Crime Programme Head of Development (AC)

Closing date for applications: 09/11/2020
Specialist role
Agile coach
Summary of the work
A Head of Development specialist is required to provide development leadership for the Crime Programme, in accordance with the GDS Agile methodology. This will include leading and being the Point of Contact for the Development Practice, providing guidance and standards across the programme.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
24 Months
Organisation the work is for
HM Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS)
Maximum day rate
Early market engagement
Who the specialist will work with
Each development team comprises: a Product Owner, a Delivery Manager, a Technical Lead, a Business Analyst, a User Researcher, a UX/HTML Designer, one or more front end, back end or full stack developer and a QA specialist. Individual roles may change from time-to-time.
What the specialist will work on
1.Development of efficient, proportionate and accessible digital services to enable access to justice via appropriate modern channels2.Delivering a more efficient and improved service. For the first time, criminal case information will be kept together in one place.
Address where the work will take place
Primarily Southern House, Wellesley Grove Croydon CR9 1WW
Working arrangements
The Service is being delivered against the GDS Service Manual. SoW/Work-Orders will be issued to define the development outcomes of each project phase and typically span 3-6 months. The specialist will initially be required to work onsite at the base location working a (5) day week. For works performed at a non-Base location and outside London (outside of the M25), all reasonable travel and expenses costs shall be met in accordance with the rates set out in the MOJ travel and subsistence policy. All expenses will require prior approval from HMCTS
Security clearance
All supplier resources must Baseline Personnel Security Check (BPSS) clearance which must be dated within three months of the start date. See for further guidance.
Additional terms and conditions
The initial Statement-of-Work(SOW) will be Time & Materials but the Buyer reserves the right in the contract to use alternative payment mechanisms such as Fixed-Price or Capped-T&M for future SOWs. Suppliers shall provide transparency to the Buyer on the rates paid to resources & any third-parties in the supply-chain on request. Expenses shall be submitted in line with the MOJ Standard T&S, policy and agreed in advance of expenditure.Supplier shall provide Liability-Insurance & Professional-Indemnity as detailed in the contract
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
-Describe how you have implemented or ran a practice of this nature with multi-vendor teams in a different organisation (5%). -Explain how you will ensure collaboration at all levels of the project and programme delivery between users, team members, and management (3%). -Explain how you would maintain a no-blame culture and encourage people to learn from their mistakes (3%). -Explain how you will measure and ensure a high performing Development Practice, including accountability for delivery of outcomes (4%).
Assessment methods
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 50% Cultural fit 15% Price 35%
Essential skills and experience
  • Demonstrate your experience of building and leading development capabilities to support programme delivery in a multi-vendor landscape, within the last 5 years
  • Demonstrate your experience of developing and owning Development process outputs, and presenting these through senior management meetings and governance boards
  • Demonstrate experience of taking ownership and setting direction for delivery teams to comply with Development constraints and guidelines, within a wider programme
  • Demonstrate experience of developing Software Development Standards documents within the last 5 years, specifically in an Agile, Java and Open Source delivery
  • Demonstrate where you have led a large group of Developers to create a single integrated application within a large-scale Agile delivery
  • Please provide two examples of where you have ensured Developers followed Software Development Standards
  • Provide an example as to how you managed non-compliance to Software Development Standards
  • Demonstrate experience of managing branching and merging with a single code base from multiple release trains to ensure regular releases via a single release/deployment pipeline
  • Please provide an example of where you have led the re-engineering of previously built large, monolithic systems into simplified microservices
  • Show where you have applied simplified microservices where they have been independently deployed and what challenges have been faced
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Demonstrate experience of implementations using Java, Microservices, CQRS, Event Sourcing and 3rd party interfaces/integrations within the last 5 years
  • Demonstrate experience of developing the principles, standards, ways of working and standard operating procedures and roadmaps consistent with best practice, including using DDD
  • Demonstrate experience of Open Source tools and technologies (i.e. Wildfly, Artemis) and working on a public cloud, in particular Azure
  • Demonstrate two examples of leading large scale Agile development/delivery teams
  • Demonstrate experience of working within a Software Delivery service in the Public sector
  • Demonstrate experience of leading development teams through all the phases of the Development Lifecycle
  • Demonstrate experience of working with Business Product Owners, Business Analysts, Business Architects, Full Stack Developers and Quality Assurance/Testing Leads
  • Demonstrate experience in wider software development, e.g. CICD, DevOps
  • Provide 2 examples that demonstrate your experience managing a complex stakeholder environment, including senior stakeholder management and ensuring proper governance
  • Demonstrate how discounts will be linked to duration of the contract

Closing date for applications: 09/11/2020

Crime Programme Head of Development (AC)

Closing date for applications: 09/11/2020

Specialist role:

Agile coach




HM Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS)

Maximum day rate:


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