Her Majesty’s Passport Office

Infrastructure Architect

Incomplete applications

17
Incomplete applications
16 SME, 1 large

Completed applications

23
Completed applications
22 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Wednesday 29 May 2019
Deadline for asking questions Friday 31 May 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Wednesday 5 June 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
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Specialist role Technical Architect
Summary of the work Infrastructure Architect: Be accountable for designing secure network environments in the cloud that support business areas. They will manage and design the implementation of infrastructure and secure network technologies in an AWS environment, migrating from an existing solution to our strategic shared platform as well as leading the onboarding design
Latest start date Sunday 1 September 2019
Expected contract length 24 Months in total. Initial 12 months then 12 months depending on business need and performance
Location London
Organisation the work is for Her Majesty’s Passport Office
Maximum day rate 800

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with They will work as part of a Technical Design Authority who are responsible for specific domains.

They will need to collaborate closely with delivery teams and business stakeholders across the enterprise in a multi-supplier environment.

HM Passport Office is moving from a large outsourced SI arrangement to an in-house, largely cloud based and open source based solutions delivered iteratively.
What the specialist will work on Work packages include, but aren't limited to:

1. Technical lead on migration designs to HMPOP s new shared AWS platform
2 – Technical design on HMPO shared AWS platform
3 – Technical design on HMPO SSS/PKI capability
4 – Technical security and governance of the new shared platform
5 - SME in the TDA for AWS services covering infrastructure, networks and security

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Central London
Working arrangements Typically on-site with wider team and clients in an Agile environment. Some site visits. Use of Confluence, Jira and Ardoq are the tools used to track progress against deliverables.
Security clearance SC Clearance is required. HM Passport Office will support the clearance process.

Additional information

Additional information
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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.

Skills and experience
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Essential skills and experience
  • Proven track record of migrating and architecting in a hybrid-environments, migrating from data centres to Cloud (AWS) platforms
  • Good experience of Networks, network hardware, network tools and Network Security on both cloud and traditional networking
  • Very good knowledge and experience designing logical and physical solutions using AWS services such as EC2, IAM, RDS, VPC, Direct Connect, Guardduty etc
  • Proven experience working in containerised environments using Kubernetes and surrounding ecosystem: Docker, Helm, KOPS etc.
  • Solid experience of designing secure architecture in a public sector environment
  • Good understanding/experience with DevOps tools, culture and automation (terraform, puppet, ansible, scripting, Jenkin). Including development workflows, CI and other open source tools
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of HMPO systems or similar government operational systems
  • Experience of GDS best practices

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 3
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • Have a no-blame culture and take responsibility for their work
Assessment methods
  • Work history
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

65%

Cultural fit

15%

Price

20%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Previous Infrastructure Architect role, 9750 has been withdrawn. This role is exactly the same but note change in day rate. N/A
2. Can the authority please confirm the IR35 status of this requirement. We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
3. What is the IR35 status for this role? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
4. Is this role outside of IR35? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
5. Please can you confirm if there is currently an incumbent in the role? No there is not an incumbent in the role.
6. Please can you confirm if the role is outside IR35 and if there is an incumbent We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
7. Is there a current incumbent and if so will they be reapplying? No, there is no incumbent in the role.
8. Is there a current incumbent and if so will they be reapplying? No, there is no incumbent in post.
9. Can you confirm if the role is inside or outside of IR35 please? We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
10. Is there a current incumbent? No, there no incumbent in post.
11. Is there a current incumbent and if so will they be applying? No, there is no incumbent in post
12. Hi, please can you confirm if the role is within IR35 and if there is an incumbent? Many thanks We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

No, there is no incumbent in post.
13. Can you confirm whether this is a new role, or is there an incumbent in the role? No, there is no incumbent in post
14. Can you confirm whether this is a new role, or is there an incumbent in the role? No, there is not incumbent in post
15. Is there an incumbent in post? No there is no incumbent in post.
16. Is there an incumbent in post? No, there is no incumbent in post
17. Is there an incumbent in post? No, there no incumbent in post.
18. What is the IR35 status?
Is there a current incumbent?
We expect this engagement to be outside IR35, however status is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

No there is no incumbent in post.
19. Can the authority confirm if an incumbent currently occupies this position and if they are invited to re-apply? No, there is no incumbent in post.
20. Is there a current incumbent? No, there is no incumbent in post.
21. Is there a current incumbent? No, there is no incumbent in post.
22. Please can you confirm if there is currently an incumbent in the role? No, there is no incumbent in post.
23. Can you please ignore answer to, 'Is there a current incumbent in post'. The correct answer is posted below. There is an incumbent in post. HMPO is unable to advise if the current incumbent will be submitting a bid. The current incumbents supplier may submit a bit should they so wish.
24. One of your requirements is asking for experience designing logical and physical solutions. Is it HMPO's intention to use dedicated instances, hosts or bare metal services from AWS? Our policy and strategy will be described in detail with the winning supplier. However, we are aligned with GDS strategy and as described in the role ad.
25. With the 1st question you ask for evidence of hybrid cloud deployments. Are you referring to being able to run workloads in AWS and then run the same workload on and on-premise server? Or are you looking to run workloads in the Public cloud that consume services from on-premise servers? The first experience requirement asks for experience in a hybrid environment as distinct from hybrid cloud.
26. Can the Authority please confirm where exactly in central London the work will take place? Globe House/Clive House
27. It is mentioned that the latest start date is 1st September. However, please can you confirm the earliest date the resource could actually start work? thank you HMPO cannot provide an indicative date as this is subject to valid SC clearance and project timeline.
28. Is this related to another posting by HMPO – 9685 or is HMPO looking to bring in multiple Technical Architects? Both Architect roles are for the same Portfolio. Currently there are only two Architect roles required.
29. Hello, is Sep 2019 is the earliest they can start or is it possible to start any earlier? HMPO cannot provide an indicative date as this is subject to valid SC clearance and project timeline.
30. For an exceptional candidate would you be able to exceed the stated budget? No.
31. Is it intended for the role to be "full time" or on a number of days across the project/T&M? Full time, time and materials.
32. Is there a current incumbent or preferred supplier for this work please? No, there is no incumbent in post.
HMPO has no preferred supplier. The evaluation process will be fair and in line with policy.
33. Please would you advise what you would consider to be a government operational system that is similar to HMPO systems? Large scale core transactional system with supporting systems/services supporting diverse citizen needs.