Ministry of Defence, Defence Business Services

Technical Architect MOD Request a Military Service Record Beta

Incomplete applications

10
Incomplete applications
8 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

9
Completed applications
8 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 7 January 2019
Deadline for asking questions Monday 14 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 21 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work Technical architect for Beta phases of the Request a Service Record project. Responsible for ensuring services meet Government Technology Code of Practice and Government Digital Service Standard, supporting development of service prototypes. Integration of gov.uk/pay and gov.uk/notify and establishing a tool to search record data.
Latest start date Sunday 14 January 2018
Expected contract length 45 days plus optional additional 15 days.
Location No specific location, eg they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for Ministry of Defence, Defence Business Services
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The technical architect will support the service manager to ensure that MOD meets its business objectives for enhancing access to historic military service records via WWW.GOV.UK.

The technical architect will join a team which includes Service Manager, Delivery Manager, developer and user researcher.

The technical architect will be expected to work with technical SMEs from within MOD to ensure compliance with internal and external standards.
What the specialist will work on MOD is seeking a Technical Architect to assist improving access to historical military service records via www.gov.uk. The role will support iterative development of the Alpha prototype through private and public Betas ensuring readiness for live service. Key tasks include supporting development of a search tool and integration of gov.uk/pay and gov.uk/notify services. The Technical Architect will be expected to: Produce technical and solutions architectures compliant with the Government Digital Service Standard. Define non-functional requirements and dependencies. Identify and document technical and security risks and issues and mitigation actions. Knowledge transfer to DBS staff.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Primary locations Portsmouth or York or remote working.
Working arrangements A typical working day is 9am-5pm (however working outside of these hours may be required due to business/project need)

The role can be based at Portsmouth or York or remote working but there may be travel involved to other regions of the country. Travel expenses outside of the base locations will be covered.
Security clearance SC clearance is required.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Cabinet Office (CO) Travel and Subsistence policy will apply. All expenses must be pre-agreed between the parties and must comply with the CO T&S policy.

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
  • Experience working alongside a user researcher and devloper using user centred design practices to ensure user stories and user research are at the heart of product design.
  • Proven ability to design services to meet valid user needs including consultation on design and production of design patterns.
  • Adhere to agreed project delivery standards ensuring outputs and deliverables are fit for purpose.
  • Have a demonstratable experience liaising with external and internal items to ensure timely provisioning and implementation of quality, scalable and escure technical solutions.
  • Proven experience in use of service-based technologies such as SOAP, RESTful APIs, XML messaging and JSON.
  • Proven abilty to undertake structured analysis into technical designs that describe a solution.
  • Experience Delivering outputs in line with GDS standards and assessment process.
  • Experince of delpoying and building web applications on CLoud Foundry using buildings and the CLI.
  • Experinece of working using Agile Methodology.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Understanding of Government Digital Service design principles.
  • Experience designing services for GOV.Uk.
  • Experience working in miltidisciplinary agile terms.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 6
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Experience of successful collaborative working as part of a multi supplier delivery team sharing knowledge within the team.
  • Create and maintain an agile working environment.
  • Take responsibilitly for their work.
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise.
  • ABlt to challenge the status quo and use persuasion skills to achieve business buy-in.
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Bring agile mindset and principles into practice
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please can you confirm the latest start date as the current displayed date is incorrect and before the closing date opportunity? The latest start date is 1st March 2019.
2. Please can you confirm the latest start date as the current displayed date is incorrect and before the closing date of the opportunity? The latest start date is 1st March 2019.
3. Please can you confirm the latest start date as the current displayed date is incorrect and before the closing date of the opportunity? The latest start date is 1st March 2019.
4. Is this requirement inside or outside IR35? The role has ben assessed as being outside IR35. Intermediaries Legislation
5. Please could you clarify the start date? It is currently set to the 14th January 2018. The latest start date is 1st March.
6. What is the day rate for this role? As per you framework rate.
7. Is this role outside IR35? The role has ben assessed as being outside IR35. Intermediaries Legislation.
8. Do you have a maximum budget in mind for this role? no greater than Framework rates
9. Is this role outside IR35 or inside IR35 regulations? The role has been assessed as being outside of the IR35 Intermediaries Legislation.
10. The start date in the listing has already passed. What is the actual latest start date for this role? The latest start date is 1st March 2019.
11. The start date for this contract is Sunday 14th January 2018, (the past). Could the opportunity be amended to include the correct date, please? The latest start date is 1st March 2019.
12. The latest start date is displayed as the following: 'Sunday 14 January 2018' Can you please review and amend this to show this actual start date? The latest start date is 1st March 2019.
13. What is the daily rate? As per the frame work rate
14. Will you support the person in getting SC clearance or only looking for a person having existing SC clearance in hand? Due to the short timescale for this work, applicants must have SC clearance at start date.
15. Is this role outside IR35 or inside IR35? The role has been assessed as being outside of the IR35 Intermediaries Legislation
16. Is this role outside IR35 or inside 35? Due to the short timescale for this work, applicants must have SC clearance at start date.
17. Would you provide support in getting SC clearance to the selected person if he/she doesn't hold the existing clearance or are looking at candidates having existing valid SC clearance in hand before they apply? Due to the short timescale for this work, applicants must have SC clearance at start date.