Commercial Lead - SC

London  ‐ Onsite
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Role: Commercial Lead - SC

Location: London (2-3 days/week on site)

IR35: Inside

Rate: £725/day (Umbrella) MAX

Duration: Until

Security Clearance: SC Clearance & UK Nationality (UK & Dual Nationality OK)

The Role:

  • Lead development of sub-category strategies through the category management cycle from understanding the organisations starting point in terms of spend, suppliers and IDD strategy through to developing options appraisals and mobilising sourcing projects in collaboration with Key stakeholders.
  • Influence senior stakeholders, effecting governance both internal and external including HMT, Cabinet Office and Ministers.
  • Implement and deliver the opportunities outlined in the DDaT Category Forward Plans, including engaging and managing stakeholders, resources, internal and external dependencies; and transition plans and timelines.
  • Lead the development of category expertise and knowledge to deliver category plans and strategies in collaboration with global posts/leaders and drive local, regional and global supply chain trends and strategies that deliver high quality commercial procurement outcomes, whilst ensuring value for money.
  • Deliver complex procurements, ensuring high quality commercial arrangements, with robust specifications, Terms and Conditions, management principles, and measures developed in accordance with the selected route to market, taking cognisance of procurement legislation, Government policy, Government guidance such as the sourcing and construction playbooks and departmental policies and guidance.
  • Deliver annually agreed savings target for the DDaT category portfolio through performance management of teams, suppliers and working collaboratively with stakeholders.
  • Strong Contract management knowledge and experience.
  • Provide leadership and direction to a small team of commercial specialist developing a professional culture, commercial capability and skills that empower our people through coaching, mentoring, sharing expertise/knowledge and bespoke training plans aligned to Cabinet Office playbooks and promoting succession pathways.
  • Develop and manage supplier performance and relationships; advising and supporting Senior Management on key commercial issues.
  • Deliver stakeholder engagement plans that embeds effective business partnering driving long term strategic relationship management that ensures the optimum support, advice and delivery, drives outcomes that ensures the organisation can be efficient and agile to deliver against its mission.
  • Implement commercial governance for the IDD in compliance with spend controls and present to the appropriate governance boards, and external forums as required.
  • Contribute to the development and commercial cases of Concept Notes, Business Cases & Sourcing Strategies (SOBC, OBC & FBC)
  • Lead Delivery Model Assessments (DMA) for the DDaT category incorporating capability & maturity vs, external capability at both an overall programmatic and component level.
  • Work with wider stakeholders, such as IDD, Finance, H&S, and other Head of Category to ensure consistency and optimising strategy development and delivery.
  • Travel within UK and Internationally may be required to meet and work with stakeholders and their teams
  • Continually assess global and regional supply markets to identify optimal solutions.


  • The resilience to manage multiple projects concurrently, with the ability to research, benchmark, scope, design, implement and evaluate project delivery to tight deadlines;
  • A proactive approach and a focus on continuous improvement of self and service, with an appetite to work with others to simplify processes and improve efficiency.
  • Experience of developing and implementing category strategies and strategic sourcing in a complex regulated setting.
  • Strong commercial acumen with experience procuring complex services in compliance with the Procurement Contracts Regulations with a thorough working knowledge of applicable EU and UK procurement legislation
  • Relevant experience working in the technology sector and an understanding of the full commercial life cycle.
  • Experience operating in a Matrix environment with the ability and skills to build successful relationships, enabling engagement with multiple stakeholders and the ability to constructively challenge decision making based on objective argument founded in fact and analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills you will be a team player who leads by example.

The following is also desirable:

  • Public sector experience.
  • An MCIPS qualification, but consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate this level of required knowledge through work experience, or have a similar professional membership.
  • Flexibility, willingness and ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • International sourcing expertise.

Security Clearance: SC & UK nationality

Disability Confident

As a member of the disability confident scheme, CLIENT guarantees to interview all candidates who have a disability and who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of candidates who have a disability who meet all the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.

Armed Forces Covenant

CLIENT is proud to support the Armed Forces Covenant and as such, we guarantee to interview all veterans or spouses/partners of military personnel who meet all the essential criteria for the vacancy. In cases where we have a high volume of ex-military candidates/military spouses or partners, who meet all of the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group.

If you qualify for the above, please notify us.

We will be in touch to discuss your suitability and arrange your Guaranteed Interview.

Should you require reasonable adjustments at any point during the recruitment process or if there is a more accessible way for us to communicate, please do let me know.

To apply for this role please submit your latest CV or contact Aspect Resources.

Start date
Until 31/1/2025
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