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FULL_TIME 2024-06-21 00:00:00 2024-06-14

Commercial Lead - (Grade 7) | Ref: PIP0008700

Birmingham, Bristol, London, Peterborough | Business support | Start: asap | Duration: 12 months

Posted 1 month ago

Job description

Commercial Lead (Inside IR35)

Contract Term: 12 Months

Contracting Authority: DEFRA

Location: Hybrid – Office attendance will be discussed with Hiring Manager


In the Defra group, we deal with a vast range of issues that profoundly impact on people’s lives. We are responsible for England’s environment, our countryside and rural economy, the food and farming sectors and have lead responsibility for protection from a wide range of natural threats and hazards. We have developed a set of three strategic objectives covering our policy outcomes and corporate objectives. These objectives help us to deliver our ambitious vision to build our green and healthy future and provide a framework for all the important work we carry out.


Our objectives are:

To pass on to the next generation a natural environment protected and enhanced for the future.

To lead the world in food, farming, and fisheries with a sustainable model of food production.

To be an outstanding organisation focused on making a difference, with world class delivery capability.


Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (https://www.gov.uk/)

25 Year Environment Plan - GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/)


We are seeking a highly skilled Commercial Lead to take on an in-flight procurement project within the UK central government.


The successful candidate will be responsible for providing commercial support for all remaining aspects of the procurement, from developing a Procurement Strategy, the Bidder’s pack and contract, to running the procurement process, through to contract award and commercial handover.


This role requires strong procurement knowledge and experience, attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders.


The Future Hosting and Storage Procurement Project (FHASPP) has a requirement for commercial support for the remainder of its procurement. At this point in the project, the FHASPP Strategic Outline Case has been approved, and work is beginning on the Outline Business Case and the Procurement Strategy


As a Commercial Lead (Inside IR35) your main responsibilities will be: 

  • Provide Commercial Lead support for the delivery of all Gold Pre-Sourcing & Sourcing Steps, including, but not limited to:
  • Integrate with the Commercial Resources on the other Core Infrastructure Projects and related programmes to ensure quality of delivery.
  • Update the DgC Technology Core Infrastructure Category Manager on progress, risks, and escalations required, during a weekly 1-2-1 meeting.
  • Provide timely updates to the Core Infrastructure Category Manager on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Produce a set of monthly reports, including Attend Core Infrastructure Team Meetings, in person where possible, or remotely where required.
  • Keep all relevant records on DgC’s e-Commercial System, Atamis, up-to-date and accurate.
  • Follow DgC’s One Way of Working with modifications approved by exception by the Core Infrastructure Category Manager.



  • Candidates would need previous experience of working at Grade 7 level
  • Public Sector experience
  • Experience of competitive procedure of negotiation experience
  • Hosting / Application experience within an IT procurement environment
  • Experience of running procurements of substantial value (£75m)
  • Experience of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience of using Atamis


If this role sounds like something that you would be interested in, please click the link to apply or get in touch with Trevor Wilson at trevor.wilson@publicsectorresourcing.co.uk


Disability confident

As a member of the disability confident scheme, DEFRA 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?

DEFRA 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 the essential criteria, we will interview the best candidates from within that group. 


If you qualify for the above, please notify us on PSRapplications@publicsectorresourcing.co.uk.


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.


In applying for this role, you acknowledge the following: this role falls in scope of the Off Payroll Working in the Public Sector legislation. Any rates of payment quoted will reflect the gross rate per day for the assignment and will be subject to appropriate taxes and statutory costs. As such the payment to the intermediary and your income resulting from this contract will be different.


Please be aware that this role can only be worked within the UK and not Overseas.

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