Awarded to Shivom Consultancy Ltd.

Start date: Monday 11 February 2019
Value: £408,000
Company size: SME
Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office - Technical Lead

10 Incomplete applications

10 SME, 0 large

24 Completed applications

21 SME, 3 large

Important dates

Thursday 27 December 2018
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 3 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 10 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Technical Architect
Summary of the work
Specialist required to work in a Web Interface development team to identify needs, assess security requirements, design and develop the required components, document the low level design, provide in-depth technology input to other technology stakeholders, and conduct a code review periodically.
Latest start date
Monday 18 February 2019
Expected contract length
24Months total-Initial 12months-further period up to 12months depending on business need&performance
Organisation the work is for
Home Office - Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Specialist will be part of development team working closely with Lead Architect. Specialist will be required to work with multiple development teams and existing vendor(s) to understand legacy web application, and design, develop and document the target technology components to be deployed in an in-house data centre (SECRET and OFFICIAL).
What the specialist will work on
Specialist required to work in a Web Interface development team:- identify needs, assess security requirements, design/develop and document the required components, provide in-depth technology input to other technology stakeholders, conduct periodic code reviews, and be responsible for low level design.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Her Majesty's Passport Office, based in Victoria, Westminster and Croydon, with occasional travel across the UK.
Working arrangements
We expect the specialist to work collaboratively with Lead Architect and in-house development teams that are transforming the HMPO business processes/applications.

Service design and development must align with the HM Passport Office strategic technical architecture and technologies

Work is based in London and will involve the supplier being on site 5 days per week to work collaboratively with HMPO teams.

Travel to regional sites to be agreed, expenses incurred from travel outside of the M25/Greater London will be subject to H.M. Passport Office Travel and Subsistence Policy.
Security clearance
SC Clearance is required to start, with a requirement for the successful specialist to gain DV clearance in future. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
Breakpoints to assess progress and quality will be set by mutual agreement.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully designing and implementing secure web application that are deployed in data centres.
  • Have demonstrable experience of design and implementation of CI and CD infrastructure and pipeline.
  • Have demonstrable experience in API security (SOAP/REST) and industry standard best practices to consume secure private APIs.
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully delivering digital solutions that collect and manage personal and/or sensitive information up to SECRET with appropriate controls and protection.
  • Have demonstrable experience of implementing infrastructure and data centre engineering.
  • Have demonstrable hands-on experience of Java, Web Application frameworks, SOAP & Restful, APIs, JWT, JWS/JWE, JOSE.
  • Have demonstrable experience of documenting low level design and ability to work in an established design and governance process.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully and collaboratively working, coaching and sharing knowledge with Public Sector client teams, particularly those with limited agile development experience.
  • Have demonstrable experience of successful design, implementation and migration of supplier hosted applications to in-house hosted applications.
  • Have existing, valid SC or DV Clearance.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Take responsibility for their work.
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise.
  • Able to work within HMPO design, delivery and governance framework.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Could you confirm your budget for day rate, or supply a maximum day rate?
The maximum day rate has been left blank intentionally, we will assess the day rate for suppliers using the evaluation weighting we have disclosed on the requirements.
2. Is there a current incumbent?
There is no incumbent in post. This is a new role.
3. Is this requirement inside or outside of IR35?
We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
4. Please can you tell me who the Lead Architect is?
The Hiring Manager is not happy to give this information out.
5. Can you please confirm whether candidates need to meet the criteria for DV Clearance?