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Interim Senior Procurement Officer

Tempest Resourcing Limited





Posted: 23/05/2023

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This post holder will occasionally deputise for the Category / Procurement Manager in all matters across the category. The post holder will assist with the planning, managing and co-ordinating work of a team tasked with delivering a category specific multi-million-pound annual procurement programme for the council.

The post holder will help shape the strategic plan for procurement for the category. They will be responsible and accountable for the delivery of specific projects that form part of the overall procurement programme across the council, which will include, the tender processes and delivering against the Council's outcomes on commercial negotiations to secure the best value outcomes for end users and residents.

The post holder will:

Play a key role in shaping and implementing the procurement strategy for the category with a focus on collaborative working and partnering.

Assist in the category leadership of a professional procurement team to plan tendering projects and to negotiate and deliver value for money contracts.

Fully participate in the development and delivery of a one year category specific programme for procurement that meets service timescales, facilitates the delivery of improved services, achieves value for money and is in keeping with the Council's priorities.

Support leadership, and provide expert advice and implement procurement best practice to deliver tendering projects across the category for the council.

Participate in the implementation of contract and relationship management practices across the category for the council, working with colleagues, end users and providers.

Ensure that contract leads across the category for the council are trained and suitably equipped to carry out their contract performance and supplier relationship management responsibilities in line with the agreed practices.

To maintain an up to date and expert knowledge of changes in legislation and understanding their impact for the category and for the council. To identify, contribute and assist in updating council procurement policies and procedures accordingly within the councils governance arrangements.

Working with relevant colleagues to improve the strategic relationships with partners, suppliers and others to achieve value for money throughout the contract life cycle.

To quantify spending at category levels of all goods and services, identify, contribute and implement a year over year cost saving programme. Use a category management approach to spend analysis.

Develop and agree with the Category / Procurement Manager an annual work programme for the category, participate, manage and monitor the programme and team performance. Agree relevant objectives and targets to ensure the delivery of value for money services.

Produce reports and guidance documents on significant issues including supplier performance, strategic market management and policy matters as defined by the category team.

Participate in the development of market intelligence reporting through structured benchmarking, market research and peer networking by the service contract managers. Assist the presentation of the information to senior managers in order to inform future direction and the pace of change, future procurement strategy and contract packaging.

Recognise the necessary flexibility required to work as part of the category team and the wider professional procurement cohort and organisation as demand develops and changes from time to time.

To help manage and develop Procurement Officers and Procurement Support Officers.

Exercise vigilance and awareness to prevent fraudulent activities in line with the Council's financial regulations, establish mechanisms to ensure separation of project management from delivery of contracts.

Carry out the duties of the post in accordance with the Data Protection Act, the Computer Misuse Act, the Health and Safety at Work Act, and other relevant legislation, as well as Council policies, procedures, Standing Orders and Financial regulations.

Undertake any other duties that may be required to meet the exigencies of the service. These may be varied from time to time to meet the needs of the service

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