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Procurement Manager

Michael Page Procurement & Supply Chain
Closing date
22 Sep 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time
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To provide procurement and contract management expertise to successfully source and commercially manage contracts. Ensure compliance with relevant legislation and Council procedures that commissioning outcomes are met, providers' proposals are delivered and relationships are developed to maximise the value and benefits from third party spend.

Client Details

Our client is a Council based in the West Midlands.

  • Work closely with commissioners to plan and develop medium term (3yr forecast) Category Plans and sourcing strategies to ensure the best outcome and value is achieved from third party spend
  • To ensure that all procurement activity within the allocated categories is included within the Procurement Forward Plan and annual tendering plans
  • Delivery of the developed strategies through the application of commercial management techniques and approaches which will ensure that best value and continuous improvement are achieved and efficiency targets optimised in compliance with the Council's Constitution, legislation and best practice
  • To review strategic analyses of markets and provider trends and capabilities within relevant industries to ensure that procurement is based on best practice intelligence, and consequently identifying key areas for cost saving
  • Establish networks with key providers and new market entrants and where possible shape and influence developments to ensure capacity and capability in the market will meet the Council's future needs
  • Deliver an objective and robust value for money challenge mechanism to Service Departments to support their service delivery requirements and maximise their spend capacity by providing strategic procurement advice and guidance, ensuring that all appropriate market options and associated risks are considered in sourcing decisions
  • Establish how the Procurement Strategy and policies, (eg social value, payment by results, TUPE, pensions etc) will be applied to maximise value for money and benefits delivered through third party spend
  • The timely production of all documents necessary for the tender process, including pre-qualification documents, terms and conditions of contract, service specifications/performance standards and tender evaluation
  • Ensure that all projects are managed effectively and in compliance with project management methods (eg gateway reviews), timescales and performance indicators
  • Take the lead role on the commercial management of contracts to ensure that value for money and anticipated benefits are realised
  • Recommend approval of payment and contractual spend subject to delegated authority levels. * Negotiate with providers where improved or continued service delivery is critical to ensure the delivery of the Council's objectives or where dispute resolution procedures may need to be invoked. Monitor provider improvement plans when necessary
  • Be the contact for contractual matters and disputes, ensuring timely review and approval / reconciliation of variations. Where necessary highlight potential disputes to the appropriate service, legal and finance departments
  • Ensure plans are in place for successful contract close-out, extension or renewal and end users do not suffer any disruption or loss of service.


  • Experience of procurement planning
  • Experience of leading strategic projects as part of a cross functional team
  • Experience of managing tender processes
  • Operating within a Performance Management framework
  • Utilising Project Management techniques. Supplier relationship management
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or Other appropriate Management/Business qualification or Significant experience in category management and sourcing

  • Experience working at a senior level in a procurement role in a Local Authority or similar organisation
  • Procurement experience from the commercial or provider sector
  • Understanding of legislation relating to public sector procurement
  • Awareness of the political dimension of local government.

Job Offer
  • Flexible Working
  • Day rate £300 - £400
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