Commercial Officer

Atkins Global
Attractive salary + perks
10 Dec 2020
24 Jan 2021
Consultancy, Legal
Contract Type
Full Time
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"Join our organization, where we have a huge variety of projects on-the-go at any one time. So when you start this role with us, it could take your career wherever your interests lie. You'll find everyone here is willing to pitch in and help because we all want you to succeed, and we're ready to help you grow.

When it comes to living your life, we want you to get the most out of it. So talk to us about all our flexible and remote working policies that can support your personal priorities. Also, ask us about some of our recent pledges for Women's Equality, as well as being a 'Disability Confident' and 'Inclusive Employer.'"

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The Commercial function provides advice on and analysis of commercial risks in the business, commercial sales and procurement guidance. The team commercially assess all bids and contracts, proving drafting as required. We also create bespoke agreements for presales and sales activity, including all supply chain agreements.

Joining the current commercial team, the successful applicant will assist the team as directed. Initially you will be responsible for procurement focused activities, drafting and checking a range of agreements including subcontracts, NDAs, MOUs, teaming agreements, on occasion prime contracts and back to back subcontracts but as you gain experience you will be involved in all aspects of the work.

Your purpose

Analysis and agreement of NDAs, MOUs, teaming agreements Drafting and agreement of subcontracts Management of procurement activities including competitive and non-competitive tendering Commercial input to internal governance and approvals processes Attendance at bid and project governance meetings Providing commercial support as required to sales and proposal development teams, including developing the commercial elements of tender responses Coaching non-commercial staff in commercial and procurement issues Providing commercial support throughout project delivery Commercial risk identification, mitigation and management Develop commercial processes and procedures Reviewing and approving tenders, sub- and prime contracts, ensuring adherence to company requirements and procedures

What you can bring?

Essential criteria:

  • A demonstrated track record in commercial and/or procurement management
  • Experience in both commercial sales and procurement activities
  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to deal with complex commercial issues, analyze, interpret and draft contractual wording with a strong attention to detail.
  • Experience of negotiating contract terms with suppliers and clients
  • The ability to manage multiple concurrent priorities and deadlines under pressure
  • Experience in sales and procurement commercial management, with a willingness to work in both fields
  • Willingness to develop into a commercial expert in the services delivered by the business
  • Willingness to undergo continued skills expansion and development in order to take on additional responsibilities and wider business role
  • Preferred Bristol based role, other locations considered SC clearance or ability to gain and maintain SC clearance
  • Experienced in the use of Word and Excel

Desirable criteria:

  • A degree in law/business studies/engineering or equivalent
  • Knowledge of UK MOD, defence industry, aerospace, management consulting contracts.
  • Knowledge of NEC4 Understanding of UK export controls & ITAR.
  • Knowledge of contractual documents used throughout the business development cycle including NDAs, MOUs, teaming agreements, subcontracts, prime contracts in a range of industries.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property rights and protection, including exploitation agreements, software licensing, reseller agreements.
  • You will be well organized, commercially minded, enthusiastic and keen to learn and to continue to learn, with excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will have a creative and pragmatic approach to problem solving.

Why work for Atkins?

"Our Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology (ADS&T) teams provide independent and objective advice in mission-critical sectors. Join us to make a direct difference in helping our country to achieve its security and defence goals. From advisory, conceptual design and acquisition, through transformation, manufacture, certification and in-service support. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in the industry.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. So, you'll be part of a culture that wants to see more women in senior roles. We have signed the MoD's "Women in Defence" and "Women in Aviation and Aerospace" charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award".

Meeting your needs

"We want to make settling into life at Atkins a great experience for you. So we've created a benefits package to suit your lifestyle, career and personal needs. Enjoy benefits such as flexible holidays, insurance packages, training & accreditations, and ongoing career planning.

It's important that you feel supported all the way. So if you identify as having a disability, please tell us ahead of your interview. And we'll do our best to make adjustments for you."

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More about us

"Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join. We're also a Silver Rating holder in the Aerospace & Defence sector, as per the Financial Times rating of the UK’s leading management consultants."

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Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents.  These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process.  We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Additional information

The job will be office based (Bristol preferred, other locations considered), with some home working, but will entail visiting other ADS&T sites and client sites regularly as required.

Diversity & inclusion

Atkins is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability."


This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.