Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) – part of BEIS

UK SBS DDaT19084 BEIS Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) Interaction Designer

Incomplete applications

13
Incomplete applications
11 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

30
Completed applications
26 SME, 4 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 Designer
Summary of the work OPSS digital require an interim highly skilled specialist interaction designer to support our digital portfolio. This work is of immediate priority and supports key strands addressing EU Exit priorities and building national capacity for product safety.
Latest start date Tuesday 7 May 2019
Expected contract length Please refer to the "additional terms and conditions" section for this information
Location London
Organisation the work is for Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) – part of BEIS
Maximum day rate £650 per day. Our budget range is £110,000 to £180,000 excl VAT. This includes the optional extension period as stated above.

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with You will work as part of the OPSS digital team. The team is a mix of OPSS permanent staff, GDS loanees and contractors currently consisting of:

Head of Digital
UX Design lead
Product Managers
User Researchers
Content Designers
Business Analysts
Developers (including a DDaT apprentice software engineer)
QA Tester
PMO lead

We are supplemented by external supplier delivery partners who provide delivery management, technical leadership, developers and UX design support.
What the specialist will work on OPSS digital team require an interim highly skilled specialist interaction designer. This work is of immediate priority and supports developing digital services for EU Exit priorities and building national capacity for product safety.

We currently have a number of services in development which are designed to mitigate the loss of EU systems following EU Exit. Some of these directly serve the goal of building national capacity for product safety which is central to the role of OPSS.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place The primary site will be 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. However, OPSS have other sites including Birmingham and Teddington and the team may be required to work there on occasion to engage with OPSS colleagues and stakeholders.

There may be a requirement for travel to other UK stakeholder sites to conduct business.
Working arrangements The team is co-located at 1 Victoria Street, London and adhere to BEIS normal working hours (09:00 - 17:00). At appointed days the team may work onsite at one of our other supplier premises (currently London based). The team also work occasionally at OPSS sites in Birmingham and Teddington. OPSS will meet any additional travel costs incurred away from the London office. These will be met in line with the BEIS travel and subsistence policy. OPSS are happy to consider remote working arrangements agreed at the discretion of the OPSS head of digital or service product manager.
Security clearance Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance required. BEIS will sponsor this if necessary.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions Expected contract length: We expect this contract to last 6 months. However, we may exercise the option to extend for a further 3-6 months if required. Due notice will be given if we decide to do this.

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
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise to…
  • Work with user researchers, collaborating on the design of research and able to respond to user research findings and how this will ensure successful delivery of this service. (14%)
  • Develop prototypes (wire frames/coded prototypes/etc.) iteratively via user testing/research and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service. (14%)
  • Design accessible interfaces and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service. (14%)
  • Work closely with developers to make sure implementation of the service is consistent and accessible and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service. (14%)
Nice-to-have skills and experience Work with and design services that meet the GDS Digital Service Standard and how this will ensure the successful delivery of this service. (4 %)

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Demonstrate how you will…
  • Help OPSS develop long-term sustainable internal capability (10%)
  • Demonstrate flexibility and sensitivity to local ways of working (4%)
  • Work transparently and collaboratively with OPSS when making decisions throughout this project (3%).
  • Challenge current thinking and provide an honest assessment that helps us achieve our goals (3%).
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

60%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Please can you advise if this role is within IR35? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
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? We anticipate shortlist feedback to be provided on or after Thursday 4th April 2019, bid deadline on Friday 12th April 2019, interviews on Monday 15th April 2019, and award announcement on Monday 29th April 2019. However, this is subject to change.
3. Can the Authority confirm if an incumbent currently occupies this role, and if they will be invited to apply via DOS? No this is a new role.
4. Is this role inside or outside IR35? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
5. Hi, is there a current incumbent in this role? No this is a new role.
6. Could you tell me if this is operating outside / inside IR35? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
7. "When submitting answers, do we leave the
""•Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise to…""
box blank?"
Yes, please leave this blank. The first question is a leading question for the questions following it. Please do not provide a response to the leading statement as it is not a question that will be scored. Due to the word limit when posting criteria the question has been split into two parts.
8. Please could you provide some more details regarding the skills you are looking for to support this role? For example are you looking for front end s/w developer skills? Are there any specific skills/qualities technical or otherwise that you require? We are looking for someone who can use their skills and expertise to help guide our interaction design on services. We are not specifically looking for someone with front s/w developer skills or specific technical skills. However we are interested in hearing from any candidate who can meet our key aim. If they have additional skills in place, for example those cited, then we will take this into general consideration.
9. "The first of the essential skills states:
Demonstrate how you will apply your skills and expertise to…
Please can you advise what you are looking for in this response?"
The first question is a leading question for the questions following it. Please do not provide a response to the leading statement as it is not a question that will be scored. Due to the word limit when posting criteria the question has been split into two parts.
10. Is this role inside or outside IR35? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
11. Can the authority please confirm the IR35 status of this role? The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
12. The first requirement we're asked to complete is: 'Demonstrate how you will apply yor skills amd expertise to…' with a blank box. Can the department confirm if this is a mistake? The first question is a leading question for the questions following it. Please do not provide a response to the leading statement as it is not a question that will be scored. Due to the word limit when posting criteria the question has been split into two parts.
13. Please can you explain the budget range, in respect to the maximum day rate? The day rate is the maximum we are prepared to consider and we would welcome applications with day rates lower than this. The budget range takes into account a possible extension of 3-6 months in addition to the core 6 months. The higher end reflects the maximum for a 12 month period (6 months + 6 months extension); the bottom end reflects 9 months (6 months + 3 months).
14. Good Morning - Could you afvise if this position is inside or outside IR35? Thank you The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
15. Good Morning - Could you advise if this position is inside or outside IR35? Thank you The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
16. Does this fall outside the scope of IR35 The IR35 status is unable to be determined at this time as it is possible for contractors who are both in and out of scope of the off payroll working rules to be engaged through DOS. The successful supplier / contracting authority will need to check the status in accordance with the HMRC online tool prior to contract commencement. A link to this tool can be found here https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/check-employment-status-for-tax/setup.
17. We have an excellent (Senior) Interaction Designer but they can likely only do 3 - 4 days per week (possibly somewhat longer hours per day) Do you think that 3 or 4 days a week may be possible for this, or is 5 days a week a requirement? We would consider candidates with the right skills and expertise who are available for at least 4 days per week but this will need to made explicit in the application.