Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Solutions Architect - Mobile Examiner Services

Incomplete applications

Incomplete applications
14 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

Completed applications
21 SME, 2 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 11 January 2019
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 15 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 18 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work Operating client-side as part of the Mobile Examiner Services Beta project team, the Solutions Architect acts as the technical subject matter expert and works with other architects and the project team to inform and develop business requirements, breaking down large scale solutions and developing detailed architectural designs.
Latest start date Monday 4 February 2019
Expected contract length 10 months
Location East Midlands
Organisation the work is for Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Maximum day rate £900/day

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement No early market engagement has been conducted.
Who the specialist will work with DVSA have established a team structure for it's Digital Projects using a Digital Partner team to deliver the project who interface and work together with the Client Side Team, made up of non-technical stakeholders and technical practitioners. The Solutions Architect role sits in the Client Side Team.
What the specialist will work on Understand the needs of Mobile Examiner Services project and define solutions.
Review and steer project scope, design and technology as technical subject matter expert.
Build and maintain technical roadmaps, look ahead for opportunities/blockers, ensure development team decisions align with strategy.
Develop and maintain peer/supplier/partner relationships.
Advise on optimal architectures, ensuring use of appropriate assurance activities, methodologies and best practice guidelines.
Anticipate and mitigate architecture challenges/risks.
Define and manage procurement requirements.
Advising Product Managers on effort and implications of current and backlog user stories.
Enable reuse of patterns, tools etc across government service landscape
Help maintain architectural body of knowledge.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The role is based in DVSA's Nottingham office.
Working arrangements The assignment is expected to begin with a period of working 4 days a week until end of March 2019, whilst developing, documenting and taking the various solutions through the SDB . The requirement then reduces to 2/3 days per week through to the end of November 2019.
Security clearance DBS - BPSS with Basic Disclosure (issued by Disclosure & Barring Service)

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
  • Have experience in disigning and delivering cloud-based services to end users and a background in developing solution designs using IOS and Microsoft products.
  • Have the ability to analyse requirements and translate them into effective architectural designs
  • Have the ability to confidently and honestly communicate with stakeholders at various levels of seniority, solving any issues that may arise quickly and effectively
  • Have 5 years plus experience of working in an IT delivery function
  • Have technical knowledge and skills across a wide range of domains
  • Have an awareness of IT security (network, host and application) and implications/application for IT solutions, broader IT market trends and the ability to translate theory into practice
  • Be familiar with working in an Agile environment
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Be in posession of an industry recognised architectural qualification eg TOGAF or BCS
  • Have technical skills and knowledge of infrastructure (network, compute, virtualisation, storage, cloud and data centre)
  • Have technical skills and knowledge of software design and integration (micro service architecture, API, Messaging Bus)
  • Have technical skills and knowledge of cloud platform services (AWS, Azure, Google, VMWare, Openstack)
  • Have technical skills and knowledge of collaboration technology (Office 365, Dyanamics 365,/NAV, Cisco)
  • Have technical skills and knowledge of applications and deployment (Kubernetes, Docker, CDCI, Jenkins, Drone)
  • Have technical skills and knowledge of application data solutions (SQL, Oracle, Hadoop, Blockchains

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 4
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. What is the IR35 Status of the role i.e. is it inside or outside IR35 The role is outside IR 35
2. Is there an incumbent currently in the role? There is not an incumbent in place.
3. Is this the only opportunity available for Technical Architects at this time with DVSA. There is the possibility of a further opportunity on a different project.