Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Senior Commercial Adviser

26 Feb 2019
18 Mar 2019
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Commercial Adviser


Full time 


About the Foreign & Commonwealth Office 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is one of the most exciting and challenging global organisations in the world, operating in more than 260 locations across 168 countries. Sourcing the right suppliers to support our organisation is imperative to our success. Our Commercial team manages everything here, from market creation and warming through to procurement and supplier relationships. The Commercial function is going through a period of transformation to increase our effectiveness at delivering great commercial outcomes. Central to this is a strategic and innovative commercial approach; leveraging internal and market expertise and judgement. We are looking for the best professional talent to join us in our transformation journey, help us build on our success and further enhance our capacity and capability.

The role of Senior Commercial Adviser 

Driving value across the FCO’s various procurement categories, including Estates, Security, Facilities Management, Overseas Development, and Professional & Corporate Services, you will lead on high value commercial procurements and the processes and procedures to support them. You will work with a specific programme team and, using your initiative and creativity, you will implement solutions which make savings and increase quality and effectiveness. You will be required to work collaboratively with project owners and managers from other government departments on these end-to-end procurement projects. Communicating commercial advice and capability is key, as you become a commercial expert on procurement implementation in your programme team. This role is a great opportunity that will see you develop managerial expertise, along with valuable project management and commercial skills.  

Travel across the UK and potentially overseas may occasionally be required. 

About you

You need to have obtained or be working towards MCIPS qualification, or have significant demonstrable experience in the commercial field, along with a solid track record in procurement, either in the public or private sector. We would like to see examples of your astute commercial awareness and judgement with the ability to understand, control and mitigate risks in a fast-paced, complex environment. You will also need to have personal credibility and excellent communication skills, with proven experience in stakeholder management. 


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Closing date for applications: 

Interview date: Week commencing Monday 8thApril 2019

We celebrate diversity and recruit our staff from a broad range of backgrounds so that we benefit from fresh experiences and perspectives. 

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