Assistant Commercial Officer

Posted a week ago by Gattaca

£24,650 - £29,000/annum

We are currently looking for Assistant 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. Assistant Commercial Officer assignments have a delegation up to £0.25M (max).

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

This is an excellent way to begin or continue your career in the Civil Service. There are a large number and a variety of roles available within both DE&S and SDA working on projects in support of the British Armed Forces supporting them in everything from disaster relief and reconstruction to peacekeeping and humanitarian aid projects. You will be part of the Commercial Function of around 1000 people who provide independent professional judgement on commercial procurement and contract management; management of commercial risk; and compliance with legislation, including public procurement regulations.

The career path within the Commercial Function will enable you to develop the full range of commercial skills used in the organisation. With the support of a dedicated Functional Development Officer; an experienced commercial mentor and a large network of experienced peers and colleagues you will be actively encouraged to test and develop new skills in a variety of roles and projects. In addition to full induction and on the job training we actively encourage ongoing career development including professional qualification. We provide an array of training and other development opportunities to help our employees develop their skills and experience for a great career supporting the Armed Forces.

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 DV clearance within the first year of starting the post.


DE&S and the SDA have opportunities for Assistant Commercial Officers to join our team, allowing you to work on a wide 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 an Assistant Commercial Officer in DE&S/SDA may include: * Negotiating terms and pricing, placing and manage contracts and contract amendments up to a maximum delegation of £0.25M 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. * Provide assurance and due diligence commercial activity within own area of responsibility in order to provide confidence in commercial outcomes. * Providing advice to Commercial Assistants. * Contributing to wider Commercial Function and business improvement activities. If successful you will be supported to undertake the following: * Attend defence commercial professionalism courses to develop commercial skills and ensure on-going Continuing Professional Development * 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/SDA * Practitioner level accreditation panel to demonstrate Government Commercial Function (GCF) professional standard What you will be assessed against To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria: * Experience of supporting the development of appropriate contracting methods and strategies * Have experience in communicating with internal and external stakeholders * Have an understanding of tender process activities * Proficient IT skills including Microsoft Office and ability to use IT systems and programmes will be required for the role

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