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14 Aug 2020

Full-Time SDA Commercial Officer

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

Job Description


£29,750 – £35,000 per annum (plus benefits). Internal candidates/existing Civil Servants should refer to the Further Information leaflet for salary details.

Job description

The Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) has an exciting opportunity for a Commercial Officer to join their team at HMNB Devonport. In this role, you will have the responsibility of supporting the team in the delivery of a wide range of Commercial outputs and will be involved in areas such as Sourcing, Contract Management and Strategy Plans. You will be joining the Nuclear Infrastructure team which will provide you the platform for continuous improvement, with involvement in high-profile projects across a wide and varied range of Commercial duties, whilst also presenting the opportunity to obtain and increase your knowledge of current and future SDA projects. In doing so, you will be an important member of the SDA Commercial Function.


The responsibilities of the Commercial Officer include, but are not limited to:
• Determine the appropriate commercial actions for requirements, draft strategy plans, contract management plans and facilitate key aspects of the delivery. Ensure all contracts adhere to EU procurement regulations and Government policy.
• Assist in the portfolio management of Category A – D contracts ensuring contract obligations are met in line with the contract and business requirements.
• Draft Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ), Invitation To Tender (ITT) and contract documentation in accordance with MOD policy and legislation.
• Negotiate terms and pricing, place and manage contracts and contract amendments up to a maximum delegation of £2.5M in accordance with set guidelines and conditions outlined in the individual’s delegation letter and the MOD policy.
• Support negotiation and contract placement above level of delegation when required and highlight novel and contentious issues to Senior Commercial Officer (SCO) to ensure satisfactory resolution.
• Communicate in a timely manner with a range of internal and external stakeholders including suppliers and Subject Matter Experts.
• Provide support and assistance to commercial enabling teams to assist delivery of SDA projects.
• Contribute to wider Commercial functional and SDA initiatives as required.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Candidates must have experience working with Customers or Suppliers
• CIPS Level 4 Foundation Diploma (Successful candidates will be expected to work towards CIPS Level 4, if not already held).
• Previous experience of successfully delivering in a contract management or contract sourcing

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• A background in the defence sector is ideal, but it is not a prerequisite as we welcome applicants from a broad spectrum of industries and sectors.
• Knowledge of MOD principles and policies.
If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
•Tender and bid process
If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Working together
• Managing a quality service

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.

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

This post is not eligible for relocation allowances.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Commercial, Devonport, officer, Plymouth, and SDA. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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