Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Home Office – Her Majesty’s Passport Office - Developer 2

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
4 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
29 SME, 1 large
Important dates
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Published Tuesday 6 November 2018
Deadline for asking questions Thursday 8 November 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 13 November 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work Create and enhance existing Java-based Microservices to deliver HMPO Orchestration and Collation Function.
Latest start date Monday 7 January 2019
Expected contract length 24Months total-Initial 6months-further period up to 18months 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 You will be working with a full team made up of Technical Architect, Delivery Manager, Product Owner, Business Analyst, Developers, Automated Testers, Project Manager.
What the specialist will work on Will be working on cloud native micro services architecture utilising Java and Activiti technologies.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place HMPO Clive House office in Petty France near St. James Park Tube station, London
HMPO Globe House office near Victoria train station, London.
Working arrangements Working Hours
9/9.30am – 5 /5.30pm

Working from home is by exception and only with Project Manager’s agreement.
Security clearance SC Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions There will a number of Mandatory Home Office courses (Health &Safety, Handling Data etc.) that all contractors will need to complete when they join HMPO.

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
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Essential skills and experience
  • Expert in software development and delivery.
  • Expert in Java 1.8, Activiti and associated technologies.
  • Comfortable working as part of a team which delivers frequently to production and collaborating with other development teams.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Worked on multi-team projects
  • Worked in pair-programming environments

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria Encourage others to learn from their mistakes not displaying technical bias.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is this role considered to be inside IR35? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
2. What is the maximum day rate? 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 can you confirm which version of Java you would like expertise in? Though Java 8 is in use , all projects will start to make use of Java 11.
4. Are there incumbents in these positions and will they be reapplying? There is no incumbent in post. This is a new role.
5. Is activiti BPM experience a must have? We would consider a strong Java developer who used other workflow engines.
6. Would you consider a strong Java Developer who has not used Activiti, but has used other workflow engines? Yes.
7. What team will the specialists be working in? Orchestration and Collation Function
8. Do you require for the developer to have SC on the day 1 or he/she can start and apply for the SC while already working? The specialist will be required to have SC Clearance before they can start. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.
9. What is the expected timescale regarding feedback, interviews, etc.? The vacancy closes on Tuesday 13 November . We will aim to have the shortlist concluded and the results sent out to candidates by week ending 23 November and aim to have interviews the following week.

All dates are indicative and HM Passport Office reserves the right to amend as required.
10. How do these roles relate to the previous Developer positions that closed on Wednesday 17th of October? This role is not related to the previous advertised roles that closed on 17th October. These roles are for a separate project. This is a new role.
11. As the daily rate is not provided, can you advise what level of experience is expected? How many years core Java development? Minimum of 3 years.
12. Is this is meant to be Java 1.8 or is this a typo? The correct version is Java 8
13. Do you want to start all the Developers around the same time? It is not a requirement that all Developers start at the same time.