SummaryThis is a unique opportunity to work across two of Government s most central departments, delivering in a complex and varied commercial setting. You will work across the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury Commercial Directorate leading and overseeing the implementation of strategies to keep the team working effectively and efficiently. You will work closely with the Commercial Director and help support them to develop and deliver a commercial operating model that creates greater efficiency, resilience, and consistency of approach across both Departments, and that embeds a stable and effective platform enabling delivery of a long term commercial strategy for the Directorate. This is an exciting time to be joining Cabinet Office & HM Treasury (COHMT) Commercial. The team is attracting increasing levels of investment to help shape the commercial landscape at the heart of government, to achieve effective commercial outcomes and to build commercial acumen across two key departments that work on some of the UK s most important policy issues. The team is instrumental in developing and strengthening capability to embed a culture of commercial excellence supporting key operational and policy objectives. It works in partnership with all areas of the business and is a key influencer on strategic decisions, setting a direction of travel that is sustainable, embraces innovation, and ultimately delivers the greatest value.Job descriptionYou will play a key role in supporting the Director to deliver their vision of a highly functioning commercial directorate that enhances operational and policy delivery. You will be instrumental in the development and management of all commercial activity across the two departments through all stages of the procurement lifecycle. You will act as a trusted business partner, supporting commercial decision making and driving value for money. Key responsibilities will include: Management and oversight of the relationship with Crown Commercial Service (CCS), so that Cabinet Office & HM Treasury can effectively and efficiently procure the goods and services it requires and has access to other related commercial services; Leading on the governance activity with the management of CCS, including but not limited to monitoring compliance of the delivery of services in line with the new Services Agreement, developing a collaborative relationship with key CCS contacts, and providing secretariat for regular strategic business review meetings; Providing front line commercial advice and bringing to bear the services of CCS to meet departmental requirements, involving identifying and resolving a range of commercial issues; Support the development of departmental commercial capability by taking a lead on discrete projects and championing new initiatives with colleagues and stakeholders on commercial best practice; Effective management of central departmental corporate contracts, in line with Government Contract Management Professional Standards; Raise awareness and understanding of policy through procurement initiatives e.g. SMEs; Social Value; Modern Slavery; Sustainability; Compliance; Transparency; Providing support and training for the users Assess commercial data for both accuracy and audit purposes and provide input to management reports and other requests for information (including drafting responses to Parliamentary Questions and Freedom of Information requests); Managing departmental spend controls process and approvals.ResponsibilitiesThe candidate will be expected to demonstrate the following experience and behaviours: Essential Criteria: Experience in a commercial and/or contract management role where you have demonstrated an analytical approach, good problem-solving and strong negotiation skills; Understanding of commercial, contract and supplier relationship management techniques and demonstrable experience of applying them in practice; Demonstrable experience of managing the delivery of multiple activities in parallel within a fast-paced environment; Understanding and application of governance and approvals; Experience of building and managing effective relationships with customers, suppliers and senior internal stakeholders Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Pro-active and forward thinking Desirable Criteria: Experience / knowledge of procurement practices in the public sector Holding IACCM/MCIPS or other relevant procurement or commercial qualification Proficiency with ExcelBenefitsBenefits25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays. This will be complimented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen s Birthday; A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire; Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers; Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every 8 they pay in, the government adds 2, up to a maximum of 2000 a year for each child or 4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here; Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle; The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable); and occupational sick pay.Things you need to knowSecuritySuccessful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.