Delivery of Master in Business Administration

Delivery of Master in Business Administration

An Academic Provider is required to design and deliver a MBA based learning and development pathway for senior commercial professionals across Government.

United Kingdom-Swindon: Education and training services

2017/S 055-101911

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Ministry of Defence, C&C, C&C
Defence Academy, Greenhill House, Room 5, Shrivenham
United Kingdom
Contact person: Andrew Hall
Telephone: +44 1793314855
NUTS code: UKK15
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Master in Business Administration (Government Commercial).

Reference number: JFC9/00003

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

An Academic Provider is required to design and deliver a MBA based learning and development pathway for senior commercial professionals across Government, with a focus on Government Commercial electives and for which the dissertation/final project must be based on procurement leadership and strategy.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKK15
Main site or place of performance:

Wiltshire CC.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Business Skills College (BSC) of the Defence Academy (DA) provides business skills training and education across five key functions: Capability and Acquisition Management, Logistics, Safety, Quality, P3M and Finance. The BSC provides 200 courses ranging from e-learning, awareness training to MSc/MBA level education.

The DA is seeking a Prime Contractor to design and deliver a MBA based learning and development pathway for senior commercial professionals across Government, with a focus on Government Commercial electives and for which the dissertation/final project must be based on procurement leadership and strategy. It is the intention to provide a pathway for both educational and professional development in order to provide individuals with the skills, knowledge and recognition to operate as a senior commercial officer in Government.

The Prime Contractor will host a mixed cohort of students from across industry and Government offering the students a qualification that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and that offers a route through Continuous Personal Development to achieve and develop the competencies required. This route will also enable Government commercial professionals to achieve Chartered status with CIPS (following the achievement of CIPS Standards through a Viva and the completion of the CIPS Ethical Statement) in recognition of their professional capability. As such the MBA Commercial should be designed to achieve a greater than 60 % alignment to the CIPS Global Standard.

A flexible modular programme is required and the end product should make the best possible use of Technology Enhanced Learning, providing a blended approach to the programme delivery. A Virtual Learning Environment will be required alongside the active management of an alumni for graduates of the programme.

The intended Contract will seek to allow the first cohort of students in September 2017 and will also include a Tasking procedure to allow for Design or Modification to the MBA Course or associated activities.

The Authority intends that any Contract let as a result of this Contract Notice shall have an initial term up to 31.3.2022. Thereafter there shall be options to extend the Contract term in one year increments to a maximum end date of 31.3.2027.

Initially potential bidders shall be subject to a Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ) and responses shall be required by 18/04/2017. Those ranked highest (a maximum of six bidders) shall be invited to Tender and formal Tenders in response shall be submitted by 19/05/2017. Tenders submitted will be evaluated on a balance between technical aspects and price using the MEAT (Most Economically Advantageous Tender) methodology. Technical aspects will be evaluated against the Tender Evaluation Matrix included within the Invitation To Negotiate (ITN); noting that one criteria (Serial 8) is a ‘pass/fail’ criteria and any bidder failing to meet this criteria will not be considered further. Price will be judged on the basis of the firm price for the MBA course development activity, the firm price per student and the hourly rates submitted to cover further course development. Both factors will then be subject to the MEAT analysis methodology. The Authority will then enter into a round of negotiation with the two or three highest ranked bidders with a view to optimising their bids to meet the Authority’s requirement. If found to be necessary further negotiation rounds will be held until a satisfactory position has been achieved. Any revised bids, as a result of this process, will be subjected to a further round of MEAT analysis with a view to identifying the preferred bidder. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Authority reserves the right to award the Contract on the initial Tenders received and without undertaking rounds of negotiation. The Authority currently anticipates Contract Award by the end of May 2017.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Technical / Weighting: 60
Cost criterion – Name: Price / Weighting: 40
II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 58
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.9)Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

Envisaged minimum number: 2
Maximum number: 6
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates:

Initially potential bidders shall be subject to a Dynamic Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (DPQQ) and those ranked highest (a maximum of six bidders) shall be invited to Tender.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

The contract will have an initial call off capability until 31.3.2022 with annual options thereafter until 31.3.2027. The BSC will make a further assessment of the requirement for the period following Mar 2022, this will be completed by 1.10.2020.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

Key Performance Indicators.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Competitive procedure with negotiation
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system

IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated

IV.1.5)Information about negotiation

The contracting authority reserves the right to award the contract on the basis of the initial tenders without conducting negotiations
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2016/S 132-237501

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 18/04/2017
Local time: 18:00

IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

Date: 21/04/2017

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise. The link below to the website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.

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The deadline for submitting your response(s) is 18/04/2017 18:00. Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this invite prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.

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VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Ministry of Defence, C&C, C&C
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1793314855
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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