Directorate of Resources
Corporate Procurement Manager
Full time 37 hours, permanent
RG10 (scp 50 - 53)
We are implementing a ‘Hub & Spoke’ model of procurement and contract management, with the central ‘Hub’ providing strategic advice and support to the Directorate ‘Spokes’ throughout the contract lifecycle, operating as an internal consultancy. In addition, the team are responsible for the design and implementation of a best practice process and guidance framework for the whole of the contract lifecycle to proactively deliver the best overall value from our supplier relationships. As part of ‘leading by example’, the Councils contract for the provision of Children’s Services with the Council owned company, Brighter Futures for Children is managed within the team
About the role
Reporting to the Assistant Director for Procurement and Contracts, this role is key to delivering a step-change in commissioning and procurement across the Council. Driving the development of a commissioning and procurement best practice framework and subsequent implementation as well as supporting key commercial projects.
- As a key link in any procurement and commissioning role; the ability to build robust relationships with Council stakeholders
- You will be experienced in managing strategically important, complex procurements in the public sector, including but not limited to experience of make versus buy decisions, effective market shaping, soft market testing and commercial negotiation with proven results.
- You will also have demonstrable experience of leading and delivering change projects and programmes, building on best practice frameworks and processes
- As we change you should be able to enable cultural change, a demonstrable improvement in services and increased efficiencies across the organisation.
- Relevant professional qualification, such as CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply), or a recognised business qualification desirable.
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Modern working environment at the Civic Offices in the heart of Reading
Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
- Season Ticket Loan - to help with the cost of your rail/ bus journey, to & from work
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
For more information on this position please contact email@example.com
Closing Date: 24th January
Interview Date: w/c 1st February approx.
Interview Process: Presentation and panel interview
Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.