Your confident and connected Borough
Sefton is a vibrant local authority on a journey of aspiration and ambition as it works towards delivering its exciting Vision 2030. This journey is shared with our partners and communities as we strive to ensure Sefton is a confident and connected Borough.
Sefton has the best of both worlds, from the vibrant city of Liverpool to the south, to miles of fantastic coastline and respected green spaces in the north. The borough is internationally recognised for its outstanding natural beauty and commitment to sustainability. Sefton communities look out for each other. We focus on our similarities and diversities but never on our differences, working together to live a fruitful life.
Sefton has a strong track record of partnership working and place leadership, and for having a motivated and dedicated workforce that is resilient and adaptable, it puts the Council in the best possible place to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Your new place of work
This is a changing and vibrant authority already on a journey working towards an exciting 2030 vision, delivering in localities alongside a range of early help and universal services.
This is an organisation where excellent links with our partners, businesses and communities.
The Council’s major change programme, Framework for Change, is the way in which we will deliver our promises in the 2030 Vision and deliver financial sustainability for the Council. Our team has a track record of implementing successful contracts offering value for money outcomes and transforming the way services are delivered.
Your new role – Procurement Service Manager
An exciting opportunity has arisen for this challenging key role that will give you the opportunity to be the Authority’s lead adviser on all Procurement matters. Supporting the Head of Strategic Support, you will provide strong visible proactive leadership and a collaborative approach to the Council’s procurement activity. Leading the management and operation of the Procurement function you will ensure all regulatory, compliance and professional standards are in place ensuring the Council operates in line with local and national policy.
This role provides an opportunity to contribute to the delivery of best possible outcomes for our communities and play an active role in the leadership, management and development of the Procurement team in order to achieve excellent value for money across the Council’s spend, drive social value and sustainability.
What you’ll need to succeed
As well as all the responsibilities you would expect of a Procurement leadership role you will be passionate about delivering excellent customer service, sustainability and championing social value whilst achieving a successful balance between both innovation and meeting corporate policies and regulatory requirements.
We’re looking for an individual who is CIPS qualified or educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline (business, business administration, or finance) and has strong experience within a purchasing role. You’ll demonstrate knowledge of contract law and will have a successful track record of negotiating with external stakeholders. You’ll be conversant with procurement methodologies and techniques and proficient in completing research and market analysis.
You will require a comprehensive knowledge of up to date procurement law and practice and possess appropriate specialist knowledge of social value and procurement processes.
You will be technically competent with experience in delivering complex projects working with a range of stakeholders both internal and external to the Council. You will work with suppliers and develop strategies to ensure the business is receiving the most efficient service terms while maintaining value and cost efficiency benefits.
What you’ll get in return
Sefton is committed to your personal development; we recognise that that it is important to invest in our workforce to be the best that they can be in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for our communities.
You will be joining us at an exciting time. You will have a key role in the delivery of our plans. If you have significant experience of providing advice on people matters in a large complex multi-profession organisation and can fulfil these requirements and those contained within the person specification, then we would love to hear from you.