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Sector Insights and Commercial Strategy Manager (up to £4k for CIPS qualified candidates)

Job details
Posting date: 05 June 2024
Salary: £40,025 to £40,025 per year
Additional salary information: National - £40,025 London - £44,043
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 17 June 2024
Location: Leeds
Company: Government Recruitment Service
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 356229/1


In DHSC, we are proud of our purpose – to enable everyone to live more independent, healthier lives for longer. To achieve this, and create a great place to work, we have four values: we are inclusive, we constantly improve, we challenge, and we are agile. If this sounds like an environment you’d like to work in, we’d love to hear from you.

The Sector Insights and Commercial Strategy (SI&CS) team is a multi-disciplinary team within the Commercial Directorate, designed to embed commercial considerations at the heart of DHSC policy making. Our flexible unit works like an internal consultancy for policy teams across health and care, and we collaborate with them to bring a business, financial and commercial perspective to policy design.

The team also creates deep dives into sectors and markets of relevance to the health and social care world. We work to equip our policy teams with market knowledge that helps shape their decision making and the procurements they go out for.

You will work on a project by project basis, managing several work packages at any given time, accountable to multiple policy areas across the Department; assessing markets, providing analysis and advice, briefing ministers and senior leaders and shaping service transformation and design through new technology and operating models.

The core purpose of the role is to: 

  • Embed commercial acumen into the earliest stages of policy development, helping teams to consider delivery mechanisms, feasibility, sourcing strategies as an essential part their policy thinking  
  • Advise on options development for policy teams across the department; 
  • Advise on implementation approaches, including the use of alternative provision and models where appropriate; and 
  • Engage with specialists (such as procurement, contract management, legal, finance and grants) across the Commercial Directorate where appropriate to support the implementation of a policy project. 
  • Build sector insights knowledge to better understand the structure, functions and key activities of the key sectors in health.
  • Facilitate market research to gain insights into the market and support policy teams in this relevant area.

The team is routinely involved in high-profile policy developments which are key priorities for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and wider Ministerial team. The central nature of our service offer means that we deal with a greater volume and diversity of policy themes than many policy professionals, working across social care, medicines and pharmaceuticals, acute care/NHS, primary care, secondary care and international trade. The team is an excellent place for commercial professionals to see the realities of policy making/delivery, as the core customer of the commercial function – and to experience the totality of the commercial lifecycle.


  • Assisting with providing commercial advice to policy colleagues during policy formation.
  • ​Supporting and challenging DHSC policy teams to ensure implementation of commercial policy is planned and successfully executed.  
  • ​Establishing and maintaining relationships or partnerships with key stakeholders who are of strategic importance to the organisation. This may include Ministers and senior employees in the organisation or external organisations. 
  • ​Assisting with the evaluation the strategic implications of projects by considering how they align and fit with the work of the Directorate and the Cabinet Office and Civil Service goals. 
  • ​Managing conflicting workload across multiple independent projects – delivering commissions to time and quality to develop and maintain a reputation for customer service excellence with policy colleagues. 
  • Conduct market deep-dives, gaining insights into health and care related markets, which will help shape influence and shape markets.
  • Take a proactive approach to monitoring key industry and media outlets for updates in relevant markets, building findings into insights and commercial advice