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29 Jan 2021

Full-Time DE&S / SDA Commercial Assistant

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

Job Description


£20,400 – £24,000 per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

We are currently seeking entry level Commercial Assistants to join our new Structured Learning Programme. This programme will provide candidates with the opportunity to:

• Develop skills and experience of the commercial function
• Gain CIPS Level 4 qualification and the associated commercial experience

This is an excellent opportunity to start your career in the Civil Service. The clear and structured career path within the Commercial function provides many opportunities for training and development including an apprenticeship option for those eligible. Further information of this can be provided upon receipt of application

In addition, you will be required to commit to obtaining a commercial license. This is an assessment against the MOD Commercial competences, obtained by an internal licensing board.


The roles will cover contract management and purchasing with responsibilities for the provision of general administrative support to senior team members dealing with all kinds of commercial projects and a wide range of different activities including:

• Supporting contract management/sourcing activities including attendance at contract review meetings arranging and administering tenders
• Responding to requests for information
• Arranging training and development for commercial staff
• Arranging meetings, facilities and travel
• Administration and Management of contract files and records
• Supporting audit and assurance of commercial policies and approvals
• Collating, presenting and maintenance of management information
• Processing of purchase orders on an internal Oracle based system

Please also note that some of the positions available will be open to Sole UK Nationals only and some successful applicants will need to be able to pass Developed Vetting clearance. We are currently recruiting vacancies across both DE&S and the SDA, successful candidates will be assigned to either depending on location, skill-sets and the business need.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:

• Minimum of 5 GCSE grades 4 – 9 (A* to C) including English and Maths, or equivalent
• IT literate with excellent written and oral communication skills
• Flexible their attitude and approach to work, as tasks will cover a wide range of different themes.
• Able to prioritise competing demands and have excellent time management skills

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:

• Establishing the Sourcing Strategy
• Contract Management

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:

• Working together
• Communicating and influencing

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 or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

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.


Please find ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ attached or click here

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

Things you need to know


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

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 which clearly demonstrates the following areas (which you will be assessed against):

• Key Achievements
• Relevant Experience
• Applied Knowledge and Skills

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

Firstly we’ll check that you meet the essential criteria that are listed for the role. If you do, we’ll then carry out a more detailed review of your CV to see if your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role(s).

If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an interview so you can meet us, discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you’ll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to 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 UKs
  • 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

Follow link to apply Please click here to apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: assistant, Bristol, Commercial, DE&S, MOD, Plymouth, SDA, and Yeovil. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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