Awarded to Caresoft Global Limited

Start date: Monday 1 April 2019
Value: £254,100
Company size: SME
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

DevOps support (focused on DBA)

14 Incomplete applications

13 SME, 1 large

17 Completed applications

15 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Monday 28 January 2019
Deadline for asking questions
Monday 4 February 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Monday 11 February 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role
Summary of the work
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 18 February 2019
Expected contract length
12 Months
Organisation the work is for
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Maximum day rate
£875 per day (ex VAT) - outside IR35

About the work

Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Within 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

Address where the work will take place
12 Endeavour Square,
E20 1JN
Working arrangements
5 days in the office. A week's on-call duties (rota based) will be paid an additional 6th day.
Security clearance
SC cleared, or willing to undergo clearance procedure while on site

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
  • 3+ years proven RedHat Enterprise Linux experience, or RHCE certified RHEL7 - Provide specific examples
  • 3+ years proven experience supporting enterprise AWS environments. (Architect, Design, Provision, Setup Network Monitoring)
  • AWS DevOps/SysOps certified
  • 3+ years hands on experience with Chef/Ansible/Puppet scripting - Provide specific examples
  • 2+ years proven experience in a DevOps DBA related role - Reflected in work history
  • 2+ years experience building and managing Cloudera deployments (or on-premise Hadoop clusters)
  • 2+ years experience scripting the build and management of AWS RDS - Provide specific examples
  • 2+ years experience of hand crafting ETLs in Python (or other language) - Provide specific examples
  • 3+ years of building and managing Oracle DB technologies (e.g. RAC) - Provide specific
  • Experience with security hardening of Oracle/Hadoop databases - Provide specific examples
  • 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) - No response required
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • 2+ years experience using dev tools (Git, Jenkins, Nexus) - Provide specific examples
  • 2+ years experience using monitoring tools (Splunk, DataDog, Qualys)

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
  • Willing to take ownership of incidents, not only resolve them, but to prevent incidents in the future
  • Work as part of a team within our organisation and with 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
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. I have looked through the specification and it would be great if you could clarify the following:
1. If a candidate wasn’t SC cleared, would they have to pay to obtain clearance or would this be expensed by the end client?
2. Will an individual need to have experience with Oracle, RDS, Aurora, Redshift and Hadoop or are any of the skills more essential than the others?
3. Is having a certification with AWS is essential? If individuals have got the required experience but not the certification would they be ruled out?
1. They would not need to pay, it would be financed by the FCA
2. Those listed are just examples of skills in the DBA arena.
3. It is 1 of the requirements. If they do not, then they will be scored lower.
2. Is there an incumbent?
No there is not.