HM Revenue & Customs

Data science/visualisation

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
6 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

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2 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 24 November 2017
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 28 November 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 1 December 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Business analyst
Summary of the work Deriving insight from analysis of data to support business decision making in departmental transformation programmes, such as Making Tax Digital.
Analysing bulk data, improving understanding of how taxpayers contact HMRC to inform the design of digital services to customers.
Developing ways of visualising complex business structures in most effective way.
Latest start date Friday 12 January 2018
Expected contract length 24 months
Location London
Organisation the work is for HM Revenue & Customs
Maximum day rate The maximum day rate HMRC will accept is £345

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The supplier will be required to work collaboratively with the Data Exploitation team, alongside other professionals. This collaboration will primarily be with London based members of the team; however, occasional travel will be required with travel and subsistence expenses paid under standard HMRC terms.
There will also be a need to liaise with internal stakeholders in the business areas in HMRC responsible for delivery and transformation.

The supplier may be required to work with other internal teams as directed.
What the specialist will work on Data matching: Establishing the coverage and accuracy of links between taxpayer populations, for example owner-managed businesses and individuals, through innovative data matching.
Estimating impacts of business changes from volumetrics.
Determining appropriate ways to better visualise complex data, such as individual/partner/company relationships, and how best to deliver that to the people in the department who can use and exploit it.
To help establish and develop data science skills and working practices within the London team, by trialling analytical environments, tools and techniques.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place HM Revenue and Customs
100 Parliament Street
This will move to 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 4PU in early 2018.
Working arrangements Our normal office hours are Monday to Friday as directed and based in London.

Specialists will be required on site five days a week.

Flexible working is an option and will be agreed subject to business need.

Specialist is required to participate in meetings as required, both internally and externally, and locations other the the base location, as directed.
Security clearance Minimum of BPSS including Disclosure Scotland

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Will work on a Statement of Works basis, with initial 3-month period.
HMRC consider that this requirement will be delivered as a service offering, and will therefore be outside of the IR35 legislation. However, individual Statement of Works will be assessed to ensure this status is maintained.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • General data management experience, including ETL, large datasets, and in using both structured and unstructured data
  • Comfortable with coding in programming languages (i.e. SQL, Python) but happy to learn others if appropriate
  • Practical experience of a range of data science techniques, such as machine learning; natural language processing; data visualisation; experimental design; and supervised and unsupervised learning
  • Taking the initiative to identify and apply new data science tools and techniques, and in sharing skills and knowledge
  • Create innovative and applicable solutions to embed data into the day to day running of the business
  • Ability to design solutions to defined standards and approaches, including data quality and accessibility
  • Embed solutions into systems, testing solutions and data outputs
  • Good customer engagement skills, enabling a good understanding of (internal) customer priorities to actively generate your own ideas for beneficial analysis
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required to explain new analyses to internal stakeholders and influence their decisions.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other analytical professionals
Nice-to-have skills and experience Experience with using and analysing data held within a Hadoop infrastructure would be beneficial

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate application of knowledge
  • Expertise and experience in a live communication situation
  • Demonstrate confidence that they are able to deliver the requirements
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is it possible to arrange a phone call to discuss this project please? This is not possible, as for fairness all potential bidders must recieve the same information. Please post any questions you have and then the answer will be published for all suppliers to see.
2. Can you please confirm whether the £345 per day is inclusive of supplier margin or exclusive of supplier margin? Inclusive
3. Please could you confirm if the maximum rate includes or excludes VAT? The maximum day rate is £345 plus VAT.