Disclosure Scotland

Senior DevOps

Incomplete applications

20
Incomplete applications
18 SME, 2 large

Completed applications

15
Completed applications
14 SME, 1 large
Important dates
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Published Friday 14 June 2019
Deadline for asking questions Friday 21 June 2019 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Friday 28 June 2019 at 11:59pm GMT

Overview

Overview
Opportunity attribute name Opportunity attribute value
Specialist role Developer
Summary of the work A senior DevOps delivers and integrates software to form a complete DevOps toolchain. They are responsible for planning and designing large groups of stories.
Latest start date Monday 15 July 2019
Expected contract length 12 months initial with an optional 12 month extension, subject to review at 6 months.
Location Scotland
Organisation the work is for Disclosure Scotland
Maximum day rate

About the work

About the work
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Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with The existing team is comprised mostly of supplier, contract and Civil Service resources. The specialist will be expected to be embedded into current delivery teams and will be expected to lead a small team.
What the specialist will work on A senior DevOps delivers and integrates software to form a complete DevOps toolchain. They are responsible for planning and designing large groups of stories.
Senior DevOps:
• transform technical requirements into an effective DevOps toolchain to enable product delivery
• provide coaching and mentoring to more junior colleagues
• make sure deployment strategies for products are repeatable, scalable and highly available
• have a deep technical knowledge, providing support to delivery teams and solving complex problems

Work setup

Work setup
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Address where the work will take place Disclosure Scotland
1 Pacific Quay
Glasgow
G51 1DZ
Working arrangements The specialist is expected to be on-site for at least four days a week with one day optional working from home.
The specialist will be expected to attend all associated Agile ceremonies and make use of collaborative tooling (Slack, Skype, Google Docs, Confluence, Jira).
The specialist will lead a blended team of resources and be expected to provide technical leadership, guidance and knowledge transfer where required.
The specialist will adopt current, established ways of working and advise on improving them.
The specialist will be pro-active in the delivery of working software
Security clearance SC level clearance is required for this postion.

Disclosure Scotland will sponsor the SC Clearance process where the specialist does not already have SC level clearance.

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
  • RDBMS, Data modelling and analysis, SQL, Linux Admin
  • Scripted manipulation and transformation of large Data
  • Linux and MySQL
  • Data searching and matching techniques of large data sets with a high number of search transaction
  • Client-side JavaScript
  • Writing business object reports
  • Producing and reviewing technical specifications for IT projects
  • In addition to above, please send CV to DS_PMO_Mailbox@disclosurescotland.gov.scot by 28th June 12:00.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Experience of Agile Software development methods
  • Qualifications or training in Business Analysis
  • Experience of procuring IT solutions
  • Reviewing suppliers’ technical and commercial proposals

How suppliers will be evaluated

How suppliers will be evaluated
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How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Have a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes
  • Take responsibility for their work
  • Share knowledge and experience with other team members
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Be comfortable standing up for their discipline
  • n work with clients with low technical expertise
Assessment methods Work history
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence

55%

Cultural fit

20%

Price

25%

Questions asked by suppliers

Questions asked by suppliers
Supplier question Buyer answer
1. Is there an incumbent in post and are they expected to reapply? There is an incumbent but they are leaving for a new role elsewhere in Scottish Government so we are looking for their replacement.
2. Our specialist is SC cleared, what (if any) element of remote working is permitted? We expect specialist to be in the Disclosure Scotland office in Glasgow a minimum of 4 days a week with the option of working from home 1 day a week (Dependant on business needs)
3. The closing date for applications on DOS is midnight 28th June however it is stated in the criteria that CVs should be emailed by 12:00 (noon) on 28th June. Are there two different deadlines or will CVs also be accepted up to midnight 28th June? We can accept CV's until 23:59pm on 28th June.
4. Is this role in or out IR35? The role is outside of IR35
5. Please can you confirm the IR35 status The intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement. The role is outside IR35.
6. Has an IR35 status been determined for this post The intermediaries legislation does not apply to this engagement. The role is outside IR35.
7. Has a budget been set for this post A specific budget has not been set, we are testing the market with this post.
8. "What the specialist will work on" section describes the role as devops but the essential criteria expects "Client-side JavaScript", "Writing business object reports", "Data searching and matching techniques of large data sets ", "Scripted manipulation and transformation of large Data". Not sure what exactly needed here. Can you please confirm. The specialist will need to know JavaScript (or similar) to write Lambda methods for the application of AWS Config rules. Additionally, they will need to be able to read and understand JavaScript for some client-side application.
We also have MI and ETL tooling that the specialist may have to work with, knowledge in these areas is not essential
9. Please can you advise if you require the application questions to be answered in addition to provision of a CV or if a CV is sufficient? Many thanks Please answer the application questions via DOS. If your answer is covered by the CV you are submitting, simply put “See CV” in the answer section.
10. Is this a typo / real question. If it is some context as to what you mean would be helpful. “Experience of procuring IT solutions” Apologies, this sentence (Experience of procuring IT solutions) was added in error. A response is not needed and candidates will not be evaluated against it.
11. Some of the essential and nice-to-have criteria seems counter to "what the specialist will work on".
For example, "Writing business object reports". It was previously stated, "We also have MI and ETL tooling... knowledge in these areas is not essential". So why is "Writing business object reports" an essential criteria?
Further, why is "Producing and reviewing technical specifications for IT projects" an essential criteria but "Reviewing suppliers’ technical and commercial proposals" a nice-to-have?
Please could Disclosure Scotland reflect on your essential and nice-to-have criteria in comparison to "what the specialist will work on" and provide some additional guidance and clarification.
"Writing business object reports.."And .."using MI and ETL tooling" are different skills. We would prefer someone with writing business object report experiance. Please still submit if you are unsure if you candidate meets this as we will consider the response as a whole.

We would like to have Producing and reviewing technical specifications for IT projects experience, however we now realise this may hinder us attracting the correct Senior Dev OPS candidates so we will not score this down should the candidate not have this experience.