The Service Creation organisation in the DVLA

PS-19-56 - Provision of a CA Gen Developer Specialist

Incomplete applications

5
Incomplete applications
3 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

5
Completed applications
4 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Thursday 14 March 2019
Deadline for asking questions Monday 18 March 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 21 March 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work This specialist technical development role is required to deliver an exceptionally high standard of code in accordance with the DVLA's business requirements.

To undertake development work on the DVLA's Central Vehicles Management System (VSS).

To work on various projects to deliver mandatory and legislative changes to Central Vehicles Management System.
Latest start date Tuesday 7 May 2019
Expected contract length 12 Months with the option to extend for a further 12 Months.
Location Wales
Organisation the work is for The Service Creation organisation in the DVLA
Maximum day rate £600 per day inclusive of T+S.

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with Primarily with members of the IT Service Creation teams in the DVLA.
What the specialist will work on A specialist is required to undertake development work on the DVLA's Central Vehicles Management System.

Work includes technical analysis, low level design, production and unit code using CA GEN.

Work will entail UNIX scripting for data extraction and data management as well as working with complex batch scheduling systems. The specialist will be allocated to specific projects including, but not limited to, changes to the calculation and collection of Vehicle Excise Duty and also making other technical changes in accordance with business requirements and technical solutions.

Requirements and technical solutions will be supported by DVLA Business Analysts and Technical Architects.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place DVLA, Morriston Campus, Longview Road, Morriston, Swansea, SA6 7JL
Working arrangements The nature of the work dictates the location.

Access to the necessary tooling is only available onsite.

A standard working week/hours is to be managed by the Supplier as they see as appropriate.
Security clearance BPSS clearance is required, if SC clearance is required through the duration of the contract the DVLA will sponsor.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions We currently see this role as sitting outside of IR35 as the candidate would not hold a fixed office position, and will not have direct day to day direction or supervision.

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
  • Provide evidence of development in CA GEN in a UNIX Environment, demonstrating a minimum of 10 years' experience.
  • Provide evidence and experience of using SQL with an Oracle (or equivalent) database, demonstrating a minimum of 10 years' experience.
  • Provide evidence of using Oracle's PL/SQL demonstrating a minimum of 3 years' experience.
  • Provide evidence of UNIX Shell scripting, demonstrating a minimum of 5 years' experience.
  • Provide evidence of batch scheduling in a UNIX environment demonstrating a minimum of 5 years’ experience.
Nice-to-have skills and experience Provide evidence of GEN development specifically on an AIX (IBM) platform demonstrating a minimum of 2 years’ experience.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 10
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be able to collaborate effectively with people of all seniorities and job types demonstrating a minimum of 1 example.
  • Engaging with in-house staff and creating an environment of knowledge-sharing demonstrating a minimum of 1 example.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Reference
  • Interview
  • Scenario or test
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

70%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. When do you expect to hold interviews? Whilst the option to interview prospective candidates has been selected as a potential assessment method, there is no guarantee at this stage that interviews will be conducted as part of the procurement exercise.
2. Please can you provide some additional information regarding timescales, specifically when do you anticipate that shortlisting will take place, when do you plan for interviews to be held and when are you looking to award contracts? The shortlisting exercise will be conducted two weeks from the date that the DOS advert was published. Contract award is planned to take place in line with the latest start date published within the advert.
3. Please can you confirm if there is an incumbent? DVLA can confirm that there is a current incumbent supplier.
4. One of my candidates has asked whether CA GEN (formerly known as coolgen) is the development tool used to build code/logic. It can be used in different environment e.g. mainframes, UNIX etc. I have experience using the CA GEN tool, but I have used it in mainframe environment, not UNIX.

Will you consider candidates that have used mainframe environment instead of UNIX?
Candidates will need to meet the essential criteria in the published advert which include, provision of evidence of development in CA GEN in a UNIX environment.
5. Can the Authority confirm if an incumbent is currently occupying this role, and whether they will be invited to re-apply via DOS? DVLA can confirm that there is a current incumbent supplier that will alongside all other registered Suppliers welcome to apply for this opportunity via the Digital Marketplace portal.
6. Please would you advise who will be evaluating at this stage of the opportunity? The evaluation panel will be comprised of DVLA staff within the IT Directorate.
7. Is this rate exclusive of VAT, or inclusive of VAT? The maximum day rate stated within the requirement is exclusive of VAT.
8. Can we please find out how flexible DVLA are on budget? Would you consider increasing the budget? The day rate published in the DOS advert is the maximum approved rate that will be considered.