Environment & Neighbourhoods/Strategic Procurement
Strategic Procurement Partner
Ensure all procurements are conducted within Council contract standing orders, current policies and public procurement regulations.
In conjunction with Council legal function, ensure procurement contracts are developed to provide clear and robust commercial arrangements and which address key performance criteria.
Support key stakeholders in supplier relationship and contract management, to ensure key performance indicators and service level agreements are embedded in all high risk, high value contracts.
Prepare and Lead on Social Value Initiatives and Social Value Evaluations.
Develop appropriate Community Wealth Building and Insourcing Strategies.
Act as the key point of contact for Strategic Procurement on matters relating to procurement process compliance (e.g. waiver request).
Utilise Council procurement and financial systems to maintain comprehensive and accurate records of procurement processes (e.g. DPS, tenders, RFQs, waivers) to record contractual arrangements with suppliers.
Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with business commissioners that will enable most effective delivery of defined outcomes.
To support in-house training and workshops, relating to procurement processes, to officers in business units as necessary.
To provide technical and contractual advice and guidance to technical and non-technical clients regarding the most appropriate procurement solution and forms of contract (e.g. services, design and build, traditional construction, etc.) projects.
Ensure systems and processes deployed contribute to delivery of the savings and benefit targets as set by Head of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Partners.
Be fully informed about all public procurement and other regulatory changes that may affect Council procurement and contractual operations.
To represent the Council at meetings with contractors and consultants, including other Local Authorities and at procurement forums etc.
To work flexibly across other areas of procurement in response to Council needs and changing workloads.
1. Post holder is responsible for accuracy and completeness of data. Data is used to report publicly
on volume and value of all Council procurements above £500; to manage total expenditure;
measure performance savings; and record approved exceptions to standard process and non-
- Understanding, knowledge and ability to follow guidelines that ensures compliance to Health and Safety at Work, Data Protection and other statutory requirements.
Awareness of health and safety aspects and issues, first aid and manual handling in relation to working environment.Knowledge and experience of using IT systems working knowledge adequate or sound knowledge required.
An understanding And commitment to promoting and implementing the Council's Equal Opportunities policies.
Undertake any other duties consistent with the basic duties and objectives of the post.
- Extensive experience of managing and delivering complex and high value public
sector procurement tenders under Procurement Contract Regulations in local government, within the posts primary category.
To have a working knowledge of the posts primary category related industry Regulations to facilitate best value in procurement projects.
Development of robust commercial specifications and service level agreements.
Can offer constructive advice in developing pragmatic contract performance measurements.
A well organised person with excellent time and task management abilities, able to deliver complex and multiple activities against tight time pressures.
Ability to engage clients with professionalism and communicate effectively on potentially complex procurement regulations.
Development and successful deployment of formal negotiation strategies.
Highly developed analytical skills with the ability to critically appraise supplier bids and identify value opportunities.
Able to creatively operate within the constraints of public procurement regulations. Act in a consultative manner with clients and colleagues to facilitate best outcomes.
Excellent working knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework governing public sector procurement.
Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with all levels of Council colleagues and external supplier organisations.
Ability to work independently of supervision using own initiative to make effective decisions and prioritise workload.
Able to take the lead in developing and managing procurement options.
Ability to challenge and influence ideas.
Produce clear, well-structured and informative reports.
A basic knowledge of legal contracting coupled with the ability to engage effectively with Council legal representatives.
A willingness to proactively develop and enhance the service offering of the role.