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Head of Corporate Procurement

  • Location:

    Berkshire

  • Sector:

    Professional Services

  • Job type:

    Contract

  • Salary:

    Up to £500 per day

  • Contact:

    Eszter Katona

  • Contact email:

    ekatona@aktonrecruitment.com

  • Job ref:

    RQ492239_1639991868

  • Published:

    29 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    2022-01-19

  • Startdate:

    ASAP

Head of Corporate Procurement- Bracknell Forest
£500/day

* Proactively develop and modernise the way the Council conducts its procurement activity, implementing agreed procurement strategies, policies and procedures.

* Act as a change catalyst to transform related processes and systems, ensuring significantly increased and effective use is made of technological innovation.

* Complete the implementation of an e-procurement system and ensure it delivers its prime objective of reducing administrative tasks and releasing professional resources to support the wider organisation.

* Proactively develop the procurement team within the Council so that it can contribute significantly to the achievement of relevant strategies, in particular driving better value for money and added social value.

* Manage and oversee the Council's approach to contract management, delivering better value for money during the lifetime of key contracts. Research and highlight a range of potential options and solutions to Managers in relation to their particular area.

* Be the Council's lead expert on Procurement Regulations and ensure the Council remains compliant with the Public Contracts Regulations at all times and is not exposed to risk of legal challenge.

Provide guidance and advice to all levels of staff and have a direct impact on expenditure and service levels achieved.

* Identify opportunities for more effective collaborative working, partnering and aggregation of demand to lever improved results from the marketplace in terms of cost and service delivery.

* Advise senior managers and Directors on complex procurement issues, liaising with Legal Services as required; build strong and positive relationships with Departments and champion a quality and performance related contract management culture to ensure service delivery is effective and responds to identified needs.

* Manage and monitor the Councils' performance management framework to demonstrate effective procurement across the Council through timely preparations for contract renewals and tender processes.

* Develop and maintain a network of contacts in neighbouring local authorities other public sector bodies, private or voluntary sector organisations, with a view to establishing opportunities for collaborative and/or innovative procurement.

* Develop and maintain a full awareness of current issues and challenges facing local government. Ensuring all changes in procurement legislation and new procurement legislation are reflected in BFC processes and practices. Act as the Lead contact for advice to other commissioning sections within the Council in relation to all current/new procurement legislation.

* Support the Executive Director: Resources in effective running of the Council-wide Strategic Procurement Group, sharing and embedding best practice arrangements and ensuring consistent achievement of value for money in major contracts.

* The postholder will be the Lead expert on all Procurement matters across all departments and commissioning teams. The postholder will be expected to act autonomously within Procurement and outline recommendations to the Director when required on strategic issues and decisions, with clear proposals as to the recommended solution.

Significant experience of working within Public Sector Procurement role

Successful track record of leading on and managing procurement.

Experience of the legal and financial issues associated with procurement.

Experience of e-procurement issues.

Ability to work corporately, supportively and flexibly.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with senior officers and Councillors

Ability to achieve objectives through planning, monitoring and re-appraisal.

Experience of best value and performance management in the context of procurement.

A wide range of knowledge and project/management skills.
Experience of working in a large organisation dealing with a diverse range of procurement issues.