GCS Business and Procurement Manager IO/HEO

Job Title: GCS Business and Procurement Manager IO/HEO
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London (Greater)
Salary: £32,094 - £39,799
Reference: 15624963
Job Published: December 22, 2017 00:00

Job Description


This position is based at 
70 Whitehall, London

About the job Job description

The Government Communication Service team is responsible for professional development and talent schemes across the communications profession. Our objective is to ensure all staff are equipped with the skills to deliver brilliant government communications. 

Job description 

There is a clear need for a dedicated Business and Procurement Manager within the Government Communications Service (GCS) Professional Development team to provide expertise and support for our core learning and development curriculum and talent programme. 

This is a pivotal business management role within the team and requires somebody who is flexible and adaptable with relevant experience. 

The GCS has several major procurements to make in the next 6 months to ensure it can expand the new blended curriculum for the comms profession, and run its talent programmes. Each major procurement exercise takes approximately 4-5 weeks full-time work. 

You will be a self starter with the tenacity and resilience to manage obstacles and delays without losing focus. 

You will also have a calm and professional attitude with the ability to build strong relationships across a range of external and internal stakeholders. 

The post is responsible for a range of corporate support functions including, but not limited to: 

• Providing dedicated procurement and financial expertise - responsible for procuring key GCS projects and managing the process from start to finish. 
• Manage end-to-end process for several major procurements for the GCS Professional Development team. 
• Deliver these procurement exercises to an agreed plan, working closely with internal stakeholders and suppliers to deliver value for money contracts. 
• Facilitate the evaluation of tenders in accordance with advertised criteria and lead on financial and pricing evaluations. 
• Manage the notification and award processes including the supplier feedback correspondence. 
• Hold responsibility for documentation of the procurement process and contract drafting. 
• Identify operational and process issues or risks and proactively propose and implement mitigations. 
• Responsible for raising routine finance requests and approving budget across our Professional Development and Talent schemes 
• Be one of the team leads for organising our core Aspire training programme for 1,600 staff across the year and supporting our early and senior talent programmes; including in advance and on the day of training, including preparing materials, setting up and down of venues and meeting trainers. 
• Support our blended professional development programme including our new webinar training programme, and core GCS events. Travel outside London will be required. 
• Provide a wide range of administrative duties for the PD team such as booking travel, venues, meetings and rooms 
• Manage the GCS inbox dealing with a wide range of queries daily across the communications profession and update Civil Service jobs page


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Achieving commercial outcomes
  • Delivering at pace
  • Managing a quality service

Civil Service Competency Framework

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

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.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information Contact point for applicants

For further information about the role please contact Katie Williamson-Walsh ( or Jacqueline Williamson (

Sift/interview dates and location

Expected week commencing 5th February 2018

Further information