Commercial Lead - Digital Transformation

London Permanent £68,662 - £75,638 per year

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  • A fantastic opportunity to join the Metropolitan Police as a Commercial Lead
  • Offers blended/hybrid working approach

About Our Client

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Commercial Function are responsible for delivering end-to-end commercial lifecycle management and supporting the wider business in working with third party suppliers.

The MPS spends over £840 million each year on a diverse range of goods and services; from large property service & construction projects to complex IT services, response vehicles to forensics equipment. Managing that expenditure well enables us to make it go further, with better outcomes, underpinning the delivery of our service to London and beyond.

The Commercial Services Function's ambition is to be the 'to be the most influential public sector commercial function in the UK' and is working to deliver the following strategic aims:

  • Maintain an ethical high performing commercial capability
  • Deliver sustainable value through engagement with our suppliers, customers, partners and markets
  • Improving and simplifying how we work
  • Realising positive outcomes through commercial policy



Our commercial activity covers procurement where we buy goods and services as effectively as possible. We also manage the commercial relationships with all outsourced suppliers, working in partnership and through modern contract management practices.

The Commercial Services team is organised in a way to work in partnership with the different business areas across the MPS, providing excellent service to our internal customers and stakeholders. Maximising revenue and ensuring value for money for the MPS is our focus and this drives us to work with the business to define new ways of working that are more efficient, effective and affordable.

Like most organisations the MPS is transforming the way we both police London and run the business in order to meet ever more, demanding challenges - the Commercial Services Function is a key enabler of these changes. This means that there are more opportunities for you to get involved with making London the safest global city in a time of unprecedented change within the UK's largest Police Service.

MORE CHALLENGES.

MORE EXCITEMENT.

MORE OPPORTUNITIES.

BE AT THE HEART OF A CHANGING SERVICE.

Job Description

This role is an integral part of Commercial Services and sits in the Technology, Innovation and Solution Delivery team which are responsible for sourcing new technology infrastructure hardware, software and services to deliver on the Commissioner's mission: More Trust, Less Crime and High Standards.

The team's focus is:

  • Working with operational policing stakeholders to translate front line policing requirements;
  • Leveraging the knowledge of small medium enterprises and leading global Tech companies to create commercial models and;
  • Delivering market solutions through innovative sourcing to deliver best value for the organisation.
  • Providing innovative and flexible commercial solutions and forming strong relationships with stakeholders and suppliers to deliver Data & Digital solutions is the key objective for the team.



To be successful in this role, you'll need to be agile and flexible with a proactive mindset, whilst delivering the best value within a regulatory environment. During a typical working day, the team will be working on projects of different size and complexity from c.£50k to c.£150m per project, working collaboratively with stakeholders from critical business areas of the Met including Transformation, Forensics, DDaT and Estates. You will be providing best value commercial models for; proof of concepts, sourcing technology, applications development, software as a service, platform as a service, turnkey projects and resource technology services.

In this role you will be expected to provide Category Management leadership of a particular area within the pillar, contributing to delivering Commercial Excellence for the Met, providing a customer focused service, understanding the business need and stakeholder drivers, with the aim of becoming a trusted commercial advisor. You will also develop relationships with MPS's key and strategic suppliers, driving value for money and risk management excellence across the category.

You will play an essential part in leading parts of the overall commercial life cycle, primarily focused on the key aspects of Category Management, including strategy and policy development, understanding needs and sourcing options, and the procurement process itself. This will be done through the development and execution of category management strategies, leading supplier negotiations, where needed, and delivering timely and effective support, guidance and expertise to the business.

The Technology, Innovation and Solution Delivery team are responsible for sourcing new, high value and complex Technology, technology professional services, infrastructure, hardware, software and services to deliver on the Commissioner's mission: More Trust, Less Crime and High Standards.

The team's focus is:

- Working with operational policing stakeholders to translate front line policing requirements;

- Leveraging the knowledge of small medium enterprises and leading global Tech companies to create commercial models and;

- Delivering market solutions through innovative sourcing to deliver best value for the organisation.

Providing innovative and flexible commercial solutions and forming strong relationships with stakeholders and suppliers to deliver Data & Digital solutions is the key objective for the team.

The Successful Applicant

What does the average day look like? Your core duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Strategic delivery and management within a category:
    • Developing commercial approaches that deliver requirements that are in line with business needs, category strategies and market trends
    • The development of category strategies and delivery of sourcing requirement within the pillar, as part of the team supporting business as usual and project activities
    • Understands demand by forecasting and planning requirements with internal stakeholders and suppliers
    • Developing and maintaining category plans for key spend areas
  • Understands relevant sourcing options and analysis, and delivers positive outcomes through the procurement process:
    • Performing end-to-end strategic sourcing activities for MPS and serving as a subject matter expert
    • Works with key stakeholders to develop a clear and agreed view of business requirements, and supports business units in articulating their commercial requirements
    • Advising and providing professional guidance throughout the sourcing process, considering and evaluating a range of sourcing models
    • Supports the development of options for a business case, including articulating associated benefits and producing supporting arguments for the preferred option
    • Identifies opportunities to develop collaborative partnerships with suppliers
    • Provides a procurement service to the MPS which delivers demonstrable value for money and compliant goods and services contracts as part of a team of procurement professionals on larger procurement activities
    • Leading negotiation relating to commercial activity, and has knowledge and experience with negotiation techniques. Leads and guides others in negotiation
    • Understanding and being accountable for sourcing compliance and frameworks
  • Ensuring effective Commercial Contract and Supplier Management within the pillar:
    • Support Contract Management of contracts within relevant category
  • Building and maintaining keyrelationshipsacrosstheMPS and with important external stakeholders:
    • Developing key stakeholder relationships, enabling early engagement and challenging business need and demand. Seeks early active involvement of internal stakeholders in the sourcing process. Internal stakeholders will include MPS colleagues who are users and buyers of the goods and services within the category, and relevant business units and MPS colleagues within the DDaT function.
    • Provision of commercial advice to stakeholders on all aspects of commercial
    • Engaging, where required, with the relevant senior business lead, ensuring that business requirements are supported by category strategies
    • Working closely with external stakeholders, including MOPAC, Home Office, ACPO
  • EnablinganddevelopingtheMPS:
    • Feeds into catalogue and content management for the MPS, setting the direction for their category
  • Performance and day-to-day management of a team where applicable.
  • Mentoring and providing guidance to junior members of the team.
  • Working within a secure environment upon sensitive projects as required.
  • Deputise for Head of Commercial if required.

What's on Offer

  • Salary between £68,662- £75,638 + £1,841 location allowance + £1000 non-pensionable allowance
  • 36 hours per week
  • Blended working with a base office at Kilburn, West London. The successful applicant will have a hybrid approach with the ability to work from home but also be required to attend stakeholder meetings when required at separate sites across London.
  • When you start as a member of police staff, you'll have a choice of joining one of the civil service pension schemes
  • 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days after 5 years



The closing date for all applications is 15th January 2024

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE SHORTLISTED FOR AN INTERVIEW, INTERVIEWS WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT KILBURN POLICE STATION ON 29th JANUARY 2024. CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE OF THESE DATES.

CTC level clearance is required for this role.

Contact
Joe Bloor
Quote job ref
JN-122023-6274890
Phone number
+44 114 270 3761

Job summary

Job function
Procurement & Supply Chain
Subsector
Indirect Procurement
Sector
Public Sector
Location
London
Contract type
Permanent
Consultant name
Joe Bloor
Consultant phone
+44 114 270 3761
Job reference
JN-122023-6274890