Band B2 - Commercial Business Analyst (Ref: 3466)

Cabinet Office
05 Feb 2019
18 Feb 2019
Job role
Contract type
Full time

The Markets and Suppliers team sits within the Government Commercial Function and provides a central hub of information and analysis on Government suppliers with a particular focus on Government's strategic suppliers, looking at their activity with Government, performance of specific contracts and understanding the wider context and objectives of the suppliers in their industries. Through regular engagement with senior stakeholders within the suppliers and across Government, the team works with the Crown Representatives to strategically manage Government's relationship with these strategic suppliers.

Every year Central Government spends approximately GBP16bn with its strategic suppliers. These suppliers are market leaders delivering critical public services across a range of sectors including justice, defence, security, ICT, facilities management, telecoms.

The team works across the Cabinet Office, the Crown Commercial Service and with government departments to ensure all interactions with strategic suppliers are maximised and cross–government intelligence is captured and leveraged. Other areas of work include wider analysis of the sectors in which Government has significant spend and frequent briefings for senior commercial colleagues across Government. The team supports cross–government reform programmes disseminating lessons learned, identifying and sharing performance including savings and cost themes in supplier delivery to guide future commercial or procurement activity.

The analysts and Strategic Partnering Managers work with the suppliers and Crown Representatives to identify, agree and deliver large savings to Government and provide robust commercial assurance to Government contracts above GBP10 million. The Crown Representatives and Strategic Partnering Managers help the Government to act as a single customer by co–ordinating across departments to ensure that a single and strategic view of the Government's needs is communicated to the market and to act as a point of focus for cross–cutting supplier–related issues. The Strategic Partnering Programme coordinates a new approach to work in a more integrated manner with strategic suppliers and departments, combining day–to–day systematic contract management, with joint working on service redesign, co–delivery and innovation.

We are looking to recruit a Commercial Business Analyst to join the Markets and Suppliers team at the heart of government. Commercial Business Analysts will frequently meet executive management teams from some of the largest UK and international companies. The role is important in supporting the Strategic Partnering Manager and Crown Representative, who are former high–level industry executives, to manage these relationships with strategic suppliers. A key element of the role will be to inform both the Chief Executive of the Civil Service and the Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, and the Government Chief Commercial Officer on key commercial matters and requires the individual to exhibit strong commercial capability. The role has privileged access to senior business leaders, commercial negotiations and programmes.

You will take increasing responsibility for proactively managing discrete pieces of work for the team, and managing the relationship for a portfolio of strategic suppliers within a sector and work with senior leaders in Government departments. You will be the lead point of contact for intelligence on those suppliers, developing a detailed knowledge of their Government business and wider market presence.

Key Accountabilities:

The post–holder will be responsible for:

Being a point of contact for supplier and sector intelligence
Identifying implications of departmental and political priorities for suppliers
Provide robust assurance by assessing business cases, challenging contractual commitments and delivery
Proactively reviewing strategic suppliers financial performance to spot warning signs
Supporting meetings with senior industry leaders from strategic suppliers to help deliver broader team objectives
Ensuring financial and management information is accurately reflected in supplier information, data and business plans
Engaging with departments and suppliers to provide commercial insight, conducting annual reviews and large expiring contract analysis
Supporting the supplier data programme and producing supplier briefs to the Permanent Secretary and Minister
Providing advice and guidance on implementation of commercial standards through spend controls and assessment of department business cases
Analysis and assessment of commercial spend controls and develop conditions for Ministerial approval
Providing insight on strategic supplier performance, market trends, forecasts, news and issues and communicating this to a cross–government audience
Preparing ad–hoc requests for data and analysis to support One Government initiatives and wider commercial objectives

Essential Criteria:

Experience in conducting market research and identifying emerging trends

Track record of assessing priorities and risk
Understanding of company financial statements to provide meaningful analysis
Ability to use project management experience to plan projects
Analytical skills and experience of handling large datasets to develop insight
Ability to work with a defined process to assess commercial business cases
Ability to provide clear and concise communication with incomplete information


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

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Selection process details

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Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


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