Awarded to Shivom Consultancy Ltd.

Start date: Monday 29 April 2019
Value: £336,000
Company size: SME
Her Majesty's Passport Office

Home Office - Her Majesty's Passport Office - Senior Developer 1

18 Incomplete applications

17 SME, 1 large

16 Completed applications

15 SME, 1 large

Important dates

Tuesday 22 January 2019
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 24 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Tuesday 29 January 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
Experienced specialist developer to work with agile development team building out Node powered appointment booking service.Microservices architecture backed by Redis data store for session management, and dependencies on third party APIs – such as payment and notification providers. The platform is also migrating to container-based deployments using docker/kubernetes.
Latest start date
Monday 25 March 2019
Expected contract length
24Months total-Initial 6months-further period up to 18months depending on business need&performance
Organisation the work is for
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 an agile development team working closely with the Technical Architect.
What the specialist will work on
Specialist required developing web services for an appointment bookings service for passport applications. They will build Microservices using Node.js and express and abstracting frontend forms into configurable code, the frontend is GOV styled.

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
Victoria. London
Working arrangements
We expect the specialist to work collaboratively with in-house agile development team (Product manager, Delivery Manager, Business Analyst, Developers, DevOps, Testers, User Researcher, Content Designer and Lead Architect).
Work is based in London and will involve the supplier being on site 5 days per week (with the possibility of flexible working from home one to two days a week) to work collaboratively with HMPO teams; travel and expenses remains the responsibility of the supplier.
Software design and development must align with the HM Passport Office strategic technical architecture and technologies.
Security clearance
SC clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.

Additional information

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.

Essential skills and experience
  • Experience in full software development life cycle of web application and microservices
  • Have demonstrable experience in development of complex cloud-based applications using the following technologies: HTML, Node.js, Redis, AWS, Puppet, RabbitMQ
  • Have demonstrable experience of complex Node.js development and is comfortable writing testable, secure, stable, resilient serverside code
  • Evidence of working within automated config management environments using Puppet.
  • Evidence of ELK/Grafana knowledge and able to design metrics and monitoring dashboards.
  • Has demonstrable evidence of vanilla JavaScript/TypeScript development (this, closures, currying, inheritance, ES6)
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully integrating systems via APIs, including on-premise and other cloud-based services.
  • Have demonstrable experience working on projects using open source technology within AWS cloud hosted
  • Have demonstrable expertise in automated testing and DevOps approaches
  • Capable of delivering high-quality services with automated testing processes.
  • Evidence of experience of working with AWS Cloud PaaS services
  • Have demonstrable experience working with Git version control systems in frequent software release cycles
  • Evidence of experience of working within Agile development environments
  • Has demonstrable evidence of Knowledge of or working with Payment Systems
  • Have demonstrable experience of successfully assessing Discovery phase outputs; iteratively developing and improving them using Agile methods and practices.
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.
  • Current SC 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.
  • Able to form effective relationships with people of all seniorities and job types
  • Self-starters who inspires others to action
  • Strong bias to shape and simplify systems rather than to accept and operate systems
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Is this requirement inside or outside IR35?
We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
2. Will this role be inside or outside of IR35?
We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
3. What is the maximum day rate for this Opportunity?
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.
4. What is the 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.
5. Is there an incumbent in the role?
There is no incumbent in post.
6. Are there any Legacy systems in place?
No, there are not any Legacy systems in place