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8 Jan 2021

Full-Time SDA Commercial Manager

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

Job Description


£37,400 – £44,000

per annum (plus benefits). External candidates current salary and package will be taking into consideration. Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details

Job description

A member of a small Commercial Team within the Submarine Delivery Agency based at the Rosyth Business Park (former Rosyth Dockyard) Site. The post holder will directly provide Senior Commercial Practitioner level expertise covering assignments within contract sourcing and contract management, while also providing commercial leadership of a portfolio/or portfolios of contracts. This is an excellent opportunity offering a wide and varied range of commercial duties and a unique prospect for the individual to obtain/increase knowledge of the Long Term Rosyth based Submarine Dismantling work streams and associated Programmes; and to become a member of Ministry of Defence (MOD) Commercial Function.


Responsibilities of a Commercial Manager within the SDA may include the following:

• 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.

What you will be assessed against

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

• Hold or working towards a minimum of a CIPS Level 4 Foundation Diploma
• 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 should be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:

• Working 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.

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

• 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 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 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.

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

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