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Commercial Manager

Westminster City Council
Closing date
11 Jul 2022

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The Finance Team in Westminster City Council is a world of extraordinary stories, where we go above and beyond for our residents - in all sorts of pioneering ways. Our work has the ability to have profound impact on residents' lives. By being smart and courageous with the council's finances means we can achieve more for our residents.

Take the Carrick Yard housing development in Luton Street. When a big international building firm couldn't find a sales partner, we stepped in to create a joint venture partnership and underwrite any unsold units to protect our investment. Then when we felt a big banking partner would be overcharging the venture for financing the development, we decided to finance it ourselves. The result? 171 homes are now under construction, leading the redevelopment of the Church Street area, whilst the council is projecting a potential return on investment of almost 14% - far in excess of anything that can be achieved on cash deposits in current market conditions.

And why does this success matter? Because it allows us to invest even more in public services that are the lifeblood of our communities.

Please view the extraordinary story of the Carrick Yard Investment here.

The Role:


1 x Housing/Development/Regeneration Commercial Manager
1 x Adults Public Health and Children's Services Commercial Manager

1 x Finance and Resources including IT Commercial Manager

As a Commercial Manager you can make your own powerful contribution. If you're looking to develop your career within procurement, then we can offer you a varied and versatile portfolio of projects so you can really show what you can do. Our Procurement Service is commercially focused and high performing, and this role will give you the freedom to enhance your skills in both the procurement and commercial spheres.

Day-to-day, you'll lead the delivery of significant and complex tenders including the delivery of high value, high risk or more innovative tenders.

You'll develop and use specialist knowledge and expertise - things like supplier or market research, or benchmarking - to inform your procurement strategy. Over time, you'll help to enhance the reputation of the Procurement Service and Westminster Council, as well as helping us deliver the best outcomes for our residents.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

You'll be flexible and creative in your approach to work and ready to keep on developing yourself professionally in an environment that values professional growth.

Join us and, as you develop your skills and knowledge, people will look to you for pragmatic and informed advice across Westminster, so that we meet or exceed our goals for customer outcomes and value for money. We're looking for someone who is comfortable communicating across teams and at all levels.

The Council and its partners are committed to achieving diverse shortlists for all vacancies at Band 4 or above to support our desire to increase the number of staff from underrepresented groups in our workforce. As part of this ambition, if you are from a Black, Asian and Multiple Ethnic backgrounds (B.A.ME) you can self-declare this to the hiring manager as part of our positive action commitments.

What We Offer:

Westminster is an amazing place. There are 250,000 diverse residents, over 50,000 vibrant and vital businesses and three-quarters-of-a-million people working here every day. Our mission is to create a city for all. We're an organisation that wants the very best for our residents: a supportive and safe environment, the chance to grow and learn throughout their lives, to build fantastic careers in world-leading industries, to have access to high-quality, affordable housing and to retire into the community with dignity and pride.

We want Westminster to be a place where you can make the most of your talents and thrive as an individual. That's why we're proud to have won Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative in the 2020/21 Business Culture Awards. By being the best you can be, you'll help us adapt to the changing needs of our organisation and communities.

At Westminster City Council, we are passionate about our aim to be an inclusive workplace for all that reflects the communities we serve, and we believe everyone is valued. We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, including B.A.ME (Black, Asian and Multiple Ethnic backgrounds), LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities. We're committed to ensuring all our staff - regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability - can succeed. We value diversity and appreciate that people work in different ways. So, as a Timewise employer we work to provide flexible working arrangements and an empowering environment that enables you to be your best, that is the Westminster Way.
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