Commercial Apprenticeship

  • Location:
    Porton Down
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About the job

Do you want a role where you can show off your organisational skills?
Dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) works to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence, security and prosperity of the United Kingdom. In order to do this, we need people who can use their skills to innovate and develop technologies which give our country the winning-edge. We work in niche areas which are sensitive, operationally critical and international in nature.

As an Apprentice in Dstl’s Commercial function you will work alongside our procurement professionals and have a unique opportunity to work at the forefront of defence research procuring a variety of requirements from simple consumables and materials for our state of the art laboratories to complex research requirements that will lead to the next generation of military equipment. You will use a range of procurement routes from low value contracting to OJEU procedures and utilising pan-government frameworks.

We are looking for someone who has:
• Understanding of how businesses operate and what success looks like.
• Acumen to become commercially aware.
• Ability to be an effective communicator and therefore influencer.
Job description
In this role you will:
As part of a team of up to six staff, you will typically be working with an experienced Commercial Officer supporting them undertaking procurements that range from a few thousand pounds to tens of millions. To do this you will be working to understand procurement requirements originating from other Dstl staff and internal projects.

You will be helping to make decisions on procurement strategies and supporting value for money tendering including negotiation with suppliers and supplier selection. You will also be supporting the placement of contracts and ensuring effective supplier performance through whole life management of contracts while also providing accurate and timely commercial data.

You will also be successfully participating in formal off the job commercial training and development. As you develop additional skills and your competence grows you will undertake you own procurements that will grow in complexity to match your competencies.

• Effectively engage and build relationships with the teams you are supporting, both inside and outside the Commercial Function.
• Study for Commercial Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) accreditation.
• Attend MOD Commercial Professionalism Programme (CPP) courses.
• Assist in the Contract Management of our largest contracts to gain experience of Contract Management.
• Assist in delivering procurements to gain experience of sourcing.
• Ensure procurement data related to your work is accurately captured so that Dstl has reliable Management Information (MI) that will provide appropriate information to assist decision making and facilitate progress reports.
•Will be enrolled onto a lever 4 apprenticeship programme. Classroom based learning will take place with our external training provider over a period of up to 2 years.

Minimum age requirement is 18 years

Qualifications Essential
• Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grade 4 (C) or higher which must include English & Maths.

Skills Essential
• Able to take responsibility for own work.
• Ability to manage and deliver more than one task at a time.

Desirable Experience
• Awareness of how businesses operate and how businesses source materials or services.

Important Information
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered.
Five GCSEs (or equivalent) grade 4/C or higher which must include English & Maths.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Developing Self and Others
Working Together
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Managing a Quality Service
We'll provide a great range of benefits including:

Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month.
Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
Chartership and accreditation support.
Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
A competitive salary.
Onsite gyms and restaurants.
Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

DSTL recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.
These include the following:
• Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
• Faith and Culture Network
• Parents and Carer Support Network
• Alternative Working Network
• Gender Equality Network
• New Starters Network
• Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

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DSTL is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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