This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Monday 20 November 2017
Ministry of Defence, Information Systems & Services

CCT549 Technical Project Management for NSoIT and IUS Project Delivery

6 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 3 large

6 Completed applications

5 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Published
Monday 6 November 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 13 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 20 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Summary of the work
To drive technical elements of NSoIT delivery for UK Defence; the delivery of Strategies, processes and plans to set, direct, deliver and support change across the various domains of NSoIT in a manner that improves network performance and security assurance and establishes arrangements to continuously improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Latest start date
Tuesday 13 February 2018
Expected contract length
14 months with 2 x 5 month options, pending financial approval.
Location
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence, Information Systems & Services
Budget range
£326,400.00. There will also be a limit of liability set for T&S.

About the work

Why the work is being done
To minimise risk to MODNET and ISS outcomes and benefits through the effective and timely delivery of the following outputs:
(1) Strategies, processes, plans and reports to set, direct, deliver and support cross-functional technical change across the various security, operational and geographic domains of NSoIT and IUS;
(2) Strategies, plans, processes and reports that ensure technical assurance across NSoIT/IUS and ISS activity to protect and develop ISS network performance and security assurance and,
(3) Strategies, plans, processes and reports to establish revised ISS processes and methods aligned with the introduction of NSoIT/IUS and future plans.
Problem to be solved
To Deliver NSoIT and IUS to Performance, Time and Cost estimates in a sustainable manner and with minimum disruption to Defence business and outputs.
Who the users are and what they need to do
Users are cross Defence. They need the provision of capable, timely and VFM ICT in support of Defence Business and Operational outputs.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Some outputs are already under development across NSoIT and ISS but others have yet to be addressed.
Existing team
The NSoIT team comprise a mix of Military, Civilian and Contractor staff working across all aspects of NSoIT and IUS planning, preparation, delivery and in-service management.
Current phase
Live

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
There is no single fixed location for the delivery of the contracted outputs. Tasks will be managed out of MoD Corsham and this will require regular attendance at that site, delivery may also require regular and frequent attendance across a wide range of MoD and Supplier sites dependant on the suppliers solution.
Working arrangements
Working location and hours are to be by agreement with the individuals immediate reporting officer and governed by the deliverables required.
The contactor(s) will report to ISS Dev NSoIT – Hd through ISS Dev NSoIT PlatDel4.
Security clearance
DV Clearance must be in place prior to the contract starting due to the information the individual will be required to work with.The Authority WILL NOT sponsor DV Clearance and the clearance must remain valid for the duration of the contract.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
We aim to get feedback to you within ONE week of the advert closing.
The Authority WILL NOT sponsor DV Clearance, it must be in place and remain valid for the duration of the contract.
Candidates who make the shortlist will be asked to provide a Work History, a template will be issued for this.
Only T&S will be paid (based on receipted actuals), no other expenses are permitted.
Suppliers must use the Authorities Purchase to Payment Tool called CP&F or be prepared to sign up to the tool.

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
  • A deep technical understanding of network requirements, designs, specifications, configurations, and operations and defence, across: networks; gateways protection devices, UADs and supporting infrastructure, including equipment housing and power. (30%)
  • A deep technical understanding of network considerations regarding interoperability, usability, supportability, capacity, resilience (including business continuity), change management (including testing and acceptance) and performance analysis and optimisation. (20%)
  • Recent (within 3 years) experience within a complex ICT Service Management Framework, including execution of projects/tasks through effective and efficient engagement in cross-domain processes and practices. (25%)
  • A deep understanding of Industry ‘Best-Practice’ for electrical certification including: technical and procedural requirements (including testing and remediation), generic designs and specifications and record management (including tooling). (15%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Recent (within 3 years) , relevant and successful experience of planning and delivering customer dependencies for projects to demanding schedules, using innovation (10%)

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
3
Proposal criteria
  • The proposed technical solution
  • How the proposed technical solution meets our needs
  • The output descriptions of the deliverables to be provided
  • The proposed methods to deliver the solution
  • The proposed activities to deliver the solution
  • The schedule of delivery
  • The required information you need from the Authority
  • Your preceived dependencies in delivering the solution
  • Your preceived risks in delivering the solution
  • Proposed tools needed to deliver the solution
  • The preceived benefits of your solution to the Authority
Cultural fit criteria
  • Working within a fast moving and complex ICT environment.
  • Being a team player within a mixed ability team.
  • Addressing problems with openness, honesty and transparency.
Payment approach
Fixed price
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

5%

Price

35%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. The Opportunity states: “DV Clearance must be in place prior to the contract starting due to the information the individual will be required to work with”. As this is a Digital Outcome opportunity and not a Digital Specialist, can the Authority please confirm if the entirety of the proposed team needs to hold DV or just sufficient resource to conduct specific tasking, with the remainder of the team holding SC?
The Authority would consider a proposal based on a mix of DV and SC resource.
2. Can the authority confirm if there is a current incumbent providing this service?
The Authority has an incumbent working in the areas of the future outcomes being sought by this procurement.
3. Can you please advise if this opportunity is inside IR35?
It is believed that The Intermediaries Legislation doesn’t apply to this engagement but that is dependent on your company status being a Limited Company.
4. Does the stated budget cover the initial period only or does it cover the 2 x 5 month extension periods?
The budget stated covers the initial contract term only. Any uptake of the extension options will be dependent on financial approval.
5. Please can you advise if this work package falls within the IR35 rules?
It is believed that The Intermediaries Legislation doesn’t apply to this engagement but that is dependent on your company status being a Limited Company.
6. The reference to a fairly specific budget for the appointment would suggest a view on required day volumes, seniority types, and rates per day already exists. To avoid an out of court view being taken by suppliers can the background to the budget cap and its underlying assumptions be shared please?
Likewise as a service provision contract this would appear to sit outside of IR 35, can this be confirmed as the customer's current understanding?
See other answers for response on IR35 matters. The budget was set using historic understanding of the work areas, anticipated outcomes for this task and costs for external support.
7. Please can you advise if this work package falls within the IR35 rules?
It is believed that The Intermediaries Legislation doesn’t apply to this engagement but that is dependent on your company status being a Limited Company.
8. Please can you advise if this work package falls within the IR35 rules?
It is believed that The Intermediaries Legislation doesn’t apply to this engagement but that is dependent on your company status being a Limited Company.
9. The Proposal Criteria that Suppliers will be evaluated on:
• The proposed technical solution - Can MoD provide information on the architecture and the requirements.
• How the proposed technical solution meets our needs - Can MoD provide the requirements please.
• The output descriptions of the deliverables to be provided
Can MoD provide the requirements please.
The architecture and requirements centre on the replacement of existing Defence Information Infrastructure (DII) and Defence Fixed telecommunications Services (DFTS) by: New Style of IT, providing the systems and services to deliver a modern communications and collaboration platform into MoD, exploiting Cloud and Microsoft Office 365, along with Integrated User Services, providing MoD’s future voice and video conferencing capabilities. The Bidders response on their proposed technical solution is not expected to directly address technical architecture and requirement topics, rather it is expected to describe the technical solution the bidder proposes for delivery of the task, a delivery management plan.