Start date: Monday 4 December 2017
Value: £30,000
Company size: SME
Environment Agency

Business Analyst - Data Quality Requirements and Framework

8 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 3 large

24 Completed applications

18 SME, 6 large

Important dates

Monday 2 October 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 9 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Business analyst
Summary of the work
The brief is to analyse what the business needs to be able to undertake effective data quality monitoring and improvements. We need to identify the right data quality tools, roles, skills and structure for a suitable data quality framework, and what gaps there are to meeting that framework.
Latest start date
Friday 1 December 2017
Expected contract length
Expected contract length is likely to be 3-4 months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Environment Agency
Maximum day rate
Maximum day rate £600 (excludes expenses).

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
This work will involve engaging with technical leads around the Environment Agency to understand user needs and requirements. After options for the right framework have been explored, recommendations will need to be communicated to senior management.

The work will be led by a Data Integrity National Lead in the Environment Agency. The National Lead is responsible for leading the business towards a proactive, consistent and effective approach to data quality.
What the specialist will work on
This work will deliver a recommended data quality framework for the Environment Agency. The data quality framework will include IT considerations, roles needed, resources needed and skills required, and will involve the following tasks.

1. Undertake interviews with approx 20 staff to discover business requirements for data quality work
2. Undertake interviews with same staff to assess current software, IT and resource for data quality work
3. Identify and recommend options for a framework to meet requirements
4. Identify gaps between capability and ideal framework
5. Deliver a report on business data quality requirements and current capability, gaps and recommendations

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
This will require meetings or calls with Environment Agency (EA) staff and possibly travel to appropriate EA offices. The Environment Agency Data and Systems (D&S) function is largely based in Horizon House, Bristol, including the National Lead. Corporate Information Services (CIS) have three main bases: Bristol, Warrington and Bridgwater. The custodians are senior managers based across our EA offices. There may also be a requirement to hold meetings with Defra colleagues. There is no provision for the contractor to work from an EA office on a daily basis. The contractor can work from their normal base.
Working arrangements
The work will involve face to face meetings in Horizon House, Bristol with the National Lead for project start up, updates and closure. User requirements gathering can be by face to face meeting or phone calls as appropriate. Regular shorter updates can be carried out over the phone.
Security clearance

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
  • Have understanding and experience of Data Quality Management
  • Have experience in developing frameworks and gap analysis
  • Have experience in requirements gathering and producing use cases
  • Be able to summarise findings concisely
  • Be able to manage the project
  • Be able to analyse and improve processes
  • Communicate effectively
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Summarise findings for non technical audience
  • Assess the market for suitable IT solutions

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Operate in an environmentally sustainable manner
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Please could you advise IR35 status of the role?
The role is outside IR35.
2. Please could you confirm if the role is more of an Enterprise Architect role or that of a BA?
This role is for a Business Analyst and the deliverables will feed into wider work within the Environment Agency. Any additional expertise the specialist can bring will be considered in relation to the task requirements
3. Is there any security clearance is required for this role ?
There is no security clearance required beyond 'basic'.
4. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
Supplier responses will be evaluated from Tuesday 10 October with an aim to let all suppliers know the outcome by Tuesday 17 October
5. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Friday 1 December 2017?
We may have some flexibility on the start date. We do have considerable flexibility with the pattern of work, e.g. number of days worked per week, which could start out low and increase/flex as required.
6. What are the other expenses which will be paid?
Reasonable travel will be paid when visiting EA offices, e.g. train fares. This will depend where the successful supplier is based and will be by prior agreement only.
7. What are the exact work locations?
Suppliers can work remotely but some travel to the Bristol office will be required. The address is:
Horizon House,
Deanery Road,
8. Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later?
We only require responses to the criteria at the stage, via the Digital Marketplace. If required later, PDF or MS Word is suitable.
9. Is occasional remote working allowed?
Yes, suppliers can work remotely.
10. What technologies will the consultant work on or should have experience with , please give detail?
The supplier should be proficient in MS Office software. They should be familiar with common data quality management software.
11. Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid ?
The supplier will need to visit the Bristol office for meetings, and other Environment Agency office visits may be beneficial. Reasonable travel will be paid when visiting EA offices, e.g. train fares. This will depend where the successful supplier is based and will be by prior agreement only.
12. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT?
The maximum day rate excludes VAT
13. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ?
14. Is security clearance required ? And if required, what is the clearance required
There is no security clearance required beyond 'basic'.