Awarded to Soteria Business Services Ltd

Start date: Wednesday 7 February 2018
Value: £15,400
Company size: SME
The Home Office

DAC-045 DP Product Manager

10 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 3 large

16 Completed applications

15 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Monday 16 October 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 18 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 23 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Product manager
Summary of the work
The Product Manager will manage the delivery of a centrally managed and controlled environment which will provide an on-demand and interactive customer self-service capability for Management Information (MI). This will enable data driven insights to be derived from a single source of truth.
Latest start date
Monday 30 October 2017
Expected contract length
6 months with a 6 month option to extend
Organisation the work is for
The Home Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
A mixed team of civil servants and suppliers of business development services which will include data scientists, data engineers, architects. There will be close working with Product Owners and subject matter experts from the business.
What the specialist will work on
Delivery of a BI/MI platform which will enable access to data provided for data analytics, to automate and transform how MI is reported in the Home Office. The reports will be generated using modern Power BI visualisation software. The MI platform will initially be hosted in our Crown Hosting environment, but will eventually migrate over to a Microsoft Azure Cloud based solution.
The candidate needs to have a technical understanding of Microsoft and/or Enterprise BI/ MI solutions and an understanding of the intricate details around data movement, insight generation, security and governance.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Based in Croydon with some travel to headquarters in central London and various stakeholder teams in the UK
Working arrangements
The supplier is expected supply a resource working within an agile team. We expect the supplier to be flexible. Off site and remote working can be accommodated, however due to security considerations this would need to be discussed.
Travel to regional sites to be agreed, expenses incurred from travel outside of the M25/Greater London will be subject to Home Office Travel and Subsistence Policy.
Security clearance
All staff must be SC cleared. We will ask bidders for details of key personnel, if successful the bidder will be asked for confirmation of security clearance or we will initiate clearance process.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Standard 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
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the ways of working detailed in the Government Digital Service manual and standards ( – 7%
  • 4 years proven experience as a product manager in the principles and application of agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban - 12%
  • The proven ability to passionately pursue a vision and articulate it to a wide audience, from team members to Director General level -7%
  • Demonstrable experience of evaluating and solving problems creatively and laterally when needed, using appropriate evidence and data over instinct wherever possible to inform product decisions - 7%
  • Demonstrable experience in developing and communicating a coherent product roadmap and strategy – 7%
  • Demonstrable experience of evaluating and solving problems creatively and laterally when needed, using appropriate evidence and data over instinct wherever possible to inform product decisions - 7%
  • Proven and demonstrable customer and stakeholder engagement skills, particularly stakeholders at senior levels combined with experience communicating complex technical updates to different audiences – 6%
  • Proven experience of Microsoft and/or Enterprise BI/ MI and Data Visualisation solutions and demonstrable understanding of the intricate details around data movement, insight generation, security and governance – 12%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Project Management qualifications Prince 2/Agile/MSP

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Have high integrity and values – 1%
  • Proactive rather than re-active – 1%
  • Understand Central Government – 1%
  • Be able to work with mixed teams (civil servants/contractors/strategic partners) and be able to bring the best out of them in order to meet the deliverables – 2%
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can you please advise of whether this role falls inside or outside of IR35?
This role is considered outside IR35 subject to confirmation on appointment of the candidate.
2. How soon can we expect to receive feedback after the applications close?
Generally in about a week.
3. Can you please confirm the £700/day rate is excluding VAT?
The rate excludes VAT.
4. One of the questions is repeated twice. Are you looking for a second example or just an error?
This is an error. The weights will be redistributed evenly to the other criteria.
5. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Monday 30 October 2017?
6. What are the other expenses which will be paid?
Authorised travel in accordance with Home Office expenses policy.
7. What are the exact work locations?
Lunar House Croydon, 2 Marsham Street, London and occasional travel to other offices when needed.
8. Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later?
Ideally .pdf
9. Is occasional remote working allowed?
Only by agreement with the relevant manager.
10. Regarding the SC clearance status, if the candidate does not hold active SC clearance and is willing to go through the process, can this be considered, if yes will you sponsor the security clearance?
Yes & Yes.
11. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ?
Candidates will be considered if they can work legitimately in the UK and are eligible for SC security clearance.