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Commercial Lead (Contracts)

In 2023, the MPS Commercial Function revised its operating model, establishing six pillars which have overall accountability for activity covering the commercial life cycle, as well as relevant Business Partnering responsibilities across the wider business.

MPS Commercial is currently recruiting for a Commercial Lead - Physical Forensics. This role is responsible for providing contract management for the Met’s critical outsourced contract for Physical Forensic services.

You will ensure effective 3 rd party delivery to support the Directorate of Forensic Services in making London safer through the investigation, detection and reduction of crime. You will deliver a customer focused approach, understanding key business needs and stakeholder drivers to ensure that contracted services are delivering against key contracted outcomes. You will achieve this through developing relationships with our key outsourced supplier, driving value for money, innovation and risk management across the category. You will also support the ‘Head of Commercial – Forensics’ with engagement with national bodies and police forces to share cutting edge approaches and best practice contract management methodologies to ensure balance and development within a constrained marketplace.

You will be contributing to delivering Commercial Excellence for the Met and will work closely with colleagues within the commercial function to contribute and feed into the category strategies for the forensic portfolio and offer insights and best practice across the wider team.

In this role you will be

  • Ensuring effective Commercial Contract and Supplier Management within the category:
  • Ensuring effective day to day delivery of the contract against its objectives
  • Managing contract variations, providing practical advice and strategic direction
  • Evaluating the performance of suppliers against the specification, reporting regularly
  • Driving innovation and improvement in contracts
  • Identifying where changes in the contract are required and adopting strategies to implement these.
  • Monitoring progress against the business objectives and works with suppliers and customers to develop improvements.
  • At a delivery level, holding both suppliers and customers accountable for living up to their contractual commitments. Resolving disputes effectively and efficiently
  • Leading planning and strategy for re-procurement of relevant contracts and able to undertake soft market testing.
  • Building and maintaining key relationships across the MPS and with important external stakeholders across policing and government
  • Providing practical advice to stakeholders having identified, evaluated, negotiated and apportioned contract risks.
  • Leading the roll-out of Contract Management framework across MPS

We are looking for individuals with

  • Experience of developing, delivering and implementing contract management plans evidencing commercial management and delivery at senior level in complex and high-value environments.
  • An understanding of Public Contract Regulations and standard sourcing methodologies coupled with a proven track-record and detailed understanding of contract management processes.
  • Evidence of developing effective supplier relationships and the ability to resolve issues in performance or variations in supply.
  • The ability to prioritise and manage a demanding workload.
  • Evidence of inspirational and inclusive leadership, developing a professional culture and building commercial capability. Empowers team members through coaching, mentoring and sharing of expertise/knowledge.

The role may require the successful candidate to travel across the Met estate as per requirement of the role and there is a minimum requirement to be in a Met building for at least two days per week.

To apply please attach your CV (maximum 2 pages) and supporting statement.

Applications will close at midnight on the 19 th of March. If you are successful at CV stage, candidates will be invited to the Government Commercial Function Assessment and Development Centre (ADC) at Commercial Lead level where your skills and experience will be assessed against the Commercial People Standards for the Profession . Depending on the outcome of the ADC, successful candidates will then be invited to a panel interview. The ADC is schedule to take place mid-April and interviews will commence at the end of April.


This post requires access to confidential information on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) vetting prior to taking up the post.


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