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Senior Procurement Policy Officer

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Specialisms:
Procurement & Estates
Rate/Salary:
£44,500 - £46,800
Location:
Flexible Location
Job Type:
Permanent
Start date:
asap
Sector:
Local Government
Qualifications:
 
Contact:
Joanne Till
Fax:
 
Reference
JXT/SPPO

About The Council
Croydon is one of London’s largest and most diverse boroughs, with distinct and varied communities creating an exciting place full of opportunity. We are proud of our heritage, creativity and diversity, which will be at the heart of Croydon’s London Borough of Culture 2023 celebrations. We are home to more than 388 000 residents, with the largest number of under 18s of any London borough.

In recent months there has been significant focus on the challenges facing Croydon. We do not shy away from the scale of these challenges and have improvement programmes across the organisation to deliver the changes that are needed. All areas of the Council are under review and in Procurement it is essential we achieve savings from existing contracts and through replacing expired or expiring contracts. As part of the Council’s major reorganisation we have established a new Strategic Procurement and Governance team and commenced a comprehensive Procurement improvement plan and are now looking for experienced and likeminded procurement professionals to join us at this exciting time.

The Role
As the Senior Procurement Policy Officer your role will be to ensure that Croydon Council is delivering effective procurement and contract management policies and practice whilst driving and delivering a professional and commercial approach across the Council that delivers cost effective, value for money and high quality procured services. This is a new role within the Procurement and Governance Team and the responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:
• Supporting the Strategic Procurement Development Manager to develop best practice in procurement and contract management through engagement, policy development and implementation
• Leading the review of the Council’s Tender and Contracts regulation, ensuring effective oversight and supporting the Council’s requirement for an efficient and innovative procurement function
• Leading the review of the Council’s Strategic Contract Management Framework including strategic performance reporting
• Leading the review and the ongoing oversight of the Council’s operational contracting policies, including interfaces with other relevant departments such as legal services, and ensuring that contracting is considered at every stage in the purchasing cycle and updating contract templates to reflect the requirements

In addition to the above you will also be responsible for ensuring that the Council
is achieving its strategic procurement policy objectives, e.g. in relation to Social Value.

The Person
To be considered for the role you will ideally be CIPS qualified and have significant knowledge of current policy frameworks and best practice in relation to procurement and contract management activity as well as significant knowledge of Public Contract Regulations, and proposed national policy intentions and proposed changes.

You will be an excellent communicator and be able to evidence experience of developing and implementing successful policies, ideally in a procurement setting. You will also ideally have knowledge of change management processes such as risk management, planning, control and change readiness.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

For further information about the role or to request a copy of the full job description please contact Joanne Till at Morgan Law on 07733 264775 or email joannetill@morgan-law.com

Please note Morgan Law are managing this campaign on behalf of Croydon Council and any CVs sent directly to the council will not be considered.