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Senior Commercial Officer (MOD Contracts)

  • Salary: Benefits
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Bristol
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Date posted: 05/01/2017
  • Job reference: J358435A

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We currently have an opportunity for a Senior Commercial Officer (MOD Contracts) to join our Commercial Team working within Defence Systems Technology unit in the Marine & Technology Division. This is a permanent, full time position.


To provide commercial support to the Marine Systems Support and Equipment Management business to ensure the financial and commercial interests and obligations of the Company are optimised and completed in a timely fashion. This role will also support a wide growth agenda that will provide continued sustainability both through organic and new.

  • To service as a focal point of contact for customers regarding contractual matters by establishing and managing good customer relationships and communications
  • To provide support and guidance to the business regarding pricing, terms and conditions and commercial issues as well as regulatory requirements
  • To provide a key proactive service to support the Programme Manager, Commercial Manager and the project teams
  • To challenge and support project teams with respect to project controls, variations, risk management and progress
  • To ensure that proposals/tenders are priced, developed and approved in accordance with company processes and policies
  • To ensure that commercial policies and procedures and regulatory requirements are followed, consistently across the business and improved where necessary
  • To support and lead commercial discussions and negotiations with customers, prepare and review the response to new contracts and amendments to existing contracts and arrange for their approval
  • To prepare/review proposed contractual agreements (NDAs, TAAs, Teaming Agreements, Contracts etc)
  • To support the Supply Chain function in complex sub-contract negotiations, identifying appropriate flow down of terms and conditions
  • Maintain contractual records, documentation of key correspondence, status and reports

Key Skills

  • Ideally be degree qualified (or equivalent) in Engineering, Business, Law, Accountancy, or similar.
  • In depth knowledge of a wide range of commercial terms and agreements
  • Practical working knowledge and understanding of UK MoD Contracting and DEFCONs
  • Tendering
  • Risk Management
  • Contract Law and its practical application
  • Contract administration / management
  • Innovative contract mechanisms
  • Contract cost control / reporting
  • Claims and disputes
  • Ideally, working knowledge of trade controls and ITAR
  • International contracts of supply and sale
  • Regulatory controls and governance
  • Excel/Cost Models
  • Drafting of contractual agreements, quotations and correspondence
  • Prepared to travel within UK and overseas
  • SC security clearance, or eligibility to achieve SC security clearance
  • Full Driving Licence required


  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 25 days holidays + Bank holidays
  • Flexible benefits package (Critical Illness Insurance / Personal Accident Insurance / Travel Insurance / Dental Insurance / Childcare Vouchers / Cycle to work scheme)
  • Pension scheme

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