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Procurement and Contracts Management

Commercial Administrator – Sourcing – 79425
£27,223 – £32,760


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

Job Title:                  Commercial Administrator (Sourcing) 

Job Grade:               Executive Officer

Reporting to:           Assistant Commercial Manager 

Job Location:          National (click hereto find your nearest location)

Contract Type:        Permanent

Business Area:       MOJ – Commercial & Contract Management Department

Type of role:            Corporate Support, Administration

Working pattern:    Flexible working, Full-time

Number of Posts:   1


The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a major government department, at the heart of the justice system. Responsible for courts, prisons and probation services, we work to ensure sentences are served and offenders are given rehabilitation opportunities to become law-abiding citizens.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has one of the largest and most complex spend profiles in central government. The Commercial and Contract Management Directorate (CCMD) is responsible for coordinating procurement and contract management across the MoJ, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

The MoJ spends £6.7bn a year and manages over 1000 active contracts, all of which are sourced and managed by CCMD. We are running some of the most groundbreaking programmes such as Prison Reform and His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service Reform. The scope of our contracts ranges from building, maintenance and the operation of Prisons, Courts and Young Offender establishments through to food for prison dogs. The directorate also buys and manages contracts for feeding up to 80,000 prisoners, the secure escorting of prisoners from numerous establishments based around the country and translation services.

CCMD is organised into category teams, each with an interesting portfolio of contracts and diverse customers and suppliers to manage. We also have systems, programme management office, supplier relationship and risk management teams who work across all areas.


Portfolio –Rehabilitation – Probation Services

The Rehabilitation portfolio within the Ministry of Justice’s Commercial & Contract Management Directorate – part of the Government Commercial Function – lead on the procurements of all outsourced probation related services such as accommodation, education and finance, and unique services such as dependency and recovery.  To enable us to commission rehabilitation services across 14 categories (and more) we have established and maintain a 10 year, £4bn dynamic framework, the largest dynamic purchasing system in the public sector.  In addition to the dynamic framework, we have also implemented and manage a first of its kind grants scheme with unique processes designed to create greater accessibility for the VCSE market to public sector contracting.   

Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate can expect themselves to be the backbone of a fast-paced team responsible for delivering all outsourced probation requirements. You will take ownership of all commercial administration activities, bringing new ideas to help shape the way the team works to promoting continuous improvement, collaboration and knowledge sharing. This role is an excellent opportunity to develop your commercial skillset in a high-profile environment that aims to reduce reoffending in our society.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Administering the dynamic purchasing system (including the on and off-boarding of suppliers).
  • Administering the grants portal (including the on and off-boarding of suppliers).
  • Management of the team’s central inbox and other communication outlets.
  • Assisting and co-ordinating end-to-end sourcing exercises.
  • Identifying and implementing improvements to processes across the team.
  • Maintaining commercial risk logs, trackers and databases.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria:

  • Experience of working in an administrative (or similar) support role
  • Ability to successfully manage competing workloads in a fast-paced environment
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient usage of Microsoft Office products (e.g., Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Outlook etc.)

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience within a commercial environment
  • Understanding of Probation Services in England & Wales

Application stage (Sifting):

An initial sift will be performed against the following elements:


  • CV
  • Statement of Suitability

If shortlisted, you’ll be invited to an interview and will be assessed on the selected success profile elements at the interview stage. Please carry a valid proof of Id that has your photo on it (passport, BRP, driving licence etc) at the interview.

Interview stage:

There is one interview stage for this vacancy and as part of the interview process you will be required to provide evidence on the following:


  • Delivering at pace
  • Changing and improving
  • Communicating and influencing


Strengths may also be assessed at interview.

You will be asked questions to understand whether you have the strengths relevant to the job role.  It is important to remember that there are no right or wrong answers to these questions.  Do not rehearse your answers because we are looking for your initial response. 

Please use STAR approach to structure your examples.

  • Situation – Describe the situation you found yourself in and what happened.
  • Task – The Hiring Manager will want to understand what you tried to achieve from the situation that you found yourself in.
  • Action – What actions did you take and how did you do it. Make sure to use “I”, not “we” to explain how your actions lead to a result.
  • Result – Use facts and statistics to demonstrate the results that your actions produced. Explain whether it was a successful outcome, and if not, what you learned from the experience.

Further information on the Success profile elements can be found onSuccess Profiles – GOV.UK (


The national salary range is £27,223 - £28,613, London salary range is £31,169 - £32,760. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

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

Annual leave is 25 days on appointment and will increase to 30 days after five years’ service.

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.


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.


  • A range of ‘Family Friendly’ policies such as opportunities to work reduced hours or job share.
  • Access to flexible benefits such as voluntary benefits, retail vouchers and discounts on a range of goods and services.
  • For moves to or from another employer or moves across the Civil Service this can have implications on your eligibility to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for alternative government childcare support schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. More information can be found on GOV.UK or Childcare Choices. You can determine your eligibility at
  • Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.
  • Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.

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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: