MoD looks for ‘heavyweight experience’ to fill senior commercial roles

17 July 2012

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17 July 2012 | Adam Leach

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is looking to appoint a new commercial director and up to 13 senior commercial buyers to strengthen its procurement function.

The most senior role is director of commercial operations within Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S). The role, based in Bristol, pays circa £130,000 plus performance related pay. An advert for the role said it is looking for an individual with ‘heavyweight procurement experience and a proven track record of managing multi-billion complex spend and major suppliers’.

The majority of the other roles, potentially totalling 13, are also within DE&S. They include up to eight heads of commercial to each take the lead on major projects within different operating centres, with a salary of £100,000.

In addition, the department is looking to hire three heads of commercial without portfolio. The purpose of these roles will be to provide an extra and flexible resource to support the department on major projects. There are a further two posts, head of commercial operations and head of commercial business partnerships, within the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

Les Mosco, commercial director at the MoD, said: “The posts we are recruiting for are among the most challenging procurement and contracting roles in the UK. The director DE&S commercial operations job covers circa £20 billion [spend] and [responsibility for] 1,000 commercial procurement staff and is one of the top commercial posts in government.

“From my own private sector experience, I know that these are some of the most challenging jobs in our profession, with opportunities to make a real difference for seasoned professionals and negotiators.”

The vacancies arose through a mixture of retirements and new positions. While a number of the roles are expected to be filled by internal applicants, external candidates are also encouraged to apply.


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