This opportunity is closed for applications

The deadline was Monday 29 August 2016
Skills Funding Agency (SFA) on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Product Owner for digital apprenticeship service (SFADAS13)

0 Incomplete applications

18 Completed applications

15 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Monday 22 August 2016
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 24 August 2016 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 29 August 2016 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Product manager
Summary of the work
The SFA require a product owner to lead a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a digital service in a fast-paced agile environment. The right candidate will be led by user needs, experienced in agile methodologies and able to deliver to the Government digital service standard.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
2-year call off contract. Work to be commissioned using SOW's - min of 6 mos expected.
West Midlands
Organisation the work is for
Skills Funding Agency (SFA) on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Product Owner will work as part of a SCRUM team composed of team members from multiple suppliers and civil servants.
What the specialist will work on
1. You will be a product owner responsible for the creation, prioritisation, and updating of a product backlog for a digital payments service. 2. You will undertake knowledge transfer, coaching and mentoring a civil servant assigned to shadow you as a product owner.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Skills Funding Agency, Cheylesmore House, 5 Quinton Road, Coventry CV1 2WT, with occasional travel to other locations nationwide.
Working arrangements
Full-time with the majority of the time working co-located with the rest of the team at the SFA offices in Coventry. Occasional travel to other BIS or SFA (or partner organisation) offices may be required, subject to SFA travel and subsistence policy. This programme is being delivered using agile methodologies. Successful application of agile principles and techniques requires that the teams are co-located and able to work directly with colleagues representing digital delivery, operational and policy requirements.
Security clearance
The successful supplier must be able to demonstrate that he/she has been subject to Baseline Personnel Security Standards checks as set out in the SFA Baseline Security Policy 2014.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Standard DOS framework and call-off terms and conditions. Day rates should be inclusive of any costs of travelling to and working from the base location. The cost of travel to other locations while performing SFA work will be covered as per the SFA travel and subsistence policy and will need to be invoiced by the supplier with supporting receipts.

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
  • Have substantial experience of product ownership, with proven ability to understand user and government needs and convert them into a product vision, goals, and backlog
  • Provide a clear vision and set the direction for an agile team
  • Have substantial experience of working in a multidisciplinary team in an agile development environment, and therefore at ease with rapidly changing deadlines, workloads and goals
  • Spot warning signs of things going wrong and provide a decisive response to significant delivery challenges
  • Has been responsible for delivery and ongoing product management of high quality, digital products
  • Demonstrable knowledge and passion for user centred design practices for public facing and internal services and applications
  • Able to understand user needs by analysing user research findings and analytics data. Confident in writing user stories to meet those needs
  • Understand how a digital service should address the needs of all possible users so that no one is excluded, with particular reference to accessibility and assisted digital
  • Ensure that individual and organisational learning and talent development opportunities are fully exploited in order to enhance organisational capability
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of working on UK central government services
  • Strong understanding of the Government Digital Service Standard and Service Manual
  • Experience of having successfully completed a GDS Assessment

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
Is comfortable working within a multidisciplinary team in an agile development environment, and therefore at ease with rapidly changing deadlines, workloads and goals
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. What is your target day rate range for this opportunity? Do you have a maximum day rate?
We are looking for a supplier that can provide a competitive rate and value for money. We do not wish to state a maximum day rate for this requirement.
2. There recently was a similar procurement for a PO - SFADAS03. Is this a re-procurement or for an additional Product Owner?
This is a new procurement for an additional Product Owner.