Awarded to Methods Business and Digital Technology Limited

Start date: Monday 4 December 2017
Value: £135,000
Company size: SME
Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office front-end designer

9 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 0 large

11 Completed applications

9 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Monday 23 October 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 30 October 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
Front-end design and development work to transition Ethnicity facts and figures from public beta on GOV.UK to live. Improving the user experience of our internal publishing tool (including chart/table builder) and streamline publishing processes. Prototyping and development the public-facing site, presenting complex data in clear, accessible formats meeting user needs.
Latest start date
Monday 4 December 2017
Expected contract length
6 months
Organisation the work is for
Cabinet Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Race Disparity Unit is a multi-disciplinary team covering policy, data and digital work streams. As well as policy officials, statisticians, analysts, and social researchers, the digital team includes developers, user researcher, delivery manager, content designers, product manager and service manager - this will change to reflect priorities and needs over time.
What the specialist will work on
Work in an agile, multi-disciplinary team, primarily with developers, product manager, and user researcher. Help identify user needs, prototype and test potential solutions, and deliver easy-to-use, accessible user experiences. Design and develop front-end interactions for internal users as well as members of the public. Create user journey maps, produce interaction and visual design in line with ONS and GDS style guides and patterns.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
1 Horseguards Road, London SW1A 2HQ
Working arrangements
Our team is based in Horse Guards. Occasional remote working is accepted, but will primarily be co-located onsite with the existing team. We work Mon-Fri with usual office hours. Travel to user research sessions at various London locations is expected.
Security clearance
CTC is required to work at 1 Horse Guards. Minimum of baseline clearance (BPSS) is required for the work itself.

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
  • Experience in designing accessible, easy to understand data visualisations for online services, including statistical data using the GDS and ONS style guides.
  • Developing production cross-browser javascript code for complex user interface enhancements.
  • Writing cross-browser HTML and CSS (using SASS pre-processor)
  • Producing rapid high-fidelity prototypes for user-testing
  • Experience of browser and mobile device testing
  • Familiarity with GOV.UK web design patterns
  • Understands user needs and designs services that meet them
  • Have proven experience of working on agile projects as part of a multidisciplinary team, with regular user research, as outlined in the Government Service Design Manual and Digital Service Standard
  • Technical expertise and past experience in building accessible front-end interfaces using GDS design patterns and responsive design.
  • Source control (using Git), TDD/BDD
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Familiarity with Python 3 and the Jinja2 templating language
  • Familiarity with the Highcharts javascript library
  • Experience with writing unit tests for javascript

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Experience of successful collaborative working as part of a multi-disciplinary delivery team, sharing knowledge within the team
  • Experience delivering in an open, collaborate, agile way according to the principles outlined in the Government Service Design Manual
  • Experience of working with stakeholders and team members with low technical expertise
  • Experience of successful agile delivery in non-agile environments and bridging the two worlds
  • Demonstrate simplicity (e.g. do less but better, explaining complex issues in a clear, simple way, break down and prioritise complex issues)
  • Displays cultural sensitivity and awareness
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. When and where will the interviews take place?
We aim to hold all interviews between 1-3 November in Westminster, London.
2. Can you advise whether this role falls inside or outside of IR35?
This role is outside of IR35
3. Can you advise if BPSS is enough to allow the consultant on-site, or do they require CTC before they go on-site? If CTC is required will you put them through the process.
If the successful specialist needs to be put through CTC clearance, we will do this. However, it will potentially hold up the start date, or require a security waiver to be granted which allows them to work in the building as long as they are escorted at all times.
4. Do you have a max charge rate for this role?
No - please note that evaluation will take into account the 20% price weighting.
5. 1.Regarding the CTC clearance status, if the candidate does not hold active CTC clearance and is willing to go through the process, can this be considered, if yes will you sponsor the security clearance. 2.Can any other higher security clearance be considered? 3.can you consider candidate who is eligible for BPSS 4.if candidate has not valid BPSS security clearance can you consider such candidate 5.What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted? 6.Will this role be within IR35? 7.Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Monday 4 December 2017
Q1,2,6 please see above answers. Q3,4 no, BPSS is a minimum requirement. Q5 Responses by 1 November. Q7 no.
6. 8.What are the other expenses which will be paid 9.What are the exact work locations? 10.Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later? 11.Is occasional remote working allowed? 12.Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid ? 13. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT? 14.Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ?
Q8 Expenses won't be paid. Q9 See brief Q10 PDF or Doc are fine. Q11 See brief. Q12 Only in London for user research, no expenses to be paid within London. Q13 excl VAT. Q14 Yes.