On the Commercial Fast Stream, seal the deal in one of Europe's largest buying organisations
As a Commercial Fast Streamer, you’ll be making sure the Civil Service achieves 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 £49 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.
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.
You will be working with senior stakeholders within weeks of joining. Commercial is very much a sector where doors are there to be opened and performance, more than seniority, drives career progression.
Commercial capability is increasingly recognised as the top skill sought by employers in all sectors and building commercial expertise and skills is one of the civil service’s top 3 priorities.Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k.
Year 1 - 12 months. You’ll take on a commercial role within a government department, such as the Ministry of Defence.
Year 2 -12 months. You’ll gain experience and knowledge in another commercial placement in a different government department such as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Year 3 - Two 6-month placements. One of these will be a commercial role in government, the other will be a commercial secondment outside of government.
Training and support includes:
Up to £55K
If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.
Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.
The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions: Situational judgement questions.
You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.
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.
You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links: