Alastair was just out of school when he joined DE&S and was looking to develop his career opportunities
Why did you choose to pursue a career in the Commercial area of DE&S?
I had heard from family and friends who have worked with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) about the support that DE&S provides for their careers. It also appealed to me, as I was just out of school when I joined and I was looking to develop my career opportunities.
What does your role entail?
I work in the Commercial team on contract management, analysing and extracting data to give regular updates on our current contracts. I have to create the presentations that go out to my senior colleagues and suppliers and ensure that the data is 100 per cent correct. I also have to ensure that I keep up our team’s track record of delivering and being highly reliable.
What are the opportunities to develop and progress in Commercial business area of DE&S?
I’m currently looking to undertake my Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 4 exam, as this will improve my knowledge of the Commercial area of DE&S and I will also gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of it. I have also been successful in my application to do a Level 3 apprenticeship in customer service, which will be extremely helpful, especially in my role.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the complexity of the task and knowing that the data we provide saves the business – and the tax payer – money. I also enjoy that I am fairly new to the MOD and I’m trusted by my team to produce business critical reports.