24054 - Commercial Manager

£39,880 - £51,476
6 Months
Full Time


The Government is committed to increasing its pool of commercial experts to work on some of its largest and most complex procurement projects and contracts. The breadth and depth of category management work at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is significant: each year we spend circa £3.2 billion on an expansive range of goods and services. MOJ’s Commercial and Contract Management Directorate (CCMD) support some of the most innovative commercial work in government, and our Directorate’s work is crucial to the successful delivery of the £1.3bn prison reform and £700m court reform programmes.

The posts being advertised are within the Directorate’s Custodial Services team, currently based in London, primarily at our Petty France offices with occasional working from Canary Wharf.

The team are responsible for leading and providing commercial support across the MOJ’s high profile outsourced operational services namely; Prisoner Escort and Custody Services; Privately Managed Prisons; and Victim Services (Grants).

Delivery of strategic value to drive our category forward is critical to our success in a dynamic and challenging operational environment. We are seeking individuals who have a desire to take ownership, bring new ideas and act passionately as part of an experienced team, to drive value for money decisions. Your professional expertise and judgement will be relied upon by senior colleagues. Contribution to a strong team ethos as well as commitment to continuous improvement, collaboration and knowledge share are essential.


Commercial Managers will have the opportunity to create real difference and contribute to public service, providing the associated development exposure this brings. Key responsibilities include:

  • Ownership of strategy at contract level, driving commercial opportunities to deliver value for money and/or savings
  • Stakeholder engagement and strong relationship building to define requirements, develop, implement and manage procurement and contract management strategies - stakeholders include: customers (often at a Senior Director level), suppliers, legal and finance
  • Supplier management to ensure robust management of commercial delivery against contract (inc payment mechanisms and KPI delivery) whilst driving innovation to create value for money
  • Delivery of continuous improvement to drive best practice for our categories
  • Associated adherence to respective policy and governance controls
  • Commercial Managers may also be responsible for managing/leading junior commercial staff


The post holder must be keen to learn and able to demonstrate experience in the following areas:


  • A proven track-record delivering sourcing and/or contract management in a high value complex commercial environment
  • Strong business acumen and ability to show evidence based decision making
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Awareness of public sector procurement legislation


  • A working knowledge of public sector procurement legislation including EU Rules and UK interpretations
  • Qualified purchasing professional (MCIPS)
  • Member of or studying towards IACCM
  • Experience of working with PFI contracts

Skills and personal attributes

Most importantly we are looking for people with the right personal qualities – enthusiasm, energy, proactivity, prepared to work under their own initiative and to be flexible and adaptable in a demanding environment.

The Civil Service Competency Framework sets out the standard skills, knowledge and behaviours that all civil servants are expected to meet. You will be required to provide evidence of the following competencies:

Achieving Commercial Outcomes

  • Identify and understand relevant legal and commercial terms, concepts, policies and processes (including project approvals and assurance procedures) to deliver agreed outcomes
  • Gather and use evidence to assess the costs, benefits and risks of a wide range of delivery options when making commercial decisions

Seeing the Big Picture

  • Be alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact or benefit own and team’s work
  • Ensure own area/team activities are aligned to Departmental priorities

Leading and Communicating

  • Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed
  • Promote the work of the Department and play an active part in supporting the Civil Service values and culture

Collaborating and Partnering

  • Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
  • Readily share resources to support higher priority work, showing pragmatism and support for the shared goals of the organisation

Changing and Improving

  • Actively encourage ideas from a wide range of sources and stakeholders and use these to inform own thinking
  • Be willing to meet the challenges of difficult or complex changes, encouraging and supporting others to do the same

Making Effective Decisions

  • Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/ data and draw key conclusions, outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses
  • Invite challenge and where appropriate involve others in decision making to help build engagement and present robust recommendations

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Flexible working hours

The Ministry of Justice offers a flexible working system in many offices.


The MoJ offers a range of benefits:

Annual Leave

Generous allowances for paid holiday starting at 25 days per year, and rising as your service increases. There is also a scheme to allow qualifying staff to buy or sell up to three days leave each year. Additional paid time off for public holidays and 1 privilege day. Leave for part-time and job share posts will be calculated on a pro-rata basis.


The Civil Service offers a choice of pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.


The Ministry of Justice is committed to staff development and offers an extensive range of training and development opportunities.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as salary sacrifice arrangements for childcare vouchers, and voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


The opportunity to join employee-run networks that have been established to provide advice and support and to enable the views of employees from minority groups to be expressed direct to senior management. There are currently networks for employees of minority ethnic origin, employees with disabilities, employees with caring responsibilities, women employees, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Interviews expected between 8th to 26th April 2019

29/03/2019, 23:55 hours.

Closing Date: 29th March 2019 at 23.55 hours

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5359 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk Please quote the job reference.

To apply for roles in MOJ you will need to confirm your employment history for at least 3 years prior to the date of application so that pre-employment checks (BPSS) can be undertaken. If you have spent significant time abroad (a total of 6 months in the past 3 years) you would be required to give a reasonable account of the reasons why. 

For some roles you will be required to successfully complete National Security Vetting at Counter Terrorism (CTC), Security Clearance (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) level as a condition of appointment. To meet CTC/SC/DV requirements you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3/5/10 years prior to the date of application (The level of checks that are required are stated in the advert).

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may still be considered if, for example:

  • You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
  • You were studying abroad
  • You were living overseas with parents

In such cases you will need to be able to provide referee cover for the period(s) of residence overseas. The duration of overseas residence and the country of abode will also be taken into account.

Candidate Information

You may be required to provide statements describing your skills and experience relevant to each of the selection criteria. We recommend that you structure any examples as Situation, Task, Action and Result. For more information about the recruitment process and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.

Link: https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/candidate/cms/About%20the%20MOJ

In the event of a large number of applications, we reserve the right to undertake the following processes:

  • An automated online test where a benchmark must be passed to progress;
  • A sift on the lead selection criteria. If this happens, the lead criteria will be the first one listed in the advert.

During the selection process, you may be asked to undertake an additional assessment (such as written test). If this is applicable you will be notified of this when you are invited to interview.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance
Achieving Commercial Outcomes
Seeing the Big Picture
Leading and Communicating
Collaborating and Partnering
Changing and Improving
Making Effective Decisions
• A working knowledge of public sector procurement legislation including EU Rules and UK interpretations
• Qualified purchasing professional (MCIPS)
• Member of or studying towards IACCM
• Experience of working with PFI contracts

This Vacancy is closed to applications.