Awarded to Deep Digital Limited

Start date: Monday 13 August 2018
Value: £91,000
Company size: SME
Cabinet Office

Cabinet Office lead product manager

12 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 1 large

13 Completed applications

11 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Monday 18 June 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 25 June 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 2 July 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Product manager
Summary of the work
Lead the digital team to transition Ethnicity facts and figures from public beta on GOV.UK to live.

This is a great opportunity to work on a high-profile project with significant ministerial interest that has social impact and is underpinned by user needs.

This role falls outside IR35.
Latest start date
Monday 13 August 2018
Expected contract length
6 months
Organisation the work is for
Cabinet Office
Maximum day rate
£800 including travel and expenses (excluding VAT)

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Race Disparity Unit is a multi-disciplinary team covering policy, data and digital work streams. As well as policy officials, statisticians, analysts, and social researchers, the digital team includes developers, user researcher, delivery manager, content designers, product manager and service manager - this will change to reflect priorities and needs over time. We all work together using the One Team Government principles and the government design principles.
What the specialist will work on
Lead the evolution of the Ethnicity facts and figures website - improve both the publishing tool and the website so that we continue to meet the needs of our users. Work in an agile, multi-disciplinary team, primarily with front-end designer, developers, content designers and a user researcher. Overall responsibility for the product roadmap and the digital team.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
1 Horseguards Road, London SW1A 2HQ
Working arrangements
Our team is based in Horse Guards. Occasional remote working is accepted, but will primarily be co-located onsite with the existing team. We work Mon-Fri with usual office hours. Travel to user research sessions at various London locations is expected. We will cover standard Cabinet Office travel expenses for any user research sessions held outside London.
Security clearance
CTC is required to work at 1 Horse Guards. Minimum of baseline clearance (BPSS) is required for the work itself. If the successful specialist needs to be put through CTC clearance, we will do this.

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 skills providing leadership and direction for your products
  • Proven skills creating, maintaining, prioritising and delivering a product backlog and roadmap to direct the work of team
  • Proven experience managing stakeholders across government and adapting to changing needs and evolving government landscape
  • Proven experience representing the work of the digital team and demonstrating its contribution to overall organisation goals
  • Experienced in meeting the Government’s Digital Service Standards, designing a service that meets government accessibility requirements
  • Experienced advocating for the importance of agile, iterative and user-centred methods as set out in the Government Service Manual
  • Proven skills writing user stories and acceptance criteria
  • Proven experience working closely with the developers to understand technical constraints and opportunities
  • Proven experience of working closely with other team members on rapid prototyping and delivering at pace
  • Proven experience planning user research priorities and sessions with user researcher
  • Proven experience prioritising user needs (using qualitative and quantitative data) with the team and incorporating user research findings into product backlog
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience working on a high profile digital service with significant ministerial interest
  • Experience managing digital specialist contractors
  • Experience of working with policy teams
  • Experience of working to the One Team Government principles

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Experience of successful collaborative working as part of a multi-disciplinary delivery team, sharing knowledge within the team
  • Experience delivering in an open, collaborate, agile way according to the principles outlined in the Government Service Manual
  • Experience of working with stakeholders and team members with low technical expertise
  • Experience of successful agile delivery in non-agile environments and bridging the two worlds
  • Displays cultural sensitivity and awareness
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. What is the IR35 status?
As mentioned in the summary of the work, this role falls outside IR35.
2. Should we submit a CV with application? If so, to whom?
Once applications have closed, we will ask the 3 shortlisted suppliers to provide a work history / CV.
3. Would you accept candidates with an SC clearance?
Yes. SC is a higher level of clearance than our minimum of baseline clearance, as described in the security clearance section of the brief. If a candidate already holds the required security clearance (or higher), it will speed up the granting of a pass for the building.
4. Is this a replacement for a current incumbent or a new role?
This is a replacement as the current person in the role is moving on in September. We’ve allowed for a period of crossover to help the new product manager transition into the role.
5. Thank you for this opportunity, Might I ask if it is possible to reduce this skills matrix? When this goes to the contractor to complete the 'Nice to have' skills are on the matrix too. This makes this is a 15 question document. Feedback is that this is very off putting for contractors who are used to dealing with their CV or a short 4/5 question skills matrix. Just a suggestion...
Thank you for your feedback, we’ll definitely bear it in mind for future roles that we post. We are mindful of the amount of time needed to complete the evidence. We feel that the evidence requested (and our time required to evaluate it for all candidates) is proportionate with the seniority of the role and the budget. The details should help candidates understand if the role is a good fit.
6. What is the size and make-up of the team the Senior Product Manager is responsible for?
The lead product manager will be leading the digital team which consists of 2 back-end developers, a front-end developer / designer, a user researcher, a delivery manager and 2-3 content designers. Further details can be seen in the ‘Who the specialist will work with’ section of the brief.
7. You state that the rate should include expenses - please could you confirm how much travel is expected to required for the role?
Travel outside London for user research is infrequent and planned together by the product manager and user researcher. There are approx 6-12 regional stakeholder events across the year that the lead product manager (or other digital team members) may wish to attend.