Our results speak volumes.
Our team is passionate about their work. They’re on a unique trajectory, ensuring the Government Commercial Function is the best commercial function in the UK – and we’ve got the stories to prove it.
We’re a great place to work. Our projects are highly varied. Our workplaces are supportive. Every member of our team is on a valuable learning curve. We’re all involved in the types of tasks that are ideally suited to commercially-savvy individuals. In short, we can offer a workplace like no other. Don’t just take our word for it – here are just a few examples of what we’ve achieved recently…
Driving sector-leading savings:
In June 2016, the Complex Transaction Team was tasked with procuring a new programme that would help the long-term unemployed secure employment and provide support to people with disabilities. Replacing the previous Work Programme and Work Choice Programme, the programme had an ambitious cost-saving remit. The team rose to the challenge, delivering an increase in both performance and the number of service users, plus 10% lower average costs. By 2023, this will deliver approximately £50 million of savings.
Ensuring profits are justified:
Faced with the sensitive renegotiation of the AWE ML (Atomic Weapons Establishment Management Limited) contract, the MOD (Ministry of Defence) turned to Complex Transactions for additional support. On review of the commercial opportunities in the existing arrangements, it was discovered that the contract was not incentivising the proper behaviours, resulting in profits for the contractor which were hard to justify. With carefully-managed interactions, AWE ML maintained the contract, surrendering their right to additional profits – resulting in cumulative savings of £331.1 million.
Using intervention and challenge constructively:
The Commercial Continuous Improvement team has witnessed £63.6 billion worth of reviewed business cases. Recent challenges have included supporting the definition of the £323 million contract for MOJ (Ministry of Justice) Prisoner Escorting, delivering strong market messaging that HMG is a desirable organisation to do business with. The team also supported Highways England when challenged on the £376 million 7+2 year contract length with National Roads Telecommunications Service. The team concluded that the existing contract offered the best value for money, with 8% savings on core costs.
Raising standards through proactive support:
Failing to deliver the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) ambitious targets, the Capita contract was under threat. During detailed interactions with the Capita team, key operational and commercial issues were identified, and an improvement plan was devised to improve their outcomes and resolve complex outstanding issues. With an improved department-supplier relationship based on trust, the supplier has committed to continue investing in their services, while the MOD has saved a significant amount of taxpayers’ money.
Turning a negative into a positive:
Carillion, the Government’s sixth largest supplier, announced its liquidation in January 2018. With around 420 contracts across central and local government, the Markets and Suppliers team stepped up to the mark to shape contingency plans that would impact on around 25 contracts in the most critical public service areas such as prisons, military establishments and hospitals. As a result, there has been little disruption to public services, the cost to the taxpayer has been kept to a minimum, and many Carillion employees have been helped into new roles.