Awarded to People Source Consulting Ltd

Start date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Value: £175,500
Company size: SME
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Payment Specialist

13 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 2 large

6 Completed applications

6 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Monday 18 September 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 20 September 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 25 September 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
DVLA requires an Architect with knowledge of designing payment services to support this element of Business/IT transformation. The resource will lead the design and re-development of DVLA’s payment systems both internal and public/customer facing. Outputs delivered must be built to industry best-practice patterns for the processing of credit/debit card payments
Latest start date
Monday 10 October 2016
Expected contract length
Initial 6 months with potential to extend by a further 6 months
Organisation the work is for
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Maximum day rate
£750 (inclusive of T&S)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will work with (by providing expert advice) the IT Service Creation delivery squads in DVLA which includes software engineers, test engineers, business analysts and also the Senior Management Team. He or she will also be required to work with the Enterprise Architecture team, the Strategy and Planning team as well as providing support and expertise to the Operations and Support teams.
What the specialist will work on
To provide industry best practice experience and patterns for the processing of credit/debit card payments. To support the Agency’s digital transformation goals, by defining Payment Blueprints and Architectural Designs where required across the business, with experience of integrating with external Payment Service Providers and Merchant Acquirers in line with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. The blueprint/patterns produced will be used by the DVLA’s implementation teams and the specialist will review these implementations. To assist the agency in expanding their payment offerings, providing technical expertise in considering additional payment methods such as Direct Debit, BACs, and Digital Wallets etc.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
DVLA, Longview Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA67JL
Working arrangements
The nature of the work dictates the location. Standard working week/hours to be managed by the Supplier as they see is appropriate.
Security clearance
BPSS / Disclosure of Scotland minimum, SC clearance desirable.

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
  • Evidence of experience in integrating with one or more Payment Service Provider (PSP) to handle card payments (ecommerce and MOTO)
  • Extensive understanding of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and experience of driving compliance against the standard, across all domains
  • Evidence of the ability to communicate complex technical concepts and ensure knowledge transfer to in-house development teams
  • Evidence of experience working on projects using open source technology within cloud hosted/virtualised environments; AWS preferred
  • Evidence of knowledge of the Java programming language to Java 8.
  • Evidence of experience of integrating with external systems using REST and SOAP
  • Knowledge of relational and non-relational database systems, for example PostgreSQL/MongoDB
  • Experience presenting work at user groups and agile ceremonies communicating technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Evidence of experience working as part of an agile software delivery team, embracing collaborative working practices and contributing to a shared team goal
  • Evidence of supporting enablement of in-house development capabilities, engaging with staff and creating an environment of knowledge sharing
  • Ability to assess technical capabilities of potential Payment Service Providers, as well as their associated products, and make a recommendation based on best fit for the Agency’s requirements
  • Ability to provide Subject Matter Expertise in the area of PCI DSS compliance requirements
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Awareness of PSD2 and other developments in the payments industry e.g. the New Payments Architecture
  • Awareness of EU GDPR
  • Understanding of payment technologies other than card payments e.g. Digital Wallets, Direct Debit, BACS

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Experience working as part of an agile software delivery team, embracing collaborative working practices and contributing to a shared team goal
  • Supporting enablement of in-house subject matter expertise, engaging with staff and creating an environment of knowledge sharing.
Assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Please could you advise re IR35 status?
The Intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement.
2. 1.What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted? 2.Will this role be within IR35? 3.Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Monday 10 October 2017 4.What are the other expenses which will be paid? 5.Is occasional remote working allowed?
1. The application closes on 25th September. All suppliers who apply will be invited to submit evidence against the Cultural Fit requirements with a deadline for response by 28th September. The evaluation of supplier tenders is due to take place on 29th September with result letters being issued following evaluation.
2. This role is deemed out of scope of Intermediaries legislation.
3. The latest start date cannot be changed.
4. We will consider day rates of up to £750 which must be inclusive of any T&S.
5. Due to the scope of work on-site working is more appropriate.
3. 6.Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid ? 7. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT? 8.Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ?
6. We would not expect any travel away from the main site to be involved.
7. The rate is exclusive of VAT.
8. We will consider any applicant who has a legal right to work in the UK.