Commercial Procurement Lead - New Testing, Technology & Innovation

Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Norwich, York
£61,710 - £74,000
02 Jul 2021
25 Jul 2021
Specialist Area
Category management, Procurement
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
CIPS member, Non CIPS member


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 DHSC - T&T commercial team delivering departmental objectives.

Job description

This role will sit within New Testing Technology & Innovation as part of Test & Trace Commercial.

As part of this category, you will deliver the most effective testing technology to the right use cases. Due to the pace at which technology is evolving, this category is adopting a flexible commercial approach and model, bringing new technology online and balancing sensitivity, turnaround time and cost.

Technical skills

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

  • Procurement Process: Experience of the strategic management of high value and critical contracts/supplier relationships to mitigate risk, maximise performance and deliver continuous improvement.
  • Manages Complexity: Experience of managing large contracts with complex commercial structures to ensure value for money is achieved.
  • Stakeholder Management: Experience of working within a complex organisational structure with multiple stakeholders.
  • Builds Relationships: The ability to operate and build strong, productive relationships at all levels and with a variety of stakeholders with different backgrounds, perspectives and drivers.
  • Commercial Focus: Experience of delivery across the full commercial lifecycle including knowledge and understanding of commercial policies, their practical application and the ability to implement the latest commercial methodologies.

Full details on key responsibilities and how to apply can be found in the candidate pack. Please click through to apply via Civil Service Jobs.

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