Principal Commercial Officer

MBDA UK Limited
Stevenage, UK
08 Oct 2019
17 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
The OpportunityAn opportunity has arisen for a business/legal professional to join an active, involved and motivated Commercial Team, in a Directorate committed to delivering Defence Capability to the UK Armed Forces and other International Governments.
We pride ourselves on being able to tackle the most complex design, multi-disciplined system and business issues covering all aspects of the Product Lifecycle from concept through to disposal.
If you are ambitious, driven and team spirited, this is your opportunity to build a career as a Commercial professional and play a part in driving effective performance of commercial activities across a portfolio of major contracts with UK and International customers.
By joining our team you have the opportunity to network across our business in UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, all while improving the productivity, quality and efficiency of our operations. As a valued commercial team member you will play a pivotal role working in partnership with project management, and other business functions to provide competitive advantage whilst meeting the outmost important contractual obligations.

The Role
  • Work with the Business Winning Managers and multi-functional teams, to produce medium to high value /risk/complexity credible bids that meet strict deadlines for submission to a Customer .
  • Drafting, negotiating and agreeing standard contracts and contract amendments within agreed guidance and policy instructions and supporting the drafting of more complex arrangements and liaising with procurement to ensure the proper flow down of terms and conditions to the supply chain
  • Preare, reviewand negotiateall manner of Agreements
  • Ensuring Contractual obligations are communicated, understood, and fulfilled
  • Ensure the company is protecting, exploiting and acting correctly in relation to Intellectual property, export control and other statutory matters
  • Drafting, writing and responding to day to day communication from Customers. Providing detailed commercial advice to the Customer and may lead in Customer meetings. Takies ownership of commercial customer relationships
  • Responsible for the commercial risk assessment and effective commercioal risk management of a contract. Make decisions to mitigate or avert risks
  • Providing expert commercial advice to Project Managers and other stakeholdersin an integrated business delivery structure
  • Manages at least one Customer or area of a Project
  • Has an understanding of Export Control issues
  • Produce and present briefs for line management
  • Provide guidance to junior staff

What's in it for you?
  • To work for MBDA UK, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, and a multi-national group with 10,000 employees with industrial facilities in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany and the United States
  • To be part of a company officially ranked in the Sunday Times Top 30 Best Big Companies to work for.
  • The opportunity to work within MBDA Group to deliver Programmes to a multitude of Customers within the Domestic, European and Worldwide markets.
  • The opportunity to enhance and develop effective influencing, team working, negotiation skills and interpersonal skills.
  • The opportunity to work with and/or engage Senior Directorate management in implementing and delivering Product strategy across the Product Lifecycle.
  • Work in a development driven environment, where investment in people in terms of training and development is embedded within our culture

What's great about the team?
  • Join a highly motivated and experienced team with vast experience in delivering and sustaining defence capability with our Armed Forces.
  • Join a friendly team who support one another in what are common goals across the Directorate, willing to impart knowledge and mentor through experience and opinion.
  • Support the Directorate branding in an area where our reputation and delivery is at the forefront of our objectives, ensuring longevity in Business relationships, sustained through delivering our promises.
  • Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and commercial spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards

What are we looking for?
  • Driven individual with soundbusiness acumen and problem solving ability
  • Experience and understanding of Terms and Conditions including the legal connotations associated so any legal training/background/ experience is an advantage but not essential
  • Experience of producing medium to high value/risk/complexity bids/proposal and successfully concluding appropriate contracts.
  • Experience in dealing with the UK Ministry of Defence and/or other Government bodies/Industrial Organisations.
  • Negotiation skills and interpersonal skills
  • Effective influencing and team working skills to steer internal and external discussions towards pricing strategies, terms and conditions that are both sustainable and viable for both MBDA and the customer.
  • Experienced in a range of commercial or business related issues and skills including contract management skills throughout the contract lifecycle
  • You will have a willing, helpful attitude and a calm professional manner, even when things are changed at the last minute, our ability to be flexible and deal with ambiguity is key.

What would you get?
  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible working, paid overtime (subject to level)
  • Comprehensive pension scheme
  • Employee funded voluntary private healthcare,
  • Access to MBDA's Sports & Social Club including subsidised sporting activities day trips and theatre trips (subscription required)
  • Fantastic modern site facilities, including subsidised on-site restaurant, on-site gym and free onsite parking
  • Access to a car hire scheme
  • Superb learning and development opportunities, including professional qualifications and first class leadership training

Please Note: MBDA UK require all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual's ability to fulfil the requirements of the role. Your eligibility for the appropriate level of security clearance may be discussed with you during the recruitment process. Any existing clearance holders may be able to transfer clearance (subject to approval).

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