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The Commercial Role at GCHQ

Our Commercial team provides expert services that impact directly on operational activity - equipping GCHQ to perform its critical mission. We let and manage hundreds of contracts and work closely with industry to purchase goods and services from the everyday to the never seen before. No two days are the same for our Commercial team. One day you might be building supplier relationships, the next negotiating the best deal for cutting edge technology. We are highly valued for our commercial expertise, so the culture is one of continuous professional development. All of our staff are supported to gain CIPS qualifications and encouraged to achieve their full potential.

Commercial personnel

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I understand how the work of GCHQ makes a difference to the UK


Commercial Officer

As a Commercial Officer, you’ll focus on developing valuable purchase and sale strategies. The goal is to ensure GCHQ purchases the right goods and services at the right time and at the right price, ensuring Risk & IPR are effectively managed. Commercial Officers also manage the broad portfolio of GCHQ contracts, ensuring suppliers comply with the contractual terms and deliver to the required level of performance and value. In addition, you will also provide first class commercial advice to our customers.

You’ll be part of a team, with a deep understanding of our key markets, which has built sustainable links to industry while encouraging competition wherever possible. The team is fully involved throughout the procurement life-cycle from competition design to tendering and contract negotiation through to contract let, contract management and contract exit.

Industry Relations Officer

This role involves engaging directly with industry, with an emphasis on building and improving strategic supplier relationships. You will also be providing advice to strategic relationship boards on our suppliers and on the strength and direction of key relationships.

In addition, you’ll also get to lead on wider market engagement, such as identifying new suppliers and developing potential partnerships with SMEs. It’s a visible role within GCHQ as you will be advising senior staff who are meeting their industry counterparts, including producing written briefs and guidance.

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