Ministry of Defence, Cyber Joint User

A Technical Architect Supporting Development of Service Delivery to Defence and PAG

Incomplete applications

11
Incomplete applications
9 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

3
Completed applications
2 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Tuesday 16 April 2019
Deadline for asking questions Tuesday 23 April 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work A Technical Architect for the delivery of enhanced cyber education and training centre. Responsible for ensuring final capability meets Government Technology Code of Practice and Government Digital Service Standard, supporting development of service delivery to Defence and PAG.
Latest start date Monday 3 June 2019
Expected contract length 2 years
Location South East England
Organisation the work is for Ministry of Defence, Cyber Joint User
Maximum day rate £732.00 ex VAT

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The Technical Architect will support the service manager to ensure that MOD meets its business objectives for enhanced cyber training and education. The Technical Architect will join a team which includes training and education leads, Service Manager, Delivery Manager, developer and user technical specialists. The Technical Architect will be expected to work with technical SMEs from within MOD to ensure compliance with internal and external standards.
What the specialist will work on MOD is seeking a Technical Architect to assist with improving current services and delivering enhanced capabilities to cyber training and education. The Technical Architect will be expected to produce technical solutions architectures compliant with the Government Digital Service Standard. Define non-functional requirements and dependencies. Identify and document technical and security risks and issues and mitigation actions. Knowledge transfer to Cyber Joint User staff.

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place MOD Shrivenham, Faringdon Rd, Shrivenham, Swindon SN6 8LA
Working arrangements A typical working day is 9am-5pm (however working outside of these hours may be required due to business/project need). The role will be based in MOD Shrivenham with no option for remote working. There may be travel involved to other regions of the country. Travel expenses outside of the base location will be covered.
Security clearance DV STRAP clearance is required from the start. Cyber Joint User would not wish to have to sponsor DV applications.

Additional information

Additional information
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Additional terms and conditions MOD travel and subsistence policy will apply. All expenses must be pre-agreed between the parties and must comply with the MOD 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
  • Extensive experience working alongside MOD cyber training and education teams, partners across government and selected industrial contractors to deliver solutions to fit multiple demanding stakeholders
  • Clear ability to negotiate demanding 3rd party relations, including commercial acumen and empathy to users to deliver the required outputs.
  • Proven ability to design services to meet valid user needs including consultation on design and production of design patterns.
  • Adhere to agreed project delivery standards ensuring outputs and deliverables are fit for purpose.
  • Have a demonstrable experience liaising with external and internal items to ensure timely provisioning and implementation of quality, scalable and secure technical solutions.
  • Proven experience in use of service-based technologies such as SOAP, RESTful APIs, XML messaging and JSON.
  • Proven ability to undertake structured analysis into technical designs that describe a solution.
  • Experience Delivering outputs in line with GDS standards and assessment process.
  • Experience of working using Agile Methodology.
  • PRINCE2.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Understanding of Government Digital Service design principles.
  • Experience designing services for GOV.Uk.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary agile terms.

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Experience of successful collaborative working as part of a multi supplier delivery team sharing knowledge within the team.
  • Create and maintain an agile working environment.
  • Take responsibility for their work.
  • Can work with clients with low technical expertise.
  • Able to challenge the status quo and use persuasion skills to achieve business buy-in.
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Bring agile mind set and principles into practice
Assessment methods Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

10%

Price

25%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Can you please confirm if the role is inside/outside IR35 The intermediaries legislation applies to this contract. The work is in scope for IR35.
2. Can you please confirm if the role is inside/outside IR35? The intermediaries legislation applies to this contract. The work is in scope for IR35.
3. Will this role be outside of IR35? The intermediaries legislation applies to this contract. The work is in scope for IR35.
4. Hi, is this role outside IR35 or inside IR35 guidelines? The intermediaries legislation applies to this contract. The work is in scope for IR35.
5. Hello,
As per the buyers guide, Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 framework can only be used for workers who meet the rules for working off-payroll (known as ‘outside IR35’). See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/digital-outcomes-and-specialists-buyers-guide#what-you-can-buy-on-digital-outcomes-and-specialists. Can i please ask why this role is stated as inside IR35?
The answer inside IR35 was arrived at using the HRMC tool on GOV.UK. It will be double checked to see whether the work is inside or outside IR35
6. Is DV STRAP the equivalent of Enhanced DV? DV STRAP is not the equivalent of Enhanced DV.
7. Is there a current incumbent? The first phase of the Project delivered a cyber training facility using a Project Manager from Dec 2015 to Mar 2019 secured through the CCS framework CLOne. That phase enhanced the ability of Defence to train cyber personnel and develop capability. The second phase is to increase the capacity at the Defence Cyber School to meet increased demand for MOD and National cyber training. The requirement is for a Project Manager with external project management expertise to deliver the increased capacity. The incumbent for the first phase therefore could be considered an incumbent if they register interest for phase two.
8. Can you please confirm if there is currently an incumbent in the role? The first phase of the Project delivered a cyber training facility using a Project Manager from Dec 2015 to Mar 2019 secured through the CCS framework CLOne. That phase enhanced the ability of Defence to train cyber personnel and develop capability. The second phase is to increase the capacity at the Defence Cyber School to meet increased demand for MOD and National cyber training. The requirement is for a Project Manager with external project management expertise to deliver the increased capacity. The incumbent for the first phase therefore could be considered an incumbent if they register interest for phase two.
9. Is there an incumbent in place for this opportunity please? The first phase of the Project delivered a cyber training facility using a Project Manager from Dec 2015 to Mar 2019 secured through the CCS framework CLOne. That phase enhanced the ability of Defence to train cyber personnel and develop capability. The second phase is to increase the capacity at the Defence Cyber School to meet increased demand for MOD and National cyber training. The requirement is for a Project Manager with external project management expertise to deliver the increased capacity. The incumbent for the first phase therefore could be considered an incumbent if they register interest for phase two.
10. A total day rate of £732 - does this suggest that there is a current incumbent in the role? The first phase of the Project delivered a cyber training facility using a Project Manager from Dec 2015 to Mar 2019 secured through the CCS framework CLOne. That phase enhanced the ability of Defence to train cyber personnel and develop capability. The second phase is to increase the capacity at the Defence Cyber School to meet increased demand for MOD and National cyber training. The requirement is for a Project Manager with external project management expertise to deliver the increased capacity. The incumbent for the first phase therefore could be considered an incumbent if they register interest for phase two.
11. Can the Authority confirm if an incumbent is currently occupying this role, and if they will be invited to re-apply? The Authority will not invite suppliers, suppliers will register their interest.
Phase one of the Project delivered a cyber training facility using a Project Manager from Dec 2015 to Mar 2019 secured through the CCS framework CLOne. That phase enhanced cyber personnel training and capability. The second phase is to increase capacity at the Defence Cyber School to meet increased demand for cyber training. The requirement is for a Project Manager with external project management expertise to deliver the increased capacity. The incumbent for the first phase therefore might be considered an incumbent if they register interest for phase two.
12. Could you please clarify the statement "DV STRAP clearance is required from the start. Cyber Joint User would not wish to have to sponsor DV applications." Does this effectively mean applicants without DV STRAP clearance will not be considered? Only individuals with DV STRAP will be considered. Cyber Joint User require an individual to be able to fully immerse themselves in the job when they begin and cannot risk the potential of an individual not being granted STRAP or the delay added to AFRASIA2 whilst the application process is being conducted.
13. Is DV STRAP different to DV? DV is not the same as DV STRAP. An individual with DV clearance has to apply for access to STRAP. A decision, based on their STRAP application, is then made on whether or not they are granted access to STRAP.
14. As per the buyer's guide, Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 framework can only be used for workers who meet the rules for working off-payroll (known as 'outside IR35'). Can I please ask why this role is stated as inside IR35? My first answer to the question was it was in scope of IR35 because the HMRC tool assessed the "intermediaries legislation applies to this engagement". I have rerun the HMRC assessment and this time the assessment is "The intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement". This change is because I have selected the worker's business could arrange and pay for a substitute to work on this engagement and the end client would accept it. The role is therefore outside of IR35 and this supersedes my previous answer to this question.
15. Can you please confirm if the role is inside/outside IR35? My first answer to the question was it was in scope of IR35 because the HMRC tool assessed the "intermediaries legislation applies to this engagement". I have rerun the HMRC assessment and this time the assessment is "The intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement". This change is because I have selected the worker's business could arrange and pay for a substitute to work on this engagement and the end client would accept it. The role is therefore outside of IR35 and this supersedes my previous answer to this question.
16. Will this role be outside of IR35? My first answer to the question was it was in scope of IR35 because the HMRC tool assessed the "intermediaries legislation applies to this engagement". I have rerun the HMRC assessment and this time the assessment is "The intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement". This change is because I have selected the worker's business could arrange and pay for a substitute to work on this engagement and the end client would accept it. The role therefore will be outside of IR35 and this supersedes my previous answer to this question.
17. Hi, is this role outside IR35 or inside IR35 guidelines? My first answer to the question was it was in scope of IR35 because the HMRC tool assessed the "intermediaries legislation applies to this engagement". I have rerun the HMRC assessment and this time the assessment is "The intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement". This change is because I have selected the worker's business could arrange and pay for a substitute to work on this engagement and the end client would accept it. The role is therefore outside IR35 and this supersedes my previous answer to this question.