This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Monday 9 October 2017
HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Criminal Justice Service CPP Test Practice Lead

6 Incomplete applications

4 SME, 2 large

24 Completed applications

19 SME, 5 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
Agile coach
Summary of the work
Senior Test Engineer/Manager to act as technical Practice lead in an established test capability.
Latest start date
Monday 6 November 2017
Expected contract length
24 months
Organisation the work is for
HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
Maximum day rate
Target rate is circa £900 per day. This is not a maximum rate.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Criminal Justice System’s Common Platform Programme (CJSCPP) has an experienced team of Testers working on the testing of software as part of the development and delivery pipeline. The specialist is expected to play a key role in this team and to work with delivery teams and the operational team.
What the specialist will work on
Act as tech lead for the test team. Provide guidance and advice in the design and creation of tests and test automation of code and systems. Help define testing/technical/practice standards for the team and promote the team’s adherence to those standards. Help the team understand the development practices of the programme’s developer teams. Help the delivery team’s delivery managers prioritise work. The specialist will also be doing a lot of hands-on testing and test automation work alongside the rest of the team to develop robust and re-usable artefacts.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Southern House, Wellesley GRove, Croydon, CR0 1XG (there will be occasional work in central London)
Working arrangements
The specialist will be required to work onsite (usually at the base location but sometimes at the central London office) working a five (5) day week. The Service is being delivered against the GDS Service Manual (e.g. agile delivery aligned to scrum methodology). For any work performed at a location different to that of the Base location and London (outside of the M25), all reasonable travel and expenses costs shall be met in accordance with the rates set out in the MoJ travel and subsistence policy. All expenses will require prior approval from HMCTS before being reimbursed.
Security clearance

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Any expenses shall be submitted in line with Ministry of Justice standard Travel and Subsistence policy.

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
  • Demonstrable Testing experience in a project delivery / software development environment
  • Demonstrable experience of working on large scale programmes / projects developing enterprise level IT Solutions within complex integrated applications architectures
  • • Broad technical knowledge and experience in a Java based microservice architectures
  • experience of working with a recognised Agile or Iterative development methodology (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, DSDM, RUP)
  • • Experience in producing programme test strategies and test approaches
  • • Experience across the following aspects of Testing: Unit, Functional, Automation, Integration, Performance Failover / Disaster Recovery, Security / Penetration
  • • Good awareness of XP Practices – including Continuous Integration and Test Driven Development (TDD), Test Automation
  • Knowledge of Test Automation tools, including, e.g:Static Analysis – CheckStyle, FindBugs, PMD
  • • Strong Client Facing skills and ability to understand their key business drivers
  • • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – able to communicate with internal teams and clients with technical and non-technical backgrounds
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of the Usability / Accessibility testing
  • Experience of Exploratory testing
  • Experience of Operational Acceptance testing
  • Experience of User Acceptance testing
  • Experience of Good working knowledge of SDLC tools
  • Experience of ALM – e.g. Rational Team Concert / MS Visual Studio ALM / HP ALM / TeamForge
  • Experience of Version Control – Experience of GitHub/SubVersion / Gerrit
  • Experience of Collaboration – Confluence / cWiki / IM
  • Experience of Issue/Task Management – JIRA / Bugzilla / HP QC

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • The specialist should be able to demonstrate Agile culture and values
  • The specialist should be able to demonstrate Understanding of development practices (source code management, continuous integration, test as part of development etc.)
  • The specialist should be able to demonstrate Understanding of Testing practice and methodology
  • The specialist should be able to demonstrate Ability to guide a team and mentor it in good practice and discipline
  • The specialist should be able to demonstrate Ability to work with other team leads and represent the team, its technical products and practices.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Please could you advise re IR35 status?
CPP currently assess this proposed contract to be outside of the scope of IR35. We are not in a position to confirm to bidders with certainty any future assessments of IR35 as those will be subject to review by MoJ and HMRC. Bidders on this competition should take into account, particularly in regard to pricing, that services may be deemed to be in scope of IR35 by other parties beyond our control.
2. The specialist role seems to be incorrectly labelled as an Agile Coah. The Test/QA role you are seeking resides under Quality Assurance. Would it be possible to reassign the role to the correct QA type? This will allow for true QA professionals at an SME level to apply for the position. This also falls in line with Gov DDaT criteria for QA.
Thanks for your input. We don't require a QA.
3. Regarding the BPSS clearance status, if the candidate does not hold active BPSS clearance and is willing to go through the process, can this be considered, if yes will you sponsor the security clearance
4. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Monday 6 November 2017
Not at present.
5. What are the other expenses which will be paid?

Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later?

Is occasional remote working allowed?
Travel and subsistence will be the only allowable expenses for working away from the base location.

PDF or Word is the preferable format.

Occassional remote working will be allowed.
6. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT?
Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ?
Who owns the responsibility of determining the IR35 status
The rate is a target rate exclusive of VAT.

Nationality is not relevant as long as the suppleir is providing a specialist who has a legal right to work in the UK for the contract term.

The Programme decides the IR35 status it considers the role to be under (see previous answer for caveats).