Commercial Officer (7 Posts)

Andover, Glasgow, Sutton Coldfield, Catterick, Whittington and Wyton
£33,000 + substantial pension + £1,500 Commercial Market Skills Allowance and many other benefits
21 Apr 2021
18 May 2021
Specialist Area
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
Non CIPS member

Andover SP11 8HJ, Catterick, DL9 3LR, Glasgow G2 8EX, Sutton Coldfield B75 7RL, Whittington WS14 9TJ or Wyton PE28 2EA

The Challenge

If you are an amazing Procurement Professional who wants to see the unseen and work for an amazing organisation, then keep reading!

Join the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and supports our mission! Caring for Defence Estate and those that depend on it, enabling Defence to live, work, train and deploy.

We are looking for experienced procurement professionals with a background in projects and construction.

Would you like to be a part of team focused on supporting and delivering capital projects across the defence estate? Are you interested in being part of delivering unique and complex infrastructure for armed forces?

From estate optimisation to building runways for fighter jets; we do it all! Still interested? You should be!

Job description

You will work with a diverse, committed and energetic team of colleagues who all bring different skills and experience to the team, creating an environment of continual learning. You are likely to work with military colleagues, civil servants and consultants - of all grades and ranks.

You will support the strategic relationship with suppliers and senior internal stakeholders while building collaboration within and across organisational boundaries. You will develop and manage key sourcing activities to meet project goals while minimising risk and ensuring Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is considered. You will be the trusted advisor in sourcing and commercial initiatives to both, stakeholders and your team members, ensuring compliance to the appropriate processes and operating procedures.

We currently have Procurement vacancies within the USVF Business area as follows

United States Visiting Forces (7 posts)

You will be an integral member of the United States Visiting Forces (USVF) team, which is dedicated to delivering a significant capital works Programme (£3bn) and hard FM delivery (£250M p/a) across the UK in support of the USVF. Our purpose is the development and continued improvement of the programmes in work today and in the future pipeline to the benefit of the service personnel and their families that live work and train on the MOD estate.

You will have the opportunity to provide commercial advice and guidance to internal and external stakeholders, some of whom may be senior members to the MOD. You will be accountable to the Assistant Deputy Head for any commercial activity you undertake.

Stakeholder engagement across DIO, Industry and wider Government will be an important aspect of your role so you will require excellent communication skills.


Our DIO Commercial Teams are based across the UK including Andover, Catterick, Glasgow, Sutton Coldfield, Whittington and Wyton. We offer a flexible base location for this role and will therefore make one of these locations your duty station where possible. Work location will be agreed once the successful candidate has been selected.

Applicants should be aware that as part of the Defence Estates Optimisation Programme it is anticipated that the DIO Sutton Coldfield site will close, and all staff will be relocated to Defence Medical Services (Whittington) near Lichfield as the preferred new site option. This relocation is currently expected to occur in the Summer of 2021.

Currently, staff are Working from Home (WFH). Once lockdown restrictions are phased out the working pattern will be a combination of WFH, Office based, potential travel to MoD sites throughout the UK. Expectation is to be office based 2 to 3 days per week and travelling 2 to 4 days per month. Depending on duty location, on appointment this may involve overnight trips. Office days will be flexible around project meetings/activities scheduled for the week.

These roles will require travel within UK locations and occasional overnight stay.  

UK Driving Licence is desirable, but not essential.

About DIO

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is the estate expert for Defence, supporting the armed forces to enable military capability by planning, building, maintaining, and servicing infrastructure.

Our responsibilities include:

• Plan and deliver major capital projects and lifecycle refurbishment

• Provide utilities services

• Manage soft facilities management (i.e. cleaning and catering)

• Provide a safe place to train

• Allocate Service Families Accommodation

• Procure and manage routine maintenance and reactive repair

• Provide a central register of asset information to advise infrastructure planning

• Act as steward of the Defence estate

• Provide the unarmed guarding service

We employ over 5,000 staff from a very diverse range of professions, and we work across the world; in Germany, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands, Norway, Poland, Kenya, Belize, Nepal and Oman.


We enable our people to work at the right place, with the right people, at the right time.

We believe that if we look after our people, they will be passionate about delivering great things for our customers.

We understand the importance of life outside of work and our industry leading flexible working practices, digital technology and modern workspaces will give you the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

The MOD Discover My Benefits page lists the full set of benefits. Some of the many benefits you will receive include:

• Highly competitive Pension Scheme

• Flexi-time scheme

• Alternative working practices such as working from home

• 25 days annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service

• In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The Queen’s birthday

• Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to for volunteer military or emergency service reserve commitments

• Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year

• Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave

• Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing

• Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club, Gym and / or site shops

For further information regarding this vacancy please contact:

Closing date: 18 May 2021.