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The Application Support & Infrastructure (ASI) organisation in DVLA

PS/18/45 - Rationale Tooling Configuration Build Specialist

7 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 1 large

6 Completed applications

5 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Published
Wednesday 28 February 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 2 March 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Developer
Summary of the work
The DVLA requires a SME to provide specialist technical knowledge in Rational Clearcase and Rational ClearQuest tooling and industry best practice in software configuration build and release provision for the purpose of leading the migration from Rational toolsets to open source toolsets
Latest start date
Monday 9 April 2018
Expected contract length
3 months with option to extend for a further 3 months
Location
Wales
Organisation the work is for
The Application Support & Infrastructure (ASI) organisation in DVLA
Maximum day rate
Maximum £700.00 per day inclusive of T&S

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Primarily with Configuration Build & Release resources within IT Service Creation in DVLA, plus Application Support and Infrastructure Support groups within ASI in DVLA, and Quality Engineering resources in DVLA
What the specialist will work on
Technical direction in the migration of source code and associated bespoke software build, deployment & change management systems from the Rational ClearCase & Rational ClearQuest toolset (NSL/VCL) projects to an equivalent configuration, build & deployment capability in open source (OSL) toolsets Git, Jira, Jenkins, Nexus for ongoing on-site hosting. The specialist will be a technical expert in ClearCase/ClearQuest toolset, SCM, associated build and deployment capability. Ensuring automation of dependency management between NSL/VCL and OSL codebases, ensuring deployables from new configuration build & deployment system are fully functional, and provide handover to permanent staff of new configuration build & deployment system

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
DVLA RICHARD LEY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, UPPER FFOREST WAY, SWANSEA VALE, SWANSEA, SA7 0AN
Working arrangements
The nature of the work dictates the location.
Standard working week/hours to be managed by the Supplier as they see is appropriate.
Security clearance
Must be SC cleared and able to evidence

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
We currently see this role as sitting outside of IR35, as the candidates would not hold a fixed office position and will not have direct day to day direction or supervision.

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
  • Evidence of significant experience in the use of configuration management and software build tools in a complex environment
  • Evidence of specialist technical expertise in the IBM Rational ClearCase toolset
  • Evidence of specialist technical expertise in the IBM Rational ClearQuest toolset
  • Evidence of detailed practical experience in PERL and shell script
  • Evidence of detailed practical experience in GIT or equivalent SCM tool
  • Evidence of detailed practical experience in Jenkins
  • Evidence of detailed practical experience in SonaType Nexus / Artifactory
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Knowledge and experience of the bespoke Rational ClearCase software build and deployment system implemented at DVLA would be highly desirable
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience in Weblogic
  • Evidence of experience of working with Unix and Linux environments
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience in Apache Maven or equivalent
  • Evidence of knowledge and experience of Atlassian Jira

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
10
Cultural fit criteria
  • Able to collaborate effectively with people of all seniorities and job types
  • Self-starters who inspire others to action
  • Able to encourage efficient communication
  • Engaging with in-house staff and creating an environment of knowledge-sharing
Assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Do candidates have to already have a valid SC clearance, or would you consider someone with a dormant SC clearance?
SC clearance must be current and valid.