Awarded to Spring Technology

Start date: Monday 17 December 2018
Value: £72,500
Company size: SME
Defence Equipment & Support

Deployed Systems Project Manager

12 Incomplete applications

11 SME, 1 large

7 Completed applications

6 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 9 October 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 23 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


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
Thursday 1 November 2018
Expected contract length
37 weeks (up to 30 June 2019) with optional 9 week extension (option currently unfunded)
West Midlands
Organisation the work is for
Defence Equipment & Support
Maximum day rate
£500 per 8 hour day worked (inclusive of T&S)

Anticipated travel to MOD Abbey Wood, or equivalent distance, at least 1 day minimum to 3 days maximum per month to be included within this rate.

About the work

Early market engagement
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
On a daily basis the PM -Deployed Systems will:
•Manage and deliver plans to ensure all preparation and execution of tasks and dependencies
•Manage all aspects of specific work packages working with stakeholders to ensure Design; Delivery; Technical Build; testing; MI requirements etc. are managed and delivered to agreed timescales.
•Working with stakeholders; attend/represent (as appropriate) at various meetings and boards
•Lead regular engagements with stakeholders to ensure outputs are produced to the required standard within defined.
•Produce Management Information and attend project checkpoints.
•Assist in the development of Operational Readiness Evaluation Plans for new hardware.
Full TORs upon award

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
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 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.

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.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a high pressure, conflicting priority environment that delivers equipment to units within Front Line Commands.
  • Strong documentation and problem solving skills.
  • Strong communication skills as the role will be primarily customer focused and will involve managing customer and stakeholder expectations.
  • Proficient in MS Project and the MS Office 2007.
  • Effective communication skills including verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills.
  • MSP, PRINCE 2, APM Professional.
  • ITIL v3 Foundation certification.
  • Service Design Delivery.
  • Network & Infrastructure.
  • Training Design including the DSAT process and JSP822 Framework.
  • Possess strong analytical skills with a proven ability to persuade and influence senior decision-making.
  • Strong leadership, people and communications skills.
  • Hands-on Project Manager.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Knowledgeable of transition, upgrades, refresh projects in an Agile environment.
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
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

1. Is there an incumbent in the role and will they be applying through DOS?

Please can we arrange a Q&A with the opportunity for all suppliers to attend to learn more about the role?
The existing post is currently gapped however some elements are currently being undertaken by another job holder. This advert is an open competition through the framework and applicants are not disclosed to the Authority until the advert has closed.

The Authority is not able to facilitate a Q&A teleconference, please submit all questions via the advert and the Authority shall address them and publish the appropriate response.
2. Hi, is this role deemed in or out of ir35?
The Intermediaries Legislation does not apply to this engagement, concluded by using the ‘check employment status for tax’ online tool
3. This seems to be a exact copy of the previously released role, please can you provide an update of why you did not find a suitable candidate.
The role is being re-advertised as an offer of contract was issued but the individual declined.
4. Will there be sponsorship to acquire DV clearance to suitably qualified resource? If not, please clarify why?
As stated in the advert, applicants are required to have MOD DV clearance on day 1 of the appointment. No assistance will be provided to obtain this due to time constraints.

This role is to fill an urgent requirement. DV clearance requires 6-8 months to acquire, this would be outside of the timescales required for this role to start.
5. Is the rate inclusive of VAT?
No, the advertised rate is exclusive of VAT.
6. We have an extremely qualified candidate that holds active DV clearance and extensive experience within the defence sector. They are also willing to provide responses to the lengthy application process and are immediately available.

However the rate is a slight issue, would you consider the application at a higher rate than advertised e.g between £550 – £575?
The Maximum Day Rate for the Deployed Systems Project Manager is as advertised. £500 per 8 hour day worked, inclusive of T&S.