Awarded to Interact Consulting Limited

Start date: Monday 2 July 2018
Value: £379,000
Company size: SME
Her Majesty's Passport Office

Her Majesty's Passport Office - Architect Owner

6 Incomplete applications

6 SME, 0 large

21 Completed applications

19 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Tuesday 22 May 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 24 May 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Architect owner overseeing the delivery of strategic capabilities for HMPO's transformation, working closely with in-house Agile delivery teams delivering cloud hosted open source solutions.
Latest start date
Wednesday 4 July 2018
Expected contract length
24Months total-Initial 12months-further period up to 12months depending on business need&performance
Organisation the work is for
Her Majesty's Passport Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
You will work as part of a Technical Design Authority who are responsible for specific domains.
They will need to collaborate closely with delivery teams in a multi-supplier environment.
HMPO is moving from a large outsourced SI arrangement to an in-house, largely cloud based and open source based solutions delivered iteratively. Legacy technologies inc Oracle and Tibco. Strategic technology stack is based on Microservices architecture including Java, Node JS, ELK, Postgres, MongoDB, AWS, Puppet, Chef.
What the specialist will work on
Work Packages include:
1. Acting as the lead architect for specific capabilities.
2. Guiding the creation and evolution of the architecture of the solution that the team is working on.
3. Ensuring the solution will be easy to support by encouraging good design and refactoring to minimize technical debt.
4. lead identification and determine strategies to mitigate key project technical risks.
5. Leading the initial architecture envisioning effort at the beginning of the project and supports the initial requirements envisioning effort (especially evolving the non-functional requirements for the solution).

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
London, Westminster.
Working arrangements
Typically on-site with wider team and clients in an Agile environment. Some site visits. Use of Confluence, Jira and ardoq are the tools used to track progress against deliverables.
Security clearance
SC Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.

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
  • Have in-depth experience of defining and implementing target and transition architectures for Mission critical legacy transformation projects
  • Understanding of agile environments, continual delivery techniques and dev-ops cultures
  • Have in depth experience of cloud architectures and best practices
  • Understanding of how to influence senior management and communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • In depth experience of defining NFRs
  • Experience of Microservice architectures and Open Source
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of HMPO systems or similar government operational systems
  • Experience of GDS best practices

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Have a no-blame culture and take responsibility for their work
Assessment methods
Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there an incumbent in this position?
There is currently an incumbent in the role.
2. Please can you supply a guide as to the ceiling budget.
The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally; we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
3. Is there a current incumbent and what is the IR35 status?
There is currently an incumbent in the role.We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
4. Please can you confirm if you have an incumbent person in this role? if so please can you let me know if this person will or will not be re-tendering for the role as in previous roles you have answered that there is an incumbent but not if they are re-tendering, also changing the questions to include experience of HMPO systems, this does not seem to be in line with the code of conduct set out by CCS. ONE OF YOUR QUESTIONS:Experience of HMPO systems or similar government operational systems? This indicates an incumbent is in place and will re-tender?
There is an incumbent, however HMPO is unable to advise if they will be submitting a bid. Having 'Experience of HMPO systems or similar government operational systems' has been included as a ‘Nice to Have’, which is in line with policy.
5. Is this a new requirement or to replace someone in the role currently?
This is an existing role. There is currently an incumbent in the role.
6. There are two similar named positions listed. Can you kindly confirm that there are two lead architect positions available?
There are 2 Architect Owner roles. Reference numbers 6924 and 6926.