Website Development and Designer at University of Plymouth, South West England, 6 Months, £Contract Rate

  • Contract Spy
  • South West England, UK
  • Feb 14, 2020
6 Months or more

Contract Description

Important dates

Published Thursday 13 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions Monday 17 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications Thursday 20 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Specialist role Designer
Summary of the work Agile development team for 12 sprints (2 weeks per sprint), with developers experienced in Ruby on Rails, to support the vision for a web presence that showcases the University and its 2030 objectives
Latest start date Monday 2 March 2020
Expected contract length 6 months
Location South West England
Organisation the work is for University of Plymouth
Maximum day rate  

About the work

Early market engagement N/A
Who the specialist will work with Members of the University IT and External Relations Teams including;

Head of Marketing Services
Head of IT Product Development and Delivery
IT Manager
Digital and Content Manager
Content Strategy and Governance Manager
What the specialist will work on The University of Plymouth is seeking expressions of interest to work with us on a 6 month project to enhance the University website. The University has some in- house development expertise and are looking to supplement these with external resource.

The proposed website refresh focuses on three core areas of enhancement, all of which support the vision for a web presence that showcases the University and its 2030 objectives:

Enhanced navigation and dynamic content
Quality of content and alignment to the University's 2030 Strategy
Easy interaction, conversation and inquiry to increase the sense of engagement with our audiences

Work setup

Address where the work will take place University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

Complimented by remote working by agreement with the University
Working arrangements Establish an Agile development team for 12 sprints (2 weeks per sprint), with developers experienced in Ruby on Rails.
This team will be supplemented by University development staff to enable an increase in velocity for this fast-paced project.

Anticipated resource: Average of 2-3 developers for the duration of the project. Team size could either be constant for the full duration of the project, or scaled to increase capacity over a period of time.

First two sprints to be conducted on site in Plymouth, beyond this we are open to remote working.

Capacity to mobilise and commence on 2/3/20 is essential.
Security clearance N/A

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions  

Skills and experience

Essential skills and experience
  • Have extensive experience of Ruby on Rails
  • Experience of working to Agile methodology
  • Capacity to meet the start date and 12 sprints over a 24 week period
  • Be able to commit to working at the Plymouth location
  • Scale resource up and down during the 24 week period
  • Be able to evidence working within a Fixed Budget
Nice-to-have skills and experience Evidence maximizing the Deliverables and Outputs from Project Budget

How suppliers will be evaluated

How many specialists to evaluate 5
Cultural fit criteria
  • Evidence Higher Education Experience
  • Demonstrate good insight to the behaviours University's target audience(s)
  • Evidence awareness of the University Strategy 2030 and Culture
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Share knowledge and experience with in house team members
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Interview
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Please could you confirm the IR35 status of this role? The role is considered Outside of IR35
2. What is the maximum all in rate you are looking to pay for this role? The evaluation process attributes a percentage criteria for Price, which will be used to evaluate responses. As such we do not feel it is appropriate to disclose a Maximum All in Rate