DIO – Senior Commercial Officer Job at UK Government – Ministry of Defence in Marlborough

Job Description

The Challenge

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

Join the DIO and support our mission

Caring for Defence Estate and those that depend on it, enabling Defence to live, work, train and deploy

Join the DIO and have a future that matters: Be proud; Be challenged; Be unique.

We are looking for experienced commercial professionals with a strong background in pre-sourcing and sourcing.

Would you like to be a part of team focused on supporting and delivering commercial expertise across the defence estate? Are you interested in being part of delivering unique and complex infrastructure for the Armed Forces?

From estate optimisation to building runways for fighter jets; we do it all!

Still interested in a career in the MoD?

You should be!

As the team grows, now is a great opportunity to get involved with innovative projects from the outset.

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.

We are looking for a Commercial Professional to work in the following area:

C1 Disposals – Pre-Sourcing/Sourcing

The role in the Disposals Team will lead on the procurement of Land Sales Delivery Partners (LSDP) to Project Manage the disposal of our larger surplus sites under the MoD Estate Optimisation Programme. Sales receipts for the next few sites to be Tendered are forecast to be over £100M.

(Annex A provides a brief overview of the LSDP role)

You will develop sourcing strategies in partnership with project and customer stakeholders in line with current legislation and Government/MOD policy and procedures. You will lead competitive tendering through to contract award through a variety of sources in line with relevant regulations (EU Procurement Regulations, Public Contracts Regulations, Defence & Security Public Contracts Regulations, Single Source Contract Regulations – Subject to any amendment). You may also be asked to lead on other less complex procurements to support the Estates Disposals team. These procurements will be via an advertised opportunity or existing MoD/Wider Government Framework.

This role will require travel within the UK.

Full driving licence is preferred but not essential

We want to ensure you have the best opportunity at being successful, so we are running one Skype session. We will tell you more about DIO Commercial, explain about the Behaviour profile and how the application works. The session will be maximum 45 mins long and can be accessed by calling into the session below:

19 Jan 2021 – 1800Hrs – Phone Number 0300 151 0000 Conference ID 52267977#

More Information:
For more information about the opportunity please contact DIO Manpower DIO Comrcl-PG Manpower (MULTIUSER) [email protected]


Main Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop and deliver project sourcing strategies, lead key initiatives with cross-functional teams and drive the decision-making process for commercial activities.
  • Develop commercial relationships with suppliers, with a principal objective of achieving optimal cost and performance.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with your local teams to deploy and manage the implementation of your defined strategies.
  • Evaluate supplier core competencies and competitive positioning using industry cost models and bench-marking analysis.
  • Manage the fundamentals of sourcing and supplier engagement activities including tendering, spend pattern analysis, contract analysis, bid evaluation, negotiations, and supplier consolidation in accordance with DIO processes and operating procedures.
  • Provide guidance to internal stakeholders on commercial strategies, maintain procurement ethics, in accordance with DIO, MOD and wider Government policies.
  • Ensures business processes are followed using mandated IT systems ensuring data is accurate and relevant ensuring DIO Comrcl compliance against system usage
  • Identify, Report and Manage risks and issues across the business area
  • These roles may have Line Management responsibilities.

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.

Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Relevant sourcing experience ideally with a background in contracting for services.
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects requiring frequent communication, organisation, time management, and problem-solving skills.

Desirable Experience & Skills



  • Strong negotiator with proven experience in setting negotiation strategies and conducting negotiations.
  • Extensive knowledge of the basic types of commercial agreement structures and the function and purpose of key legal terms
  • Strong experience assessing risk and concisely explaining complex issues to principal business owners.
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to quickly synthesize, distil and draw conclusions on large amounts of disparate data.
  • Passionate self-starter with the highest integrity and ethics


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:


Making Effective Decisions

Changing and Improving

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:


Technical skills

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

Technical 1 – Commercial Skills and Competency Framework: Section 1 (Practitioner Level) Pre-Sourcing Supply Market Analysis • Defining the requirement

Technical 2 – Commercial Skills and Competency Framework: Section 2 (Practitioner Level) specifically: Executing Sourcing Strategy • Developing and issuing the bidders pack.

Technical 3 – Commercial Skills and Competency Framework: Section 2 (Practitioner Level) – Sourcing Procurement Project Resource Deployment and Utilisation • Portfolio, programme and project management.

Technical 4 – Commercial Skills and Competency Framework: Section 2 (Practitioner Level) specifically: Executing Sourcing Strategy • Developing the sourcing strategy

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

Technical 1 – Commercial Skills and Competency Framework: Section 1 (Practitioner Level) Pre-Sourcing Supply Market Analysis • Defining the requirement

Technical 2 – Commercial Skills and Competency Framework: Section 2 (Practitioner Level) specifically: Executing Sourcing Strategy • Developing and issuing the bidders pack.


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
  • Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
  • 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

Learning & Development

  • Professional and Personal Development of skills
  • Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, some free or paid by DIO
  • Ability to obtain industry recognised qualifications supported by DIO

Employment Hours

The post advertised is for 37 hours net, however the Ministry of Defence offers a range of flexibilities to enable a better work-life balance for employees. Please note part time or job share will only be considered if full time cover can be achieved.


£1,500 Commercial Market Skills Allowance (MSA); individuals are eligible once essential criteria for this allowance is met. The allowance is pro-rata for part time staff.

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

About Company

Company: UK Government – Ministry of Defence

Company Location:  Marlborough

Job Category: Engineering Jobs, Mechnical Jobs, Electrical Jobs

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