Home Office Enterprise Services

Home Office - Network Administrator

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Incomplete applications
5 SME, 2 large

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6 SME, 3 large
Important dates
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Published Monday 25 March 2019
Deadline for asking questions Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Monday 1 April 2019 at 11:59pm GMT


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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work A Network Administrator is required to support existing BAU teams with the support of all network engineer related functions in the Hendon Data Centre.
Latest start date Monday 29 April 2019
Expected contract length 12 months.
Location London
Organisation the work is for Home Office Enterprise Services
Maximum day rate £425.

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with Engage with PNC network team &Stakeholders supporting BAU legacy services, programmes and projects. To deliver some of Network design work, external stakeholder engagement should be expected.
Responsible for operational support &delivery of design specifications. Activities required to understand the following technologies:

• Proxies Trustwave applied as web proxies; Clearswift applied as a mail proxy. Network administration of DNS &mail servers (Microsoft &open-source).
Knowledge of :-
• Cisco switch &router configuration. Specifically, 6500,2900 series switches RT101 routers,
• Firewall configuration Cisco PIX and ASA series, Checkpoint 12400 and 5400 models.

• Bespoke administration of automated open-source FTP and SMTP mail-transfer system.
What the specialist will work on Primarily supporting Subject Matter Experts with live service issues. The specialist shall also articulate specifications to a level that an implementation team can use, and use and refine these specifications with technical colleagues and delivery partners. Specialist expertise shall be available to consult with such as live service teams and other specialist technical teams.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Based in Hendon (North West London).
Working arrangements The post is based at Hendon and most physical duties will be carried out at this site. Some meetings can be by conference call, but significant design meetings are expected to be face-to-face at a Home Office location or partner visit. Existing Subject Matter can assist post holders on information and requirements.
Security clearance SC or ability to be SC cleared and will require NPPV3.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions T&S will not be payable for travel to sites within the M25. Travel outside of the M25 will be subject to the Home Office T&S policy.

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
  • Over the last 3-5 years to have administration of DNS, Mail servers and file transfer systems inclusive of relevant proxies used to exchange data to external authorities.
  • Over the last 3-5 years to have an understanding of firewalls specifically Cisco ASA and PIX and Checkpoint. Familiarity in configuration/modification of policies to effect business change.
  • Over the last 3-5 years to have an understanding of core network concepts as applied to classic Cisco network components applied in switching and routeing.
  • Over the last 3-5 years experience &ability to faultfind on complex-networks dealing with end-to-end application incidents. Utilizing application-toolsets, Ciscosets, Cisco-IOS, firewalls-logging &diagnostic features &external tools provided by SNMP &network-sniffing applications.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Knowledge and experience of building, configuring, transitioning, administering and supporting infrastructure technologies and solutions such as: Cisco ACI/UCS.
  • Knowledge and experience of proactively resolving technical problems, ensuring that technical solutions continue to meet business requirements taking accountability for actions taken and decisions made.
  • Demonstrable evidence of responding to incident reports, ensuring relevant prioritisation and detail to allow for effective investigation.
  • Knowledge of proxy management both mail and web proxies as applied within DMZ’s.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Seek constructive outcomes in discussions.
  • Actively involve colleagues and partners to deliver an outcome.
  • Challenge assumptions but remain willing to compromise when it is beneficial to progress.
  • Make recommendations for decisions and options.
  • Personal management of time within a team to best deliver the scope of work.
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is the role outside IR35? The role is outside IR35.
2. Is there an incumbent? There is no incumbent.
3. Is the quoted rate of £425 correct?? this is VERY low. The rate is correct; it is outside IR35.
4. Hi, will this role be working in the Croydon area? No, as stated in the advertisement it is based in Hendon.
5. Hi, is the rate quoted £425.00, the intended maximum pay for the contractor? No it is the maximum daily charge that the supplier will be paid.
6. When do you expect shortlisting/interviews to take place? No specific dates but mid-April would seem most likely once I and my team have had a chance to review applicants and place them appropriately.
7. Will the candidate need to be SC cleared before they start the role? Or can they work whilst going through the process? The candidate will need to be SC based to start. We will have to initiate NPPV3 clearance once started but that will not prohibit the ability to work.
8. How often with the contractors be sent to other sites par Hendon? Rarely if at all. We have a DR site but this will only be used if we lose the primary. Expect a permanent location to be always Hendon.
9. What Proxy Provider are you using? The proxies we use are Trustwave for web proxy and Clearswift for mail proxy
10. Would you be able to increase the rate for an ideal candidate? No, it is fixed at £425.