Commercial Lead – Investment Services 16 views

Cabinet OfficeGovernment Commercial Function

Apply before 11:55 pm on Wednesday 12th May 2021

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£61,710 – £74,000
GCO Pension, GCO Terms- up to 15% performance-related-pay available on accreditation.


Grade 7
Commercial Lead

Contract type


Business area

GCF – Department for International Trade

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time, Compressed Hours

Number of posts



London, travel required between offices.

About the job


Building a strong Commercial Function in Government, and with it the right commercial capability, is at the heart of a far-reaching programme of Civil Service reform.

We are building a cadre of commercial talent in all Government departments; people who can manage our commercial portfolios, who can lead our most complex and novel programmes and projects, people who have the gravitas and depth of experience to work alongside our policy and operational leaders to develop innovative commercial arrangements, whether through joint ventures, outsourcing or best-in-class contracts.

The Government Commercial Organisation is an employer which is truly committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and are able to perform to their potential. We understand the importance of diversity and inclusion and strive for a workplace that reflects the communities which we serve. We especially welcome applications from underrepresented groups including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, candidates with a disability and candidates with gender-diverse identities. Appointments will be made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We have already made significant progress through the establishment of the Government Commercial Organisation (GCO), our single employer of senior commercial talent across government. This role will sit within the GCO, but based in our DIT commercial team delivering departmental objectives.

Job description

Over the next 18 months the post holder will be responsible for completing a programme of procurements to replace our current services. This presents an opportunity to work across the overseas teams in DIT to lead strategy development and manage the procurement of several high-profile projects.

The post holder will support the exit from the existing contracts and shall transition to support contract management of the new arrangements on completion of the procurement programme. Liaising with senior stakeholders across the business, the post holder will ensure the contract remains aligned to business demand and that timely, accurate and relevant insights and MI are produced. This includes ensuring robust supplier management, standards setting, payments management, negotiation and issue management are being implemented

This role will work in an integrated manner with multiple internal and external stakeholder groups including DIT’s international network who own ‘political’ and ‘business’ relationships overseas, other Government Department teams responsible for ‘buying’ and/or technical specification development and other Government Commercial Function teams.


It is likely that relevant candidates will have substantial experience working in a goods and services procurement/contract management environment, and they will be able to evidence good contract law knowledge. Candidates will need to be able to evidence that they have previously used strong analytical skills to help form the basis of commercial solutions, the specific responsibilities will include:-

    • Providing commercial category and contract management expertise and influencing business strategy to deliver the best commercial outcomes;
    • Responding to critical short-term demands for commercial advice and support in emerging markets and requirements;
    • Supporting longer term capability building in supply chain resilience by providing commercial advice to overseas HMG staff and OGD stakeholders;
    • Providing ongoing commercial advice to shape future operating model of the Business Process Outsourcing Team – working across DIT, OGD and the Government Commercial Organisation;
    • Ensuring all commercial activity is carried out within public sector procurement regulations.

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Commercial Focus -In-depth procurement & contract management knowledge that has delivered outstanding value for money and great commercial outcomes.
  • Resilient – The ability to work under pressure, and deliver multiple projects within agreed timescales.
  • Builds Relationships – Proven experience influencing senior internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coaching Manager – Strong leadership ability which has developed high performing teams and has been used to manage projects.
  • Manage Complexity – Ability to analyse complex data sets to improve commercial decision making.


As a valued employee of the Government Commercial Organisation (GCO), you will have access to all the benefits the centre has to offer; including flexible working, generous benefits, Career Coaches, Mentors, L&D, a Commercial College, active talent management and, most importantly, access to commercial projects that will far exceed the scale and complexity on offer elsewhere in the UK.

For existing Civil Servants: For full details of the impact on any move across the civil service on your existing terms and conditions, please read the candidate pack. Please note that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to continue to claim childcare vouchers.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Experience and Technical skills.
For full details of our process, and a likely timeline, please read the explanation provided in the attached candidate pack.

Throughout our selection process, we will make decisions about your capability to do the job, based on evidence you provide against the essential criteria for the role which are detailed in the attached Candidate Pack.

Your application will be reviewed by a panel and should you be successful at sift we will invite you to attend a Virtual commercial Assessment and Development Centre (VADC). The panel will review results of the VADC and determine which candidates will go through to a subsequent final panel interview

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your application within 2 working days please contact:

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 UK
  • 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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Stephen Sharpe
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles, and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Helen Mallison ( in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission via the following web page:

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