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Commercial Manager Full Time

at 121 Recruitment in London (Published at 12-10-2017)

The successful candidate will have the relevant skills and experience specified below for this 10 month temporary contract based in London. Please Note: This assignment sits inside of IR35.

Job Description: Assessing the existing commercial landscape and looking at the impact on programme delivery. Designing and implementing approaches which ensure effective delivery of the right outcome for the department. Leading on supplier integration with regards to relationship and cost impact upon the department. Clarifying the ability to terminate current contracts, working with programme finance leads to understand impact and realisation of any potential benefits. The ability to renegotiate existing contracts. Managing the impact of existing commercial financial models. Acting as primary point of contact between the incumbent supplier(s) and the department.

Main Purpose of Job:
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) serves the public by upholding the rule of law, and by delivering an efficient, fair, timely and effective justice system in which the public has confidence. We enforce the decisions of the court: we punish offenders and work to reduce reoffending. We prevent victims by changing lives. In partnership with an independent judiciary, we run the courts and tribunals service, helping individuals, businesses and families resolve their disputes. We protect vulnerable members of society and children, and help to ensure victims of crime get justice. We provide legal aid and advice for those cases where it is justified. We develop policy on all aspects of law and justice, both domestically and internationally, helping to build a legal and rights framework that is clear and proportionate and that commands confidence around the world.

The Ministry of Justice has one of the largest and most complex spend profiles in the public sector and it is currently raising the bar by delivering some of the most commercially innovative work in the country. It’s an exciting place to be with extensive development and training opportunities on offer.

Offender Learning and Skills Services (OLASS) Portfolio

Your specific responsibilities will involve you working on one of the most exciting new portfolio’s of commercial work within the MoJ – Offender Learning and Skills Services (OLASS).

MOJ became responsible for the provision of OLASS in October 2016, transferring from the Department for Education (DfE) to MOJ as a result of a Machinery of Government change process. Concurrent with this (November 2016), the Secretary of State for Justice released a white paper detailing greater levels of autonomy for prison governors to hold them accountable for delivery of certain outcomes; offender education is viewed as central to the success of this new policy.

These two issues, when brought together, call for a new approach to the provision of OLASS. You will work as a part of a small senior commercial team responsible for driving forward the commercial provisioning of these new arrangements.

This secondment/FTA offers a great opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge whilst contributing to the delivery of a high profile programme aimed at significantly reducing future reoffending in our society.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Lead and/or support procurement activity relating to OLASS/Education and ensure that products deliver measurable value for customers, supported by Supplier Management Information and Terms and Conditions. Seeing through a high value complex procurement. Working as part of a Commercial Team and Project Policy team.

  • Deliver contract strategies in alignment with wider category/portfolio plans.

  • Support senior officials in negotiations with suppliers to vary or change contracts, obtaining and managing input from operational colleagues and others as directed (e.g. Legal).

  • Support senior officials in the resolution of disputes, obtaining and managing input from operational colleagues and others as directed (e.g. Legal).

  • Promote best practice contract management.

  • Be proactive in seeking out commercial opportunities, bringing these to the appropriate forum for consideration, and ensuring that the team do the same.

  • Comply with all Departmental controls relating to commercial practice and otherwise, including strict adherence to delegated authorities, and ensure that staff do the same.

  • Support the operational contract managers to deliver and maintain their contract plans.

  • Engage with stakeholders to develop procurement strategy and capture requirements.

  • Commercial awareness: development of robust pricing mechanisms, KPIs and price reduction mechanisms.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure) :
Your leadership responsibilities may include the leadership and development of 1 Band D member of staff.

skills / experience / qualifications:

The post holder should ideally have experience of the following. Procuring and/or managing high value, complex and important contracts in a complex environment; Working with complex contractual, financial and legal constructs; Managing relationships with stakeholders.

Demonstable Experience of :

  • Project management;

  • Stakeholder engagement;

  • Presentation and drafting skills.


[DN Reflect generic Band B requirements]

The post holder must have at least one of the following (equivalents may be considered on request ). Membership of the International Association for Commercial and Contract Management (IACCM) Membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) Membership of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) A relevant degree such as law or finance (at least 2:1) MBA

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed) :

This opportunity will provide excellent development opportunities operating in a complex commercial, multi-stakeholder environment and with added opportunities to drive forward transformation changes in the delivery of commercial services.

The successful candidate will have a valid Disclosure of Scotland or be willing to apply for one on CV submission.

Please Note: The lower pay rate advertised in this job description is the PAYE daily pay rate. The higher pay rate advertised in this job description is the highest Umbrella Company daily pay rate that the client is willing to pay up to.

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