Awarded to LA International Computer Consultants Limited

Start date: Monday 9 April 2018
Value: £52,000
Company size: large
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Central Belt, Scotland

Lead Solutions Architect

12 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 1 large

9 Completed applications

7 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Monday 5 March 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 12 March 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
• Provide Solution Architect expertise to a Beta Build team.
• Work as part of a team to ensure new systems and services are robust, scalable, open & secure.
• Support teams establishing key processes, documentation, tools & techniques.
• Knowledge transfer & exit strategy.
Latest start date
Monday 26 March 2018
Expected contract length
Contract to 29/06/18 with possibility of extension
Organisation the work is for
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Central Belt, Scotland
Maximum day rate

o If the applicant is working through an intermediary which is either a partnership, limited company or other person not being an agency, they fall within IR35
o If the applicant is consultancy, company or agency who pay tax and NIC, they will fall outside IR35
o If the applicant is a sole trader, they will need to be treated as employed
o Ultimately we are unable to confirm the IR35 status until the evaluation process is complete, the successful candidate is agreed and the individual’s circumstances are processed through the HMRC ‘check employment status for tax’ tool.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
• Digital teams delivering initial services
• Beta Build team for ‘Digital Licensing – Septic Tanks’
• Enterprise Architect and Senior Managers, for example Head of IS
What the specialist will work on
• Undertake the role of a Lead Solutions Architect within a Beta Build team.
• Provision of specialist advice to digital teams.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Angus Smith Building, Maxim 6. Parklands Avenue,
Eurocentral, Holytown, North Lanarkshire, ML1 4WQ
Working arrangements
• Co-located with digital teams at SEPA's Angus Smith Office in Holytown (Central Belt)
• 35 hour working week
• 5 days a week with face-to-face meetings
Security clearance
Disclosure Scotland Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS).

Additional information

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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Proven track record (minimum 5 years) of working As Lead Solution Architect in multiple domains (public and private sector, for example government and banking)
  • Direct experience of Lead Solution Architect role in major £multi-million projects
  • Strong software development and application architecture experience, with good knowledge of open source technologies, testing and at least one programming language
  • Experience of structured methodologies, languages and notation, for example UML and TOGAF.
  • Significant technical experience (depth and breadth) of working across different technologies and down through the technology stack from presentation, integration to data.
  • Experience of scaling online services
  • Awareness of emerging security issues
  • Ability to read and understand solution design documentation
  • Understanding of agile environments., continual delivery techniques and dev-ops cultures
  • Understanding of how to influence senior management and communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Eagerness to influence how digital services are delivered within SEPA and across government
  • Experience of designing and implementing secure systems
  • Experience of mentoring technical staff and managing stakeholders
  • Understanding of government best practices, standards and policies
  • Experience of cloud technologies, enterprise integration tools and extract, transformation and load (ETL) tools
  • Awareness of how to budget in an on-demand environment and an understanding of legal implications
  • View technology as an enabler of great digital services

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Ability to build a rapport with people working at different levels of seniority
  • Work as a team with SEPA staff as well as external suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame attitude and encourage people to be open about and learn from their mistakes
  • Take responsibility and ownership of their work
  • Share knowledge and experience
  • Be able to challenge the status quo with the right balance of rigour and diplomacy
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Which particular open source technology should the candidate have experience of ?
“The candidate should understand the benefits and risks associated with the use of Open Source technologies, including the evaluation of suitability for purpose, and have implemented Open Source technologies, products or platforms in several major projects. There is no specific expertise in a particular OS technology required.”
2. Which particular programming language/s should the candidate have experience of ?
“There is no particular preference for a specific programming language but an understanding of the overall MS.Net architecture could be beneficial as core parts of the architecture stack will be built using Microsoft technologies, however this is not a hands-on development role.”