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Procurement and Contracts Management

Commercial Manager (Sourcing) – Probation Service – 69899
£37,683 – £48,067


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:

Pay Range:    The national salary range is £37,683 – £41,506, London salary range is £43,647 – £48,067. Your salary will be dependent on your base location.

About the Department

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 £3.5bn 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 Her 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.

Rehabilitation – Probation Services

The Probation Services Sourcing team within the Ministry of Justice’s Commercial & Contract Management Directorate – part of the Government Commercial Function – lead on the procurements of all outsourced probation services, from market engagement right up until mobilisation. To enable us to commission rehabilitation services across 14 categories (and more) we have established the largest dynamic purchasing system in the public sector and put in place a grants scheme. 
As a Commercial Manager you will lead on high-value procurements, working with a wide and diverse set of stakeholders and suppliers to deliver on unique, and sometimes complex, requirements. Working within a fast-paced environment, you will take ownership of a range of commercial 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 

•    Market analysis, engagement and development
•    Work with core business stakeholders to understand and develop sourcing requirements
•    Developing procurement strategies within the Light Tough Regime 
•    Comprehensive drafting of commercial documents, including Invitation to Tenders (ITTs) and Call-Off Contracts
•    Managing competition exercises through the MoJ eSourcing portal 
•    Drive continuous improvements in the way we commission probation services
•    Ensuring compliance with legislative and policy requirements by providing sound commercial advice to stakeholders
•    Line management responsibilities 

Essential Criteria:

•    Experience working in a commercial environment, either in procurement or contract management  
•    Knowledge of public sector procurement principles and legislation
•    Evidence of strong stakeholder management skills 
•    Evidence of applying judgement to make quick and effective decisions 
•    Evidence of working collaboratively to drive decisions and deliver on timely outcomes
•    Evidence of delivering to deadlines in a fast paced and ever-changing environment with conflicting priorities
•    Evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills, particularly in delivering commercial advice to senior leaders

Desirable Criteria:

•    Knowledge or experience of Dynamic Purchasing Systems
•    Knowledge or experience of Grants 
•    Understanding of Probation Services in England and Wales
•    CIPS Qualification (or desire to work towards one)


We will assess your suitability for this role against the Government’s published Success Profiles.  For this role these are:
•    Behavioural
Seeing the Bigger Picture 
Making Effective Decisions
Working Together
Developing Self and Others
•    Experience & Technical
Statement of Suitability 
Technical Presentation

An initial sift will be performed on your Statement of Suitability and CV against the essential criteria listed above.  In the event of a high volume of applications, the Statement of Suitability will solely be used to identify evidence of the essential criteria.
If successful, you’ll be invited to an interview where you’ll give a presentation on a set topic to a senior stakeholder followed by interview questions based on the behavioural profile above.

Technical Skills

Technical skills will be assessed during a presentation you will be asked to give at the interview stage these include:
•    Procurement


Areas of experience that we’ll assess during the selection process may include:
•    Experience of creating and delivering sourcing and procurement exercises. and a solid understanding of procurement processes.
•    Evidence of excellent stakeholder management experience and supportive people management skills. 
•    Evidence of having worked in a commercial environment in either a category, sourcing, or contract management role.


The national salary range is £37,683 - £41,506, London salary range is £43,647 - £48,067. 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: