Category and Contract Assistant Manager - People

Zoek Pin Chelmsford, Essex, England

Permanent (Unspecified)

Posted 18 days ago

Category and Contract Assistant Manager - People

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £38,001 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Please note that this position is being offered as a Fixed Term Contract or Secondment until the end of March 2022.

In line with ECC's Ways of Working, this role has been deemed as an 'Anywhere Worker' position. This means you are able to work remotely for the majority of the time, with occasional trips to the office (Chelmsford) based on business need. Any journeys to the office would be at your own expense. More specific details about this can be discussed at the interview stage should you be invited to interview.

The Role

The Category and Contract Assistant Manager will manage the delivery of sourcing processes in a compliant and timely manner. Directly accountable for assigned contracts and assisting in the strategic management of smaller contracts, ensuring that service level agreements and key performance indicators are monitored and any improvements are executed. The role will negotiate commercial or contractual terms for contracts worth below £25 million to achieve positive outcomes and ensure contracts keep pace with ECC's changing requirements.

Why work with us?

  • Make a difference to the local community, be that infrastructure, climate change or adult social care and help us transform Essex to a circular economy as we redefine growth and focus on positive society-wide benefits.
  • We are a very large procurement team with circa 120 staff and have seen the department grow by 25% over the last 18 months. Annual Spend of £ billion.
  • We are the only CIPS accredited County Council in the UK.
  • We are the largest Local Authority Procurement Team in the UK and have a national reputation for excellence.
  • Work for a high performing team with great team morale and friendly, helpful, and supportive colleagues.
  • Happy to consider Public and Private sector backgrounds.
  • Great training pathways. Encouragement to all staff for their continual professional development with full support and guidance towards CIPS / MCIPS.
  • Flexible working - with no official start or finish time you can make your work arrangement work around the other elements of your life offering a fantastic work / life balance.
  • Local Authority Pension Scheme.
  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holiday.
  • 37 hour working week.
  • Continuous Service - Joining us from another local authority? Then you could benefit from bringing your time served and benefits with you.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Educated to A level with a relevant professional qualification such as MCIPS or working towards such a qualification or equivalent demonstrable work experience with evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Knowledge of category management and experience of using this methodology in complex commercial environments to deliver significant cost or service improvements.
  • A demonstrable track record of managing strategic contracts in business critical environments. This should include evidence of defining, measuring and improving key elements of supplier performance.
  • Evidence of some experience of delivering continuous improvements in strategic arrangements with evidence of generating significant cost and service benefits.
  • Evidence of some knowledge of contract law and legislation relevant to the specific category / categories within their control and its impact on market management, finance and contractual arrangements.
  • Extensive knowledge of public sector procurement law, or the ability to pick this up quickly, with the ability to explain the law to non-procurement staff and find pragmatic solutions to potential legal difficulties.
  • Comprehensive negotiating skills appropriate to multi million pound contracts and experience of planning and delivering successful negotiations.
  • An awareness of working in a political environment is an advantage.

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