SDSR Commercial Officer (Ascent Flight Training)

Posting Date: 15 August 2019

Location: Bristol, GB, BS348JH

Company: Babcock

Apply now »
Apply now

Apply for Job

Location - Bristol


As an SDSR Commercial Officer you will be instrumental in the delivery of commercial and legal services in a timely manner to support the SDSR programme. Specifically this will involve the procurement and implementation of Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing contract amendments, and protection of Ascent’s interests by ensuring that legal and contractual obligations are met, whilst also enforcing legal and contractual rights.


To apply please click HERE

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance to ensure the Company’s contractual and legal obligations are met
  • Enable the enforcement of the Company’s contractual and legal rights
  • Enact procurement strategy including applicable documentation drafting and finalisation and bid evaluation and negotiations processes
  • Identify and manage commercial risks proactively
  • Interface with MoD and suppliers in a formal contractual capacity, including proposal submission
  • Provide guidance and consultation on commercial matters, implementing and contributing to policy and procedure

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Core Competence (Practitioner level) including: (a) communication; (b) team working including building relationships and giving support; (c) change, innovation and adaptability; (d) investigating issues, processing details, problem solving and making decisions; (e) structuring tasks, planning and prioritising
  • ‘Foundation Commercial Competence’ (minimum Practitioner level) including skills, experience and knowledge of procurement law/policy, contract law, anti-bribery, trade/export controls and ITAR regulations, different types of contract models including PFI/PPP, MOD contract terms and conditions and the UKMFTS TSP contract structure and terms
  • ‘Initiate/Pre-Procurement Commercial Competence’ (minimum Practitioner level) including skills, experience and knowledge of market awareness, procurement strategy, pre-procurement market engagement and contract drafting
  • ‘Procurement Commercial Competence’ (minimum Practitioner level) including skills, experience and knowledge of managing competitions, bid evaluation and negotiation
  • ICT Competence (Practitioner level) – including experience of relevant common business ICT tools including Microsoft office and SharePoint
  • Achieved or working towards relevant Commercial professional accreditation eg MCIPS or IACCM



  • Minimum 2:2 (Hons) degree in Business, Economics, Law or other relevant subject
  • ‘Sector awareness Commercial Competence’ including knowledge and awareness of the Company, UK defence, aerospace/simulation industry sectors and supporting technologies including aerospace, simulation, training and infrastructure

In return, we will provide you with a generous benefits package including the equivalent to 25 days annual leave, a Defined Contribution Pension plan, access to a range of flexible benefits, an Employee Assistance Programme, and Private Medical Insurance.

Our Values
One Ascent Team
Ability and evidence of being a role model of Ascent values:


  • Hours not days; days not weeks
  • Giving the best possible answer every time


  • Listening to everyone’s views
  • Professional & supportive to all our partners and colleagues


  • Total Safety: Airsafety, HSSE & Airworthiness
  • Immediate escalation of issues

Successful candidates will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence Security requirements and may be required to complete a medical assessment.
Conflicts of Interest
In order to discharge Ascent’s primary UKMFTS duty to the MOD to identify and avoid or mitigate conflicts of interest in conjunction with our activities as MOD’s Training Service Partner, Ascent must ensure that no employee or secondee working for Ascent is materially restricted by any conflict of interest when carrying out duties and functions on its behalf. Therefore, candidates who are currently working for or have been employed during the previous 2 years by organisations such as MOD, Babcock, Lockheed Martin or any related group entity or any organisation bidding into the UKMFTS contract should note that Ascent reserves the right to request further information in relation to that candidate’s current or previous employment history and/or take other appropriate steps to ensure Ascent’s full compliance with its primary obligation. Any concerns you have should be discussed with the Ascent HR representative prior to submitting of a Curriculum Vitae.
In order to operate the Ascent Flight Training recruitment system, we will collect and store the personal information that you submit. Please read the following privacy statement to understand how Ascent Flight Training uses and protects the information you provide.
Privacy Statement for Job Applicants


To apply please click HERE

Apply now »
Apply now

Apply for Job

Find similar jobs:
Share this Job