Department for International Trade Support Team

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
5 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
5 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Tuesday 18 December 2018
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 25 December 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 1 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Summary of the work To develop the campaign landing pages and forms for domestic and international audiences.
Latest start date Monday 4 February 2019
Expected contract length Maximum of 9 months (Initial term until 31st March 2019, with extensions available)
Location London
Organisation the work is for Department for International Trade
Budget range For the 18/19 Financial Year a budget of £120,000 has been allocated. A further £350,000 may be allocated for the 19/20 Financial Year.

About the work

About the work
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Why the work is being done The Department for International Trade (DIT) runs large-scale marketing campaigns in the UK and worldwide. Between now and the 31st March 2018, there are a number of digital campaigns that are require development. DIT do not have the capability in-house to be able to develop this content and therefore require an external supplier to assist.
Problem to be solved DIT’s Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) teams that run are building a dynamic publishing system on Wagtail CMS. DIT now require additional capacity that has proven experience of delivering agile products. This team will deliver marketing-led content on
Who the users are and what they need to do The content that is released will be for UK and International businesses seeking to export from, trade with, and invest in the UK market.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team The existing teams manage the platform, and deliver marketing campaigns. The existing teams are all internal.
Current phase Live

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Windsor House,
50 Victoria Street,
Working arrangements Primarily based in London at the DIT Windsor House office, with an option to work flexibly or remotely on non-meeting days.
Security clearance The successful supplier's resource working on this project must hold a minimum of BPSS clearance. It is expected that the successful supplier will have this level of security clearance in order to meet DIT's required start date.

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
  • Demonstrate experience and technical competence in managing agile delivery (3%)
  • Demonstrate experience and technical competence in delivering products to the standards and processes of the GDS service manual (3%)
  • Demonstrate experience and technical competence in designing user experience (3%)
  • Demonstrate experience and technical competence in content design (3%)
  • Demonstrate experience and technical competence of developing in Python (3%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience and technical competence of developing and delivering product in wagtail cms (10%)
  • Demonstrate experience and technical competence of developing in Django (5%)

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many suppliers to evaluate 3
Proposal criteria
  • Outcome Delivery: Describe your approach to successfully delivering products using agile frameworks (10%)
  • Team Structure: Describe your multidisciplinary agile team with the technical, UX, user research, content design and delivery record (10%)
  • User Needs: Demonstrate how you will ensure user needs are understood and met in the development and delivery of the service (5%)
  • Knowledge Transfer: Demonstrate how you will support DIT staff to take on operational control of the work upon completion. (5%)
Cultural fit criteria Demonstrate your ability to deliver in an open, collaborative and agile manner consistent with the principles outlined in the Government Service Design Manual (20%)
Payment approach Capped time and materials
Assessment methods
  • Written proposal
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Can the timeline be altered so that key dates do not fall on Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day? The procurement timeline at this stage is set automatically when publishing on the Digital Marketplace and unfortunately cannot be altered by DIT. All suppliers who intend on submitting a response are encouraged to do so before the deadline so they do not need to work over Bank Holidays.
2. The two "Nice to Have" skills, have a higher score weighting than all the essential skills, can you explain why they are not essential please? The Nice to Have criterion are not essential to a supplier being able to fulfil the requirement, meaning we will not exclude suppliers if they do not have the experience. However DIT values these skills very highly for this project and would therefore like this to be reflected when evaluating tender responses.
3. Can DIT clarify the existing architecture and technology stack of the site and its existing CMS? Can DIT also outline the road map and high-level requirements for the new Wagtail-based CMS including how it fits with the existing site? DIT uses 2 tier architecture for systems, separating the API layer from the FE/publicly accessible layer. The systems are built and maintained using agile and a continuous deployment setup based on Jenkins/Git/CircleCI on the UK Government’s PaaS.

DIT's systems are built using Python and Django.

DIT uses Wagtail in a headless way, separating server from client side rendering using an API. DIT expect the marketing team to be working independently, while building systems that DIT can maintain and extend, integrating with the ways of working of the rest of the development team.