Gradated Access – Senior Developer (back end)

Closing date for applications: 30/09/2019
Specialist role
Summary of the work
Prototype and evaluate different technical approaches so that we can understand the feasibility of our requirements. Demonstrate prototype features to users and stakeholders and refine the approach. Enable TNA to reach firm decisions about suitable design, technology or frameworks for a future full implementation of the service.
Latest start date
Expected contract length
50 working days
Organisation the work is for
The National Archives
Maximum day rate
Early market engagement
We have completed an in-house explore (discovery) phase to determine the scope, of the proposed service. This work identified user and business needs for access and security and delivered a very small-scale demonstration prototype for two use cases. The exploratory work recommended further investigation of an ABAC model for access control. A high level summary of this initial investigation is available at
Who the specialist will work with
You will work collaboratively with the project team at The National Archives: - Product Owner, Technical Architect, Data Analyst, Junior Software Developer, UX researcher. You will need to demonstrate prototypes to potential users and stakeholders and seek feedback as the work progresses.
What the specialist will work on
A senior developer is required to prototype a new Gradated Access service. This component will provide fine-grained access-control for TNA’s digital records. The service must receive attribute values for a request (e.g. the user, resource, purpose, location and timing of the request) made a decision on whether access can be granted and return an appropriate response. The developer will undertake rapid investigation, modelling and prototyping of the service to help us establish the feasibility of our requirements and identify suitable technical architectures, approaches and frameworks for future implementation.
Address where the work will take place
The team is based at The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. You will be expected to be on-site regularly, but it would be possible for some of the work to be undertaken remotely.
Working arrangements
Ideally co-located for at least 1 day a week so you can discuss and demonstrate your work and test and refine requirements with the team throughout the project. Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm, some flexibility is available. We expect to interview on the 9th October. Please keep this date free.
Security clearance
Baseline security clearance will be required.
Additional terms and conditions
How many specialists to evaluate
Cultural fit criteria
Be willing to work regularly at The National Archives. Have excellent problem solving skills and display initiative in proposing and testing different approaches to find a solution. Communicate openly, demonstrate progress and discuss findings regularly. Be able to work and make progress independently to deliver work to a deadline.
Assessment methods
Work history Reference Interview
Evaluation weighting
Technical competence 70% Cultural fit 10% Price 20%
Essential skills and experience
  • Be a Senior or Lead Software Engineer or Developer with an excellent track record of designing, creating and iterating software prototypes
  • Have strong experience of relevant security models and technical frameworks for access control
  • Have an excellent knowledge of relevant architectural approaches
  • Be able to work to a fixed timeline and budget
Nice-to-have skills and experience
  • Have knowledge and experience of digital archives.

Closing date for applications: 30/09/2019

Gradated Access – Senior Developer (back end)

Closing date for applications: 30/09/2019

Specialist role:





The National Archives

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