Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), part of BEIS

UK SBS IT18241 BEIS Public Beta Development Support for PAR - Second Developer

Incomplete applications

12
Incomplete applications
12 SME, 0 large

Completed applications

13
Completed applications
11 SME, 2 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 12 November 2018
Deadline for asking questions Monday 19 November 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 26 November 2018 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work The Office for Product Standards and Safety requires a highly skilled, collaborative Drupal 8 Developer with expertise in delivering digital services in line with the GDS Digital Service Standards.

They will iterate the PAR service with additional features from the product backlog, ensuring the Register continues to meet user needs.
Latest start date Monday 14 January 2019
Expected contract length 10 months until 8th November 2019
Location London
Organisation the work is for Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), part of BEIS
Maximum day rate £600 - £750
The budget for this requirement is £127,200.00 to £159,000.00 excluding VAT.

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with The Office for Product Safety and Standards Digital team.

We will provide the following roles that the procured specialist will work with:

Delivery Manager
Business Analyst
User Research Manager
Digital, Data & Technology (DDaT) Software Developer Apprentice (supporting UX and development)
Content Designer
Service Manager
Product Owner

The specialist will also work in association with the supplier providing the service support for PAR, contracted via the central BEIS DDaT team.
What the specialist will work on Primary Authority Register (PAR) offers businesses the opportunity to form a legally recognised partnership with one local authority, which then provides reliable regulatory advice for other councils to take into account when carrying out inspections or dealing with non-compliance.

Regulators are required to use the PAR Register (https://primary-authority.beis.gov.uk/) for many of their transactions concerning businesses participating in PAR. The Register was redeveloped to support legislative changes which came into force on 1/10/17. We require a Drupal 8 Developer to help deliver ongoing iteration of the service in public beta.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The primary site will be 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET.

However, OPSS have other sites including an office in Birmingham and the specialist may be required to work there on occasion to engage with OPSS colleagues and stakeholders.
Working arrangements The specialist will be located at 1 Victoria Street, London and adhere to BEIS normal working hours (09:00 - 17:00).

Suppliers must comply with the BEIS travel and subsistence policy.

There may be the occasional need to travel to OPSS offices in Birmingham.
Security clearance Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance required.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions N/A

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
  • Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise to…
  • Develop production ready code in Drupal 8 for public Beta/live releases and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service - 10%
  • Deliver digital services that meet the GDS Digital Service Standard criteria and pass GDS service assessments and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service - 10%
  • Design and build services which meet accessibility standards to ensure the successful delivery of this service - 10%
  • Use existing automated testing environments and user acceptance testing and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service - 10%
  • Implement continuous integration, delivery and deployment of code to ensure the successful delivery of this service - 10%
  • Coach and develop internal staff to become proficient in use of Drupal 8 - 10%
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how you will…
  • Work with the OPSS digital team to develop a shared understanding of the PAR service and work openly and collaboratively to deliver a digital service – 10%
  • Collaborate with OPSS colleagues and other delivery partners to ensure that issues caused in the wider live environment are understood, communicated and actioned to ensure rapid resolution – 10%
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. 1. Is there an incumbent?
2. Will they be reapplying for the position?
3. What is the expected timescale regarding feedback, interviews, offers etc?
1. Yes, there is an incumbent supplier.
2. We do not know if the incumbent supplier will be applying.
3. We anticipate shortlist feedback to be provided on or after Thursday 6th December 2018, interviews week commencing Monday 17th December 2018, and award announcement Friday 4th/Monday 7th January 2019. However, this is subject to change.
2. May I know the current stage of the delivery, Is it in Beta? The service is currently in Beta.
3. Is there approximate timelines in place like when will Round 1 evaluation be done, resume sharing, interview, contract award etc.? We anticipate shortlist feedback to be provided on or after Thursday 6th December 2018, interviews week commencing Monday 17th December 2018, and award announcement Friday 4th/Monday 7th January 2019. However, this is subject to change.
4. Can the authority please confirm the IR35 status of this requirement The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
5. Can you please confirm if this is an additional requirement or a re-release of the UK SBS IT18220 BEIS Public Beta Development Support for Primary Authority Register (PAR) published on the 7th September. We can confirm that this is an additional requirement. There will be two full time developers working on the service.
6. Hi, is this role outside IR35 or inside IR35? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
7. You have advertised two roles for the same programme, one requires SC Clearance (QA Analyst) and the other just just a BPSS (Drupal Developer) is this correct? Yes, this is correct. The QA role will be working across different services and have access to different types of information within those systems within and so we feel SC clearance for this role will be necessary.
8. Is this role inside IR35? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
9. Is this role inside IR35? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
10. You have mentioned "Coach and develop internal staff to become proficient in use of Drupal 8", please confirm if this is to coach the end users or coaching the technical staff to work in Drupal 8. This is to coach internal technical staff.
11. Is this role outside IR35? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
12. "Use existing automated testing environments and user acceptance testing and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service".
Are you looking for direct experience? Our candidate has worked on projects where this has been done, but did not have visibility, as a developer, on how the testing process happened. They would have asked the QA person how they do it.
Please can you clarify?
We are looking for an individual with direct expertise in these areas.
13. Would a highly competent candidate be considered at a higher rate? We will only accept candidates within our advertised day rate and budget range.