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 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 MoJ�commercial team delivering departmental objectives
We are looking for an exceptional commercial leader to join our Commercial Operating Centre team within the MoJ, with an opportunity to work together in delivering some of the most impactful services across government. This position represents a real opportunity to support work across our directorate to deliver work with real purpose.�
The role is for an experienced leader to manage and provide direction to the Commercial Standards Team (7 posts). This role will have ownership for embedding the Government Functional Standard GovS008 and will be expected to build credibility by demonstrating a high level of policy knowledge across all aspects of the commercial lifecycle, challenging and/or creating a mandate to implement initiatives that will demonstrate improvements in the practices and capability of the commercial function as measured through the Commercial and Commercial Continuous Improvement Assessment Framework.�
The role will require leading the team in supporting the Commercial and Contract Management Directorate to operate within an agreed commercial policy and governance framework to enable effective commercial decision making; promote adherence to and adoption of government commercial policy, playbooks and spend controls; promote and develop ways of working that will enable the commercial function and its stakeholders to examine the ethical, social, environmental, and economic impacts in order to secure the best outcomes through our commercial and contract management activities; support the development and implementation of processes and performance reporting to demonstrate compliance and provide assurance; to prepare for the introduction of the new procurement regime and leading on rollout of the overall procurement reform implementation within the MoJ.
This is a crucial role that underpins both the Ministry of Justice and Commercial and Contract Management Directorates Business Plan.�
The post holder will:
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
As a valued employee of the Government Commercial Organisation (GCO), you will have access to all the benefits the centre has to offer; including flexible working, generous benefits, Career Coaches, Mentors, L&D, a Commercial College, active talent management and, most importantly, access to commercial projects that will far exceed the scale and complexity on offer elsewhere in the UK.
For existing Civil Servants: For full details of the impact on any move across the civil service on your existing terms and conditions, please read the candidate pack. Please note that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to continue to claim childcare vouchers.
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