Awarded to Lucid Support Services Ltd

Start date: Monday 19 November 2018
Value: £69,430
Company size: SME
Home Office (HODDaT)

Oracle Business Analyst (DBA)

3 Incomplete applications

3 SME, 0 large

9 Completed applications

8 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Thursday 27 September 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 4 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 11 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Business analyst
Summary of the work
We are looking for an experienced Oracle DBA with excellent, demonstrable knowledge of working in a multi-licence Oracle environment. The role is to analyse current support management arrangements, deployment methods, and help develop a replacement approach to save the Home Office money and deliver a better service
Latest start date
Monday 29 October 2018
Expected contract length
Initially 6 months with the right to extend, under Home Office Control, until end of Dec 2019.
Organisation the work is for
Home Office (HODDaT)
Maximum day rate
We are looking at paying around £500 per day with exceptional candidates offered up to £550.

Standard 8 hour working day, includes expenses to base location agreed with the Home Office. Additional expenses only paid with prior approval of the Home Office

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The team supporting this project will consist of:

- 2 Commercial representatives
- 3+ Internal technical specialist
- 1 or more business analyst
What the specialist will work on
The specialist will be supporting the project that is looking at transferring the support and maintenance agreements, currently serviced by Oracle, to one or more new 3rd party provider(s).

As the specialist will be providing a service, with deliverables, for a fixed term then this role is outside of IR35.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Home Office,
Lunar House,
40 Wellesley Road,
Working arrangements
Your primary location will be Croydon, you will be expected to work on-site as required by the manager, with potential travel to other Home Office locations across the UK. You will need to be on-site because the role will see interaction with key individuals across the Home Office campus and the majority of this interaction will be face- to-face.

Expenses will be within your daily rate for your regular work location. Additional travel expenses will be available should you need to travel to other sites outside London.

The Home Office also supports flexible working (when possible), at the managers discretion,
Security clearance
Have SC clearance, or capable of getting SC clearance quickly. Pre existing SC clearance is not essential but is preferred.

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
  • Be able to demonstrate solid Industry knowledge of software licensing with Tier I vendors (Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Adobe)
  • Have worked in a similar sized organsiation who were looking to move from incumbent Suppliers support arrangements to new 3rd Party options
  • Have proven experience and good knowledge of a multi version Oracle estate, utilising multiple licencensing methods
  • Have experience of analysing and deploying Oracle effectively to achieve cost savings
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the impact on changing software rights on hardware and operating systems
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge of advanced database security, including Oracle Advanced Security options
  • Be able to demonstrate that as the estate changes they can develop suitable disaster recovery plans
  • Be able to pre-empt any issues that may occur by changing the Home Offices approach to Support and Maintenance
  • Be able to show that through their intervention, at a major Customer, achieved significant savings and overall improvements
  • Be able to obtain SC clearance quickly. Existing SC clearance will be beneficial but not essential
  • Be able to demonstrate that they can "hit the ground running", get up to speed quickly, and deliver improvements within the first month of being on site.
  • Must be able to develop reports and present findings to all levels
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Show they are OCM certified or similar
  • Be flexible in their working approach and willing to turn their hand to new task quickly
  • Deliver ideas outside of the box, that if adopted can improve the Clients position further
  • Show that their licensing knowledge has been developed through direct interaction with the market.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work well within a team and keep everyone motivated to perform well
  • Be transparent on performace issues and collaborate when required
  • Support a no-blame culture
  • Lead by example
  • Transfer knowledge gained through the team and be willing to share experiences across the wider department
  • See where there are issues and be strong enough to raise with senior managers what needs to change
  • Act to the benefit of the Client and not get lost in the Suppliers sales talk
  • Be able to stand up and present to people at all levels and stand by their statements
  • Always be looking to change and improve the status quo
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is this role within IR35?
We believe as this is a short-term, project based role then it is outside of IR35
2. Will the SC Clearance need to be in place before they start?
Although existing SC clearance is not necessary, we are working to a very short time frame so someone with existing clearance (sub 5 years) that can be transferred would be advantageous.
3. Do you currently have an incumbent in place for this position?
No this is a brand new project
4. Change to Supplier Question and answer session - Due to technical difficulties
This will now take place on Wednesday 3rd October 12:00 for 1 hour. Dial in details are the same
5. Would you consider exceeding the rate for the right candidate?
The Home Office is keen to get the right person for this role. If you have an excellent match, but the rate is an issue, please propose a new rate - with a full explanation.
6. Do you require a CV?
Yes please attach a CV to your submission and/or email it