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Commercial Officer 


Employment type:       6 Month - Fixed-Term Contract

Employment basis:     Full Time 

Salary:                         Competitive Salary and Excellent Benefits

Standard Hours:          40 hours per week, Monday to Friday


Job Description 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Officer to join BN Defence Limited, a subsidiary of the Britten-Norman Limited, producer of one of the most successful civil aircraft ever manufactured in the UK.  


Britten-Norman also manufactures a highly versatile, low cost surveillance aircraft type which is in use with a number of military and police operators world-wide including the UK’s Army Air Corps.

This role is based at our Lee-on-the-Solent premises.


Purpose of the role

Responsible for contract management and commercial oversight within BN Defence. To lead on the compilation of quotations, pricing, bids, contract amendments and the management of supplier contracts.


Primary Tasks

Main tasks will include but are not limited to:

·     Act as the main point of commercial contact for MoD contracts.

·     Ensure all quotes and orders are commercially aligned to business requirements.

·     To support the sales and marketing departments with potential opportunities to grow the defence business. 

·     Negotiate contractual agreements, changes and amendments. Manage the internal review process and final sign off.

·     To assist in producing and interpreting management financial data including monthly and ad hoc reporting.

·     Oversee and approve quotes and/or purchase orders (to an agreed limit).


Key Skills and Attributes: 

·     Experience in working with MoD.

·     Communication: Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills with the ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines. Attention to detail essential.

·     Computer Skills: Microsoft Outlook, Word, Powerpoint and strong MS Excel skills.

·     Strong analytical skills.




Minimum Qualification Requirements: 

·      5 GCSE passes at grade C or above with at least a grade B in each of Maths and English

·      2 A Level grade C passes (min 160 UCAS points) or equivalent qualification(s)

·      Full UK (Car) driving licence 


Required Experience

·      Experience in a previous commercial role

·      Experience of working in a project based environment

·      Experience of producing statistical analysis

·      Experience in the Aviation or defence sector



·      33 days holiday (Inclusive of bank holidays) 

·      Contributory pension scheme

·      Eligibility to join the healthcare scheme upon successful completion of the probation period



Any offer of employment will be conditional, subject to the successful completion of the Company’s Security Clearance process. This will be arranged by the Company on the candidate’s behalf.           


If you wish to apply for this role, please forward your CV and a covering letter demonstrating your suitability for the role, to


Due to the high number of applicants we receive, unfortunately we are unable to respond to all applications. As such, if you have not received a response from us within 3 weeks of submitting your application, please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.


We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time if there is a high level of applications, we would recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.