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Commercial Lead: Future Farming Programme

Job Title

Commercial Lead: Future Farming Programme

Industry SectorConstruction, Engineering, Public Sector & Not For Profit, Retail, Services
Salary£46,150 to £59,590 per annum
Town/CityLondon, Bristol, York, Peterborough & Reading
LocationsAnglia, East Midlands, London, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East (Excl London), South West, Tyne Tees, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber
Contract TypePermanent or Interim
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted15 January 2018

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Job description

About Defra 

In Defra, 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. Your role will be critically important to achieving our vision of ‘creating a great place for living’. 

This is a particularly exciting time to join Defra. We are one of the lead Departments in delivering a successful exit from the EU. Leaving the EU will fundamentally change the work we do and how we deliver it. You will have the opportunity to contribute towards the delivery of projects in relation to day 1 readiness and support the strategic development of new approaches to a wide range of issues affecting millions of people in the UK. 

You will play an active role in delivering Defra’s priorities, working creatively and collaboratively with others to deliver excellent outcomes. This role will provide significant opportunities to develop your own skills and future career. 

The work you will be doing 

As the Commercial Lead you are required to support the Deputy Director for the Future Farming programme to lead, develop and deliver innovative commercial solutions, strategic procurements, and guarantee procurement policies are adhered to in order to deliver value for. You will be required to take a strategic approach when managing all stakeholders, both internal and external, and collaborate with other departments and/or agencies where appropriate. This role requires excellent prioritisation skills, attention to detail, the ability to multitask and deliver at pace within a complex and demanding environment. 

Duties will include: 

• Determine appropriate procurement strategies, which manage risk, exploit commercial opportunities and maximise value for money over the whole life of the contract; 

• Use leading practice procurement tools to develop and implement the sourcing strategies; 

• Lead and support the development and implementation of the identified strategies; development of savings opportunities and benchmarking of industry standards and practices to identify quick win opportunities; 

• Lead the commercial and contractual interaction with suppliers, including supply chain early market support, engagement with key markets and suppliers; 

• Support the Senior Management Team in commercial leadership across the Defra Network through key initiatives ensuring best practice, delivery of savings and development of a strong commercial culture which considers both technical and commercial requirements when letting contracts; 

• Provide operational tendering support, including developing requirements, specifications, running tenders and letting contracts, including for EU Exit related projects related to the category; 

• Provide specialist advice to customers on procurement issues and Governance, Intellectual Property Rights, single tenders, European Procurement and contract management; and 

• Provide specialist support using subject matter knowledge, commercial skills, knowledge and experience. 

• Prepare pre tender and tender documents in conjunction with customers and ensure that procurement timescales are adhered to; 

Person specification 

MCIPS or an equivalent Commercial qualification is required and essential to the role. Candidates will be sifted out if they do not hold MCIPS or equivalent during recruitment. 

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate expertise through work experience, such as recent public sector procurement experience and strategy development.


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

  • Delivering value for money
  • Making effective decisions
  • Managing a quality service
  • Achieving commercial outcomes
  • Changing and improving
  • Leading and communicating

You must provide evidence against the following on your application form:

  • Delivering value for money
  • Making effective decisions
  • Managing a quality service

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