Procurement & Commercial Manager – 2 Year Fixed Term Contract


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 Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office commercial team delivering departmental objectives.

Job description

These positions are all about leading complex procurements and overseeing commercial delivery to ensure that our varied stakeholders receive a first-class service which is in line with the legal and governance framework.

We are looking for candidates with experience of leading large complex procurement processes, who have been in previous positions in which a core part of their role has been the provision of strategic commercial advice. Due to the nature of our client base and the goods and services that we procure, experience of EU Procurement Regulations is desirable. If you do not have this experience but are a quick learner and are wishing to develop in new areas then we would encourage you to apply.

The role requires significant engagement with key stakeholders from across FCDO and wider Government, therefore previous partnering experience would be advantageous. We see these roles as ‘enabling’ positions, and we need applicants to be able to build effective relationships whilst providing expert commercial advice.


  • Commercial Delivery – Support a first class service to our internal customers and stakeholders; ensuring the development of effective sourcing strategies that maximise value for money and enable effective delivery of FCDO priorities; Ensuring all appropriate governance is followed in line with both the legal and government framework; completing procurement activities in line with relevant regulations and policies and to required timescales.;
  • Support People, wellbeing and building capability as a priority, supporting the development of an open and inclusive culture for the FCDO commercial function, role-modelling collaborative and inclusive behaviours;
  • Demonstrate influencing skills and ability to drive transformational commercial change;
  • Build relationships with and influence senior stakeholders to embed commercial acumen and deliver FCDO priorities;
  • Engage in a range of FCDO commercial leadership meetings, developing meaningful MI and interpreting this to support people decisions across the department;

Technical skills

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

  • Manages Complexity Experience of major commercial activities and a track record in leading complex procurements
  • Commercial Focus In-depth procurement 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 remote teams and has been used to manage project

Closing Date: 25th April 2021

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