Awarded to Net Consulting

Start date: Friday 12 October 2018
Value: £70,000
Company size: SME
Defence Equipment and Support

Network Optimisation Project Delivery Engineer

7 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 0 large

2 Completed applications

1 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Friday 17 August 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 21 August 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 24 August 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Delivery manager
Summary of the work
The Assignment Holder will be responsible for the delivery of the Riverbed Steelhead network optimisation hardware and the assurances that the solution delivers against requirements. The role requires an experienced Network Solutions Engineer with a good level of knowledge and experience of IT networks and WAN optimisation
Latest start date
Friday 21 September 2018
Expected contract length
6 months
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Defence Equipment and Support
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The assignment holder will need to liaise with project management, project controls, commercial, integrated logistics support, security & network architects and assurers, change management, operations management etc, advising on solution technical & delivery detail, including any emerging risks and issues which may affect delivery; these may include performance, policy, or contractual/financial matters.
What the specialist will work on
Project delivery engineer to lead on planning, design, solution integration and design security assurance of Steelhead Riverbed 570M and 770Ms as a network optimisation solution onto an existing red network, in order to improve user experience for using networked services over high latency low bandwidth network links. Will drive successful, timely and secure implementation and setting conditions for supportability.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Working arrangements
Regular work with technical specialists in support team, face to face meetings and workshops. Occasional meetings in other customer locations, travelling within the working day where possible.
Security clearance
Must be a sole UK national holding SC clearance or above.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
The Supplier undertakes to abide by the provisions of the Official Secrets Act 1911 to 1989 and Section 182 of the Finance Act 1989. In the event that the Supplier fails to comply with this Condition, the Buyer reserves the right to terminate this contract by giving notice in writing to the supplier.

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
  • Experience of being involved in projects within a complex change environment involving secure system integration
  • Ability to engage with multiple stakeholders across the business to support the delivery of solution
  • Have a good understanding and be able to operate in a ITILv3 Service Management framework
  • Experience/knowledge of WAN acceleration/compression/caching technologies & solutions
  • Experience/Knowledge of TCP, specifically in TCP acceleration techniques
  • Experience/knowledge in Network Quality of Service performance
  • Experience in designing and delivering Riverbed SteelHead product
  • Proven experience in producing HLD & LLD documentation
  • Strong communication skills, working between customer and engineering teams
  • Previous experience with performance monitoring and alerting systems
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • CCNA R&S essential,
  • RCSA essential,
  • an experienced Network Solutions Engineer with a good level of knowledge and experience of IT networks and WAN optimisation.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • CCNP R&S preferred
  • RSCP-W preferred (or demonstrable equivalent knowledge and understanding)

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 when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Would the Authority accept a Riverbed specialist with the more significant RSCP-W certification, yet without the CCNA R&S certification, but has demonstrable equivalent knowledge and understanding?
Yes, we will accept someone with RSCP-W certification yet without CCNA R&S but that has demonstrable equivalent knowledge and understanding.
2. Would you sponsor for SC clearance if not cleared currently?
Time constraints mean that we we will not sponsor the clearance if the candidate is not currently cleared.
3. Does the authority have a budget or day rate in mind for this requirement.
Maximum of £500 (ex VAT) per day including all T&S and agency fees.
4. What is the charge rate please?
Maximum of £500 (ex VAT) per day including all T&S and agency fees.
5. Please can you advise what the budget celling is for this role
Maximum of £500 (ex VAT) per day including all T&S and agency fees.
6. Is there a current incumbent within this role.
7. Can you confirm if this opportunity is assessed as inside or outside of IR35?
The role is inside IR35
8. Can the authority please confirm the IR35 status of this role.
The role is inside IR35
9. Please can you confirm whether or not this role is inside IR35?
The role is inside IR35
10. Can the Authority confirm that the role falls outside IR35?
The role is inside IR35
11. Can the Authority confirm the maximum day rate and whether this includes travel and expenses?
Maximum of £500 (ex VAT) per day including all T&S and agency fees.