The Planning Inspectorate

Digital Services - Technical Architect

Incomplete applications

3
Incomplete applications
2 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

20
Completed applications
16 SME, 4 large
Important dates
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Published Tuesday 9 January 2018
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 11 January 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 16 January 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work The Planning Inspectorate is undergoing a Transformation Programme which encompasses a set of projects to stabilise and improve existing systems; define, procure, implement and migrate to replacement systems. We have identified a requirement to engage specialist Technical Architect Services to support in the delivery of these initiatives.
Latest start date Monday 5 February 2018
Expected contract length Up to 3 months with an option for a further 3 months.
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for The Planning Inspectorate
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with • PINS Digital Services team
• PINS Transformation team
• DCLG IT team
• External Suppliers
What the specialist will work on 1. Provide assurance to the Head of Digital, the TDA and CAB on the technical and security products produced by PINS and 3rd party consultants
2. Produce technical and solutions architectures that are compliant with the Digital strategy, roadmap, principles, systems and service levels (both internally between Digital and the Business, and between PINS and 3rd parties)
3. Define non-functional requirements and dependencies and ensure proposals commit to meeting them
4. Identify technical and security risks and issues and ensure these are formally documented. Identify and implement appropriate mitigation actions to reduce risk.
5. Knowledge transfer to PINS staff

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol
BS1 6PN
Working arrangements Onsite in Bristol 5 days (Monday to Friday) per week
Security clearance Basic security - no special requirements

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions No additional terms

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
  • Be digitally and technically literate, capable of effectively engaging with technical staff, suppliers and stakeholders to define the best solutions in line with PINS & Government strategy
  • Have demonstrable experience designing and reviewing complex technical delivery projects
  • Have demonstrable experience liaising with external and internal teams to ensure timely provisioning and implementation of quality, scalable and secure technical solutions
  • Have demonstrable experience of on-premise, IaaS, PaaS & SaaS solutions and when and how to implement them
  • Have demonstrable experience of working with suppliers to contribute to and assure detailed technical architectures and designs
  • Have the ability to cope in a technically complex and transformational environment, and to respond calmly and rationally to changing aspirations within constraints
  • Adhere to agreed project delivery standards ensuring outputs and deliverables are fit for purpose
  • An understanding of commercial approaches/considerations within the Public Sector environment
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully delivering projects within an Agile environment.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Recognised Technical Architecture qualifications
  • Have knowledge of the Government’s Digital strategies, codes of practice and Government Transformation Strategy and Standards.
  • Have awareness and understanding of Data Protection law and regulations.
  • Have awareness and understanding of Business Continuity principles and BS25999

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with PINS and other suppliers
  • Be capable of effectively engaging with technical staff, suppliers and stakeholders
  • Have the ability to engage with senior leadership, identify and influence stakeholders, produce clear and non-technical advice on complex issues, presenting information clearly, concisely and inspiring confidence.
  • Share knowledge and skills with other team members
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

50%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

40%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please confirm if the role inside or outside the scope of IR35? We have completed the HMRC test and the role falls outside the scope of IR35. However, we have made some assumptions and this position may change depending on how the contractor is finally engaged with us.
2. The Nice to Have skills and experience requests: "Have awareness and understanding of Business Continuity principles and BS25999". BS25999 was withdrawn in 2012/13. Why is the Authority requesting awareness and understanding in such an outdated standard which has now been replaced by ISO22301 Apologies, this was an oversight. This should state the latest business continuity standard ISO 22301. Thank you.
3. Our assumption is that consultants stationed on site would fall within IR35. So there are two questions/clarifications. 1. What is the budget for the position (day rate or overall)? 2. Can you confirm this position falls within IR35. 1. We are not prepared to release our budget, we anticipate a daily rate of between £600 - £980 depending on relevant experience. This daily rate must include all expenses for working in Bristol and exclude VAT.

2. We have completed the HMRC test and the role falls outside the scope of IR35. However, we have made some assumptions and this position may change depending on how the contractor is finally engaged with us.
4. What is the maximum day rate for this role? It is not included in the listing. We estimate a daily rate of £600-£980 depending on relevant experience. This rate must include all expenses for working in Bristol and exclude VAT.
5. Does the authority have a budget or day rate in mind for this requirement? We anticipate a day rate between £600 - £980 depending on relevant experience. This rate must include all expenses for working in Bristol and exclude VAT.
6. Are you able to share any information on budgetary expectations ? We anticipate a day rate between £600 - £980 depending on relevant experience. This rate must include all expenses for working in Bristol and exclude VAT.
7. Are you able to share any budgetary constraints for this role ? No budgetary constraints - we anticipate a day rate between £600 - £980 depending on relevant experience. This rate must include all expenses for working in Bristol and exclude VAT.