Home Office Digital, Data and Technology, DSAB Programme

IT Borders ABC Solution Architect

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
5 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
20 SME, 5 large
Important dates
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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


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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work This specialist will be an experienced Solution Architect who has worked with a mixture of different team sizes and types. They must understand the underlying principles of Scrum and Kanban ways of working.
Latest start date Sunday 1 April 2018
Expected contract length To 30/6/2019 with the option to extend for 6 months
Location London
Organisation the work is for Home Office Digital, Data and Technology, DSAB Programme
Maximum day rate £1038

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with The specialist will report to the Advance Border Control Delivery Manager and will work closely with the Product Owner, Delivery Partner, Business Analysts, Security Architects and Infrastructure Architects.
What the specialist will work on Borders IT require a Solution Architect to help deliver the Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) Programme. The work will focus on supporting the Advance Border Control project which is delivering new border control software to the UK borders and a replacement for the current systems. The project is being delivered using agile, uses cloud and physical infrastructure and handles sensitive material.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The specialist 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 specialist is expected to alongside existing delivery teams focussed on specific outcomes. The specialist will conform to prevailing Home Office rules & procedures.
The specialist requires being physically on site Monday – Friday between the hours of 08:00 – 18:00.

Expenses will conform to Home Office internal policies and will not be payable within the M25.
Security clearance SC Security Clearance is required.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions This role is 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.
Work History/ CV's will be requested once the shortlisting process is complete.

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
  • Defining End to End Architecture for systems at UK-OFFICIAL and above (12%)
  • Design and delivery of multiple streams to deliver a critical national infrastructure system at UK-OFFICIAL and above (10%)
  • Design evaluation of data processing technologies (5%)
  • Experience of identfiying and selecting technologies and services to deliver the solution (5%)
  • Experience of capturing and structuring system requirements (5%)
  • Experience of taking solutions through technical governance (2%)
  • Experience of working in a distributed multi supplier / multi location environment (2%)
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a team of architects to deliver the solution and its components (5%)
  • Experience of designing and developing system integration processes and procedures (2%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of vendor and supplier selection (7%)
  • Will have a background in Technology with proven success in a complex programmes (5%)

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise a very varied work schedule
  • Understanding of working across a broad geographical area and different functional departments with competing priorities
  • Work closely with colleagues and be transparent and collaborative in all communications
  • Be respectful and work with integrity and flexibility.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. If our consultant has previously held DV and SC Clearance in past few years but has lapsed - would you consider reactivating his / her DV/SC prior to on-boarding. The Security Clearance will need renewing and the process repeating, unless;
a) SC clearance has been approved or renewed by any government department within six months prior to the start date
b) SC clearance has been used within any government department (preferably the Home Office) within 12 months prior to the start date
The Home Office will sponsor any successful applicant if required.
2. Can SC Security Clearance be sponsored? Yes the Home Office would sponsor the successful specialist, if required.
3. Is this a contested requirement or is there somebody in post already? This requirement is for an existing role.
4. Do candidates have to already hold a valid SC clearance? The specialist will require SC clearance before commencing. Please see response above regarding to Security clearance.
5. Please confirm if there is a current incumbent in place. Yes, there is.
6. Could you provide a little more detail about the technologies involved as Solution Architect? What systems knowledge is desirable? Any particular specific software or languages requirements? The products and technologies being used within the project are as follows:
• Java 8, Spring Boot, Spring Data, Apache Camel, Nifi, HTML5/CSS, Angular,
• IDAM including Keycloak
• Cloud services on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
• Containerisation, specifically Docker and Kubernetes, SOAP, and REST, GitHub, GitLab, Drone, Jenkins
• Open Source products or products in which IPR will rest in the Home Office