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Commercial Specialist (Senior Executive Officer) – 44600
£30,989 - £54,575
Multiple Locations


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The Ministry of Justice 

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 ground-breaking 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.

The Team

The posts being advertised are within the Directorate’s Custodial Services team, currently based in London, primarily at our Petty France offices with occasional working from Canary Wharf. 

The team are responsible for leading and providing commercial support across the MOJ’s high profile outsourced operational services namely; Prisoner Escort and Custody Services; Privately Managed Prisons; and Victim Services (Grants). 

Roles will include both sourcing, procurement, exit and contract management activities.  

Delivery of strategic value to drive our category forward is critical to our success in a dynamic and challenging operational environment. We are seeking individuals who have a desire to take ownership, bring new ideas and act passionately as part of an experienced team, to drive value for money decisions. Your professional expertise and judgement will be relied upon by senior colleagues. Contribution to a strong team ethos as well as commitment to continuous improvement, collaboration and knowledge share are essential.


Commercial Managers will have the opportunity to create real difference and contribute to public service, providing the associated development exposure this brings. Key responsibilities include:

• Ownership of strategy at contract level, driving commercial opportunities to deliver value for money and/or savings

• Stakeholder engagement and strong relationship building to define requirements, develop, implement and manage; sourcing/procurement and contract management strategies. 

• Stakeholders include: customers (often at a Senior Director level), suppliers, legal and finance

• Supplier management to ensure robust management of commercial delivery against contract (include payment mechanisms and KPI delivery) whilst driving innovation to create value for money

• Sourcing/Procurement

• Delivery of continuous improvement to drive best practice for our categories

• Associated adherence to respective policy and governance controls

• Commercial Managers may also have line management responsibilities

Person Specification

The post holder must be keen to learn and able to demonstrate experience in the following areas:


• A proven track-record delivering sourcing and/or contract management in a high value complex commercial environment 

• Strong business acumen and ability to show evidence based decision making 

• Excellent stakeholder management skills 

• Excellent written and oral communication skills 

• Awareness of public sector procurement legislation 


• A working knowledge of public sector procurement legislation including EU Rules and UK interpretations 

Most importantly we are looking for people with the right personal qualities – enthusiasm, energy, proactivity, prepared to work under their own initiative and to be flexible and adaptable in a demanding environment.


Candidates must have one of the following or a willingness to work towards gaining the appropriate qualification:

• Member of a relevant professional body, e.g. CIPS, IACCM or similar.

• Contract Management Capability Programme Foundation Accredited (Available through

• MCIPS (attracts a higher starting salary)


We will assess you against these Experience criteria during the selection process: 

• Experience of delivering contract management strategies in a high value complex commercial        environment

• Awareness of public sector procurement legislation

• Working knowledge of public sector procurement legislation including EU Rules and UK interpretations (desirable)

• Strong business acumen and ability to show evidence based decision making

• Excellent stakeholder management skills

• Working with large, high value contracts (desirable)

• Exit and mobilisation of large contracts (desirable)

• Dealing with large corporate organisations (desirable)


We will assess you against these Behaviours during the selection process:  

• Communicating and Influencing 

• Making Effective Decision

• Managing a Quality Service 

• Delivering at Pace 

Technical Skills 

We will assess you against these Technical Skills during the section period: 

• CIPS/IACCM or studying towards

• Qualified purchasing professional (MCIPS) (desirable)

• Have or studying towards A-Level equivalent or higher (degree, HNC, HND, etc) (desirable)

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

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.


·         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 any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers

·         Paid paternity, adoption and maternity leave.

·         Free annual sight tests for employees who use computer screens.


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.

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

1-    To Shared Service Connected Ltd (0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail;

2-    To Ministry of Justice Resourcing (;

3-    To the Civil Service Commission (details available here)

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Grading Structure Review

The Ministry of Justice is currently undergoing a review of posts which are currently graded at Band A to realign our grading structure with the majority of the wider Civil Service.

Posts advertised at Band A may be graded at either Grade 6 or Grade 7 once the review has taken place.