Commercial Officer

Posting Date: 12 February 2021

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4DG

Company: Babcock

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We are looking for a dynamic, ambitious and competent Commercial Officer to join our high performing team.


This is a role within the Mission Systems business stream in the Defence Systems Technology (DST) business unit. The successful applicant will be a part of both the Information Systems and Critical Communications departments, offering an excellent opportunity to work on a wide array of projects with experienced personnel.


The role is based primarily in Devonport with necessity for offsite travel to customer meetings as required.

You will lead as a Commercial department representative with regard to contractual and commercial issues for both internal project teams and external customers, supporting the identification and development of opportunities for new business growth and taking ownership of agreeing contracts to meet business targets;

You will implement tendering/contracting policies and procedures in support of the submission of Prime Contract tenders, tasking forms, and Contract Amendments to secure profitable and cash generative contracts and prepare contracts and commercial elements of tender submissions, including reviewing Invitations to Tender, recommending bid/no-bid management approval, undertaking commercial evaluation against corporate contracting policies and presenting commercial and tender review documentation up to Group level;

Other responsibilities include:
• Review and negotiate Prime Contracts and Subcontracts within financial levels of authority;
• Negotiate and resolve claims and disputes both for and against the Company, within financial levels of authority;
• Monitor Prime Contract performance against contractual obligations, arrange contract close-out meetings and be responsible for resolving all outstanding issues/claims;
• Manage, support and develop department staff including graduates;
• Advise Project Managers/Business Unit Leads with regard to commercial issues; and
• Act as a Trade Control Officer (TCO), responsible for providing export/import advice across the department and ensuring compliance with trade legislation and regulations.


Qualifications and Experience
You should be Educated to degree standard, preferably in Business or Law;
IACCM, MCIPS or an equivalent qualification is preferable;
You should have the ability to analyse terms and conditions and write appropriate qualifications within limits of authority;

We would also like you to have the following:
• Experience in contract administration, negotiation and management including two years’ experience of tender proposal preparation; and
• Literate in IT applications (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook).


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.

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:
• Location: Devonport, Plymouth
• 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.

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We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strives to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. 

If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.

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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..




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