United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Core Data Platform Environments Consultancy

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
1 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
7 SME, 3 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 27 December 2017
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 3 January 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 10 January 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Developer
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 Monday 29 January 2018
Expected contract length Approx 3 Months
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
Maximum day rate £650

About the work

About the work
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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

Work setup
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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 information
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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.

Skills and experience
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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 suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria Ability to work within a team
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is this requirement inside or outside of IR35? Outside
2. Could you supply some details of the environment platforms? Cloud based, in house, VMWare, hybrid? We use an in-house hybrid environment of:

• Physical Tin
• VMWare
3. Is occasional remote working allowed? Possibly depending on access required.
4. Would the contract look to extend beyond three months? Depending on the results against requirements.