This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Thursday 27 September 2018
Ministry of Defence Information Systems & Services

MODNET Evolve (ME) Procurement Support

1 Incomplete application

0 SME, 1 large

8 Completed applications

3 SME, 5 large

Important dates

Thursday 13 September 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 20 September 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 27 September 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
The winning bidder will be expected to implement standard P3M principles and enable MODNET Evolve to launch individual procurement projects to replaces ICT services provided by the ATLAS consortium under the legacy DII contract with ISS.
Latest start date
Wednesday 31 October 2018
Expected contract length
Initial 2 Months - option for further 22 months from Jan 19 pending MoD Governance & Fin Approvals
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence Information Systems & Services
Budget range
£400k Inclusive of VAT.

This is the budget for the initial 2 months, additional funding will be available subject to MOD/ Cabinet Office Governance and Control.

About the work

Why the work is being done
ISS is dis-aggregating its legacy monolithic contract with the ATLAS consortium which ends in March 2019 that provides ICT services for Defence. This approach is consistent with the Cabinet Office strategic priorities of increasing competition by breaking large contracts, encouraging SME involvement and building capability within ISS to take ownership of critical functions. ISS has already done a lot of work to facilitate this transition and needs a “strategic partner” to help manage new services through their procurements and conduct the preparations for exit, transition and integration with other ISS Services up to contract award.
Problem to be solved
ISS intend to dis-aggregate its legacy contract with ATLAS as per government policy. Market engagements have been carried out to define future service bundling options and individual procurement projects are being set up to get new MSPs on board. The priority is to ensure service continuity and minimum disruption to end users. ISS now wants to get on board a "strategic partner" to help the individual procurement projects and facilitate a smooth service transition to future MSPs.
Who the users are and what they need to do
ISS Delivery organisation is the end user and needs to be able to comply with the Cabinet Office directive of managing the exit from the legacy contract with ATLAS.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
ISS has made significant progress on managing the dis-aggregation of ATLAS. The remit of the overall portfolio is well understood, critical dependencies are identified, service re-procurement packages are reasonably well defined, three ITNs have already been issued and are at different stages of maturity (FOSM procurement-Help desk functionality for Defence, SIP-Service Integration Partner and TSP-Test Service Partner procurements are to build in-house capabilities within ISS).
Existing team
There is a mixed team of existing civil servants and contracted resources progressing this work and the winning bidder will have to support the programme, mature the artefacts and drive the individual procurement projects through till preferred bidder selection.
Current phase
Not applicable

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Information Systems and Services,
Building 405,
MOD Corsham
SN13 9NR
Working arrangements
The team will work onsite at Corsham alongside existing resources typically 5 days a week.
Given the complexity of the issues and the interaction with other functions and stakeholders on-site, the majority of the interactions must be face-to-face and on-site.
Security clearance
SC Clearance must be in place prior to the contract starting.

The Authority WILL NOT sponsor SC Clearance, it must be in place and remain valid for the duration of the contract.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
While the winning bidder will not be restricted from bidding for any of the future competitions which this will facilitate, ISS must be assured that relevant firewalls are put in place. None of the teams/individuals involved with this work should be involved with any future competitions/procurements for MODNET Evolve.

Bid Responses to be submitted on the templates provided and in Excel/Word format only.

Suppliers must use the Authorities Payment tool CP&F or be prepared to sign up to the tool.

This requirement is outside of IR35 (Intermediaries Legislation doesn’t apply)

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
  • Demonstrate recent experience (within last 3 years) of running large ICT Procurements (upto 500M TCV) for complex Government Departments or private sector equivalents - 15%
  • Demonstrate recent experience (last 3 years) of setting up and managing a complex ICT delivery portfolio of interdependent projects in organisations of similar complexity and size (~200k users) - 10%
  • Demonstrate recent experience (last 3 years) of planning and enabling Exit and Transition from large (multimillion pound) legacy ICT contracts to multiple new services providers - 10%
  • Demonstrate how you have identified, shared and managed project delivery risks across multiple work streams and complex dependencies - 10%
  • Demonstrate experience of planning and mobilising large projects - 10%
  • Demonstrate evidence of how have you managed complex interdependencies - 10%
  • Demonstrate experience of effective portfolio planning - managing delivery on cost and time by ensuring proper and timely escalations of issues and risk mitigations - 5%
  • Demonstrate how have you managed multiple, complex (diverse with different priorities: eg users, cabinet office, ministers) stakeholders - 10%
  • Demonstrate experience of managing high value assurance and approvals through departmental governance - 5%
  • Demonstrate experience of business identification, measurement, and planning for benefits realisation - 5%
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience of working with MoD / ISS - governance and control processes, including engagement with Cabinet Office (over the last 3 years) - 5%
  • Demonstrate experience of leading market engagement for future service performance measurements along tiered service levels to generate Value for Money and savings for the Organisation - 5%

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Evidence how you will enable ISS / MoD to exit legacy monolithic contractual engagements managing critical operational live service (preferably in the past 3 or 4 years) - 20%
  • Describe how you intend to set up a portfolio of projects to help plan and manage the technical, commercial and programmatic challenges of delivering ICT transformation - 20%
  • Describe how you will enable the Department to set up a procurement team to run multiple technology procurements including hardware & software at a similar / large scale - 20%
  • Describe how you will enable the department to plan and build critical functions like service integration and testing to manage deliverables from multiple MSPs (Managed Service Providers) - 15%
  • Evidence how you will help the department to manage critical delivery risks and interdependencies - 10%
  • Evidence how you will help the Department save money as part of future service procurements and reduce the procurement cost - 15%
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers - 20%
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions - 20%
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes - 10%
  • Take responsibility for their work - 10%
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members - 10%
  • Challenge and suggest alternatives to the status quo - 20%
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline - 10%
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Will the Authority be marking the bids based on the price of the initial 2 months or the price for the whole 24 months (i.e. initial 2 months plus 22 months Option)?
The Authority will be evaluating shortlisted bidders for the initial period and the extension period.
2. What is the minimum threshold mark required in order to be successfully down-selected at DPQQ stage?
The Authority will be shortlisting interested suppliers in accordance with the guidance. Suppliers responses to the Essential and nice-to-have skills and experience will be scored using the scoring guidance included in the buyers guide and therefore any supplier who scores less than 2 for an essential criteria will not be shortlisted. The 5 suppliers with the highest combined score for essential and nice-to-have skills and experience will be invited through to the next phase.
3. Can you say how many bidders you intended to down select to bid?
As per the advert, the Authority will be looking to shortlist down to 5 bidders.
4. Will the support by focused on solely managing the procurement of the EUS, P&C and FOSM projects?
Support will focus on EUS, P&C but NOT FOSM
5. Existing support is mentioned in the call. How many contractor personnel are currently performing the role described?
There are currently 7 FTEs contractor personnel currently performing the role. This requirement will replace them.
6. Please could you provide more details on the planned commercial schedule between now and contract award as we have a concern that there is not enough time to complete the following activities.
• Initial evaluation and down select
• successful candidates to complete their ITT/ITN priced submission
• Presentations
• Authority to complete its ITT evaluation and award the contract
The Authority will be sharing with shortlisted bidders further information on the assessment phase, including timescales. It is the Authority’s expectation to release this with the shortlist decision by CoP 5th October.
7. When will the full budget be available for the 22 months? And what is the confidence level that the budget for the 22 months will be available before the end of the calendar year as this will be important in planning and securing resources
The 22 month is an option that is subject to internal approvals.