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26 Apr 2021

Full-Time DE&S Commercial Officer

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

Salary

£29,750 – £35,000

per annum (plus benefits). Salary listed is pro rata. Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information Leaflet for salary details.

Job description

The DE&S Commercial Function is made up of around 1000 people who provide independent, professional judgement on commercial, procurement and contract management matters to meet the Armed Force’s needs, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and guidance, whilst driving value for the customer. As a member of the Commercial team, you will play a key part in helping to equip and support the armed forces for everything from disaster relief and reconstruction to peacekeeping and humanitarian aid. People in the commercial function provide independent professional judgement on commercial and procurement business matters. It is made up of professionals specialising in competition; tendering and contracting; contract management; commercial risk and compliance with public procurement regulations.

We are currently looking for Commercial Officers who will have commercial experience and be able to provide administrative support to cover routine aspects of the function’s activities, including negotiations, contract sourcing, contract management, corporate activities, sales and disposals. Commercial Officer assignments have a delegation up to £2.5M (max).

Other Commercial roles can also include those within DE&S Corporate Commercial, for example supporting Function activities with Assurance and Training or Commercial Business Improvement.

Responsibilities

DE&S have a large number of opportunities for Commercial Officers to join our team, allowing you to work on a huge variety of vitally important programmes that will ensure that people entrusted with the defence of the nation have the tools and equipment to do the best job they can.

Responsibilities of a Commercial Officer in DE&S may include:
• Negotiating terms and pricing, placing and manage contracts and contract amendments up to a maximum delegation of £2.5M in accordance with the Ministry of Defence policy.
• Communicating in a timely manner with a range of internal and external stakeholders including Senior Leadership, suppliers and Subject Matter Experts.
• Be required to manage, coach and develop Assistant Commercial Officers.
• Conducting assurance and due diligence of commercial activity within own area of responsibility in order to provide confidence in commercial outcomes. Participating in Peer Reviews as required.
• Contributing to wider Commercial Function and business improvement activities.
• Assisting with the development of commercial policy and implementation.

This is an excellent opportunity to begin or continue your career in the Civil Service. The clear and structured career path within the Commercial function provides many opportunities to develop as we offer an array of training and development opportunities to help our employees develop their skills and experience.

If successful you will be supported to undertake the following:
• Relevant Study for Chartered Institution of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) to achieve Level 4 qualification, if not already held. This will be funded by DE&S.
• Practitioner Level Accreditation Panel to demonstrate Government Commercial Function (GCF) professional standard.
• Attend defence commercial professionalism courses to develop commercial skills and ensure on-going Continuing Professional Development.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:
• Experience in drafting tenders and contract documentations
• Experience in Managing contracts
• Experience in supporting the development of appropriate contracting methods and strategies
• Have experience in communicating with internal and external stakeholders including supporting of negotiations
• Proficient IT skills including Microsoft Office and ability to use IT systems and programmes will be required for the role.

It would benefit your application if you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Experience with staff management and development skills.

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:

• Establishing a Source Strategy
• Contract Management
• Communicating and influencing
• Making effective decisions

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About your team

The DE&S & SDA Commercial Function is made up of around 1000 people who provide independent, professional judgement on commercial, procurement and contract management matters to meet the Armed Force’s needs, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and guidance, whilst driving value for the customer. As a member of the Commercial team, you will play a key part in helping to equip and support the armed forces for everything from disaster relief and reconstruction to peacekeeping and humanitarian aid.

Please click the link below to apply by creating an account and upload your details.

Benefits

To view the ‘Little Book of Big Benefits’, please click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Simply click on the apply button to create an account and upload your CV. Your application will go through several stages of assessment which are outlined below:

1. Pre-sift – We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria that are listed in the responsibilities section of this advert.

2. Sift – Applicants’ CVs are assessed against the following categories, using a simple numerical scoring system:
• Key Achievements • Relevant Experience • Applied Knowledge and Skills

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

3. Interview – Applicants will be assessed against the Sift categories listed above, as well as the technical competencies and behaviours listed in the responsibilities section of this advert. More details about our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Commercial, DE&S, officer, and portsmouth. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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