Awarded to Methods Business and Digital Technology Limited

Start date: Monday 13 November 2017
Value: £165,000
Company size: SME
Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office senior full-stack developer

8 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 1 large

12 Completed applications

12 SME, 0 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
Lead development work to transition Ethnicity facts and figures from public beta on GOV.UK to live. Improving our internal publishing tool (including chart/table builder) and streamlining publishing processes. Prototyping and development of the public-facing site. Monitoring and supporting the service.
Latest start date
Monday 13 November 2017
Expected contract length
6 months
Organisation the work is for
Cabinet Office
Maximum day rate
£950 including travel and expenses

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, front-end designer, 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 front-end designer, developer(s), product manager and service manager. Provide technical leadership, collaborate on roadmaps and priorities, and deliver high quality code in line with the project goals and delivery cycles. Overall responsibility for technical delivery and support of Ethnicity facts and figures on GOV.UK.

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 architecting and delivering user data driven web applications using python 3 (Flask) and javascript
  • 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
  • Proven skills in both front and backend aspects of web application development
  • Proven experience of analysing and integrating multiple data sets in specialist domain sectors
  • Proven team lead and mentoring experience
  • Knowledge and experience of agile software delivery and DevOps, particularly: User story creation and management
  • Source control (using Git), TDD/BDD, Continuous Integration, Continuous Documentation, Continuous Deployment
  • Experience of multiple RDBMS (Postgres, MySQL) and NoSQL technologies
  • Ability to develop data models for web based applications
  • Experienced in meeting the Government’s Digital Service Standards and understanding of how developers should follow best practice
  • Operating services in an AWS Cloud-hosted environment
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience in using Message Queues in a micro services architecture
  • Experience of Containerised applications using Docker & Kubernetes
  • Proven skills in securing web API’s, with appropriate authentication and authorisation routines

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 interviews take place?
We aim to hold all interviews between 1-3 November in Westminster, London.
2. Will this role fall within or outside IR35?
It falls outside 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. 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 13 November 2017
Q1,2,6 please see above answers. Q3,4 no, BPSS is a minimum requirement. Q5 Responses by 1 November. Q7 no.
5. 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.