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Commercial Manager- Interpretation and Translation - Leeds

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Vacancy Reference: FPSG/DSI/63356

Commercial Manager- Interpretation and Translation - Leeds

Competitive Salary up to £40,000 and Benefits



FPSG's retained client, The Ministry of Justice is a major government department, at the heart of the justice system. Responsible for courts, prisons and probation services, they work to ensure sentences are served and offenders are given rehabilitation opportunities to become law-abiding citizens.

The Commercial and Contract Management Directorate manages over 1000 active contracts and spends £3.5bn a year and is crucial to the successful delivery of prison and court reform programmes. It provides procurement and contract management activities across a wide range of categories, ensuring value for money agreements are in place for wider Ministry of Justice staff to source goods and services from.

The Ministry of Justice have an exciting opportunity for a Commercial Manager to join the Interpretation and Translation Category team in Leeds. This team is responsible for the commercial management of the Ministry's interpretation and translation contracts. These contracts provide for interpreters (face-to-face, telephone, video remote, non-spoken and written translation) as well as quality assurance services. These services ensure access to justice for people who need language support to participate in court proceedings or communicate with other agencies within the Ministry, including the Legal Aid Agency, National Probation Service and others.

As a Commercial Manager you will be responsible for one or more of these high-profile and critical 'Gold' contracts, proactively managing the contract in collaboration with the Ministry's operational contract management teams. This will involve building market knowledge to identify opportunities for savings and innovation, managing commercial risk and exposure and increasing value for money. Working within a fast-paced environment, you will bring excellent communication and organisational skills to ensure contracts are working effectively to meet business needs and stakeholder relationships are managed appropriately


Role Responsibilities

  • Leading pre-procurement and sourcing activity including requirements definition, strategy development, market engagement and producing the invitation to tender pack.
  • Strategy development at contract level, using business acumen and market insight to drive commercial opportunities to deliver continuous improvement, value for money and/or savings
  • Embedding Cabinet Office's Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) approach at contract level
  • Analysing market, spend and performance data and presenting this to support commercial activity and reporting requirements
  • Leading on collaborative commercial opportunities, working with other government departments both in our region and nationally
  • Leading conflict and issue resolution with suppliers and stakeholders, seeking support from the Senior Commercial Manager where appropriate
  • Line managing a team of 1-3 people


Person Specification

As a successful Commercial Manager, you will have:

  • A proven track-record working in a similar commercial environment in either a category, sourcing, contract or supplier relationship management role
  • Ownership of tasks/projects from initial stages through to completion
  • Awareness of public sector procurement legislation
  • Application of public sector procurement legislation in a central government setting
  • Working knowledge of Procurement Systems, e.g. Oracle and/or Bravo
  • Experience in monitoring supplier financial health, making use of mechanisms such as open-book contract management
  • MCIPS or IACCM qualification or relevant industry experience and a willingness to work towards gaining qualification


In return The Ministry of Justice will reward you with a Competitive Salary and benefits package


Next Steps

In the first instance, please send your updated CV and remuneration package to David Simpson at FPSG


Equal Opportunities

FPSG is committed to equal opportunities regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age.





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