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Scottish Government

Technical Architect - Interim Manager - Digital Ecosystem Unit

5 Incomplete applications

5 SME, 0 large

22 Completed applications

17 SME, 5 large

Important dates

Wednesday 4 October 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 6 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
As a technical architect you will contribute to discovery activities and projects, identifying digital components that will improve service delivery. You will work on programmes to build and transform public services and help identify potential products and partners to continually develop Scotland’s digital ecosystem across the wider public sector.
Latest start date
Monday 30 October 2017
Expected contract length
3 months
Organisation the work is for
Scottish Government
Maximum day rate
£900 per day

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Working within the Digital Ecosystem Unit (DEU). The Scottish Government’s approach to technology-enabled business transformation is predicated on the development of Scotland’s national digital ecosystem – a combination of infrastructure, services/standards that can be used across the public sector to reduce cost, improve levels of user satisfaction, ensure quality and facilitate interoperability. The DEU aims to work with public sector partners to identify common business capabilities and develop digital solutions that can be used to deliver these capabilities across different services and service providers.
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

Address where the work will take place
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 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
  • 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 many specialists to evaluate
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


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Please advise IR35 status of the role.
This role falls within scope of IR35
2. Please advise IR35 status of the role.
Falls within scope of IR35
3. Is there a possibility of the contract duration to be extended ?
There is, but this cannot be confirmed
4. Questions were asked under Technical Architect Interim Manager x 2
Please refer to that requirement for all answers
5. 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 ?
If they are permitted to work at Scottish Government with the relevant clearances etc. then I would be happy with this
6. 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 ?
1. End of October
2 Yes - as early as the Scottish Government process allows3.
3. Any expenses incurred in performing their duties but not including travel to/from home base office.
4. Based at Victoria Quay in Edinburgh or Atlantic Quay in Glasgow but expected to travel in Scotland as required by assignments/projects.
5. PDF or Microsoft Word
6. Occasionally is acceptable - majority will need to be on site at Scottish Government or other public sector office locations
7. Variety of experience with digital technologies expected for role - actual technology will vary by assignment/project.
8. See answer 4