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

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

Contract Description


Commercial Advisor - Inside IR35

Contract Term: Until End of January 2025

Contracting Authority: The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Location: London/Hybrid


FCDO is looking to appoint a Commercial advisor, reporting to a Commercial Category Lead, who will be responsible for delivering procurements across the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) portfolio and working with internal stakeholders to develop clear category commercial plans.

As a Commercial Advisor your main responsibilities will be: 

  • Support the Delivery of 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, taking cognisance of procurement legislation, Government policy, Government guidance such as the sourcing and construction playbooks and departmental policies and guidance.
  • Support development of sub-category strategies through the category management cycle from understanding the FCDO’s starting point in terms of spend, suppliers and IDD strategy through to developing options appraisals and mobilising sourcing projects in collaboration with Key stakeholders across FCDO.
  • Support delivery of annually agreed savings target for the DDaT category portfolio through performance management of teams, suppliers and working collaboratively with stakeholders.
  • Develop and manage supplier performance and relationships; advising and supporting Senior Management on key commercial issues and working collaboratively with the existing DDaT Contract Management team.
  • Maintain commercial governance in compliance with spend controls and present to the appropriate governance boards, and external forums as required.
  • Contribute to the development and commercial cases of Concept Notes, Business Cases & Sourcing Strategies (SOBC, OBC & FBC)
  • Support Delivery Model Assessments (DMA) for the DDaT category incorporating FCDO capability & maturity vs, external capability at both an overall programmatic and component level.
  • Work with wider FCDO stakeholders, such as IDD, Finance, H&S, FCDO Services and other Head of Category to ensure consistency and optimising strategy development and delivery.


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.
  • Flexibility, willingness and ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • International sourcing expertise.