Awarded to Interact Consulting Limited

Start date: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Value: £336,000
Company size: SME
Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Dev Ops Engineer

10 Incomplete applications

10 SME, 0 large

16 Completed applications

15 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Thursday 22 March 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 26 March 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 29 March 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Web operations engineer
Summary of the work
• DevOps engineer with good knowledge of Linux, cloud computing, WEB applications, Puppet config management, AWS, UNIX open source tools, networking, Internet security, containerisation.
• Scripting languages Bash+Ruby/Python.
• DevOps Engineer with hand-on experience with new technologies,such as containers (Docker, RKT) and the tool orchestration that surround these (DoreOS/Etcd/Flannel/Kubernetes/Fleet etc.)
Latest start date
Tuesday 1 May 2018
Expected contract length
Up to two years (24 months)
Organisation the work is for
Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Technical Architects, Network Architects and Developers
Head of Core Platform team
What the specialist will work on
1. Improve and expand AWS platform
2. Apply changes using configuration management tools (Puppet, Ansible).
3. Coordinate and direct deployment of engineers on agile Development projects
4. Support and troubleshoot complex micro-service based environment(Haproxy/Nginx loadbalancing)
5. Improve monitoring and performance measurement tools (Sensu/Grafana/Logstash/ELK) 6. Participate in the oncall rota
7. Work on containerisation of the services(Docker, Kubernetes)
8. Perform DBA tasks on variety of Databases (Postgres, Mongo, Mysql)
9. Implement and improve security stack/tools
10. Configure continues integration pipelines for deployment.
11. Automating various tasks using puppet, ansible and scripting (Shell + Ruby/Python)

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Petty France, London
Working arrangements
The individual will work full time from the primary office in Petty France, London five days a week. Potential to work from home one day a week . Potential 24/7 support.

Candidate should be prepared to use their own company laptop which may be needed to undertake some duties.

There may be an occasional need to attend our other office in Central London (Victoria). No travel expenses will be paid for this purpose. Expenses for any exceptional travel authorised outside of Central London will fall under the Standard Government Terms and Conditions for Expenses as covered in the DOS Contract.
Security clearance
SC Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Standard Government Terms and Conditions for Expenses as covered in the DOS Contract.

DevOps engineers will need to participate in the on call rota. Hours will vary/increase as more services become live and therefore I would put potential 24/7 support

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
  • Production experience in Linux environment: Linux, AWS, AWS SDK, AWS CLI, Terraform advanced/expert level. Puppet/Hiera, development Shell/Bash plus one higher level scripting languages (Ruby, Python, Perl, other) ELK Stack
  • Production experience in Networking: Security and encryption (TCP/IP), Firewalls, Load Balancing: Harproxy, Nginx, SSL/TLS, for encryption in transit, DNS management, CSOC protective monitoring technologies)
  • Production experience in managing databases: Postgres up to DBA level Minimum of 2 out of - Mysql/MongoDB/RabbitMQ/ActiveMQ System Admin
  • Live project CI/CD administration: Jenkins, GIT (3+yrs), Artifactory or similar system, Docker/Vagrant, Working in Agile teams
  • Proven experience of designing platforms for mission critical services in line with GDS standards
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of Her Majesty’s Passport Office systems
  • Deploying Kubernetes

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
Assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

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