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Commercial

On the Commercial Fast Stream, seal the deal in one of Europe's largest buying organisations

Duration

3 years

Salary

£28K

Location

UK-wide

About

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.

 

Requirements

  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • You need, or expect to have, a 2:2 or higher in any degree subject
  • Existing civil servants can apply without a degree

What will you experience?

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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.

What do they say

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Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

Training and support includes:

 

  • 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.

What benefits will you enjoy?

benefits

Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more. 

Application process

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Online tests

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.

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Assessment centre

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.

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Next Event

The majority of Fast Stream events are held at universities across the UK. These campus events are typically only open to students and alumni of that university. If you are a member of the public wishing to attend an event on campus you will need to first contact the university concerned to see if they will be able to facilitate external guests.  
Fast Stream also attends a number of large careers events. Details of these are all posted on the events section of our website.