Assistant Commercial Lead

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Closing Date: 08/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £36,735 - £41,100
Company Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Job Description


Our Mission

At BEIS, we are leading the UK’s recovery from coronavirus and are building a stronger, greener country. Our varied work makes a real difference to people across the UK and internationally. This is a fantastic opportunity to become part of the BEIS team and our exciting mission!

We lead on the UK’s commitments to tackle climate change and drive green economic growth. We support businesses to create jobs and increase opportunity in regions across the UK. We also encourage investment and innovation to make the UK a science superpower producing research that will improve lives.

Our Inclusive Environment

We are building an inclusive culture to make BEIS a brilliant place to work where our people feel valued, have a voice and can be their authentic selves. We value difference and diversity, not only because we believe it is the right thing to do, but because it will help us be more innovative and make better decisions.

We offer first-class flexible working benefits, excellent employee well-being support and a great pension. We are fortunate to have a range of excellent staff networks and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader employer. We will support talented people from all backgrounds to build a career and thrive.

We actively welcome applications from anyone who shares our commitment to inclusion. We will fully support candidates with a disability or long-term condition who require adjustments in our recruitment process.

Job description

The purpose of this role will be to be to provide commercial support to the Nuclear Safety & Resilience (NS&R) team within the Nuclear Protection directorate of the Energy & Security DG Group. The appointed individual will be responsible for the procurement of consultants and contractors to support the Nuclear Emergency Radiological Information and Monitoring (NERIMNET) programme. These consultants and contractors are essential to the delivery of the NERIMNET application, which is a critical part of our emergency response capability in the event of a nuclear incident. In addition, the individual will be responsible for running other procurements and managing the procurement pipeline, agreements register and commercial database for the wider NS&R team.

The candidate will have the choice to work at one of the following BEIS offices:

Birmingham Office
Cannon House
18 The Priory
B4 6TF

Birmingham Office
23 Stephenson Street
B2 4BJ

Cardiff Office
3rd Floor
Companies House
Crown Way
CF14 3UZ

Darlington Office
Feethams House

Edinburgh Office
Queen Elizabeth House
1 Sibbald Way

Salford Office
2nd Floor
Trinity Bridge House
2 Dearmans Place,
M3 5BS


The Assistant Commercial Lead will support Commercial Leads to deliver strategic objectives across BEIS programmes:

• Work effectively with various partners, including the Central Commercial Team to ensure that consistent commercial advice and support is provided to programme teams.

• Work collaboratively with colleagues in finance, project delivery, legal and support senior leadership teams.

• Support the sourcing process, including: bid evaluation, market engagement, prioritisation and setting expectations regarding timelines.

• Providing guidance on governance and procurement processes, troubleshooting, and ensuring the appropriate collection of data for management through our commercial system.

• Support the commercial management process, including monitoring, performance management, appropriate management of information, variations and extensions.

• Support project teams to navigate internal approvals/governance processes.

Skills and experience


• Demonstrate knowledge/understanding of procurement and commercial management best practice.

• Demonstrate capability of delivering projects across the full commercial lifecycle.

• Demonstrate capability to work proactivity and to take ownership and accountability of your own tasks and work.

• Demonstrate capability in managing stakeholders and establishing relationships both internal and external to your organisation.

• Demonstrate understanding of commercial risk, and the ability to identify, mitigate and escalate as appropriate.

• Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.


• CIPS, MCIPS or IACCM qualifications.

• Previous public, private or third sector experience working with contracts and supply chain management.

• Understanding of Grants and memorandums of understanding (MoUs).

Technical Skills

Using an example from your previous work, voluntary or educational experience, please tell us about a time when you have made a recommendation, considering at least 3 options which considered risks (delivery, contractual or reputational) and used various sources of information to support your recommendation. here


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Using an example from your previous work, voluntary or educational experience.
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