Virtual Commercial Services
Commercial consultancy is an expensive service. Our experience is that customers who engage consultants on a full-time basis, end up using their services on a 50-50 mix of core consulting and general administrative activities.
At Mindful, we think the consulting model needs disruption – for clients to get great value for money, and for consultants to focus on what they do best.
The Mindful advantage
This is why we created our new G-Cloud Virtual Commercial Management services offering. Here we pre-define services that can be applied to a range of Commercial situations that government departments are faced with.
With our Virtual Commercial Manager service, you can now engage Commercial professionals on a retainer basis over 3 tiers – each costing less than an FTE (full-time equivalent). Now there’s no need to blow your budget to get quality Commercial support for your programme.
Whether you need a sounding board, deep-dive expertise or full-fledged management, we have options on a retainer basis to cover your needs. Additionally, discrete support available for commercial case drafting, sourcing, negotiations & dispute.
Our contracting model allows you to extend your Commercial workforce rightly, rapidly and economically. Plus, the arrangement is for a fixed price every month and highly IR35 friendly.
Service 1: Sounding Board
Use case: This service would suit customers concerned about the scale of the work at hand.
Contact frequency: You will have contact with us through multiple means including bi-weekly face-to-face contact, email contact for simple matters throughout, and bi-weekly scheduled calls.
Fraction of FTE costs: 33%*
Service 2: Deep Dive
Use case: This service would suit customers who are looking for higher involvement on a programme.
Contact frequency: You will have contact with us through multiple means including weekly face-to-face contact, email contact for simple matters throughout, and our availability for meetings.
Fraction of FTE costs: 50%*
Service 3: Virtual Management
Use case: This service would suit customers where your appointed Commercial manager is a 3-day or 4-day worker.
Contact frequency: You will have contact with us through multiple means, including weekly face-to-face contact, phone contact and email contact throughout.
Fraction of FTE costs: 75%*
Frequently Asked Questions
Sounds good. Can this service be flexed?
Yes, add-ons allow us to flex the retainer packages, or alternatively increase our capacity for any discrete work packages you engage us on.
What price can these services be procured for?
Service 1: Sounding Board: £3300 + VAT
Service 2: Deep Dive: £5000 + VAT
Service 3: Virtual Management £7500 + VAT
For further pricing information, please see our Pricing Document here.
Can I use it for dispute management?
Yes, you will benefit from our experience in resolving high value disputes. We work closely with your service management function, providing them with a commercial and contract touch point, and give proactive and reactive advice on supplier or contract issues that emerge or could emerge.
Can you manage our procurement?
Yes, we can lead or assist in establishing your sourcing / procurement strategy and plan.
Is this service IR35 friendly?
Absolutely! The service is pre-defined and fixed price. In terms of IR35 compliance, nothing could be more genuine a relationship than this.
Who will be assigned to work for us?
The services will be provided by our Director personally or procured from our network of high-calibre Commercial professionals subcontracted via us.
Who's used us
Our consultants have been engaged with high-profile Central Government departments. The range of programmes we support include: ERP programmes, technology platform spend, cyber security & other live services.