Awarded to LA International Computer Consultants Limited

Start date: Monday 11 June 2018
Value: £88,725
Company size: large
Ambulance Radio Programme (ARP) on behalf of Department of Health & Social Care

Solutions Architect

3 Incomplete applications

1 SME, 2 large

14 Completed applications

10 SME, 4 large

Important dates

Thursday 26 April 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 3 May 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 10 May 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Senior technical position that requires specialist skills in the deployment of systems/ solutions which are mission critical and spread across multiple sites. Responsible for all technical elements involved in planning, design, options appraisal, testing and delivery of the end product.
Latest start date
Monday 4 June 2018
Expected contract length
Six (6) months with option to extend by three- (3) monthly increments.
Organisation the work is for
Ambulance Radio Programme (ARP) on behalf of Department of Health & Social Care
Maximum day rate
Budget Maximum Day Rate of £750.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
This requirement will support the ARP Technical Team, the wider ARP team and English NHS Ambulance Services. Working relationships will include Home Office emergency services programme teams and supplier technical design and implementation teams.
What the specialist will work on
1. Be the technical specialist for control room solutions and manage the following aspects: capacity, availability, quality, configuration and risk and issue management;
2. Responsible for providing expert advice, research and development;
3. Input in to Service Delivery products such as capacity, business continuity and availability strategies and plans;
4. Lead and drive the full suite of testing;
5. Support contractual/ SLA negotiations;
6. Lead change and release activity; and
7. Lead training of user groups.
8. Responsible for Network Design and Assurance.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
This role could be based at either ARP's central London office or South Yorkshire office.
Working arrangements
This role is full-time (9-5, M-F) for up to six (6) months. Expenses will be paid at AfC rates for mileage reimbursement for travel to locations other than office base. Train and overnight stay bookings, if required, will be booked and paid for centrally.
Security clearance
This role requires SC Clearance.

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 Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA)
  • Be experienced in testing communication technologies in operational environments
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • ITIL qualified
  • Proven track record in delivering high quality command and control of high profile events across multiple organisations
  • Clean driving licence
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Evidence Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)
  • Experience/ qualification in Agile working
  • Hold or be capable of attaining SC Clearance

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • work as a team with our organisation and suppliers
  • be transparent and collaborative
  • take responsibility for their work
  • share knowledge and experience
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Q1. What is the IR35 status of the role? / Does this role fall within or outside of the IR35 legislation?
A1. The Ambulance Radio Programme plan to agree outcomes-based work packages with the Provider. We do not, therefore, anticipate this requirement falling within IR35, as a substitute could be offered during the duration of the agreement. However, any Provider being awarded this opportunity would need to take the IR35 test and determine for themselves whether this requirement is inside IR35 or not.
2. Q2. Is there a current incumbent? / Can the Authority please confirm if there is a current incumbent to the role or whether this is a new requirement?
A2. There is a current incumbent in the role who is to retire in the near future. It is intended that the Provider will have a handover with the incumbent.
3. Q3. The requirement states: "This role could be based at either ARP's central London office or South Yorkshire office." Can the Authority please clarify whether they will decide the base location or if this is the choice of the Supplier, based on the individual's/ individuals' location(s)?
A3. The decision on base location will be agreed with the Provider based on the preference of the individual/ individuals.