Awarded to Xpertise Recruitment

Start date: Monday 14 January 2019
Value: £115,000
Company size: SME
Defence Equipment & Support

Team Node Project Manager

13 Incomplete applications

12 SME, 1 large

10 Completed applications

10 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Thursday 8 November 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 15 November 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 22 November 2018 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Delivery manager
Summary of the work
Working on behalf of DE&S, the Specialist will work 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
Monday 3 December 2018
Expected contract length
52 weeks (up to 30 November 2019) with optional 13 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 4 days maximum per month to be included within this rate.

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
The Specialist will be leading the Team Node delivery team and will report to the DE&S SPISN Project Delivery Head (Dev Hd).
What the specialist will work on
Daily basis:

- Operate as a full member of the team; leading the delivery providing guidance and support to other team members as required.

- Project 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.

- Develop & maintain joint plans (contractor, user and MoD), schedules and dependency information to assist in the identification, management and maintenance of risks, issues, assumptions, decisions and opportunities in accordance with MOD processes and procedures.

- Attend all meetings as directed.

Full TORs upon Contract 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
  • MOD DV clearance required on day one of appointment
  • Previous Project Management experience working on MOD projects
  • Demonstrable IT Project Management experience within a defence environment, ideally within a deployed operational area and the support to deployed systems and training
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of defence IT processes and procedures
  • Delivery experience within a secure environment
  • Possess strong analytical skills with a proven ability to persuade and influence senior decision-making
  • Experience in the delivery of projects; with particular emphasis on the management of suppliers and stakeholders
  • Experience of governance and risk control frameworks
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Strong leadership, people and communications skills. Experience of leadership of small SME teams
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Strong IT Technical skill set
  • Previous experience and knowledge of System Migration projects
  • Strong documentation and problem-solving skills
  • Hands-on Project Manager

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers.
  • Be 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 a current incumbent and if so will they be reapplying?
Yes there is an incumbent. This advert is an open competition through the framework and applicants are not disclosed to the Authority until the advert has closed.
2. Hi, can you please let us know if you would apply for the MOD DV for the right person or would you only consider people having existing MOD DV?
Due to the imminent start date, MOD DV Clearance is required on day 1 of the role to ensure that the candidate can work on all of their set tasks.
3. Would you consider candidates without a current MOD DV clearance but willing to apply for it, if they are deemed suitable for the role in all other respects?
Due to the imminent start date, MOD DV Clearance is required on day 1 of the role to ensure that the candidate can work on all of their set tasks.
4. Will the MOD sponsor the DV clearance required on day 1 of the appointment?
Due to the imminent start date, MOD DV Clearance is required on day 1 of the role to ensure that the candidate can work on all of their set tasks. The MOD is unable to sponsor the clearance for this role due to the timescales required to obtain DV clearance.
5. Please confirm if working from home allowed? if allowed, any idea how many days in a month will be allowed.
Due to the nature of the work to be undertaken and the classification of the systems involved the opportunities for home working in this role are not applicable.
6. Would you consider a Consultant with a SIA DV Clearance ? Also would there be any flexibility on the start date for the right candidate ?
The clearance must be MOD DV clearance as is advertised. The start date for the role must be 03/12/2018 as advertised.