Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office - Technical Lead

Incomplete applications

25
Incomplete applications
23 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

21
Completed applications
20 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Tuesday 9 October 2018
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 11 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 16 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work Specialist required to work in a Web Interface development team to identify needs, assess security requirements, design and develop the required components, document the low level design, provide in-depth technology input to other technology stakeholders, and conduct a code review periodically.
Latest start date Monday 3 December 2018
Expected contract length 24Months total-Initial 12months-further period up to 12months depending on business need&performance
Location London
Organisation the work is for Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with Specialist will be part of development team working closely with Lead Architect. Specialist will be required to work with multiple development teams and existing vendor(s) to understand legacy web application, and design, develop and document the target technology components to be deployed in an in-house data centre (SECRET and OFFICIAL).
What the specialist will work on Specialist required to work in a Web Interface development team:- identify needs, assess security requirements, design/develop and document the required components, provide in-depth technology input to other technology stakeholders, conduct periodic code reviews, and be responsible for low level design.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Her Majesty's Passport Office, based in Victoria, Westminster and Croydon, with occasional travel across the UK.
Working arrangements We expect the specialist to work collaboratively with Lead Architect and in-house development teams that are transforming the HMPO business processes/applications.

Service design and development must align with the HM Passport Office strategic technical architecture and technologies

Work is based in London and will involve the supplier being on site 5 days per week to work collaboratively with HMPO teams.

Travel to regional sites to be agreed, expenses incurred from travel outside of the M25/Greater London will be subject to H.M. Passport Office Travel and Subsistence Policy.
Security clearance DV Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process’

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Breakpoints to assess progress and quality will be set by mutual agreement.

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 demonstrable experience of successfully designing and implementing secure web application that are deployed in data centres.
  • Have demonstrable experience of design and implementation of CI and CD infrastructure and pipeline.
  • Have demonstrable experience in API security (SOAP/REST) and industry standard best practices to consume secure private APIs.
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully delivering digital solutions that collect and manage personal and/or sensitive information up to SECRET with appropriate controls and protection.
  • Have demonstrable experience of implementing infrastructure and data centre engineering.
  • Have demonstrable hands-on experience of Java, Web Application frameworks, SOAP & Restful, APIs, JWT, JWS/JWE, JOSE.
  • Have demonstrable experience of documenting low level design and ability to work in an established design and governance process.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully and collaboratively working, coaching and sharing knowledge with Public Sector client teams, particularly those with limited agile development experience.
  • Have demonstrable experience of successful design, implementation and migration of supplier hosted applications to in-house hosted applications.
  • Have existing, valid DV

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Take responsibility for their work.
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise.
  • Able to work within HMPO design, delivery and governance framework.
Assessment methods Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

25%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. As you haven't published a daily rate we assume you are looking to receive competitive applications and applications considering the % evaluation weighting suggested. The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
2. Please can you give an indication on the range of rates that you are willing to consider to enable us to submit our most suitable applicant The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
3. please let us know the rate and if this will be inside or outside IR35. We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
4. Will this role be in scope of IR35 regulations. We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
5. Does this contract fall inside of outside of IR35? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
6. Please can you confirm the day rate for this position. The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
7. Please can you confirm if there is currently an incumbent in the role? There is no incumbent in post. This is a new role.
8. Please can you confirm if the role is inside/outside IR35? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
9. What is the IR35 status? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
10. Is there a current incumbent? There is no incumbent in post. This is a new role.
11. Can you confirm if this assignment sits inside or out-side of IR35? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
12. Can you confirm what the daily pay rate is for this assignment? The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
13. What's the maximum rate for this position? The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
14. What is the budget? The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
15. Can you advise if this role is inside or outside of IR35? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
16. Also any indication of day rate budget? The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
17. Please can we arrange a Q&A with all the opportunity for all suppliers available to attend? No question and answer session will be held as outlined in the requirements. You do however still have the opportunity to ask any questions today and HMPO will answer them by Monday 15th October 2018
18. Please can you confirm if there is currently an incumbent in the role? There is no incumbent in post, this is a new role.
19. Is there a current incumbent? There is no incumbent in post, this is a new role.
20. Would you be willing to support the clearance process from SC to DV? If so how would this affect start date- is there any work the candidate could complete whilst the DV is in process? HMPO will support the clearance process from SC to DV. The candidate must be DV cleared before they can start the post.
21. Can you also advise if you will consider SC Cleared candidates for this role and carry out DV whilst they are onsite? HMPO will support the clearance process from SC to DV. The candidate must be DV cleared before they can start the post.
22. Does the Authority want a Tech Lead who can install software that is secure and make sure it is, or one that can design and implement the security around it? The Tech Lead should have knowledge of this, but not necessarily have hands on experience.
23. Please can you clarify what percentage of time will be spent between Westminster and Croydon? The majority of the work will take place at London, Victoria.
24. Which office will most of the work take place in? The majority of the work will take place in London at Victoria
25. Will they need to be DV cleared to be onsite? HMPO will support the clearance process from SC to DV. The candidate must be DV cleared before they can start the post.
26. It says "DV Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process. ", DV application process would probably take 6/7 months. If the candidate is eligible to apply for DV, would they be allowed to to start while their DV clearance is in process? The candidate will not be able to take up the post until they have valid DV clearance. HMPO will wait for this to be obtained before arranging start dates.