Commercial Officer

Maidstone, Kent
£300-350 per day
15 May 2019
12 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Full Time

Commercial Officer

6 month contract


 Purpose of the Job:

Provide professional commercial and procurement expertise, advice and guidance using a risk matrix based approach, to assist stakeholders to plan, develop, source and manage procurement arrangements, to effectively meet organisational and business objectives and to support the letting of all contracts to ensure compliance with Public Contract Regulations.

Main duties and responsibilities:

 Work with an allocated portfolio to ensure all procurement activity is compliant with the Regulations and meets the business needs. Feed into the development of overarching procurement strategies that meet client requirements, ensuring a continual clear understanding on the Strategic Objectives and business strategies.

Support Commissioners by providing commercial, contractual and legislative expertise into contract strategies, advising and supporting clients on procurement aspects of their commissioning and business plans.

Ensure procurement activity is conducted in accordance with changes in legislation and case law and operates as a centre of excellence. Apply knowledge and expertise to assist the Commissioners in strategy development, tender execution and evaluation, contract negotiation and supplier performance evaluation.


Support the Commercial Manager by feeding into the development of the standards framework and business process outsource activities, through lessons learnt, continuous improvement. Input into the strategic procurement best practice advice and guidance.

 In line with the Procurement Contract Register, update the Commissioning Portfolio Contract Register to support effective establishment of a Portfolio Procurement Forward Plan and ensure that key procurements are effectively resourced.

 Advise and support clients on the commercial and financial viability of differing sourcing options for specific projects, contract issues, tender processes and procurement cycles, operating within existing and future UK (EU) procurement laws and the Council’s procedures, advising on any commercial or contractual risks.

Feed into the development of a Supplier Relationship Management programme and activate programme for aligned suppliers.

Support operational and commercial review meetings (as required) with suppliers and act as an escalation point/ mediate in areas of dispute.

 Deliver specific educational awareness sessions to client teams ensuring risk and commercial awareness including best practice knowledge is transferred.


Degree or equivalent.

 Achieved full MCIPS or equivalent experience, and desire to work towards required level.


 Detailed knowledge and extensive practical experience of public sector procurement regulations and EU procurement directives.

 Hands-on, full cycle, procurement experience including:

 Use of market knowledge to inform the procurement  strategy

• Supporting clients to produce effective specifications

• Executing the tendering process through to contract award

• Shaping the contract to deliver client requirements, working with Legal when required

• Handling supplier negotiations

• Advising the client on appropriate contract management processes

 Detailed knowledge of at least 1 Portfolio area.


Appropriate procurement skills covering Procurement Process Management, Supply Base Analysis, Supply Chain Analysis, Market Knowledge, Negotiation, Contract Construction NEC, Procurement Regulations, Supplier Relationship Management, Procurement Risk Management, Procurement Systems and Procurement Governance & Control.

 Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively

Strategic mind-set and problem-solving skills

 Excellent stakeholder management engagement and influencing skills in complex procurements and procurement and commercial environments

Ability to write and present effectively and persuasively

Ability to research, analyse and interpret data/information to support development of Procurement Plans/strategies

Ability to develop appropriate relationships with suppliers and clients

Ability to facilitate flexible working in the context of changing and developing technology.

Interpersonnel UK Ltd is acting as a recruitment consultancy on behalf of our client.
Interpersonnel is an equal opportunities employer.

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