Posted 1 month ago

Interim Procurement and Contracts Manager, initially for  3 month post with likely extension

Summary of Role

  • To manage the service team that provides procurement and contract management advice, guidance and support to procuring and contracting services of the Council.

Key Accountabilities

Service Delivery Accountabilities

  • Manage a team of procurement professionals in the delivery of the Council’s Procurement Strategy
  • Operate the Council’s Procurement Centre of Excellence
  • Ensure best practice in procurement and contract management is adhered to across the Council.
  • Provide technical assurance and develop internal standards, policies and procedures within the specialist/category area.
  • Working collaboratively across the organisation to undertake the provision of guidance, advice, training and where required manage the hands-on support from the specialists to services within the Council
  • Ensure the team is current with developments in legislation and best practice relevant to professional area, and develop proposals for organisational improvement as appropriate to level.
  • Applying knowledge to lead projects around major procurements within the Council.
  • Contribute to the development of corporate policy, strategy and plans including responding to legislative and guidance changes on procurement and contract management
  • Working within statutory Council and Government guidelines and ensuring full statutory compliance in the delivery of the service.
  • Ensure delivery and management of those corporate contracts under direct control of the Procurement Team.


  • Provide functional and/or operational leadership for senior procurement specialists ensuring the provision of professional services that meet customer needs.
  • Acting as member of corporate project teams – providing specialist advice and input
  • Contributing to strategy, performance and quality control, and service and financial planning for specialist area(s)
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues across the organisation, Members and managing key relationships e.g. with members, partners, other stakeholders
  • Assisting the development of, and ongoing operation of, the Procurement and Contracts Centre of Excellence promoting best practice across the organisation.
  • Promotion of best practice in procurement and contract management across all services in the Council through issuance of guidance and training as required.
  • Additional Corporate Responsibilities as well as supporting and developing others within specialist area.


  • Relevant qualifications or equivalent experience in the specialist area
  • Membership of relevant professional body
  • Evidence of continuous personal and professional development

Technical Skills

  • Good IT skills including office software such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel
  • An understanding of large, complex and political organisations
  • Well developed written and verbal communication skills with an ability to articulate strategic thinking
  • Presentation skills, able to engage an audience
  • Effective strategy and report writing skills, able to make recommendations for decision making .
  • An understanding of the principles of project and programme management
  • Ability to actively listen in order to extract and assess the important information, ask pertinent questions in order to seek clarification
  • Able to interrogate & analyse data and information

Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience in undertaking commissioning activities overseeing all elements of the commissioning cycle
  • Experience of supporting the development and delivery of policies and strategies
  • Knowledge and experience of the Category areas, and working in a political environment, with understanding of the issues for local authorities and service users
  • Experience of working in a matrix management environment, where cross- team and cross-organisation working are essential
  • Experience of delivering projects to achieve strategic goals and service improvements with evidence of success in achieving targets and managing performance
  • Experience of writing effective briefings and strategic documents
  • Experience of successfully resolving complex cases that require an element of judgement
  • Well developed working knowledge of the political landscape, legislative frameworks, and regional and national drivers surrounding the area of specialism
  • Experience of identifying, developing and delivery of opportunities for improving the service
  • Experience of negotiating and influencing with external stakeholders in order to deliver strategic outcomes

Job Features

Job Category

Projects & Programme Management

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