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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Assistant Commercial Officer

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Save the Children UK
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 21 May 2017

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum

Based in London with international travel

As our Assistant Commercial Officer you will have the opportunity to further your career in proposal development and bidding, by contributing to our ambitious work to secure large grants and contracts from key government donors, primarily the Department for International Development (DFID).

Working in more than 120 countries, we do whatever it takes to create breakthroughs in the way the world treats children. Our UK and Global Programmes department delivers humanitarian and development programmes, builds partnerships with institutional donors – including governments, multi-laterals and trusts – and drives lasting change. Together, we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.

As Assistant Commercial Officer in the Programme Partnerships Department you will carry out assignments on new commercial bids, e.g. developing capacity statements and proposal narratives under technical guidance and developing detailed budgets. Supporting or leading the production of high quality pre-qualification questionnaires, you will respond to commercial criteria and ensure they are submitted to donors on time. You will ensure partner organisations complete Save the Children due diligence and carry out writing assignments on bids as required, for example drafting content based on technical workshops and design, responding to commercial criteria and ensuring the opportunity is correctly recorded on the AMS (Award Management System) with the help of the wider team of bid managers, commercial colleagues and country office counter parts. In addition you will:

  • Work with finance staff in-country to build and review budgets that are in line with the proposal and organisational finance policies and procedures
  • Assist with formatting proposals using MS Word/Excel/Power Point/Project (on occasion)
  • Support or lead (depending on our role in the consortium) the production of high quality pre-qualification questionnaires, expressions of interest and sections of technical and commercial proposals, ensuring they are submitted to donors on time
  • Support the identification and monitoring of new bids via the DFID portal
  • Depending on value, negotiate business and management arrangements with consortia leads and draft standard teaming agreements, and consortium agreements, in coordination with legal advisors
  • On successful bids, support or lead depending on our role in the consortium and value of the contract the negotiation of the contract with the donor or lead partner, as well as following contract mobilisation procedures to ensure handover to the appropriate Regional Portfolio team.

To be successful you will have experience of managing, supporting and designing projects with the ability to negotiate and a good degree of commercial acumen, in addition you will have:

  • Experience in budget building, and ensuring compliance with an organisation’s internal finance policies
  • Impeccable organisational skills and the ability to work to deadlines
  • Willingness to travel (up to 25% of time including to fragile and conflict affected areas)
  • Excellent copy editing and formatting skills and experience of drafting and presenting documents, preferably proposals, to a high standard.

Experience co-ordinating, writing and securing tenders or large grants, preferably for DFID or other major bilateral or multi-lateral donors is highly desirable.

At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.

Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.

Closing date: 21st May 2017

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