Awarded to IBM United Kingdom Ltd

Start date: Wednesday 2 January 2019
Value: £99,600
Company size: large
Ministry of Defence Information Systems & Services

CCT646- ISS Independent Skills Assessment

1 Incomplete application

0 SME, 1 large

3 Completed applications

1 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Tuesday 25 September 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 2 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 9 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
1.Validation of Skills self-assessments - Baseline skills for Band B and equivalents in technical functions against skills profiles
2.Data Load and Analysis-provided validated assessments that can be uploaded to Kenexa. Recommendations on top talent, development needs and succession planning
3.Train 60 staff to enable the completion of future assessments
Latest start date
Monday 19 November 2018
Expected contract length
South West England
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Defence Information Systems & Services
Budget range
£ 99,600 (Ex VAT) total max spend

About the work

Why the work is being done
ISS Project Managers have identified the non-availability of sufficient Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel as a major threat to their ability to deliver within the stated Performance, Cost or Time Key Performance Indicators. ISS is seeking to mitigate this risk through the development of its existing workforce. To establish a baseline against which to develop its existing workforce ISS has invested in IBM Kenexa, an industry-recognised skills management tool. IBM Kenexa allows individuals to self-assess against the required skills frameworks and compare these with levels identified within their Terms of Reference to identify skills gaps and areas of expertise.
Problem to be solved
External support to perform the following activities:
a. Validation Interviews. Develop a questionnaire for use in validation interviews. Identify and provide independent technical experts to conduct the validation interviews of all 110 personnel in scope.

b. Analysis. Analyse the data once both data points are in Skills Manager (self-assessment and independent interview assessment) and provide recommendations on top talent and development requirements.

c. Training. Provide classroom-based training on how to run validation interviews for 60 Band B (Grade 6 and 7) and Military equivalents so that they can train their peers and also conduct validation interviews with the lower grades.
Who the users are and what they need to do
The users are the ISS Senior Management Board and the Chief Operating Officer.
In order to meet the Defence Board objective of identifying a strategic workforce plan to meet and shape future demand it is necessary to identify the skills that are with the current military and civilian workforce.
A baseline needs to be identified in order to understand the requirement for upskilling so that the workforce is able to deliver current and future demand.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
ISS Sustain Interventions:
• Improve critical SQEP shortage
- IBM Kenexa skills tool is in place with licences for all ISS staff
- Some Staff have conducted self-assessments
- Some Independent assessments (P3M Function only)
- Some skills gaps identified; upskilling and function transfers in place
Existing team
A dedicated, joint, multi-disciplinary project team is being established, led by ISS Chief Operating Officer (COO) and including MOD Head of Information Professions (HOIP), Joint Forces Command People team, the Human Resources Business Partner, the ISS COO and MOD HOIP teams.
Current phase
Not applicable

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Primary Site will be MoD Corsham, ISS, Building 405, Westwells Road, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9NR.

May need to visit other MOD and Government sites such as London, Forsyth, Henlow, Wyton and Blandford, however this list is not exhaustive.
Working arrangements
The supplier will be expected to work 5 days a week. The working day is 8 hours to include 30 minutes for lunch. Day visits may be required to visit other sites. Overnight visits are not anticipated however if they are required permission will need to be sought in advance. The supplier will report to ISS Chief Operating Officer Deputy Head.
Security clearance
SC Clearance must be in place prior to the contract starting due to the projects the team are required to work with.

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

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
- We aim to get feedback to you within ONE week of the advert closing.
- Bid Responses to be submitted on the templates provided.
- Personal laptops are not to be used to store personal and sensitive information.
- Suppliers must use the CP&F Authorities Purchase to Payment Tool or be prepared to sign up to the tool.
- More detail will be provided at the tender stage, for suppliers that pass the shortlisting stage.
- 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
  • 1. Demonstrable, strong experience and proven track record in developing and conducting Independent Skills Assessments against Government or Industry standard skills Frameworks e.g. SFIA - 25%
  • 2. Demonstrable, strong experience and proven track record in working with the current Kenexa skills tool – 25%
  • 3. Demonstrable, strong experience and proven track record in providing talent management and succession planning assessments - 25%
  • 4. Demonstrable, strong experience and proven track record of providing Train the Trainer Training for assessors. 25%
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • The proposed approach & methodology to setting a questionnaire appropriate to the skills 20%
  • How the approach or solution meets business or policy goal in terms of a interoperable and repeatable solution 20%
  • How the approach or solution meets user needs 15%
  • Estimated timeframes for the work 25%
  • How you will identify risks, dependencies, and offer approaches to manage them. 10%
  • How you will provide the Authority with a high-quality team that embodies the required skills; in-particular, why you believe the team(as a collective) will be high-performing 10%
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers (15%)
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions (10%)
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes (10%)
  • Take responsibility for their work (15%)
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members (10%)
  • Challenge the status quo (10%)
  • Be objective with independent thinking (10%)
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline (10%)
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise (10%)
Payment approach
Fixed price
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Reference
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




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