IT Assistant Procurement Commercial Manager

GBP40000 - GBP50000 per annum +
02 Jun 2017
02 Jul 2017
Rebecca Farnon
Specialist Area
Job Level
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Procurement Commercial Manager

1st Executive are partnering with a number of government departments to support an exciting programme of Procurement Transformation. This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role in the development and up-skilling of Government Procurement organisations keen to embed a more commercial approach to the Procurement of IT & Technology services.


The UK Government has recognised a lack of commercial procurement capability, and is investing significantly in a leading edge transformation programme to improve commercial performance. There have been reforms within individual departments, but there is also a cross-government drive to improve commercial Procurement capability.

The Client:

This role sits within a high profile government department, where the jobholder will play a key role as part of the Procurement leadership team. The jobholder will be expected to drive change and deliver best commercial outcomes across a broad range of IT & Technology Procurement projects.

Key to your success will be the ability to engage and influence a broad range of stakeholders, with the confidence to conduct robust/challenging conversations to ensure that business objectives are being met.


  • Managing the full 360 Procurement lifecycle, with responsibility for the delivery of large complex procurement projects. This role will support a number of High profile programmes which is largely the replacements of multiple legacy systems.
  • Furthermore, the jobholder will also have responsibility for the post-contract performance management of complex contracts (existing and new) with Tier 1 suppliers
  • Delivering complex procurement projects in line with policy and with EU procurement legislation
  • Support/Guide/challenge senior stakeholders to achieve "best outcome" commercial procurement solutions
  • By developing a deep understanding of the supply market, the jobholder will produce procurement strategies collaboratively with commercial teams and the relevant business units to drive commercial success
  • Design and deliver commercial procurement strategies which encompass a detailed overview of requirements, solutions, risk, benefits and sustainability
  • Lead on negotiations of high value procurement and contracts across the breadth of the IT & Technology portfolio.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • You do not need to have a IT background as such, but certainly have Tech knowledge and the ability to pick up some of the complex programmes involving systems
  • Experience of leading the development, review, negotiation & execution of complex contracts
  • Strategic management of complex and high value contracts
  • Commercial experience gained within large complex organisations i.e. Matrix "type" structure
  • Proven resilience and a high level of political astuteness in managing senior stakeholders
  • Knowledge of EU procurement would be advantageous
  • Ideally demonstrates some experience gained in a Procurement Transformation environment
  • MCIPS or similar recognised qualifications would also be advantageous

The civil service is a good place to work delivering services that make a huge difference to people's lives - Apply now to be a part of the change!

Salary £40,000 - £50,000 + Pension