Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Scala Developer

Incomplete applications

6
Incomplete applications
4 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

14
Completed applications
12 SME, 2 large
Important dates
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Published Tuesday 10 October 2017
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 12 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 17 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work Developer to take a maintenance and incremental change role initially over one service but would also include the other services that fall under Service Optimisation team's responsibility. These are delivered in an Agile manner to the cloud hosted platform.
Latest start date Wednesday 1 November 2017
Expected contract length Up to two years (24 months)
Location London
Organisation the work is for Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate Market Rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The domain stakeholders, Delivery Manager, working in an agile multifunctional team.
What the specialist will work on Work Packages include:
1. Acting as the lead developer for a specific service.
2. Incremental development of the service to evolve the service to meet the Technical Design Authority approved technical stack, on a product road-map. 3. Ensure the service applications meet best practice coding and structural designs.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Petty France, London
Working arrangements The individual will work from the primary office in Petty France, London five days a week.

There may be an occasional need to attend our other office in Central London (Victoria). No travel expenses will be paid for this purpose. Expenses for any exceptional travel authorised outside of Central London will fall under the Standard Government Terms and Conditions for Expenses as covered in the DOS Contract.
Security clearance SC Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Standard Government Terms and Conditions for Expenses as covered in the DOS Contract.

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
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Essential skills and experience
  • Have in-depth experience of Scala programming.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of MySQL or Postgres
  • In-depth Knowledge of Akka and Play frameworks
  • In depth experience of working in an agile environment, including continual delivery and adhering to GDS best practices
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of HMPO systems
  • Experience of cloud architectures, microservice architecture and best practices

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work in a multi-discipline team
  • Can work with stakeholders with low technical expertise
  • Able to manage own work tasks with minimal management
  • Be transparent and collaborative
  • Focus on delivery
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Does this fall within IR35? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35; however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
2. Is the opportunity with HMPO a Home Office or Ministry of Justice position? The details mention working at Petty France which is an MoJ office, whereas HMPO is a Home Office agency, so why is the position not at e.g. Marsham Street? This role is to work for Her Majesty’s Passport Office. Projects in our department occupy a number of buildings in London and this role is based in a building on Petty France.
3. Please can you confirm if you already have resource in place or if this is a brand new position This is a brand new position
4. Please confirm estimated feedback time. The vacancy closes on 17th October, we will aim to have the shortlist concluded and the results sent out to candidates by week ending 27th October and aim to have interviews the following week.

All dates are indicative and HM Passport Office reserves the right to amend as required.
5. What is the absolute latest start date that can be accommodated? The latest start date stands as 1 November 2017 and unfortunately cannot be negotiated.
6. Could you please advise if client is ready sponsor SC clearance or will only support the clearance process ( keeping in mind agency has to bear the charges ) As stated in the requirements, HM Passport Office will support the clearance process
7. Revised answers for Question 6:
Could you please advise if client is ready sponsor SC clearance or will only support the clearance process ( keeping in mind agency has to bear the charges )
HMPO will sponsor and support the security clearance process.
8. Can a candidate with DV clearance be considered for this role Yes, a candidate who has valid DV clearance can be considered for the role.
9. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted? The vacancy closes on 17 October. We will aim to have the shortlist concluded and the results sent out to candidates by week ending 27 October and aim to have interviews the following week.

All dates are indicative and HM Passport Office reserves the right to amend as required.
10. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is 1 November 2017 The latest start date stands as 1 November 2017 and cannot be negotiated.
11. What are the other expenses which will be paid Expenses for any exceptional travel authorised outside of Central London will fall under the Standard Government Terms and Conditions for Expenses as covered in the DOS Contract. No other expenses will be paid.
12. Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later PDF or Word Doc is acceptable
13. Is occasional remote working allowed? Occasional remote working may be possible, and will need to be discussed and agreed with the manager when the candidate starts.
14. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT? The rate is exclusive of VAT