Awarded to Redesmere Limited

Start date: Monday 21 May 2018
Value: £90,000
Company size: SME
BPDTS Ltd. BPDTS Ltd is an exciting new company that provides services exclusively to DWP.

Head of Engineering Practice

12 Incomplete applications

12 SME, 0 large

8 Completed applications

6 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Published
Tuesday 24 April 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 1 May 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 8 May 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Specialist role
Programme manager
Summary of the work
The specialist will support the Head of Digital Delivery to set up the Engineering Practice (including Development, DevOps/SRE, Test/QA, Infrastructure and Technical Leadership), whilst the permanent position is filled. Acting as part of a multi-disciplinary team of experts, providing services that have far reaching and pivotal roles in citizen’s lives.
Latest start date
Monday 14 May 2018
Expected contract length
Minimum of three months
Location
London
Organisation the work is for
BPDTS Ltd. BPDTS Ltd is an exciting new company that provides services exclusively to DWP.
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The specialist will support the Head of Digital Delivery to set up the Engineering Practice (including Development, DevOps/SRE, Test/QA, Infrastructure and Technical Leadership). There is no current suitable internal resource with the required skills. They will work with counterparts in DWP to build cross-community ways of working, support organisation’s strategy to increase digital capability and assure delivery of digital services and provide technical direction and coaching.
What the specialist will work on
1. Support the Head of Digital Delivery to set up and lead the Engineering Practice (including Development, DevOps/SRE, Test/QA, Infrastructure and Technical Leadership).
2. Work with counterparts in DWP to build cross-community ways of working, support organisation’s strategy to increase digital capability and assure delivery of digital services and provide technical direction and coaching.
3.Work and assist in setting contemporary engineering standards and working practices.
4. Be a technologist with extensive & deep experience of building complex systems and services using different delivery methodologies.
5. Undertake effective knowledge transfer to permanent position when filled

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Caxton House London with significant travel to Newcastle and Manchester
Working arrangements
Onsite 5 days a week
Significant amount of travel between the three locations of London, Newcastle and Manchester. Maximum of £1,000 per week limit on expenses, which must be pre-approved and adhere to DWP Expenses Policy.
Security clearance
Baseline Personnel Security Standard

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
  • Be a technologist with extensive & deep experience of building complex systems and services using different delivery methodologies.
  • Have extensive experience of leading and continuously improving large Software Engineering
  • Work and assist in setting contemporary engineering standards and working practices.
  • Have extensive and deep experience in full stack system development.
  • Have extensive and deep experience in Architecture and Solutions design
  • Have extensive and deep experience in Production Operations and “3rd level” Operational Support.
  • Have a good practical working knowledge of a broad range of technologies (open source and proprietary) used over the last 20 years.
  • Have extensive experience of leading and continuously improving large Software Engineering
  • Be able to communicate effectively with and understand developers, testers and architects, with ability to build credible relationships at senior levels within a complex organisation.
  • Be able to deliver products within specific time-scales and working alongside multiple senior stakeholders.
  • Be able to work with other Service Practice Leads and Heads of Practice to build cross-community ways of working to support delivery priorities and effectively deliver common goals.
  • Have the ability to build credible relationships at senior levels within a complex organisation.
  • Undertake effective transfer knowledge to permanent position when filled
  • Be able to work with other Service Practice Leads and Heads of Practice to build cross-community ways of working to support delivery priorities and effectively deliver common goals.
  • Extensive development experience, in open source and legacy technologies across a range of products, developing on cloud-based environments.
  • Experience of using version control systems such as Git and Jenkins, open source technologies such as Java, Javascript, Node.js, SQL and non SQL databases such as Postgres, MySQL and MongoDB.
  • Experience of using test-driven development tools such as JUnit or Jasmine.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Evidence of experience of contributing to or influencing organisational transformation
  • Evidence of experience of technical services business development
  • Evidence of experience of working in waterfall environments and understanding of constraints and requirements when working with or interfacing with legacy systems

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Utilise personal network to attract talented individuals to the organisation
  • Work with counterparts in DWP to build cross-community ways of working
  • Support BPDTS's strategy to increase digital capability.
  • Define service outcomes offered and what excellence looks like.
  • Assure delivery of digital services and provide technical direction and coaching.
  • Champion technical and best practice evolution; finding, testing, agreeing and adopting emerging technologies, principles and processes to drive continuous improvement.
  • Work with DWP Practice Leads to understand DWP’s strategy, including best practices, tooling, pan-government standards and innovation across sectors to continuously improve the services offered by BPDTS
  • Deploy people, tools, software, hardware and services to ensure capability and solutions offered by the service practice align with customer need.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
There is no current incumbent
2. What is the IR35 status?
The requirement is outside of IR35
3. Can you please confirm the maximum day rate for the role?
We have not set a maximum day rate but we recognise the seniority and expertise for this role and subject to the specialists skill set and experience we will be willing to pay the market rate.
4. Please could you confirm this is the complete requirement: Have extensive experience of leading and continuously improving large Software Engineering".
'Have extensive experience of leading and continuously improving large Software Engineering' is just one of the 'Essential Skill's and experience' that will be used to evaluate the technical competencies. All of the Essential skills and experience and the Nice to have skills and experience will be used to evaluate the technical requirements.
5. 'Have extensive experience of leading and continuously improving large Software Engineering' this does not appear to be a complete sentence, please may you confirm if anything should follow the word engineering.
Apologies - it should read - 'Extensive experience of leading and continuously improving large Software Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering & Test/QA teams in a complex, multi-disciplinary environment, delivering products within specific time-scales and working alongside multiple senior stakeholders'.
6. Is the location only London?
No, for clarity, the base location of the specialist can be either London, Newcastle or Manchester. However please note their will be extensive travel between the three locations.
7. Is there further clarification on the contract duration or expected extensions?
We expect the duration of the role to be no longer than 3 months and is intended to provide a level of expertise while a permanent employee is recruited. Should we be unsuccessful in filling this post permanently, the role may be extended in accordance with the DOS Terms and Conditions.
8. How does the role fit into the overall leadership structure?
The Head of Engineering Practice role will report into Richard McHugh, Head of Delivery. Richard sits on the Executive Team and reports directly to Loveday Ryder – BPDTS Ltd CEO.
9. Who will be the peers of the Head of Engineering Practice?
There are six practices. These are Engineering, Delivery Management, Architecture Practice, IT Services, Product Design and Data Analytics. The Heads of these Practices will be the peers of the role.
10. Is the Target Operating Model (TOM) developed?
Yes the TOM is established. DWP elicits the demand and BPDTS meets the demand
11. What are the key success factors for the three month period?
(1) To define and establish the Engineering practice (2) Bring key leadership to the practice giving DWP confidence in BPDTS delivery (3) Build capability and capacity by assisting with attracting skilled resource from the market place by running successful recruitment campaigns
12. What are the anticipated resource numbers for the Engineering Practice in steady state?
We are still awaiting final figures from DWP however we will be ramping the resources up across all of the practices and a significant number of these will fall into the Engineering Practice.
The ramping up of resource within BPDTS will depend on what services are required to be delivered by DWP. This will continue to evolve over the next 6 months, however, we are preparing to significantly increase in size across each of our practices, of which a large number will fall into the Engineering space.
13. What are the key priorities / deliverables for the Engineering Practice?
BPDTS are providing the services of a number of different programmes at the moment. The key priority is to understand the capability and for the Head of Engineering Practice to help grow this internally or assist with successful recruitment campaigns.
14. Are you able to give more information as to which of the 'Assessment Methods' of Written Proposal, Case Study, Work history, Reference and Presentation - you will be using?
We will be using Presentations for the shortlisted/sifted suppliers. It is anticipated that the presentations will be on the 15 May in either London, Newcastle or Manchester. The Presentation will need to address how you will deliver the key success factor outcomes for the three month period, as detailed in Q11 of the Q+A log.