Awarded to Interact Consulting Limited

Start date: Monday 14 January 2019
Value: £78,000
Company size: SME
Home Office

Home Office - Database Architect & Support

13 Incomplete applications

10 SME, 3 large

21 Completed applications

20 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Monday 22 October 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Wednesday 24 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 29 October 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Data architect
Summary of the work
A Database Architect is required to support existing BAU teams with the support of all database architectural related functions in Hendon Data Centre whilst also acting as a Database Architect for top priority projects.
Latest start date
Monday 12 November 2018
Expected contract length
6-9 months initially with the ability to extend to up to two years.
Organisation the work is for
Home Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Will need to engage with members of the PNCS – Stakeholders, programs and projects. To deliver some of the DBA/design work, external stakeholder engagement should be expected.
To deliver some of the design work, external stakeholder engagement should be expected.
The specialist shall be responsible for the delivery of the design and specifications and completing the activities required to deliver the following:
• Oracle 12c migration, Golden Gate and Postgres Aurora
What the specialist will work on
The specialist shall articulate specifications to a level that an implementation team can use, and refine these specifications with technical colleagues and delivery partners. Specialist expertise shall be available to consult with such as infrastructure and security architects. The designs are generally technical, but may involve some process-related design.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Hendon (North West London)
Working arrangements
Some meetings can be by conference call, but significant design meetings are expected to be face-to-face at a Home Office location or partner visit. Existing Subject Matter Experts located in Croydon or Hendon will provide most of the information on the database architect requirements.
Security clearance
SC or ability to be SC cleared and may require NPPV3.

Additional information

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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrable ability in the design of technical solutions for Database implementation by a third party within the last two years .
  • Extensive experience in the use of database technologies Oracle/ SQL Server/ PostgreSQL and the manipulation tools / techniques that these encompass.
  • Knowledge/experience in the migration of databases to Cloud within the last two years.
  • Demonstrable evidence of Operating systems architecture/scripting: Windows/Linux/Python.
  • At least 5 years’ experience of working as a DBA in a production environment.
  • Proven experience in knowledge sharing and working in a multi-disciplinary team.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • An understanding of Police database systems and the complexities around the need for fast resolution of incidents and comprehensive investigations in an escalating environment.
  • Knowledge of Mainframe Computing – Unix/Linux/BS2000.
  • Knowledge/experience in the design, configuration, migration and upgrade of databases as part of a large project.
  • Previous use of ITIL methodology for BAU activities.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Seek constructive outcomes in discussions.
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver an outcome.
  • Make recommendations for decisions and options.
  • Personal management of time within a team to best deliver the scope of work.
  • Challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Please confirm if the role falls inside or outside IR35.
The role is outside IR35.
2. Is there an incumbent?
The resource is required to fill a vacancy created by a Civil Servant moving on secondment. There is no contractor incumbent.
3. How essential are the DBA skills and would you consider a senior level DBA who had worked on AWS / Azure or other cloud computing projects previously?
The requirement is for "Extensive experience in the use of database technologies Oracle/ SQL Server/ PostgreSQL and the manipulation tools / techniques that these encompass.".

Candidates must have extensive experience of one of the technologies; preferably Oracle.

"Knowledge/experience in the migration of databases to Cloud within the last two years.".

AWS / Azure would satisfy above skill.
4. Can you confirm that £650 per day is including supplier fees?
Yes it includes supplier fees.