Senior Commercial Manager (Category)

London, York
£38,171 - £42,745 (National) £39,747 - £44,854 + £3,150 RRA (London)
13 Oct 2020
28 Oct 2020
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member


Candidates must have the below essential experiences;

Experience of delivering high quality, value for money procurements including OJEU.

Experience of working in a commercial environment delivering category strategy.

Experience of implementing contract management to ensure supplier performance standards are met and savings, CI and added value is delivered to the organization.

Negotiation with suppliers.

Candidates must also have the below essential technical skills;

MCIPS Level 4 or above; or Relevant Commercial experience.

For further information on how to apply, please see the Candidate Pack at the bottom of this page.

Please note excess fares will not apply.

Job description

Responsibility for delivering Category Management across a broad range of allocated goods and services including but not limited to the development of procurement and contracting strategies, compiling tenders, placing and managing service contracts for services such as Digital and IT Services, HR & L&D Services, or those in support of our Court work.

To provide commercial advice to both internal and external stakeholders. Driving service delivery improvements and project management, underpinning these activities with a focus on compliance and achieving excellent value for money.

You will be responsible for specified category plans, managing stakeholders, spend analysis, savings reporting and procurement pipeline. Continuous improvement and innovation will be key to identifying and delivering opportunities within category.

You will be responsible for delivering high quality, value for money procurements and providing contract management to ensure that suppliers deliver not on the contracted services but also continuous improvement to drive innovation in our service provision.


Lead on the design and delivery of the procurement and contracting strategies for nominated categories of goods and services.

Manage delivery of category plans, including procurement and contract management priorities, resource allocation, savings identification and reporting to SLT on risks and issues. Allocate resources both within category and to support delivery across the commercial function, including allocating stretch projects in support of business plan delivery.

Manage team to deliver effective procurements to deliver value for money and drive added value through contract management and assurance of team activities.

Plan and manage the handover of contracts to operational teams, providing contract management expertise and support according to contract size and risk profile.

Negotiate with suppliers in category for both contract award and contract change controls.

Manage own procurements, including Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), to deliver value for money and high quality services.

Pro-actively identify delays in large scale procurements and resource issues, mitigating these to keep purchasing programmes and negotiations on track. Provide commercial advice to team members, colleagues and both internal and external stakeholders.

Support the Head of Category in the development and implementation of category strategy, commercial policy and working practices.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Changing and Improving
  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

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

  • MCIPS Level 4 or above; or Relevant Commercial experience.


Candidates who are recommended by the selection panel but not appointed to the current vacancy will be placed on a waiting list for 12 months and may be offered another post, should any further vacancies for a Senior Commercial Manager arise in the Digital and Commercial area during this period. CPS may also approach candidates on the waiting list to fill other Digital and Commercial area roles requiring similar knowledge and experience.

This is a full time post. However, requests for flexible, part-time working and job share will be considered, taking into account at all times the operational needs of the Department.

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 Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

The recruitment process will consist of an online application and interview which will take place on either the 11th or the 12th of November 2020.

You should keep these dates free or notify us if you are not available. We will make every effort to accommodate you in your preference for dates; however we cannot guarantee that they will be met.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, your interview may also be conducted via Video/Telephone. Where possible interviews will be conducted face to face, however until restrictions are lifted we will be utilising video technology in order to allow interviews to continue. If your interview will be taking place via video, a member of our recruitment team will be in touch with further guidance. 
The successful applicant will be required to secure DBS clearance; to speed up this process; you should bring 3 forms of ID with you on the day of interview. Data gathered from unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed in accordance with our Data Retention Policy.

If successful in obtaining an interview you will be asked to complete the Character Enquiry Form and a Nationality and Immigration Questionnaire.

(If you are an internal member of staff, you will not be required to undergo this DBS check as you will already hold this clearance)

Personal Statement (using the text box provided online)

You will also be asked to complete a personal statement of no more than 1250 words setting out how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience, match the requirements as detailed in the Candidate Pack. You will also need to address the core behaviours for this role, detailed in the Behaviours Section of the Candidate Pack, which are;

1. Making Effective Decisions
2. Communicating and Influencing

Further to this you will be required to make reference to the below in your application;

Experience of delivering high quality, value for money procurements including OJEU.

Experience of working in a commercial environment delivering category strategy.

Experience of implementing contract management to ensure supplier performance standards are met and savings, CI and added value is delivered to the organization.

Negotiation with suppliers.

MCIPS Level 4 or above; or Relevant Commercial experience.

In addition you will need to demonstrate the CPS or Civil Service Values.

CV Section (using the text boxes provided online)

You will not be required to upload your CV however, when submitting your application there is a ‘CV section.’ You will be required to provide information regarding your employment history.

Please note that it is the candidate’s responsibility to provide the specified application information in the requested format to ensure that they are considered for the post.


If overtime is necessary, employees will be invited to volunteer. It is a condition of contract that you are available to work overtime for one weekend in every four, if there are insufficient volunteers, you will be required to work overtime if requested to do so by your line manager.


Customer facing roles in the CPS require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.

From April 2018, the CPS will provide a Fair Processing Notice (FPN) to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview. These candidates will be informed that, as one aspect of pre-employment screening, their personal details – name, National Insurance Number and date of birth - will be checked against the Internal Fraud Database (IFD) and that anyone included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances.

The Strategic Resourcing team in the CPS will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the IFD.

Feedback will not be provided until the vacancy is complete

If you are dissatisfied with the recruitment process and wish to make a complaint, please contact Strategic.Resourcing@cps.gov.uk with your concerns.

If you remain dissatisfied and wish to make a further complaint, please click on the following link to the Civil Service Commissioners complaints page https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment/civilservicerecruitmentcomplaints/

Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles can be found here –

Details of the Civil Service Nationality Rules are located at:

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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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