Scottish Government

Technical Architect - Interim Manager x 2

Incomplete applications

15
Incomplete applications
12 SME, 3 large

Completed applications

18
Completed applications
15 SME, 3 large
Important dates
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Published 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

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work The candidate will be tasked with working closely with the team who are developing the Health and Social Care Digital Strategy. They will work closely with technical specialists from across the sector to draw together a view of the technical landscape across health and social care in Scotland.
Latest start date Monday 30 October 2017
Expected contract length 3 months
Location Scotland
Organisation the work is for Scottish Government
Maximum day rate £900 per day

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with The Central Government Digital Transformation Service (DTS) was introduced in response to the findings of the 2012 Audit Scotland report which identified a lack of skills as a key reason for digital and ICT project failures across the public sector.
DTS was set up as a shared service to support organisations across central government transform digitally. We to work collaboratively with organisations to deliver business transformation which puts users at the heart of services.
The services we provide are enabling organisations to deliver better experiences for end users in a more efficient and effective way.
What the specialist will work on • Lead engagement with customers identify technical needs to propose/design appropriate solutions and architecture
• Acts as the technical authority in information gathering, scene setting with stakeholders and managers
• Undertake forensic analysis towards understanding of technologies fit of proposed options within different environments to recommend most appropriate systems across different environments and operating models
• Advise the Technical Solutions Lead in order to drive project objectives through to completion
• Drive development of customer digital/ ICT strategies
• Review technical proposals from external suppliers and make implementation recommendations

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Edinburgh
Central Belt
Working arrangements 37 hours per week, 5 days per week
Security clearance Suppliers should only put forward interims who have a valid Basic Disclosure Scotland Certificate, or higher if requested and are reminded that interims must be security cleared to Baseline Personnel Security Standard level before they can start in a role.

Additional information

Additional information
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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.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Track record of working on enterprise architecture projects in support of strategy development.
  • Experience of strategic alignment of technical architecture and design to meet clients’ business, digital and technology drivers and objectives.
  • Track record in designing and evolving the most appropriate solution/technical architecture to meet client requirements, fully integrating across different environments and technologies.
  • Experience in delivering citizen / customer-centric strategies and solutions.
  • Experience of working within a large-scale transformation programme / environment.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Working knowledge of digital and cloud technologies.
  • Experience of working in a shared service / consultancy environment.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
Assessment methods Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

55%

Cultural fit

5%

Price

40%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please could you advise IR35 status? These posts are within scope of IR35
2. There are two roles available - will there be an opportunity to submit two applications please? After seeking advice from Digital Marketplace Support, I have added a further requirement "Technical Architect Digital Ecosystem Unit" (split original). there can only be one submission per requirement.
3. This opportunity is for two Technical Architects. DOS will only allow us to submit one application could you please let us know the best way to submit the second application? An additional requirement has been uploaded Technical Architect Digital Ecosystem Unit. Only one submission allowed per requirement.
4. Are you looking for someone that leans more towards providing business solutions and suggest technologies (but may not have in-depth, granular knowledge of the tech’) or someone who is more technology focused (still pretty hands on with digital/development like java or cloud like AWS)? If that latter, could you specify the kind of tech’ stack you’re looking to use, please. More of the former than the latter. However, we are after someone who is familiar with both traditional and digital technologies. By digital technologies, we don’t require experience in specific products but the candidate should have at least at an architecture level understanding of public cloud/IaaS, software as a service, continuous delivery (pipelining, automated testing, etc), open source, software defined infrastructure/networking.
5. Enterprise Solution/Technical Architects tend to lean toward infra’, digital/development or data. Do you have a preference? Enterprise Solution/Technical Architects tend to lean toward infra’, digital/development or data. Do you have a preference?
6. How long do you anticipate the programme of work will last? There is a specific piece of work that matches the timescales advertised – it is possible that this may need to be extended to up to six months in duration.
7. Could you outline what digital and cloud technologies you'd find desirable, please? By digital technologies, we don’t require experience in specific products but the candidate should have at least at an architecture level understanding of public cloud/IaaS, software as a service, continuous delivery (pipelining, automated testing, etc), open source, software defined infrastructure/networking.
8. Can you please clarify the number of resources you are seeking with this procurement. The title of the procurement indicates a requirement for 2 Technical Architect Interim Managers but all the language of the procurement speaks in the singular not the plural. Can you please clarify if we should respond on the basis of providing 1 resource or 2 resources? We are looking for 2 resources however only one resource can be recruited through each requirement so we have created a second requirement in the digital marketplace for the second role (Technical Architect - Interim Manager - Digital Ecosystem Unit).
9. 1. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
2.Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Monday 30 October 2017?
3.What are the other expenses which will be paid?
4.What are the exact work locations?
5.Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later?
6.Is occasional remote working allowed?
7.What technologies will the consultant work on or should have experience with , please give detail? 8.Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid ?
2. If candidate can start earlier we'll arrange as early as the Scottish Government process allows.
3. Potential to change - indicate proposed date for candidate in application.
4. Any expenses incurred in performing their duties but not including travel to/from base office.
5. Based Edinburgh/Glasgow but expected to travel in Scotland as required by assignments/projects.
6. PDF or Microsoft Word
7. Occasionally but majority on site at Scottish Government or other public sector office locations
8. Variety of digital technologies experience expected for this role of but actual technology will vary by assignment/project.
9. See answer to 4 above
10. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT? 2. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ? As per the DOS guidance, the price should be day rate exclusive of VAT.

Work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role – If they are permitted to work at Scottish Government with the relevant clearances etc. then I would be happy with this