Home Office - Borders IT

Digital Services at the Border Programme – Development Capability

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
4 SME, 6 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
6 SME, 10 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 17 January 2018
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 31 January 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work Home Office Digital, Data and Technology (HODDaT), Borders IT require a Delivery Partner for ongoing development capabilities to work on the following projects within the Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) programme.
Latest start date Sunday 1 April 2018
Expected contract length 12 months + 6 month extension option
Location South East England
Organisation the work is for Home Office - Borders IT
Budget range £4 - £4.9M

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) is a major agile programme within the Border Systems Portfolio that is building functionality to transform the way the Home Office (HO) manages the United Kingdom Borders. The primary benefits of delivering DSAB are to: enhance the security of the UK; gather and act on data from those people and entities crossing the border, both inbound and out; and provide timely and accurate data to those who need to access/use it.
Borders IT are looking to increase their development capability, to work across the DSAB.
Problem to be solved Borders IT require a Delivery Partner to increase its development capabilities on the following projects within the DSAB programme:

Border Crossing (BX)
Advanced Freight Tracking Capability (AFTC)
Advance Border Control (ABC)

You will join the team responsible for managing the build, deployment, and continuous integration of the project through development, test, and production.

The Delivery Partner will be required to work to standards and practices set by GDS and the Home Office Centres of Excellence. Resources are expected to work as part of a delivery team focused on a specific outcome. They will be required to adopt common agile practices.
Who the users are and what they need to do Users include Border Force, Police and wider government agencies to secure UK borders, and detect criminal behaviour.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done There are currently resources in place on the programme. The projects are at various stages of delivery ranging from ramping up, in delivery and/or in live use
Existing team The Delivery Partner will be working with the Authority’s incumbent development teams (both in house and outsourced specialists), with other areas of the portfolio and programme and with other Delivery Partners.
Current phase Not applicable

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The Supplier will be predominantly based at Home Office premises at Lunar House, Croydon, CR9 2BY, but may be required to attend Marsham Street, London, SW1; and MetroPoint , Croydon; Surrey; or other locations as necessary.
Working arrangements The service will be required to work to standards and practices set by (Government Digital Service) GDS and Home Office Teams. Resources are expected to work as part of existing delivery teams focussed on specific outcomes. On-site delivery partner resources will conform to prevailing Home Office rules & procedures.
The supplier requires being physically on site Monday – Friday. Approximate hours are 08:00 – 18:00.

Expenses will conform to Home Office internal policies and will not be payable within the M25.
Security clearance The personnel should have/be willing to undergo Security Clearance(SC). Evidence of existing SC will be requested at written-proposal stage and the selected supplier is to withhold SC level clearance by the commencement start date. Current SC can be transferred from relevant Government departments provided that evidence can be provided.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions These roles are deemed to be outside the scope of IR35 of the Intermediaries legislation. Candidates may be working towards obtaining SC clearance and must possess this by the latest start date. The HO may support the candidate with this process, but this must be in place by employment commencement. Candidates with DV Clearance have already undergone SC level checks will also be considered.
The delivery partner will work primarily on-site with teams as required and report to management on site. The supplier is expected to work across the multiple sites as required.

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
  • Demonstrate experience in designing and delivering outcome based services that meet both user needs and business requirements
  • Experience of designing and implementing solutions in the engineering and big data space
  • Experience in providing skills across various developer roles including UI Dev, Java Dev, Tech Lead and Idam Lead
  • Experience and knowledge in AngularJS, HTML5, OO Javascript, Less/CSS3
  • Experience and knowledge in Java 8, Spring/Spring Boot, REST, Apache Camel, Microservices architecture
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Evidence of resources that have existing SC clearance that will support the speeding up of on-boarding teams
  • Demonstrate experience of handing over products to another team, including service transition

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 5
Proposal criteria
  • Value for Money (Price) 30%
  • Approach to on-boarding of resources 5%
  • Technical competence: Skills and experience 20%
  • Technical capability 20%
  • Governance 5%
  • Working successfully in complex multi Delivery Partner public sector organisations 10%
Cultural fit criteria
  • Proactive one team approach
  • Ability to be transparent, flexible and collaboratively work as part of a team with existing delivery partners and services
  • Problem resolution
  • Knowledge and experience sharing
Payment approach Time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please let us know the expected team size with role? The team is currently 35 fte’s which may fluctuate according to project delivery.
2. Are you able to clarify the number of specialists you require for this project please? Please see response above, roles are a mixture of:
UI Dev, Java Dev, Tech Lead and Idam Lead
3. Does "engineering" refer to software or hardware engineering? Software engineering
4. In your second criteria you mention "Big Data", could you describe at a high level what you require in the way of big data experience? Developers use some of the technologies as listed in a production environment.
5. Could you tell us if the criteria which refers to engineering is referring to software engineering or something more related to hardware? Software engineering
6. Can you clarify what is meant by Engineering space in second question? Software engineering
7. Can you expand upon the Big Data landscape? What platforms etc... Platforms vary according to project, but use the tools listed in the advert, eg. . Hadoop and Elastic search