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Business Consultant

Atkins - Defence
Birmingham, West Midlands
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Do you enjoy providing solutions that make our world a better place?

Are you considering your next career move and want to join our talented Procurement & Commercial Consulting team with a huge variety of projects across a variety of market sectors?  When you start this role with us, it could take your career wherever your interests lie.

The Role:

Step into a rewarding role in our 'Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology' (ADS&T) division. As a Management Procurement & Commercial Consultant, you will understand the challenges and opportunities of providing all clients with day-to-day Procurement & Commercial advice, support, and solutions.

We are looking for talented people with a track record of delivering Procurement & Commercial solutions to high standards. You will be given responsibility and exposure to our clients and be expected to act as an ambassador for our business. You will be accountable for the quality and timeliness of your assignments and project outputs. Our Management Consultants are also expected to help develop and grow our business. This may include contributing to bids, developing new business propositions, or researching potential new markets.

Management Consultants will be part of a team working with our more senior and experienced Consultants. You'll find everyone here is willing to support, guide and help you because we all want you to succeed and we are ready to help you grow. We will provide you with excellent training opportunities, on-going coaching, along with mentoring and peer support throughout your career.

Your Purpose:

As a Management Consultant we want you to help us grow our business by:

  • Working within multi-disciplinary teams (at our clients’ premises and in our Atkins’ offices, across the UK) to deliver excellent results for our clients.
  • Supporting our clients through complex tendering processes (including using current Public Sector procurement procedures) to engage suppliers that will provide the goods or services the client seeks. This may include facilitating workshops to understand the business need, preparing tender specifications, working with client legal advisers, engaging with suppliers, co-ordinating tender evaluation and supporting clients in negotiations.
  • Providing contract management, supplier management or commercial advice to clients; for example, assessing supplier performance and helping clients gain performance improvements from their suppliers.
  • Preparing reports and presenting to a range of client stakeholders.
  • Contributing to the development of our tools, techniques and methods that can be shared to build capabilities within our Procurement & Commercial Consulting team, and Business & Digital Consulting practice.

About You:

Successful candidates will be working with our clients from day one. We are looking for knowledgeable Procurement & Commercial people who can demonstrate the following capabilities and experience across the following areas:

Client Engagement –

  • You can build good and lasting relationships with clients at all levels in a business environment.
  • You are able to gain client trust and identify opportunities for adding further value to the client relationship.
  • You maintain a flexible attitude to working in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Technical Delivery –

  • You have experience in specifying tenders and selecting service providers in a commercial environment.
  • Ideally you will have experience in one or more of our key markets: Defence, Aerospace, Security, Energy, Utilities, Highways, Rail, and the Public Sector.
  • CIPS accreditation or similar is highly desirable.
  • You have a degree or equivalent qualifications; however relevant experience will also be considered.

People –

  • You are a strong team player and can communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  • You can demonstrate an ability to transfer skills and knowledge to colleagues and clients.
  • You are proactive and enjoy working with a variety of people, but also comfortable working independently.

Business Development –

  • You have supported the development and delivery of marketing campaigns or promotional events.
  • Ideally you have experience of contributing to the sale of management consulting work – including bid development and presentations.

Why work for Atkins?

People join us because they share a desire to be at the forefront of the ADS&T Business Unit and deliver outstanding projects. We empower our people to be the professional individuals they want to be, working on projects they feel proud of, making a difference to the world they live in and the legacy they leave behind.

We develop individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house as well as external training for all our staff.

Meeting your needs:

When you start with us, you'll enjoy "Total Reward", a package that can be tailored to your lifestyle, career and personal needs. From flexible holidays to life assurance, health & wellbeing benefits, and career planning for the senior stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk about any adjustments you might need.

Read more about 'Total Reward'.

More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join. We're also a Silver Rating holder in the Aerospace & Defence sector, as per the Financial Times rating of the UK’s leading management consultants.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.


Atkins is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Flexible Working:

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment.

We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

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