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Commercial Manager- Offender Welfare - Leeds

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Vacancy Reference: FPSG/DSI/63355

Commercial Manager- Offender Welfare - Leeds

Competitive Salary 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 Offender Welfare Category team in Leeds. This team covers a wide range of services and goods across the Prison and Probation Service including areas such as Specialist Health Services, Forensic Psychology, Substance Misuse, Behavioural Therapies & Support, Clinical & Medical Supplies and Services linked to health and wellbeing.

As a Commercial Manager you will play a key role in delivering sourcing and supplier and contract management activities to reduce commercial risk and exposure and increase 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

With an opportunity to drive value and create real difference within Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Services, the post holder will be supporting the Senior Commercial Manager in the delivery of category and commercial contract management services within the Offender Welfare Portfolio.

  • Leading pre-procurement, sourcing and contract management activity including strategy development, market engagement, negotiation, performance management and exit activity where required
  • Analysing market, spend and performance data and using this to inform commercial activity and deliver against reporting requirements
  • Ensuring adheres to governance, legislative and policy requirements as appropriate
  • Develop and manage productive relationships with stakeholders and suppliers to support delivery, implement and manage commercial services, contract management and sourcing strategies (stakeholders include: customers, suppliers, legal and finance);
  • Owner of key strategic contracts and the relationships with assigned suppliers.
  • Be a key member of the commercial team and support development and improvement of operational efficiencies between all specialisms.
  • Driving commercial opportunities to deliver value for money and/or savings
  • Tracking spend, savings, supplier performance and continuous improvement across the team

Person Specification

As a successful Commercial Manager, you will have:

  • A proven track-record working in a similar commercial environment in either a procurement, contract or supplier relationship management role
  • Managing supplier and contract performance across multiple contracts
  • Excellent stakeholder and supplier management skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Application of public sector procurement legislation in a central government setting including a working knowledge of public sector procurement legislation including EU Rules and UK interpretations;
  • Working knowledge of Procurement Systems, e.g. Oracle and/or Bravo.
  • 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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