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Strategic Procurement Manager

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Number of positions
  • 1
  • Location
  • Lewes
  • Salary
  • £49,333 - £53,637 per annum
  • Closing date
  • 14/04/2024
  • Department
  • Business Services
  • Contract type
  • Permanent
  • Work pattern
  • Full Time
  • Hours
  • 37
  • Job type
  • Procurement
  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/84831/40021
  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/84831/40021
  • Number of positions
  • 1
  • Location
  • Lewes
  • Salary
  • £49,333 - £53,637 per annum
  • Closing date
  • 14/04/2024
  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Department
  • Business Services
  • Contract type
  • Permanent
  • Work pattern
  • Full Time
  • Hours
  • 37
  • Job type
  • Procurement

 

Are you looking for an opportunity to join a forward thinking, flexible and supportive Procurement team, where you can build on your Procurement career?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

An opportunity has opened up for a Strategic Procurement Manager role that sits within the East Sussex Strategic Procurement Team in Orbis Procurement.

Orbis Procurement is a shared services partnership between East Sussex County Council, Surrey County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council, delivering a strategic procurement service to the partners and a range of District and Borough Councils.

Orbis Procurement manages a third party spend in excess of £1.9bn with external suppliers, procuring everything from software to social care services, cleaning products to sports equipment. In addition, our Policy teams strive to work with the Council to leverage our spend for the public good and our Commercial team are helping services manage their contracts and deliver service improvement for our residents. Above all, we aim to be a centre for procurement excellence by ensuring that we manage public money in a way people trust and deliver better value from our contracts in a responsible way.

Our Strategic Procurement Teams provide direct localised support to our customers, providing expertise on tendering activity and contributing to the delivery of service objectives, savings and other benefits, including social value. 

The Strategic Procurement Teams in East Sussex, Surrey and Brighton & Hove work closely together, sharing knowledge, expertise and resource to best service our customer’s needs.

The successful candidate will be required to support on the development of the Forward Plan of projects for their specific category area and deliver strategic procurements which focus on the wider ambitions of both service stakeholders and the Council. Successful delivery of the role means improving outcomes for residents and services users, driving value through our local economy and social value strategies and aligning supply chain activities with our sustainability ambitions.

We are looking for candidates who: 

  • Have experience of delivering large scale, strategic procurements, achieving excellent value for money and strong commercial outcomes
  • Are confident in managing multiple stakeholders at a senior level
  • Have strong influencing skills
  • Have the ability to develop and deliver long term category strategies across a portfolio of projects
  • Are proactive and able to offer innovative ideas for improvements 
  • Have strong communication skills across a full range of media
  • Have experience in successful leading, coaching and developing of staff

Previous experience in public sector procurement is ideal, although we would consider applications from experienced procurement professionals from other sectors. The successful candidate is expected to be aware of the implications of working within a public sector environment and how this affects purchasing strategies and practices.

In Orbis Procurement, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities.

To apply for this role please follow the ‘Apply Now’ button above. When completing your application be sure to address how you meet all the criteria in the person specification drawing on any relevant work/life experience, education or personal interests.

Dates for interviews are to be confirmed, but will be held in person at County Hall, Lewes.

Customer focus is at the heart of what we do. We aim to be influential in the market, deliver professional procurement and commercial expertise and support our partners - making a real difference to the services we provide to our residents and making a real impact on local communities.

“Our ambition is to become a centre of procurement excellence in Local Government where continuous improvement and resident value is at the heart of the journey.”. 
Keith Coleman, Deputy Director of Orbis Procurement.

If you would like to be part of this journey, we look forward to receiving your application.

Benefits

Starting salary £49,333 for 37 hours per week.  From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work-life balance. Our flexible working arrangements allow for hybrid working from home and office. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 26 days after 5 years’ service (with an additional 2 days between Christmas and New Year), a generous Local Government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. More information on the benefits can be found on our benefits page.

Our administrative bases are in Lewes (County Hall), in Reigate (Woodhatch Place) and in Hove Town Hall. Some travel to the other offices including our customer offices will be required from time to time. 

To arrange an informal discussion, please contact:
​Keith Coleman, Deputy Director of Procurement via keith.coleman@surreycc.gov.uk

Additional Information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

If you require sponsorship to work in the UK please let the hiring manager know this in your application so we can check eligibility for sponsorship for the role.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.


Equal Opportunities

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.

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