The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Senior DevOps support (DBA background)

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
8 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
4 SME, 0 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 21 December 2018
Deadline for asking questions Friday 28 December 2018 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 4 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Data engineer
Summary of the work Help support and maintain a collection of database technologies in the cloud estate (AWS). Take personal responsibility for driving cloud database usage optimisation and administration automation aligned to best practices.
Latest start date Monday 4 February 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 Lead, 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 around the management of databases.
2. Responsible for the creation and management of all database provisioning scripts (Oracle RDS, Aurora, Redshift, Hadoop/Cloudera)
3. Responsible for deep technical troubleshooting of database issues in the cloud
4. Support and manage existing Linux server estate

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 in highly regulated environments, or RHCE certified RHEL7
  • 3+ years proven enterprise production AWS experience in highly regulated environments, or AWS DevOps/SysOps Associate certified
  • 3+ years Chef/Ansible/Puppet scripting experience (personally hand crafted) for large database estates
  • 2+ years experience building and managing Cloudera deployments (or on-premise Hadoop clusters)
  • 2+ years experience scripting the build and management of AWS RDS
  • Proven experience (2+ years) of hand crafting ETLs in Python (or other language)
  • Proven experience (3+ years) of building and managed Oracle DB technologies (e.g. RAC)
  • Experience with security hardening of Oracle/Hadoop databases
  • Background as a DBA with proven experience of database management (e.g. troubleshoot database performance issues)
  • 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. Is there an incumbent supplier providing this role or a similar service? No. This is a new requirement.