Building a strong Commercial Function in Government, and with it the right commercial capability, is at the heart of a far-reaching programme of Civil Service reform. We are building a cadre of commercial talent in all Government departments; people who can manage our commercial portfolios, who can lead our most complex and novel programmes and projects, people who have the gravitas and depth of experience to work alongside our policy and operational leaders to develop innovative commercial arrangements, whether through joint ventures, outsourcing or best-in-class contracts. The Government Commercial Organisation is an employer which is truly committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive workplace where all our people are able to bring their whole selves to work and are able to perform to their potential. We understand the importance of diversity and inclusion and strive for a workplace that reflects the communities which we serve. We especially welcome applications from underrepresented groups including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, candidates with a disability and candidates with gender-diverse identities. Appointments will be made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We have already made significant progress through the establishment of the Government Commercial Organisation (GCO), our single employer of senior commercial talent across government. This role will sit within the GCO, but based in our BEIS commercial team delivering departmental objectives.
The Economic Sustainability & Policy Lead will be responsible for delivering BEIS’ three-year plan to reduce barriers to entry for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), enabling them to compete more effectively for BEIS contracts and subcontracts. They will engage relevant stakeholder groups to gather feedback and to take action that makes our commercial processes more effective at tapping into the talent and innovation that SMEs have.
The post holder will also be responsible for setting and implementing an action plan to improve BEIS’ prompt payment performance. We are committed to paying out suppliers on time, and the post holder will work with stakeholders in BEIS Finance, our shared services business partner, and our community of requisitioners and contract managers to identify and address issues that could cause late payment.
As the Economic Sustainability & Policy Lead, the post holder will work with the BEIS Counter Fraud team to identify fraud risks in the commercial lifecycle, and will take proactive steps to mitigate those risks to ensure BEIS’ Commercial function and our supply chains operate to the highest standards.
We are looking for an individual with an understanding of the commercial process and current commercial policy relating to SMEs and prompt payment. The successful candidate will be an effective communicator and will bring relevant people together to make positive change happen.
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
As a valued employee of the Government Commercial Organisation (GCO), you will have access to all the benefits the centre has to offer; including flexible working, generous benefits, Career Coaches, Mentors, L&D, a Commercial College, active talent management and, most importantly, access to commercial projects that will far exceed the scale and complexity on offer elsewhere in the UK. For existing Civil Servants: For full details of the impact on any move across the civil service on your existing terms and conditions, please read the candidate pack. Please note that any move across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to continue to claim childcare vouchers.
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