• Reference: PX42
  • Salary: £31,473.00 - £37,529.00 per annum
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Posted on: 07 April 2021
  • Interview date:
  • Division: Corporate Finance
  • Positions: 1
  • Grade: H - I
  • Working hours: 37 per week
  • Closing date: 26 April 2021
  • Location: The Boulevard, Crawley
  • Category: Finance
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About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join a procurement team which provides specialist procurement advice and tender management services to Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council, Mid Sussex District Council and Mole Valley District Council. Our team has a track record of implementing successful contracts offering value for money outcomes and transforming the way services are delivered. We have recently expanded the shared service and as a result we are looking for an experienced individual to join the team in the role of Procurement Officer.   

You will be working in a fast-paced environment ensuring the smooth delivery of multiple procurement projects at any given time. This is a hands-on role that requires a pro-active individual who is willing to learn, share their experience and champion a best practice culture with stakeholders that ensures savings are made through innovative procurement and contract management.

You will need to successfully deliver a programme of procurements which will include large-scale contracts, undertaking open tenders as well as mini competitions through framework agreements. Knowledge of Public Contract Regulations 2015 is essential for this post. You’ll need to demonstrate experience of running a procurement process from inception through to contract award and implementation. Previous experience of developing comprehensive fully compliant tender documentation and evaluation criteria is a necessity.

This is varied and interesting role with opportunities to work with senior leaders and to build experience across a broad range of category areas, including Professional Services, Construction and Regeneration, Facilities Management, Waste, Community and Culture, Corporate Resources, IT and Fleet.

You will have opportunities to be involved in developing best practice procurement policies and guidance, undertaking market and supplier analysis to inform procurement activity, and delivering training across the councils so an eye for detail, the ability to undertake research and analysis along with sound IT skills is essential.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible individual who thrives on challenge, has a strong desire to continually improve practice, and who can deliver an excellent customer focused service. There will be opportunities to further your career through training and development.

In order to be successful, you will need to be an innovative clear thinker, with the ability to work with a team to deliver a project on time. You’ll need excellent inter-personal and influencing skills. It is vital that you are a team player and happy to help and support others. This is a busy service with often changing priorities, so you will need to be well organised, resilient and adaptable.

The head office location is at Crawley Borough Council; however, you will be situated between all of the shared service locations (which also includes Horsham, Haywards Heath and Dorking) depending on the projects that you are assigned to, and team needs. At the present time officers are working from home during the pandemic. Flexible working and home working is likely to remain an option in the future.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, as we may close this advert before the stated closing date if enough applications are received.

Additional information

Essential car user allowance is payable for this role (please note, this allowance is currently under review and could be subject to change).

A full current UK driving licence will be a requirement of the role as travel between sites will be required.

Employee benefits

We offer a generous employee benefits package, with a range of discounts, benefits and wellbeing incentives to suit everyone.

Our way of working

Our shared values and behaviours reflect the special nature of our council. We encourage all colleagues to put them into practice, whatever job they do. Take a look to see if we are the perfect match.

Safer recruitment

Crawley Borough 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 under represented groups.

How to apply

Click the Apply button to complete your application online. Please ensure that the reference details you supply are for your current or most recent employer and that any gaps in employment are covered on your application form. Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a fully completed application form.

For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, please email Jo Newton-Smith, Procurement Manager or call on 01403 215147.

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