• Reference: PX43
  • Salary: £23,382.00 - £31,164.00 per annum
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Posted on: 15 June 2022
  • Interview date:
  • Division: Corporate Finance
  • Positions: 1
  • Grade: E - G
  • Working hours: 37 per week
  • Closing date: 03 July 2022
  • Location: To be confirmed
  • Category: Support services
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About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join a shared procurement service which provides specialist procurement advice and support 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 are looking for an exceptional individual to join the team in the role of Project Support Officer.

This is an interesting and varied role with scope to take on a variety of different tasks and projects across four local authorities along with an opportunity to further your career through training and development.  We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible individual who thrives on challenge, has excellent administrative skills and who can deliver an excellent efficient customer-focused service.

Your primary role will be to provide comprehensive administrative and project support to the team, so you’ll need exceptional organisation and IT skills. You will help the team in the successful delivery of a comprehensive work programme, which will include assisting with the effective management of projects, implementing best practice procurement systems and procedures, responsibility for the collation and publication of contract information, and playing a key role in managing the council’s e-procurement system.

You will help the team to build its communication methods through the upkeep of the intranet and intranet pages, monitoring of emails and organising training events.

You will undertake a range of research projects such as analysing financial and statistical data to help identify saving opportunities, assisting with gathering market knowledge and intelligence and reporting findings to a variety of audiences, therefore you will need to have proven analytical, research and presentation skills.

In order to be successful, it is vital that you are a team player and happy to help and support others. This is a very busy service with often changing priorities, so you will need to be well organised, resilient and adaptable. Working with, and advising officers will be a key part of the role so you’ll need excellent interpersonal and influencing skills.  You will need to build strong and positive relationships and champion a best practice culture with stakeholders.

Additional information

You will be employed by Crawley Borough Council; however, Horsham generally acts as the main office base. You may also be required to travel between the shared service locations (which includes Horsham, Crawley, Haywards Heath and Dorking) depending on the projects that you are assigned to, and team needs.  

We are currently hybrid working, which means a minimum of 2 days in one of the offices and is likely that this arrangement will continue.

We will be looking to appoint individuals on starting salary band E which is £23,382- £25,130 per annum, with the potential to move up to a maximum salary of £31,164 depending on experience and performance.

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

For an informal conversation or further information regarding the role, please contact Becca Williams, Procurement Manager at becca.williams@horsham.gov.uk or call 01403 215050.

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