Welcome Message from Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer

Thank you for your interest in joining HM Government’s Commercial Function.

Building a strong Commercial Function in Government, and with it the right commercial capability, is at the heart of a far-reaching programme of Civil Service Reform. Sir Jeremy Heywood, Head of the Civil Service, describes building commercial capability across Government as one of his top three priorities. Creating the Commercial Function is the response to the challenges that Government has faced in recent times, and is an essential element of the Government’s efforts to address the value for money agenda, while delivering higher quality public services.

My vision is to make the Government’s Commercial Function the best in the UK: staffed with top commercial specialists, creating and managing innovative, efficient and effective commercial arrangements. This is an exciting and diverse environment - our procurements can range from £100k to multi-billion pound contracts; with annual spend on individual contracts often exceeding £500m. Our supply base includes SME's and the largest multinationals; and our business models have the Government acting as shareholder or sponsor, as well as being an ‘intelligent client’.

We need to continue to improve our knowledge of the marketplace. We need to maximise value from our commercial dealings. We need senior commercial specialists across all Government Departments working collectively to address common ‘Crown’ objectives and acting as a single customer.

Government has recognised the crucial importance of building the senior leadership group within the Commercial Function; recognised as senior professionals, supported through ongoing specialised training and development, and encouraged to make personal progress. We need to build a cadre of commercial talent in all government departments; people who can manage our commercial portfolios, who can lead our most complex and novel programmes and projects, people who have the gravitas and depth of experience to work alongside our policy and operational leaders to develop innovative commercial arrangements, whether through joint ventures, outsourcing or best-in-class contracts.

I hope you will be inspired to join us and help lead the ongoing commercial reform agenda of the Civil Service. You won’t find a more exciting or diverse challenge elsewhere.

Gareth Rhys Williams

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