Commercial Lead - DDAT at FCDO, London/Remote, 7 Months, £Contract Rate

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  • Hybrid (London, UK)
  • May 10, 2024
6 Months or more Accounting

Contract Description


Commercial Lead – DDat  Inside IR35

Contract Term: Until End of January 2025

Contracting Authority: The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Location: London/Hybrid


The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DfID) merged on 1 September 2020 to form the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

The FCDO pursues our national interests and projects the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK 's security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.


FCDO is looking to appoint an experienced Commercial Lead reporting to the Head of Commercial, who will lead complex procurements and a small team of commercial specialists. The role will deliver transformational change aligned to the Information & Digital Directorate (IDD) strategy, delivering strategic and innovative projects in compliance with procurement regulations.

The role will be working with DDaT, ( Digital, Data and Technology ).

The successful candidate will be managing several Digital contracts within the sector.

As a Commercial Lead -DDat your main responsibilities will be: 


  • Lead development of sub-category strategies through the category management cycle s FCDO.
  • Influence senior stakeholders, effecting governance both internal and external including HMT, Cabinet Office and Ministers.
  • Implement and deliver the opportunities outlined in the DDaT Category Forward Plans, including engaging and managing stakeholders, resources, internal and external dependencies; and transition plans and timelines.
  • Lead the development of category expertise and knowledge to deliver category plans and strategies in collaboration with global posts / leaders and drive local, regional and global supply chain trends and strategies that deliver high quality commercial procurement outcomes, whilst ensuring value for money.
  • Deliver complex procurements, ensuring high quality commercial arrangements, with robust specifications, Terms and Conditions, management principles, and measures developed in accordance with the selected route to market
  • Deliver annually agreed savings target for the DDaT category portfolio through performance management of teams, suppliers and working collaboratively with stakeholders.
  • Strong Contract management knowledge and experience.
  • Provide leadership and direction to a small team of commercial specialists
  • Develop and manage supplier performance and relationships;
  • Deliver stakeholder engagement plans
  • Implement commercial governance for the IDD in compliance with spend controls and present to the appropriate governance boards
  • Contribute to the development and commercial cases of Concept Notes, Business Cases & Sourcing Strategies
  • Lead Delivery Model Assessments (DMA) for the DDaT category incorporating FCDO capability & maturity vs, external capability at both an overall programmatic and component level.
  • Continually assess global and regional supply markets to identify optimal solutions.


You’ll have relevant experience in:


  • The resilience to manage multiple projects concurrently, with the ability to research, benchmark, scope, design, implement and evaluate project delivery to tight deadlines;
  • A proactive approach and a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Experience of developing and implementing category strategies and strategic sourcing in a complex regulated setting.
  • Strong commercial acumen with experience procuring complex services in compliance with the Procurement Contracts Regulations with a thorough working knowledge of applicable EU and UK procurement legislation
  • Relevant experience working in the technology sector and an understanding of the full commercial lifecycle.
  • Experience operating in a matrix environment with the ability and skills to build successful relationships, enabling engagement with multiple stakeholders and the ability to constructively challenge decision making based on objective argument founded in fact and analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills you will be a team player who leads by example.
  • Active SC Clearance

The following is also desirable:

  • Public sector experience.
  • An MCIPS qualification, but consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate this level of required knowledge through work experience, or have a similar professional membership.
  • Flexibility, willingness and ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • International sourcing expertise.