Psychological Testing HM Revenue and Customs

Psychological Testing HM Revenue and Customs

A requirements gathering exercise has been conducted to identify the types of services that may be required. A further part of the requirements gathering exercise will be a supplier day due to take place late April/early May 2012, for further details on location, date, time and agenda e-mail Lesley.Bond1@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk, responses will be provided after 16.4.201. 

UK-Salford: general personnel services for the government

2012/S 69-114417

Prior information notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

HM Revenue and Customs
Commercial Directorate, 5W Ralli Quays
Contact point(s): Lesley Bond
For the attention of: Lesley Bond
M60 9LA Salford
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1618270222
E-mail: Lesley.Bond1@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1618270270

Internet address(es):

Address of the buyer profile: www.hmrc.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

Other: Direct and in direct taxes
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Civil Service Resourcing
100 Parliament Street
London
UNITED KINGDOM

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Individual psychological assessment.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 22: Personnel placement and supply services
NUTS code UK

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

The purpose of this prior information notice is to give potential tenderers advance notice that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is considering undertaking a tendering exercise to award framework agreements for the provision of psychological assessment and development type services. It is intended that the framework agreements will have the capacity to accommodate assessment services in the region of 700 000 GBP per annum. A requirements gathering exercise has been conducted to identify the types of services that may be required. A further part of the requirements gathering exercise will be a supplier day due to take place late April/early May 2012, for further details on location, date, time and agenda e-mail Lesley.Bond1@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk, responses will be provided after 16.4.2012 The requirements will be split into lots including talent assessment for middle managers, assessment for selection into senior civil service roles with follow-up development support (including a separate lot for assessment at the permanent secretary level) and director general assessment for development. This framework agreement addresses a pan-civil service requirement, thus any framework agreements awarded will be enabled for potential use by all civil service departments, executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies.
It is intended that the tendering exercise will be conducted under the open procedure, with the contract notice to be published in mid-2012. Tenderers will be required to provide their tender response electronically using the HMRC E-sourcing system, which is a web-based portal. Further details about the e-sourcing system can be found in the Suppliers guide for selling to HMRC using the following link http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/about/supplying.htm.
Estimated cost excluding VAT: 700 000 GBP
Lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes

II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

75131100, 79610000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures

18.6.2012
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:

Information about lots

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Lot No: 1 Lot title: Individual Psychological Assessment – Permanent Secretary level resourcing

1)Short description:

Individual Psychological Assessment (IPA) is a one-to-one psychological assessment of leadership strengths which is used to support both organisational and individual decision-making about entry into and within the Senior Civil Service (SCS). It is used as a supporting process in both recruitment and selection and in the provision of development advice and support.
Applicants who are short-listed (ie. invited to a panel interview) for Permanent Secretary roles in a range of Departments will be required, as a part of the selection process, to attend a Permanent Secretary IPA. The IPA occurs in a short window between the date of short-list and panel interview, typically around 10 working days. The IPA constitutes the applicant’s completion of a range of psychometric ability and personality instruments followed by an in-depth feedback and assessment interview with a suitably qualified and experienced assessor. This interview lasts approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, and is a behavioural interview which employs the use of a psychological and leadership assessment framework.
The IPA comprises:
1. Supplier’s assessor liaising with the outgoing Permanent Secretary and/or a Cabinet Office representative hiring manager about the key assessment requirements;
2. Complete the IPA, including administration of a range of psychometric tests;
3. Production of an IPA assessment report;
4. Brief an interview panel;
5. Following the selection decision, a further development planning meeting between assessor and assessee.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

75131100

5)Additional information about lots:
Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Lot No: 2 Lot title: Individual Psychological Assessment – Senior Civil Service resourcing

1)Short description:

Lot number two is identical to Lot number one except that the assessee population is applicants for SCS roles.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

75131100

5)Additional information about lots:
Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Lot No: 3 Lot title: Talent assessment for middle managers

1)Short description:

Individuals who are identified as possessing talent and potential to reach the SCS will be invited, as part of talent offer arrangements in Departments, to attend an IPA customised around their specific talent/potential needs. The talent IPA constitutes the individual’s completion of a range of psychometric ability and personality instruments followed by an in-depth feedback and assessment interview with a suitably qualified and experienced assessor. This interview lasts approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, and is a semi-structured interview which employs the use of a psychological and leadership assessment framework which focuses on the assessment of talent and potential for senior leadership roles. The purpose of the assessment will be to assist talented middle managers to prepare themselves developmentally for applying for SCS roles. The talent assessment may include pre- and post- assessment liaison and briefing, and the talent assessment itself, leading to production of a usable development-focused assessment report.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

75131100

5)Additional information about lots:
Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority: Lot No: 4 Lot title: Assessment for development for Director Generals in the Civil Service

1)Short description:

Director Generals (DGs) will be offered an assessment of competencies against the SCS leadership model and core skills required at Board level and then, based on this, establishing an appropriate development action plan. 360 degree feedback assessment is a central component of this approach. The process will be used for newly appointed DGs, six months into the role, and will be used to understand which DGs have the potential to reach the most senior levels in the Civil Service, as per the Civil Service Top Executives Talent Management Strategy, 2011-2015.
This service incorporates the following elements:
1. Initial briefing with an assessor, the DG and their line manager;
2. 360 degree feedback surveying (which will not be commissioned through this contract);
3. Testing and a 1:1 assessment profile and feedback meeting (includes feedback of tests and questionnaires and 360 degree feedback), with the aim of discussing the DG’s view of their key strengths, development issues and priorities;
4. Development report completed by the assessor;
5. Assessor/DG meeting to hand over/discuss the Development report and prepare for the 3-way meeting;
6. 3-way development planning meeting with the Permanent Secretary.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

75131100

5)Additional information about lots:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Full details regarding legal, economic, financial and technical information to be provided at the tender stage will be detailed in the Competitive Contract Notice and in the tender documentation, but potential tenderers should be aware that they may be required to forward the following information: (a) a copy of the most recent audited accounts covering the applicant’s last 3 years of trading (or for the period that is available if trading for less than 3 years) or (b) for the most recent full year of trading, where this information is not available in audited form, a copy of the draft or unaudited financial accounts or equivalent information showing the applicant’s turnover, profit and loss and cash flow position and an end period balance sheet or, where this cannot be provided, a statement signed by the finance director or similar responsible person detailing any major changes in the current financial position since the date of the latest audited accounts provided.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

GO reference: GO-201245-PRO-3836793.
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:

5.4.2012