Commercial Development Programme - Flexible Working Available

London (Central), London (Greater)
£29,000 rising to 33990 after successful completion of a year in post
15 Oct 2019
18 Nov 2019
Contract Type


We are excited to present this opportunity to start a challenging and rewarding commercial career with us.

The Department for Transport is an important component to the UK's infrastructure, as it is vital for economic growth and prosperity. Transport keeps Britain on the move whether that be the daily commute to work or supplying businesses up and down the country, without it, business sectors cannot function efficiently.

Job description

If you are a driven and motivated individual who seeks a challenging and rewarding career within a commercial role, then we will provide you with first class training and development and an opportunity to work on major and high profile projects.

You’ll either have a 2:1 degree or a master’s degree to apply, or be qualified or part-qualified in procurement, accountancy or project management or a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in a commercially focused role. The important thing is that you're passionate about developing yourself professionally, can demonstrate a high level of numeracy and have the potential to take on a leadership role.


What will you be doing? The programme will run for three years and will include a diverse range of commercial based roles across the department, these include; Rail Franchising, High Speed Rail, Complex Commercial Procurement, Major Contract Management, Commercial Policy Development and Project Financing.

We are looking to develop future leaders with specialist commercial knowledge and skills, as these are critical to the overall success of the department and Civil Service. In addition, your ability to lead and encourage others will also be essential to this role.

What’s in it for you? The three year programme will be packed with challenge and variety to equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in senior commercial roles in the Department by the end of the programme. You will have our full support throughout the programme to enable you to drive your career forward, including funding you to study towards a professional qualification that is relevant to the commercial profession.

What will you need? Candidates will need to have a passion for their own personal development, be highly numerate and prepared to commit to a three year development programme, including a professional qualification.

We will also expect you to demonstrate your ability to communicate and influence effectively, as well as showing your potential and desire to lead people.

The attached brochure will provide you with further details. If you have any questions, please contact the Emerging Talent team on

About us

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our ‘one team’ approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that’s why we’re committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You’ll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.

Find out more about what it's like working at the Department for Transport.

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


You’ll either have a 2:1 degree or a master’s degree to apply, or be qualified or part-qualified in procurement, accountancy or project management or a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in a commercially focused role.


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

  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Leadership
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Things you need to know 

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.

This campaign is due to close on the 18th November 2019. Following your initial short application you will be sent an online Verbal and Numerical reasoning test that you will need to complete before the campaign closes on 18th November. You are advised to complete the test before this to give you time to If you are successful in these tests you will be invited to complete the 2nd part of your application, which is your evidence of suitability against the behaviours listed in this advert. You will then be sent a link to complete an online Situational Judgement test where you will have 5 working days to complete. Please ensure that you check your Junk Folder within your email account for the links to complete the online tests.

A sift will take place w/c 09/12/19, and those candidates who are successful will be invited to the final assessment, which will be held in London between the end of February and early March. Travel costs will be funded to those candidates who are invited to the Assessment Centre, where you will receive a notification of how to book your travel well in advance .

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

Should a large number of applications be received, the initial sift may be conducted using a lead behaviour. This will be the behaviour which is listed first in the job advert. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the essential role requirements within the application behaviour responses.

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

• an interview
• an interview with one or more exercises
• a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises

The Department for Transport alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means for each role we consider what you will need to demonstrate in order to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. For further information on Success Profiles please click here

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These may include questions about:

• what energises and motivates you
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

We may hold a merit list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post. Within the merit list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.
Any move to the Department for Transport will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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.

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.

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