The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Senior DevOps support (network engineer/architect background)

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
11 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
11 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 19 December 2018
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 26 December 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work Support and maintain a cloud estate (AWS) and drive infrastructure optimisation and automation. Implement best practice and scripted management of cloud based networks (VPC, subnet, ELB, NACL, NATs, EIP, etc.), and manage the on-premise termination points.
Latest start date Monday 28 January 2019
Expected contract length One (1) year
Location London
Organisation the work is for The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Maximum day rate £875 per day (ex VAT) - outside IR35

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The Infrastructure Product Group team, which consists of other DevOps Leads, DevOps engineers, team manager, and SecOps engineers.
What the specialist will work on 1. Support and maintain a cloud estate (AWS) and drive infrastructure optimisation and automation
2. Design and script cloud networks and liaise with the core networking team to deliver physical links (e.g. DirectConnect)
3. Implement best practice principles for management of cloud based networks (VPC, subnet, ELB, NACL, NATs, EIP, etc.)

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place 12 Endeavour Square,
London E20 1JN
Working arrangements 5 days in the office
Security clearance SC cleared, or willing to undergo clearance procedure

Additional information

Additional information
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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.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • 3+ years proven RedHat Enterprise Linux experience, or RHCE certified RHEL7
  • 3+ years proven enterprise production AWS experience, or AWS DevOps/SysOps Associate certified
  • 3+ years Chef/Ansible/Puppet scripting experience
  • 2+ years hands-on experience in a network engineering/architect role (Cisco stack), or CCNP certified
  • 2+ years coding experience of cloud networking
  • Proven experience of implementing cloud networking best practices in relation; DirectConnect, VPN Gateways, NACLs, IDS/IPS, VPC design)
  • Proven experience architecting segregated networks
  • Work history alignment to above criteria (CV to be submitted to the FCA upon request)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience using dev tools (Git, Jenkins, Nexus)
  • Experience using monitoring tools (Splunk, DataDog, Qualys)
  • ITIL Foundation certified

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 4
Cultural fit criteria
  • Willing to take ownership of incidents, not only resolve them, but to prevent incidents in the future
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Knowledge share and provide on the job training to your colleagues
  • Collaborative and communicate to colleagues with respect
  • Positive attitude and supportive of a no-blame culture where the personal drive is all about continuous improvement
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Can the authority confirm if this is a re-release of the last DevOps Networking role or a new role altogether? Yes, this is a re-release as no supplier was appointed on the previous listing
2. Why was no supplier awarded on the previous requirement?
Have you re-evaluated the key skills / experiences?
No supplier was awarded as there was a mis-alignment between certain supplier responses and the actual candidates proven experience.

We did review our listing for skills/experience and this led to us adjusting the essential requirements section. We encourage suppliers to specify examples of "proven experience" as this will help us assess each supplier's submission.
3. Will the FCA sponsor the SC clearance if necessary? Yes - though suppliers must ensure that candidates are clearable
4. Would you consider candidates that progressed for the previous requirement? No - candidates that were submitted under the previous listing and progressed to the interview round should be discounted.

We also encourage suppliers to provide evidence of adequate experience when responding to the criteria as this helps us calculate the scorecard used for evaluation.
5. Can you confirm that what is required for this is to simply “confirm” that the candidates CV will show work history alignment to required criteria and that the actual evidence refers to the candidates CV that will be requested by the FCA at a later date? For the last criterion "CV will show work history alignment", this criterion is for internal use as it was the only method available to us to get the message across that we wanted to collect CVs prior to scoring.

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