 to 5 days
3. Will this role be within IR35? See details in published advertisement
4. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Monday 2 October 2017 The ability to make an early start is a key factor for evaluation criteria
5. What are the other expenses which will be paid Home Office standard terms
6. Is occasional remote working allowed? Not for this role
7. Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid ? No Travel involved
8. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT? Rate should exclude VAT
9. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ? The key consideration is meeting security requirements