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7 Apr 2021

Full-Time DE&S / SDA Commercial Manager

Defence Equipment and Support – Posted by Defence Equipment and Support Helensburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000

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


Join an integral part of the UK’s Defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, from fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and aircraft carriers, to clothing, food, and ammunition. If you have the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country’s armed forces to deliver on operations at home and abroad, then apply online now!

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

You will be based out of the location listed above in the advert, however, DE&S and the SDA both support Smarter working, which empowers you to make decisions about when, where and how you work.

Job description

Exciting opportunities have arisen to be part of a small Commercial team managing a portfolio covering a number of Contracts within HMNB Clyde which will include taking the lead on the management of high profile and complex Contracts for the provision of Soft Facilities Management and Hard Facilities Management and Alongside Services across the Naval Base sites.

You will closely support senior management with, or personally leading on specific work streams, supporting cross functional teams or leading on senior stakeholder engagement. Alternatively you may be charged with delivering maximum value via contract management activities, influencing commercial strategy and addressing the consequences of any changes that occur.

You will also work closely and collaboratively with a variety of people, advising others as a Commercial professional and being seen as a knowledgeable expert. You will support the Clyde Commercial Team with Procurement and Contract Management activities across the wider portfolio of contracts as required to support fluctuations in workload, taking a proactive, best practice approach to the work you deliver.


To provide Senior Commercial Practitioner level expertise covering assignments within contract sourcing and contract management.Provide commercial leadership of a portfolio/or portfolios of contracts, manages delivery of business and commercial outputs. Provide leadership of commercial colleagues.

• Accountable for determining the appropriate commercial strategy for project requirements within own delegation.
• Drafting the strategy plans, commercial management plans and facilitating/delivering it or making recommendations for action to Senior Leadership, ensuring all contracts adhere to EU procurement regulations and Government policy.
• Lead contract management for MOD of Category A-D contracts and ensure all parties are held accountable to meet their contracted obligations to ensure effective delivery of contract requirements.
• Develop and deliver Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ), Invitation To Tender (ITT) and contract documentation ensuring adherence with MOD policy and legislation.
• Negotiate terms and pricing, place and manage contracts and contract amendments up to a maximum delegation of £10M in accordance with set guidelines outlined in the individual’s delegation letter and MOD policy.
• Support negotiation and contract placement above delegation when required and highlight novel and contentious issues to Senior Leadership to ensure satisfactory resolution.
• Communicate in a timely manner with a range of internal and external stakeholders including Senior Leadership, suppliers and Subject Matter Experts.
• Lead/ manage staff where required, advising, coaching and developing Commercial Assistants and Commercial Officers as required.
• Conduct assurance and due diligence of commercial activity within own area of responsibility in order to provide confidence in commercial outcomes. Participate in Peer Reviews as required.
• Provide support and assistance to commercial enabling teams to assist delivery of DE&S Business Improvement projects.
• Contribute to wider Commercial functional and DE&S initiatives as required

Please note, due to the nature of work, these posts are open the Sole UK Nationals only.

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• Ability to achieve Government Commercial Function (GCF) professional standard through Practitioner Level Accreditation Panel
• Proficient IT skills including Microsoft Office and ability to use IT systems and programmes
• Relevant contract sourcing and/or contract management experience

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

• Hold a minimum of a CIPS Level 4 Foundation Diploma and be willing to work towards achieving and obtaining Levels 5 and 6, including attendance at defence commercial professionalism courses to develop commercial skills and ensure on-going Continuing Professional Development.

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

• Contract Management
• Tender Bid & Process
• Managing a quality service
• Leadership

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.


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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.

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

Open to UK nationals only.

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: clyde, Commercial Manager, DE&S, and SDA. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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