The starting salary for this position is currently £36,282 rising to £40,146 over five years, subject to good performance. This is based on a 36-hour working week.
Surrey County Council has embraced agile working, which means that colleagues can work with their managers to agree an appropriate balance of where and when they work to suit the needs of the team, while giving individuals flexibility (a laptop and mobile phone will be provided to allow for agile working). Colleagues come together at our office in the Merrow depot two days a week.
New starters with the council benefit from 26 days annual leave per annum, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, and a generous local government pension scheme. We offer a wide range of benefits to all staff - further details are available on our website.
This is a permanent, full-time role in our Highways and Transport Service, reporting to the Highway Schemes Design Manager.
Surrey County Council’s Highways and Transport Service is responsible for managing, maintaining and improving Surrey’s road network. This includes 3,000 miles of carriageways, 1,800 bridges, 3,300 miles of footway, over 600 sets of traffic lights, drainage, and grass verges. Our total annual budget is over £150,000,000 – a combination of revenue and capital funding.
The Highway Schemes Design Team works closely alongside our Highway Improvement Construction Team to design and deliver improvement projects including new cycle routes, pedestrian crossings, speed limit changes, junction improvements and so on. There are 42 colleagues across the two teams including Designers, Project Managers and Implementation Engineers. We work in partnership with a number of internal teams that commission us to design and deliver their projects, and also with our term contractors: Ringway and Milestone, who construct improvements on site.
About the Role
The Senior Contract Support Officer role is essential to provide financial and contractual assurance for the Highway Schemes Design and Highway Improvement Construction Teams. We charge internal teams for the time we spend on their projects, and we use their funds to procure external technical and construction services. In this context a major aspect of this role is the monitoring of capital and revenue expenditure.
You will work with colleagues in our Finance department to support the teams’ Designers, Project Managers and Implementation Engineers, providing accurate monthly and annual financial reporting. Another important aspect of the role is effective contract administration – this includes working with external providers to ensure accurate invoicing and forecasting, handling variations and ensuring payments are made.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:
- Experience of working with complex spreadsheets
- Knowledge of accounting processes
- Experience of using financial management software systems – we currently use: SAP (including SRM and Crystal reporting), Unit4 – we are in the process of changing from SAP to Unit 4 (My Surrey) Intime, ETCi – (RedSky timesheets)
- A high level of numeracy
- Good people and communication skills
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For more information, please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 16th October 2022. Interviews will take place in the first week of November 2022.
Please note, we do not accept applications via agencies – therefore, to apply for this role please click on the ‘apply online’ button below.
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Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.