Defence Equipment & Support

Project Support Officer

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
9 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
4 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 1 October 2018
Deadline for asking questions Monday 8 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 15 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Delivery manager
Summary of the work Working with the System Operating Authority (SOA) you will interface on a daily basis with DE&S to assist the delivery of an exciting IT capability based on Evergreen and Agile principles.
Latest start date Friday 9 November 2018
Expected contract length 34 weeks (up to 30 June 2019) with a 9 week unfunded option.
Location West Midlands
Organisation the work is for Defence Equipment & Support
Maximum day rate £280 per day worked (8 Hour day)

The post will be based entirely at a single site with no travel anticipated.

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with You will be a key member of the System Operating Authority, overseeing the integration of a bespoke network. You will work with the delivery organisation, DE&S, on a daily basis.
What the specialist will work on Daily basis:
• Provide Project Support Function as defined within PRINCE2.
• Undertake schedule and risk management activities with all stakeholders.
• Assist the Project managers in the production and maintenance of project plans.
• Work with the System Operating Authority, System Design Authority and Project Stakeholders to ensure the support function operates in an efficient manner.
• Provide Secretariat function at all Project Meetings as directed by the Project Delivery Lead.
• Ensure the agreed project management methods, standards and processes are maintained throughout the project lifecycle.
• Develop and implement appropriate configuration management procedures for project documentation.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Hereford
Working arrangements 40 hrs (8hrs Mon - Fri)
Security clearance MOD DV required on day 1 of the appointment due to the sensitivity of the role.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions In the event that the post is vacated the Supplier shall ensure that it is filled within one working week by a candidate who meets the criteria of this competition with prior approval of the Buyer.

The Supplier and their representatives shall abide by:
DEFCON 5J(Edn 18/11/16)-Unique Identifiers
DEFCON 76(Edn 12/06)-Contractor’s Personnel at Government Sites
DEFCON 501(Edn 11/17)-Definitions and Interpretations
DEFCON 522(Edn 11/17)-Payment and Recovery of Sums Due
DEFCON 658(Edn 10/17)-Cyber
DEFCON 659A(Edn 02/17)-Security Measures
DEFCON 660(Edn 12/15)-Official-Sensitive Security Requirements
DEFCON 703(Edn 08/13)-Intellectual Property Rights - Vesting in the Authority

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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
  • Demonstrable experience of working on a programme that has delivered or is delivering a classified strategic Command and Control system in a Military context.
  • A high degree of computer literacy including advanced knowledge of the MS Office Suite, including Microsoft Project, VISIO and Risk Management Tools such as Predict or @Risk.
  • Project planning ability using a recognised Project Methodology such as PRINCE2.
  • Project Management qualification i.e. MSP, PRINCE 2 Practitioner, APM Professional.
  • Experience of working on IT/IS projects / programmes.
  • Ability to analyse, consolidate and present information from various sources.
  • Effective communication skills including verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.
  • Working Knowledge of ITIL V.3 and how it is applied.
  • Understanding of Earned Value Management.
  • Demonstrable experience of effectively and accurately communicating relevant project information to all identified stakeholders.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.
  • Knowledgeable of transition, upgrade, refresh projects in an Agile environment.
  • Risk Management qualification eg. MoR.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers.
  • 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

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Will this role be considered as outside of IR35? The Intermediaries Legislation does not apply to this engagement, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool
2. Is there any flexibility in the maximum daily rate? The Maximum Day Rate for the Project Support Officer is as advertised. £280 per 8 hour day worked.