MOD Defence Commercial Graduate Programme

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  • Proposed Salary £26,668
  • Career Level Managerial
  • Experience 2 Years
  • Gender Any
  • Industry Business/ Management
  • Qualifications Associate Degree
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Job Description

The DCGP is a two-year structured development Programme which aims to develop graduates into high caliber professional commercial officers with the ability to manage the MOD’s innovative and demanding commercial business activities. It is owned by the Chief Commercial Officer residing in Head Office and is centrally governed by the DCGP Management Team.

Upon joining the DCGP you will be sponsored by a specific Business Area for the duration of the Programme, and line managed by a dedicated Sponsor Line Manager within that Business Area. Your first and last placements will be at your permanent duty station within your Sponsored Business Area, and at least one other placement will be within another Business Area, which may be based in a different geographical location, and possibly overseas. You will regrade from the Programme to a post within your Sponsored Business Area at your Permanent Duty Station.

During your time on the Programme, you will undertake work placements of varying lengths. You will initially undertake 2 x 6 months’ placements in the first year, to give you immediate hands-on experience of the fundamentals of contract drafting and placement, Terms & Conditions and the tendering process. In the second year, there is more flexibility, and placements will be between 3 to 6 months’ duration to aid development of the full set of the required behaviours, whilst delivering specific outputs for individual teams.

Day-to-day, placements will provide you with the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the procurement and contract management activities undertaken by the commercial officer role. You will be provided with real experience in:

  • Developing appropriate contracting methods and strategies
  • Agreeing and evaluating tenders against specifications
  • Negotiating with Industry, including pricing and payment considerations
  • European Union Procurement and Intellectual Property Law
  • Supplier relations and contract management
  • Risk mitigation and management

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