Careers in Commercial Services

Do you want to work for an organisation that consistently offers an incredible variety of challenging and stimulating work? If yes, then why not do it in a place of outstanding natural beauty surrounded by sea, sand and spectacular scenery. Cornwall Council is unique too; a large, fast moving Council which has recently secured the UK’s first devolution deal for a rural county. Its Commercial Services excels in this environment with innovative service delivery, excellent support and resources coupled with investment in individual personal development.

We are currently seeking talented, ambitious and dedicated individuals for a number of upcoming opportunities across our Commercial Services teams.

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We are a large unitary Council with annual expenditure exceeding £1 billion. Currently Commercial Service has around 150 staff providing a range of professional support services within the wider Customer and Support Services directorate in a new way. The Service covers a range of services from project management, procurement through to property and capital projects. The Service is instrumental in delivering the key Council objectives around Value for Money, efficiency and innovation.

Everything our Service delivers is supporting the Council’s Strategic theme – Being efficient, effective and innovative and some examples of the priorities are set out below, which sit alongside our business as usual activity: 

  • Commercial Strategy - We will continue to develop and deliver the Council’s Commercial Strategy, inspiring a commercial culture across the council and the wider public sector in Cornwall.
  • Property Transformation and Delivery Plan - This Programme will ensure that the Property Service of Cornwall Council is established with a fit for purpose Property Strategy, endorsed by Members and Senior Officers and the necessary supporting infrastructure (i.e. organisational structure, systems and processes) to deliver effectively.
  • Supplier Relationship Management - We will create a Supplier Relationship Management strategy that encompasses how we will develop our own company strategies as well as our wide range of suppliers. This will include continuing to promote and develop our Supply Chain Development Programme to support and stimulate businesses in Cornwall in order to assist with the Business Rates pilot (Council Business Plan).
  • Asset Management System - We will implement and maximise our new Asset Management System across all of the Council’s property services.
  • Support Transformation and Complex Projects - We will support the Council’s key programmes and projects of change through a clear and consistent approach to project management and creation of a Programme Management Office.
  • Capital Projects - We will define and agree the approach to all Capital Projects, in particular how and when the specialist team will be engaged and utilised.
  • Contract Management - We will define the approach and model for contract management in the Council and move into direct management for strategic and critical contracts.
  • Shareholder support to Group of companies - We will provide the Shareholder support for Corserv (Group of Companies) and create a governance structure that reflects the need and commercial approach.
  • Income generation (Business Development Manager) - We will implement and support the development of the income generation framework across the Council, as well as a focused area to test our approach for Service to Schools.

Our Service sits within the Customer and Support Services Directorate and is made up of the following 4 main areas that cover a number of functions:

Supplier Relationship Management

The posts form part of a new team in Commercial Services which seeks to drive consistent best practice in Contract and Supplier Relationship Management across the organisation. Effective and efficient contract management is a priority for both the Leader of the Council and the Council Directors Team.

  • Contract Management
  • Supply chain management
  • Company Shareholder Support
  • Programme and project management
  • Commissioning Toolkit and Academy Support


  • Commercial Strategy
  • Tendering and Procurement
  • Commercial Advice
  • Contract Management
  • Investment and Commercial Board
  • Private Finance Initiatives
  • Internal Direct Award Contractual Relationships


  • Overarching Property Strategy
  • Operational Estate Management
  • Commercial Portfolio Management and Review
  • One Public Estate Programme
  • Investment and operations of all council-owned property assets
  • Estate Management and Asset Management System
  • Facilities Management
  • Devolution

Capital Projects

  • Commission and delivery of building and civil engineering construction projects
  • Management of Construction and Project Controls Frameworks
  • Service development and developing offering

We have a number of roles available. Please see individual links for specific role information and how to apply:

Supplier Relationship Management


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For further information, please email or call 01872 323800.