Interim Commercial Manager (Adults and Children’s Services) | London | £450 per day
Interim Commercial Manager (Adults and Children’s Services) | London | £450 per day

Interim Commercial Manager (Adults and Children’s Services) | London | £450 per day

Posted 3 weeks ago


Interim Commercial Manager (Adults and Children’s Services) | London | £450 per day


This role is flexible with a mix of office and home working. Likely office presence requirement is one day a week, dependent on business need.

Working as part of the Council’s Procurement Service the Commercial Manager will lead the delivery of high value/more complex or innovative tenders across Adult Services, Public Health and Children’s Services in the Council. Large projects coming up include the recommissioning of home care, reablement, housing care and support as well as a new Extra Care scheme.

You will have a high degree of commercial awareness and technical expertise across adult or children’s services. The Commercial Manager will need to build good working relationships with stakeholders at all levels, including commissioners, senior managers, budget holders and other specialists who are involved all stages of the tender process through to contract award.

Role details:

  • Lead high value/high risk tenders through all stages of the process from initiation (Gate 0) to contract mobilisation (Gate 4).
  • Provide commissioner or the budget holder with pragmatic and informed advice throughout;
  • Use your sector knowledge and expertise and desktop research to ensure you understand the product or service you are involved with;
  • Work collaboratively with legal and other subject matter experts to develop the form of contract, special terms and conditions, KPI’s;
  • Prepare a procurement strategy that describes your procurement findings and recommended approach;
  • Secure efficiency and other operational improvements from your work;
  • Understand how sustainability and social value will be secured through the tender process;
  • Ensure that specifications and desired outcomes are expressed in a meaningful way;
  • Develop evaluation models to achieve the desired outcome and best value for money;
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and Council requirements and policies;
  • Support the mobilisation of the contract prior to handover at Gate 4.
  • Attend project board meetings as required;
  • Ensure effective communication and engagement with stakeholders and partners (including external suppliers);
  • Assess and manage the risk associated with each activity including the development and assessment of the financial robustness of bidders during the tendering process and post award;
  • Keep aware of relevant policy, best practice and legislative changes;
  • Be committed to your own professional development and promote good practice within the team and more widely across the business;
  • Manage your tender using the e-procurement tools used by the council and contribute to its further development;
  • Budget Responsibilities; No budgetary responsibilities. Tenders for high risk contracts above £100k and often more than £20m
  • Staffing: Line management responsibility for staff working as flexible teams to deliver specific projects.


  • Design and management of quotations/tenders to a successful conclusion;
  • Deliver the required service and commercial outcomes within agreed timescales;
  • Enhance the reputation of the Procurement Service and the Council as a knowledgeable and astute commercial operator;
  • Mitigate risk and compliance through adherence with local policies standards;
  • Continuous professional development

Skills and experience

  • Experience in a procurement/finance or commissioning environment
  • Has developed written statements of requirements, specifications or contracts which contain technical or commercial requirements across a range of different services (or may have specialised in a certain area (such as care services or the built environment)
  • Has a detailed understanding of the end to end process and the key inputs that are required to complete and deliver a tender successfully, including those covered by PCR regulations
  • Has developed and maintained productive relationships, including those with key stakeholders and external organisations
  • Has worked in a structured or project-based environment
  • Worked independently or with others to deliver discreet projects
  • Has produced written and verbal summaries, including reports that have a strong and compelling narrative
  • Has strong financial literacy and numeracy and has used analysis to influence outcomes or thinking.
  • Proven delivery skills and experience of working to tight, pressurised deadlines;
  • Highly developed communication skills, the ability to generate insight and value added for the customer.
  • A heightened commercial acumen.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including report writing;
  • Highly literate computer skills particularly MS Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).

Please contact us for a full job description.

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