Commercial Service Officers

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Job Type:Full Time


Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wilts and Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham, Hants

About the job


Dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) works to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence, security and prosperity of the United Kingdom. In order to do this, we need people who can use their skills to innovate and develop technologies which give our country the winning-edge. We work in niche areas which are sensitive, operationally critical and international in nature.

Job description

As a commercial practitioner (Commercial Officer)within the Commercial Function you will be responsible for: sourcing, sales and contract management. The role provides working level support for Divisions, operating as a supervised practitioner in their area of responsibility and can have delegations which include: sourcing, contract management, or sales as required.

As part of a team of up to six staff, you will typically be working for a Commercial Manager developing procurement requirements with other Dstl staff and internal projects. You will determine procurement strategies and support value for money tendering including negotiation with suppliers and supplier selection. You will place contracts and ensure effective supplier performance through whole life management of contracts while also providing accurate and timely commercial data. You will also be successfully developing yourself via experience, mentoring and formal training.


We are looking for someone who has:
  • The ability to think ahead and plan own workload.
  • Developed communications skills and ability to work in collaboration with colleagues, project staff and engage suppliers as part of contract negotiations.
  • The ability to develop and select cost effective options.
  • The ability to seek and implement opportunities for improved service delivery and efficiencies.

In this role you will be:
  • Advising project staff on acquisition strategies for procurements.
  • Managing competitive or single source procurements and sourcing activities, including development of invitations to tender or negotiate, including complex contracts requiring non-standard pricing conditions or bespoke terms and conditions.
  • Provide contract management of higher value or complex contracts.
  • Authorised to make changes to cost and schedule for such contracts, take enforcement steps as appropriate, and lead contractor performance management assessments.
  • Provide delivery and oversight of commercial sales activity
  • Acting as a competent local expert on sourcing, contract management and sales within Dstl commercial function.

Important Information .

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the Defence and Security Industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Identifying the most suitable commercial approach to the circumstance, including assessing the potential trade-offs and the level of risk mitigation required to achieve the best commercial outcome.
  • Applying commercial skills and judgement through analysis of evidence and appropriate risk-taking.
  • Taking ownership of decisions at tender evaluation stage and applying commercial expertise and judgement accordingly.
    • Understanding and applying tools to monitor supplier performance, cost analysis, and contract related management information systems.

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Identifying the most suitable commercial approach to the circumstance, including assessing the potential trade-offs and the level of risk mitigation required to achieve the best commercial outcome.


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

? Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
? Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month
? Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
? Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
? Chartership and accreditation support.
? Pension.
? Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
? A competitive salary.
? Onsite gyms and restaurants.
? Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.
Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page

Things you need to know


Successful 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 security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.
We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

As p art of the application you will need to successfully complete 2 Civil Service Sift tests, a Numerical Reasoning Test and a Verbal Reasoning Test. these tests MUST be completed before you can finish your full application form. The deadline for the tests is 31st Jan 2021 1600

The Sift will be completed by 5th February 2021 and will assess your behavioural statements, answers to the Technical questions and how your Personal Statement matches the requirements for the role as detailed in the attached job description.

Interviews will be held in late Feb 2021 and will consist of a combined technical and behavioural interview assessing your skills and experience in relation to the job description.

Due to the current situation interviews are likely to be held via video link and full details will be sent to you should you be invited to an interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :Name : Dstl Recruitment TeamEmail : Recruitment team :Email :

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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