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The commercial arrangements civil servants establish are among the largest and most sophisticated in the world. Your work will help to make sure that government can implement policies and deliver services both effectively and efficiently.
Commerical specialists in the Civil Service enjoy impressive levels of experience and exposure.
As a Fast Streamer you'll be given a series of challenging postings in a range of departments. You could be tasked with driving efficiency and reform across central government, and advising departments on complex commercial savings. The 4-year scheme aims to give you the breadth of experience and knowledge to become a leader within the Civil Service.
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.
Top reasons to apply for the Commercial Fast Stream:
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 online tests, you'll 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.
If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.
The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.
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We host events at universities throughout the country so you can find out the information you need to apply for a place on the Fast Stream. We want to reach the most talented and diverse group of students nationwide.