Department for Transport
The Department for Transport:
The Department for Transport is responsible for delivering some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country and is at the heart of the development of transport policy.
Commercial Development Programme:
Our Commercial Development programme is divided into three one year placements where you will receive first-class training and a real opportunity to put into practice your newly acquired skills by working on major and high profile projects.
What will you gain?
- An understanding of how the public sector buys good and services and ensures their effective delivery
- Exposure to industry experts and first-hand experience of complex negotiations
- Responsibility and accountability on major infrastructure projects and the way they are designed, financed and managed
- Contract management skills and the opportunity to play a part in ensuring key services are delivered to the public
- Awareness of the financial market and how it can support or impact on front line delivery
- An understanding of how major commercial transactions are treated in accounting terms
We are excited to present to you with this opportunity to start a challenging and rewarding career with us at DfT.
Case Study 1
James MacAulay - Commercial Associate
Case Study 2
Nishani Balendra - Commercial Associate
Before joining the Commercial Development programme, I had just qualified as a solicitor after graduating from Oxford University in Law. The attraction of the Commercial Development programme was not only that I would be developing key, in demand commercial skills, but also the variety of work that would be open to me through the three one year placements. I also looked forward to the prospect of working on large projects and grappling with some of the key challenges in infrastructure.
Why did you decide to apply to the DfT Commecial Development Programme?
The Commercial Development programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake a professional qualification, which will add to and enhance the commercial work experience you gain on the programme. In addition there is a comprehensive support network through mentors (including senior civil service mentor and mentor to assist with professional qualifications) and a buddy, which helped me to fit into the culture and work practices of the DfT relatively quickly, whilst at the same time providing me with invaluable guidance on work and career development.
How have you found your DfT work placement?
My first role was as an assistant commercial adviser on the HS2 project. I helped to develop, track and implement contract management and change processes arising from DfT’s contract with HS2 Ltd, which involved me working closely with commercial consultants and regularly attending and contributing to meetings with senior managers at both HS2 Ltd and the DfT. My first role exposed me to the sheer breadth and complexity of a project worth over £50 billion, and proved to be a fast-paced, challenging but ultimately rewarding environment to work in.