Seal the deal in one of Europe's largest buying organisations
Want to achieve value for money for the taxpayer?
Every year we spend £160 billion of taxpayers' money with suppliers to provide public services. Central government spends over £40 billion each year on goods and services, so effective management of our commercial activities is hugely important. We have been through turbulent economic times and now more than ever, we are committed to improving the quality of services we provide to the public for less money through the decisions made by commercial professionals.
On the Fast Stream, you will be working with senior stakeholders within weeks of joining. Commerical is very much a sector where doors are there to be opened and performance, more than seniority, drives career progression.
Government Commercial professionals are committed to improving the quality of services whilst reducing the cost, achieving value for money. As a Commercial Fast Streamer, you will be working with senior stakeholders from the outset giving you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills while helping to manage some of the most important commercial arrangements in the UK.
Building commercial expertise and skills is one of the civil service’s top 3 priorities.
As a Commercial Fast Streamer you will find yourself involved in negotiating contracts worth billions of pounds. You will ensure that government is in tune with markets, and manage our relationships with some of the biggest companies in the world. This means commercial activity attracts a huge amount of press and political attention. Applying sound judgement in commercial matters is vital in protecting the government's reputation.
Commercial Fast Streamers work across a broad range of departments and agencies such as the Home Office and the Department for International Trade. Through this essential cross-government work you’ll build the necessary networks and skills to become a successful commercial professional.
In your first year, you’ll take on a commercial role within a government department, such as a 12-month placement in the Ministry of Defence.
In year 2, you’ll gain experience and knowledge in another commercial 12-month placement in a different government department such as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Year 3 of the scheme is split into 2 six-month secondments. One of these will be based outside of government. The other secondment will be within government but in a non-commercial role.
In your final year you'll be given another 12-month placement for a commercial posting within a different government department to those you've worked in before.
From helping to run a £10m procurement to tracking the commercial benefits of a contract affecting hundreds of thousands of people, my role is even more interesting than I first thought.
One of the best things about working within the Ministry of Defence is the sheer size and scale of the projects you get to work on.
I've been involved in a review of the pricing mechanisms for one of the shared services contracts - a considerable stakeholder engagement challenge!
If you're prepared to put the work in, the training opportunities available are second to none.
On the Commercial Fast Stream scheme, you'll undertake the CIPS Corporate Award Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner programme. Successful completion of this programme results in full membership of CIPS (MCIPS), after 3 years' experience in a responsible procurement role.
You'll gain experience on how to address public sector-specific learning needs, to drive more sustainable, transparent and ethical commercial practices.
Up to £55K
If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.
You’ll be in demand! Commercial capability is increasingly recognised as the top skill sought by employers in all sectors.
Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k, while other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance and more.
If you pass the initial online selection stages, you'll be invited to complete a further online Numerical test. If successful at this stage, then you will be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.
We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.