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United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Core Data Platform Environments Consultancy

1 Incomplete application

0 SME, 1 large

2 Completed applications

1 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 12 December 2017
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 14 December 2017 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
The requirement is to refactor an existing Core Data Platform system into separate components, to be deployed and tested into Continuous Integration, QA, UAT and production environments. Components will comply with architectural and system-specific requirements. Continuous improvement applied as part of refactoring. One of the components is Hadoop deployment.
Latest start date
Friday 26 January 2018
Expected contract length
Approx 3 Months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Marine Intelligence Programme
What the specialist will work on
Apply an established pattern to further subdivide a monolithic system build/deployment into individually buildable, deployable and testable components, objective: improving time to deliver incremental changes to system. One of the components to be separated out is a Hadoop cluster.

Where appropriate, and as part of the above refactoring process, apply continuous improvement through the CI/CD pipeline to ensure the components are being separated out.

In the case of the Hadoop cluster, separate out the component in such a manner to assist a switch to a different Hadoop distribution.

Carry out using the Continuous Integration and Deployment pipeline already in place.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2DN
Working arrangements
Full Time, 5 Days a Week, Onsite
Security clearance
SC or Disclosure of Scotland as a minimum

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
  • • Demonstrable experience of working as a technical SME within a project environment, using Agile methodologies.
  • • Demonstrable ability to maintain strong relations with internal and external stakeholders.
  • • Expertise in the following technologies: Ansible, Docker, Jenkins, Maven, Nexus
  • • Understanding of security of UNIX systems – especially CentOS and RedHat
  • • Proficiency in use and administration of the Linux Operating System
  • • Experience of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery within an Agile development team
  • • Experience of administering network security including configuring firewalls, Kerberos and LDAP
  • • Experience of administering containerised applications using Docker
  • • Experience of version control using Git
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of virtualised development environments in Vagrant
  • Experience of working with Hadoop clusters

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
Ability to work within a team
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Can please confirm if this falls inside or outside of IR35?
2. Please can you advise on budget
Maximum of £650 per day
3. Any chances of change in start date as the latest date mentioned is Friday 26 January 2018
Please provide the earliest start date within your submission
4. What are the other expenses which will be paid?
None day rate inclusive
5. What are the exact work locations?
Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2DN
6. Any specific format(pdf,doc) in which CVs to be sent later?
7. Is occasional remote working allowed?
Possibly depending on access required
8. Is there any travel involved in this role and will the travel expenses be paid?
Inclusive day rate paid and work to be carried out in Taunton
9. Is the rate inclusive or exclusive of VAT?
10. Would you consider work permit holders (e.g. Tier 2 General Visa) and EU passport holders for this role ?
Disclosure of Scotland status as a minimum or SC clearance would be required by any applicant
11. 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.
12. Regarding the Disclosure of Scotland status, if the candidate does not hold active Disclosure of Scotland clearance and is willing to go through the process, can this be considered, if yes will you sponsor the security clearance.
Yes but the applicant is expected to conclude their own application
13. Can any other security clearance be considered?
Only as above specifically answer 10
14. What is the lead time for feedback once the application is submitted?
As soon as possible, can vary depending on interviews dates ect.