Assistant Commercial Manager

Posting Date: 16 September 2020

Location: Bristol, Bristol, GB, BS16 1EJ

Company: Babcock

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


About the Role

Working as part of our Defence Systems Technology (DST) business we’re looking for an Assistant Commercial Manager to join us. DST forms a critical part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, our 1,500 strong team operate from a number of sites across the UK and internationally ensuring our global customer portfolio is always supported.


Across all of our contracts in DST our Senior Commercial Officers make a difference every day in managing existing contracts, undertaking negotiations, pricing activities and dynamic contractual risk assessments along with supporting tender and organic growth activities at every level to achieve our customer’s mission.

We are looking for someone to join our team and support our drive to transform DST by delivering innovative and pragmatic commercial solutions for our customers, and our business.  The role offers a wide variety of development and personal growth opportunities, and we are looking for people who are not afraid of responsibility, who can challenge the norm/raise the bar and who work collaboratively with project teams, stakeholders and our partners to achieve the best commercially position possible


What do I need to do the role?

  • Providing contract management and governance support to project teams
  • Undertaking negotiations and pricing activities in support of organic or new growth opportunities
  • Supporting our growth aspirations by working as part of opportunity teams
  • Working collaboratively with our customers and projects teams to support the development
  • innovative and pragmatic commercial solutions in a dynamic environment
  • Act as the commercial point of contact for any and all queries from the project team – every day is different here!


What do I need to do the role?

  • Ideally be degree qualified (or equivalent) in Engineering, Business, Law, Accountancy but not essential. 
  • Functional qualifications achieved, or would be willing to work towards, may include Membership of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS), International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) or Post Graduate Certificate in Commercial Management (PGCCM)
  •  This role requires someone for whom collaboration and working in partnership comes naturally!
  • We need someone who’ll bring big ideas and solve complex problems with simple and elegant solutions. 
  • A driven individual who wants to make a positive impact on a daily basis.
  • Someone who is courageous - who will continuously champion high performance, challenge the status quo, and speak up when we need to do better.
  • With an aptitude to navigate change easily, who is curious about what the future holds and always seek to learn new skills will thrive in this role.
  • Someone who is as committed as we are to building an enjoyable, and supportive culture, and who actively seeks out and values different perspectives.
  • Someone with experience of managing and understanding contracts in matrix organisations from across industry however defence experience would be desirable but not essential
  • Some who is commercially driven and can support commercial innovation with a good business awareness of customers and competitors;
  • Someone who understands and has experience in the creation of proposals whether as organic growth or for new opportunities;
  • Someone who is able to thrive under pressure and meet deadlines critical to our customer’s mission; and
  • Experience of project management and prioritising deliverables to independently manage concurrent and multiple business change projects and day to day operations simultaneously.


About 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.

We’re committed to providing a great employee experience in a supportive and engaging environment. The benefits you can expect to enjoy include a generous holiday entitlement, competitive money purchase pension scheme with life assurance and a share ownership scheme.  You’ll benefit from excellent career and learning and development opportunities to ensure that you grow and achieve your full potential.


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