Awarded to Engine Partners UK LLP (The Engine Group)

Start date: Thursday 9 November 2017
Value: £432,000
Company size: large
Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Lead DevOps Engineer

13 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 2 large

20 Completed applications

18 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 20 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Web operations engineer
Summary of the work
Lead DevOps engineer with good knowledge of Linux, cloud computing, WEB applications, Puppet config management, AWS, UNIX open source tools, networking, Internet security, containerisation.

Scripting languages Bash+Ruby/Python.

Coordinating and directing effective deployment of engineers into critical delivery projects
Latest start date
Friday 1 December 2017
Expected contract length
Up to two years (24 months)
Organisation the work is for
Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Technical Architects, Network Architects and Developers
Head of Core Platform team
What the specialist will work on
1. Improve and expand AWS platform
2. Apply changes using configuration management tools (Puppet, Ansible).
3. Coordinate and direct deployment of engineers on agile Development projects
4. Support and troubleshoot complex micro-service based environment(Haproxy/Nginx loadbalancing)
5. Improve monitoring and performance measurement tools (Sensu/Grafana/Logstash/ELK) 6. Participate in the oncall rota
7. Work on containerisation of the services(Docker, Kubernetes)
8. Perform DBA tasks on variety of Databases (Postgres, Mongo, Mysql)
9. Implement and improve security stack/tools
10. Configure continues integration pipelines for deployment
11. Containerisation
12. Automating various tasks using puppet, ansible and scripting (Shell + Ruby/Python)

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Petty France, London
Working arrangements
The individual will work full time from the primary office in Petty France, London five days a week. Option to work from home one day a week.

Candidate should be prepared to use their own company laptop which may be needed to undertake some duties.

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 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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Deep experience (5 years +) in our Tech stack: Linux, AWS, SDK, Puppet, Shell/Bash, Ruby/Python, Web Servers (NGINX),Logstash/Kibana/ELK
  • Deep experience (5 yrs +) in Networking, security and encryption (TCP/IP, LoadBalancing, DNS, Firewalls, SSL/TLS, CSOC protective monitoring technologies)
  • Databases (Mongo,Postgres or alternative)
  • Continuous integration for developing applications (Jenkins, GIT, Nexus, Artifactory or alternative tools)
  • Track record of designing platforms for mission critical services in line with GDS standards
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of Her Majesty’s Passport Office systems
  • Deploying Kubernetes

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
Assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Does this role fall inside or outside of IR35?
We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
2. When are we likely to get feedback after submission deadline?
The vacancy closes on 25th October; we will aim to have the shortlist concluded and the results sent out to candidates by week ending 03rd November and aim to have interviews the following week. All dates are indicative and HM Passport Office reserves the right to amend as required.
3. Please can you explain whether you see this as a Management role or an Engineering role, or Both? If both, please express the % split between the 2 roles.
Both but 80% engineering 20% management.