About The Job
Salary: £32,910 - £35,745 per annum
Working Pattern: 37 hours per week (full time)
Contract Length: Fixed Term until 31 March 2022
Location: County Hall Chichester, or Centenary House Worthing
Interview Date: TBC (interviews will take place via MS Teams, Skype or equivalent)
As a Contract Officer, you will be responsible for initiating, establishing, monitoring, and reviewing contracts with service providers. You will secure best value support services by effectively managing a portfolio of medium risk and medium value contracts.
You will work closely with internal and external suppliers, proactively developing and maintaining positive working relationships with customers and the Health and Social Care Market Providers. This ensures services are responsive to demand, meet on-going need and are of good quality.
You will anticipate problems, escalate issues, and recommend pragmatic solutions, using analytical skills to interpret and manipulate varied and complex information. This role requires a strong procurement and contract management background; experience of direct work with complex, vulnerable Children and Young People would be desirable.
This is a challenging, dynamic, and rewarding role, and we are looking for individuals who have the appropriate aptitude and skills to make a difference for some of the most vulnerable residents in our community. We are particularly keen to hear from professionals who have excellent communication skills and proven experience of working in a Social Care setting or can evidence they have transferable skills.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to support delivery of a demanding contract management service. Normally demonstrated by evidence of managing contracts and contributing to policy/procedural reviews and objective setting.
- Ability to anticipate problems and escalate issues, planning solutions and recommending sound pragmatic solutions which will have a direct impact on the business/service, and meet deadlines and objectives.
- Create and maintain effective working relationships in order to interact effectively with a range of providers and contractors.
- Ability to influence providers/contractors to make decisions they would otherwise not make, to promote understanding of technical procurement contract information and to successfully advise and guide managers to make sound procurement/contractual decisions which could have significant impact.
- Analytical skills in order to interpret and manipulate varied and complex contract/tender information in relation to services and supplies.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Degree or equivalent qualification or experience in contract management, demonstrating that level of applied knowledge in researching, analysing and evaluating arguments and information.
- Significant experience in procurement or contract management demonstrated by monitoring and /or managing complex contracts effectively to ensure they meet customer's requirements and business need.
- Relevant advanced theoretical or organisational knowledge of systems, procedures and policies associated with operating a demanding procurement/contract management service.
- Knowledge of Children's Services and the associated provider market would be advantageous.
- Sound and accurate IT skills.
- Significant experience of working within contract management and business intelligence systems/practices and providing effective support.
- Experience of providing mentoring/coaching/on-the-job training to colleagues to maximise their specific capabilities and to meet objectives.
Rewards and Benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
How to Apply
To apply, upload your CV and cover letter explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
This post is subject to 5 years referencing and an occupational health check.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
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