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Deputy Director, Commercial and Operations


National, with a minimum of two days in London required.

About the job


About the Geospatial Commission:

Better use of location data has the power to transform the lives of UK citizens and grow our economy. The increasing relevance of location data and technologies and the array of applications present a clear economic opportunity by transforming services across the private and public sectors and helping to deliver economic growth and increased productivity. The UK’s status as a world leader in location data presents an exciting opportunity to realise value in the applications and services it underpins.

The Geospatial Commission was established in 2018 to develop and deliver the UK’s geospatial strategy, and has a mandate to:

• Provide strategic oversight of the geospatial ecosystem in the UK, setting geospatial strategy, policy and standards.

• Hold the budget for the public sector’s largest investment in strategically important geospatial data.

• Make targeted investments in data projects that accelerate innovation and the adoption of geospatial data applications.

The Commercial and Operations Team:

The Commercial and Operations team provides a solid foundation for both the public sector’s access to core geospatial data and the Commission’s sector-wide policy and implementation.

The Team provides financial support, guidance, and clearance of often novel financial cases, setting current and future budgets in line with wider team strategy, monitoring and forecasting against our c.£130m annual budget to support the development and delivery of the UK’s geospatial strategy.

The Team is also responsible for management of contracts of a value of circa £100m p.a. on behalf of the whole of the public sector in England and Wales, providing access to Ordnance. Survey data and the setting of their public task, aerial photography and height data, and addressing data. All of which work in conjunction with one another to underpin critical public services including the emergency services and the full spectrum of local government services.

The Geospatial Commission is commissioning work in a range of areas to support the development of a wide range of public and private sector organisations which will build on sound commercial and contractual footings.

Job description

The Deputy Director, Commercial and Operations role is fundamental to the strategic commercial and efficient programme and financial operations of the Commission. It will develop and oversee the team responsible for the Commission’s financial strategy and budget, commercial strategy and contracts and portfolio management approach, together with the corporate component of the Commission’s business. In doing so the role will help shape the Commission’s high-profile initiatives and relevant cross-government policy agenda and wider strategies such as on mobility, infrastructure, housing, the environment and data more broadly.

• Developing the Commission’s commercial strategy, working with Cabinet Office commercial practitioners and across the Commission’s contracts and programme teams to instill best commercial practice.

• Establishing and overseeing the Commission’s £multi-million contracts function, ensuring that its high value, public sector data contracts are managed efficiently and assurance requirements are fully provisioned for and met.

• Developing the Commission’s longer term operating model, including development and embedding of the role of the Portfolio Management Office and appropriate alignment with Cabinet Office corporate functions.

• Overseeing the Commission’s longer term financial strategy, ensuring the budget is aligned and prioritised according to the wider strategic approach at all times.

• Developing and managing a multi- disciplinary team of c20 commercial, programme and finance specialists to ensure coherent working across the wider Commission.

• Gaining t cheonfidence of senior decision makers across government to boost the profile, value and success of the Commission’s activities.


Specific experience and expertise required:

• Leadership - An approach to team working that prizes inclusion, values diversity, and encourages a culture of positivity and passion for the work both within and outside of the organisation. Being a role model for the Civil Service values.

• Management - Ability to shape and manage a large team of functional experts, including contract, programme and project managers; policy analysts, and; financial accountants, setting clear objectives for how the team is working together and with others, and developing individuals and therefore the organisation's capability to create a supportive and inspiring place to work.

• Strategic Acumen - A degree of comfort with ambiguity, combined with the ability to set up clear processes and functions (eg budgetary accountability; contract management; portfolio management) to establish a team with a clear remit that can work effectively across the wider organisation and with functional partners.

• Commercial strategy - The ability to have a view of commercial interests and models potentially relevant for the Commission and its delivery partners, and how to apply these to specific geospatial business cases; experience of government procurement approaches.

• Influencing - A tactical approach to gaining the credibility of and influencing senior stakeholders, to build and maintain a wide network of potential partners that can also communicate a clear direction on the Commission’s behalf. An understanding of the context for government data policy would be helpful.

Specialist Skills (essential):

• Commercial strategy/contract management.
• Experience of government procurement approaches.
• Budgetary oversight and/or accountability.
• Programme management.

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