Awarded to Rowden Technologies Ltd

Start date: Thursday 28 February 2019
Value: £500,000
Company size: SME
Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

Product Owner for a Software Development Capability (SPCFP/006-1)

14 Incomplete applications

13 SME, 1 large

13 Completed applications

11 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Friday 2 November 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 9 November 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 16 November 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Product manager
Summary of the work
A Product Owner to act as an independent interface between the Military, DE&S and a contracted software development team.

1. Independently assess service progression.
2. Attend and advise change boards.
3. Add depth to and ensure the delivery of requirements.
4. A dedicated POC for engagement with all project stakeholders.
Latest start date
Thursday 28 February 2019
Expected contract length
An 8 month contract with options to extend to 2 years.
West Midlands
Organisation the work is for
Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
1. You will work for the Senior Product Owner (Technical Adjutant).
2. You will need to liaise closely with Military end users, DE&S, other government agencies and international software teams.
3. Daily contact will be with a mixture of Contractors, Crown Servants and Military Personnel.
4. The Contractor's delivery team personnel will primarily comprise of software developers/engineers.
What the specialist will work on
1. Build strong relationships with the Military, the software development team and international organisations to deliver outcomes associated with the Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) application set.
2. Remain objective and professionally critical of the work being conducted by the software development team and assess the quality of the requirements that are elicited from end users.
3. Ensure the software team are well motivated to achieve their aims, whilst putting the end customer needs first.
4. Engage with wider project teams who wish to use the same application, providing advice to help mitigate integration risks.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
The exact working locations cannot be specified in this advertisement. The working location will predominantly be in the West Midlands with required travel to the South West. International travel will also be required, which will also be discussed further at interview.
Working arrangements
You are required to work 5 days a week, the normal working day is 09:00 to 17:00 with a 30 minutes break for lunch. A monthly summary of days worked will be maintained and signed by the Contractor and The Senior Product Owner.

Please note, the total number of days for the initial 8 months shall be dependent on the man day rates provided.

Expenses for Travel and Subsidence (T&S) will be limited to £22,000 per annum. Initial funding for T&S for the first year will be £5,500 with the remaining funding to be confirmed in March 2019.
Security clearance
Developed Vetting (DV) Clearance must be in place prior to contract award (aimed to be January 2019) and remain in place throughout employment.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
To Be Confirmed

Please contact to access the guidance document for the interview and presentation assessment methods.

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 working knowledge of software development methodologies - 9 Points
  • Have Knowledge/Experience of requirement engineering - 9 Points
  • Have Knowledge/Experience of military ways-of-working - 9 Points
  • Have Knowledge/Experience of geo-spatial applications - 9 Points
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Have Knowledge/Experience of Tactical Assault Kit - 7 Points
  • Have Knowledge/Experience of working in MAB - 7 Points
  • Have Knowledge/Experience of writing software code - 5 Points
  • Have Knowledge/Experience of military C4IS capabilities - 5 Points
  • Have Knowledge/Experience of geo-spatial imagery types and formats - 5 Points
  • Have practical experience of agile software development processes - 5 Points

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Lead and motivate the team to perform well - 2 Points
  • Be transparent and collaborative on performance issues - 2 Points
  • Support a no-blame culture - 2 Points
  • Transfer knowledge that is gained through the team - 2 Points
  • Willing to share experiences across the wider departments - 2 Points
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is there a current incumbent?
There is no incumbent for this requirement.
2. Will a candidate who currently does not have DV clearance (but is prepared to be put through the process) be considered?
DV clearance will need to be obtained by contract award. As referenced within the advert, contract award is forecasted for the end of January 2019.
3. Whereabouts is the position situated in the West Midlands?
Currently at this present time, the precise location cannot be verified.

The Authority can confirm the Product owner will be required to travel from Site A (located in the West Midlands) to Site B (located within the South West) regularly. However, their main point of reference will be West Midlands.

The precise location will be disclosed post down select.
4. Please could you clarify what MAB stands for?
5. Could you please provide more clarity on – A Block – (MOD A Block – MAB)? -In terms of it being a product or software etc?
MAB is a government department.
Unfortunately due to security classifications further description on the matter is not possible.
6. Is the role inside or outside IR35?
Upon initial assessment this requirement is outside IR35
7. 1. Please can you confirm that the successful candidate will be able to commence DV clearance upon contract award, i.e. there is nothing that can be done in advance.

2, Are you interested to know if a candidate has previously had DV clearance?
1. DV must be obtained before or at contract award. The Authority is not considering DV clearance after contract award as the candidate would not be able to fulfil the requirement.
2. No
8. The situation with regard DV clearance is still unclear.
Please can you be specific as to whether it is possible for someone who does not currently have DV to achieve DV within the timescales.
If yes to the above, does it help in terms of the timescales if the candidate has previously had DV clearance?
DV clearance must be obtained before contract award, due to the timeframes this competition will mainly apply to personnel who already have DV clearance or have already started the DV clearance process.

Authority considers the period from contract award to service start would not be sufficient in obtaining DV clearance. The Authority shall not consider persons who have not already obtained DV clearance or started the process.