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Senior Commercial Officer

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Make a real impact, immediately


We’re looking for someone dynamic, ambitious and eager to make an impact to become our next Senior Commercial Officer.


DST (Defence Systems Technology) is a business unit within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. Working on a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST works with a number of key clients domestically and internationally. We’re based at a number of sites in the UK and overseas. 


The business continues to win new work and grow at a significant pace, as a result we are recruiting for a driven Senior Commercial Officer to work with us to build our business, and their career. We are looking for ambitious, energetic, and value-driven people who are able to find a way to make things work – to test, learn, and adapt. Our customers are at the centre of all we do, so we are looking for people who can help us and our customers work together to accelerate their business.


The difference our new Senior Commercial Officer will make


You will take a lead role in an integrated team which develops the strategy, pricing methods, and contractual terms and conditions required to win and deliver customer and business requirements. This will include the generation of agreements and risk management plans, whilst satisfying business governance requirements. Your responsibilities will include:


  • The commercial management of existing contracts, their associated risks and contract changes to ensure they are understood and administered.
  • Providing commercial support to the bidding activities within the wider team and manage all commercial aspects through the lifecycle of bids and contracts.
    Leading and supporting commercial discussions and negotiations with internal and external customers to deliver business results.
  • Taking a central role in, and assure, new business opportunities through the completion of commercial tendering and approval processes.
  • Assisting and assuring the Project Management function with respect to contract management including project control, variations, risk management, milestones and financial progress.
  • Supporting the Supply Chain function in the generation of commercial arrangements with partners and suppliers.
  • Understanding and interpreting legislation as it applies to the businesses contracts.
  • Ensuring an accurate audit trail of commercial decisions is maintained and commercial administration is kept up to date
  • Supporting the development of commercial strategies.
  • Engaging and assisting with the responsibilities and development of graduates coming through the function.


Who we’re looking for


To win new work and grow we need to constantly evolve and adapt our strategy so we will look to you to contribute new ideas of how things could be done. You want to make a positive impact and can hit the ground running in a fast paced environment.



You have previous experience in a commercial role where you will have gained a good understanding of:


  • Tendering, Approvals and Estimating
  • Risk Management
  • Contract Law and its practical application
  • Contract negotiation, drafting, administration and management
  • Contract cost control and reporting
  • Variation control
  • Claims and disputes
  • Contracts of supply and sale


Skills and attributes


You are someone for whom collaboration and working in partnership comes naturally. You navigate change, are curious about what the future holds and always seek to learn new skills.


  • You will be a critical thinker who can understand complex issues (balancing the detail and the big picture), using insight from data and your judgement to make good decisions.
  • You will be detail orientated with strong technical commercial and analytical skills
  • Have excellent organisation skills and a methodical approach
  • Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills




Ideally you will be degree qualified (or equivalent) in Law, Engineering, Business, Accountancy, or similar.


In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get: 

  • Flexible working
  • Autonomy to perform the role.
  • The opportunity to make a real impact, partnering on an ambitious culture transformation programme within Babcock’s’ fastest growing business unit.

As well as:

  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays;
  • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance;
  • Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, childcare vouchers, bike scheme, shopping offers and discounts
  • Employee Share Plan;
  • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support and counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year;
  • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities;
  • If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in support of your training commitments. 

Where it all fits in:

Defence Systems Technology (DST) forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help DST to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers’ mission.  Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, DST employs approximately 1,500 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.

The Commercial team, embedded in bid and project teams are responsible for constructing and negotiating, contracts to provide a customer focussed commercial solution for bids, contract execution and growth that protect the business from excessive risk whilst maximising cash, margin and protecting intellectual property. We value employees that can combine business acumen, contract knowledge and a team, can do approach. 

A number of employee networks support and foster diversity and inclusion within Babcock, connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential. Our Diversity and Inclusion strategy amplifies their influence.

Other need to knows:

  • The successful candidate must be able to achieve the appropriate security clearance level for this role.
  • We are happy to talk about flexible working.  Please ask about alternative patterns of work at interview.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to support the armed forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.

Babcock International

For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.  You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.

This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training. 



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