Our Procurement team plays a key role in driving value for money decisions in equipping our world-class defence force. You will be responsible for managing commercial activities across the full spectrum of defence acquisition.
The Commercial function is responsible for conducting the majority of contractual transactions that take place between the MOD and Industry.
Day-to-day, MOD Procurement staff work with customers and project teams to purchase the equipment, works and services that the MOD requires. This could be anything from Army boots to new warships, ration packs to new aircraft, technical training to medical care, right through to facilities management.
Procurement staff will work alongside project managers, finance and technical staff, and military colleagues to ensure that the equipment and services that the MOD purchases are fit-for-purpose and achieve the best possible value for money.
- Commit the MOD to contract – they sign on the dotted line.
- Negotiate with Industry to get the best value for money on a project.
- Build and maintain relationships with Industry.
- Provide commercial advice to project teams that work in an Operating Centre/Business area.
About the role
For Junior Procurement Staff
This could include negotiating with one supplier and one bid, or dealing with several, this depends on the nature and complexity of the equipment being purchased. It will involve drawing up the contract and seeking agreement from all parties. Once in place, there will be a need to ensure that the contract conditions are kept and the equipment is delivered. Once competent, Procurement officers will be given a delegated power to spend money on behalf of the MOD, dependant on the grade level, of £2.5 million or £10 million as appropriate.
For Senior Procurement Staff
This could include developing commercial strategies, negotiating with one supplier and one bid, or dealing with several, this depends on the nature and complexity of the equipment being purchased. It will involve drawing up the contract and seeking agreement from all parties. Once in place, there will be a need for robust contract management to ensure that the contract conditions are kept and the equipment is delivered. Senior Procurement managers/ Procurement managers will be given a delegated power to spend money on behalf of the MOD with a maximum delegation level of £100 million.
Experience, knowledge and qualifications
At whatever level you join, we will expect you to have some relevant procurement experience, but this need not be in the public sector. Naturally your experience will dictate the size and complexity of the projects you will be assigned. Ideally you will have a background of working within a large-scale operation, so that you are not daunted by the complexities of the volume of equipment and services we procure. A genuine interest in our sector is as important as an ability to absorb industry-specific information.
Desirable: CIPS or equivalent
If you are looking for an exciting opportunity in an organisation with a diverse portfolio, offering first-class training and development, along with the chance to work on some complex, high-profile programmes, then the MOD is the place to work.
We currently have a number of vacancies within our procurement team. To find out more and apply, please click on the relevant link below.