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Principal Consultant - Procurement and Commercial

R-045073
  1. Birmingham, Cheltenham, London, Bristol
  1. Security, aerospace & defence

Principal Consultant - Procurement and Commercial

How about being part of the change that matters.

Are you ready to take up a vital role in shaping some of our exciting projects? How about joining our talented team, where everyone has a voice, and together we face our clients' problems head-on. It's a diverse and inclusive work environment where world-class talent knows no distinctions.

We know that different people have different priorities, which is why we're here to support you. Flexible and remote working is a central part of our culture. So talk to us about what's ideal for you – from reduced weeks to buying more leave over school holidays. And if you're returning from a career break, ask us how we can help you transition back into work with us.

The Role

Step into a rewarding role in our 'Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology' (ADS&T) division. As a Principal Procurement & Commercial Consultant, you'll stay challenged, providing key clients with day-to-day advice.

We are looking for talented well-rounded people with a track record of delivering to high standards. You will be given significant responsibility and exposure to our clients and be expected to act as an ambassador for our business. You will be accountable for the overall quality and timeliness of the delivery of assignments and the role may also require you to lead an Atkins team responsible for specific project outputs. Our consultants are also expected to help develop and grow our business. This may include contributing to bids or managing a bid team, and developing new business propositions or researching potential new markets.

Your purpose

We want you to help us grow our business by:

  • Managing and working within multi-disciplinary teams (at our clients’ premises and in our Atkins’ offices, across the UK) to deliver excellent results for our clients.

  • Guiding our clients through complex tendering processes (including using OJEU procedures) to engage suppliers that will provide the goods or services, including IT, that the client seeks. This may include facilitating workshops to understand the business need, preparing tender specifications, working with client legal advisers, engaging with suppliers, co-ordinating tender evaluation and supporting clients in negotiations.

  • Providing contract management, supplier management or commercial advice to clients, for example assessing supplier performance and helping clients gain performance improvements from their suppliers.

  • Preparing reports and presenting to a range of client stakeholders up to board level.

  • Contributing to the development of our tools, techniques and methods that can be shared to build capabilities within our Procurement & Commercial team and Business & Digital Consulting practice.

  • Contributing to Business Consulting & Transformation (and wider business) sales – including bid development and sales presentations to clients.

  • Supporting the development and delivery of marketing campaigns.

What you can bring

Successful candidates will be given significant responsibility for working with our clients from day one. We are looking for people who can demonstrate the following capability and experience across the following areas:

Client Management

  • You can build good and lasting relationships with clients at all levels in a business environment.

  • You are able to gain client trust and identify opportunities for adding further value to the client relationship.

  • You maintain a flexible attitude to working in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Technical Delivery

  • You have a degree or equivalent qualifications; however significant relevant experience will also be considered.

  • You have experience in specifying tenders and selecting service providers in a commercial environment, preferably using OJEU procedures.

  • CIPS accreditation or similar is desirable.

  • Ideally you will have experience in one or more of our key markets (Defence, Aerospace, Security, Energy, Utilities, Highways, Rail and the Public Sector)

People

  • You are a strong team player and have the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.

  • You can demonstrate an ability to transfer skills and knowledge to colleagues and clients.

  • You are proactive and enjoy working with a variety of people, but also comfortable working independently.

Business Development

  • You have experience of leading or contributing to the sale of management consulting work – including bid development and presentations

  • You have supported the development and delivery of marketing campaigns or promotional events for consulting services.

Why work for Atkins?

Our ADS&T teams provide independent and objective advice in mission-critical sectors. Join us to make a direct difference in helping our country to achieve its security and defence goals. From advisory, conceptual design and acquisition, through transformation, manufacture, certification and in-service support. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in the industry.

We value diversity and believe that everyone deserves to thrive, without exception. So, you'll be part of a culture that wants to see more women in senior roles. We have signed the MoD's ""Women in Defence"" and ""Women in Aviation and Aerospace"" charters. These pledges include providing opportunities for women to succeed at all levels. We're also committed to being a Military friendly employer and have been recognised with the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Gold Employer Recognition Award.

Meeting your needs

To help you get the most out of life in and outside of work, we offer employees "Total Reward." It's a package that can be tailored to your changing lifestyle, career and personal needs. You'll enjoy benefits such as partner discounts, leadership training, professional, accreditations, and career planning for any stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk through any adjustments you might need.

Read more about 'Total Reward'.

More about us

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Flexible Working

Atkins recognize that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment.

We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements

Diversity & Inclusion

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

Security

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance

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