Ministry of Defence

MOD ISS Laptop Build Engineer

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
4 SME, 0 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
2 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published 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


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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work A laptop build SME resource is required to provide support to the Design pillar. The objective is to build a set of secure laptops. For the first six months this is envisioned as 1 FTE, but will be approximately 1 day per week thereafter.
Latest start date Monday 22 October 2018
Expected contract length All work complete by 30/10/19
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for Ministry of Defence
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with Working with ISS design team.
What the specialist will work on The objective of this task is to provide a set of laptops.

Needs to Support:
a) Development of a build image for the laptop to support a Secret laptop and a TS laptop.
b) Installation of the images on to approx. 30 laptops.
c) Document the build of the laptops to support security and future use of the laptops.
d) Managing the Crypto products on the laptops
e) Uploading bid technical datapacks to the laptops
f) Clean down laptops after the ITN is completed
g) Support security testing of the laptops as required for accreditation of the laptops.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Wiltshire, specific location disclosed at interview stage, after proof of clearance has been received.
Working arrangements Although based in Wiltshire, there will be regular visits to other sites in the South West, South East, and East of England.

Additional expenses may be incurred in travelling to these other sites. Claims for travel and subsistence must be made in accordance with existing Civil Service policy. Expense claims will be subject to MOD sponsor approval before travel.
Security clearance Must hold current 'Developed Vetting' clearance.

Additional information

Additional information
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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.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Have DV Clearance
  • Experience with TS systems
  • Must be UK National without dual nationality
  • Must have experience installing latest Windows systems
  • Must have experience handling IT crypto products
  • Experience building of IT systems and documenting solution.
  • Knowledge of MOD IT security testing regime
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • It would be preferable for experience to be on Windows 10
  • ViaSat Enclypt drive experience is beneficial
  • Knowledge of extant MOD corporate systems

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 4
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is there a current incumbent in this role? There is no current incumbent. The requirement is for a new vacancy.
2. Can the authority please confirm the IR35 status of this role? The Authority has undertaken an HMRC IR35 assessment. The assessment advises that this requirement falls outside IR35. 'The intermediaries legislation doesn't apply to this engagement.'
3. Can you please clarify what a "TS Laptop" is? 'TS' stands for Top Secret.
4. You have released the role under category "Technical Architect". Can you please clarify the seniority of the role and the level of responsibility the successful candidate will have?
I ask because the job description does not read as needing someone with Architecture or Design experience.
Are you looking for an Engineer or a more senior specialist?
We are looking for an Engineer/Architect who can design and build, configure and test a Windows installation for laptops for a specific purpose to hold data up to Top Secret. If we were to estimate competence level using SFIA we expect someone to show level 5.