About The Job
Salary: £26,446 to £29,174 per annum
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: County Hall Chichester with the requirement to travel countywide
Interview Date: TBC
Are you resilient, adaptable, organised, and able to work in a fast-paced environment?
Join us as a Contracts Officer working across our Adults Services and Health directorate and be a part of a strong and dynamic team of individuals looking to make a difference for some of the most vulnerable residents.
As a Contracts Officer, you will:
- Be part of the team that will ensure that good quality, affordable care is available for all our residents.
- Be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the relevant database in relation to low value contracts.
- Assist in developing provider relationships to support compliance and good quality care provision within the Adult Social Care market in West Sussex.
- Deal with the management and monitoring of a portfolio of contracts including solving problems and issues as they arise e.g. renegotiation of contract terms or issues surrounding delivery of the contract.
- Share good practice and support providers to understand terms and processes, e.g. around regulatory care standards and requirement set out by government regulations and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
- Ensure the data and insight that we hold on services within the Adult Social Care market is reliable and up-to-date.
If this sounds like the perfect opportunity to join a supportive and dynamic team, take a look at the attached job description and see if you have the skills, qualifications, and experience to be a Contracts Officer here at West Sussex!
Experience and Skills
- Good communication and interpersonal skills in both verbal and written formats, in order to interact effectively with a range of clients and create and maintain effective working relationships.
- Excellent organisational and planning skills which enable you to meet set targets and to balance work priorities on a daily basis, often under time pressure, and be self-motivated.
- Good general level of IT competence and skilled at collating, inputting and presenting performance information and managing databases / data in general (in Excel and Word primarily though not exclusively).
- Excellent analytical skills in order to interpret complex tender / financial information, with the ability to organise, plan and meet set targets e.g. for timely distribution of tenders.
- Be outwardly focused on customers, and professionally curious to ensure good care provision which will require common sense and tenacity.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- BTEC / HNC / NVQ3 level or equivalent experience demonstrating that level of numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
- Demonstrable experience of managing contracts for effective results ensuring best value and optimum service levels are maintained.
- Experience and knowledge of the care and support market, and of quality assurance systems and contracting processes.
- Some knowledge of community-based social and health care services and regulation, as well as general contract and quality management processes.
- Advanced theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of contracts tender and management including an understanding of the financial and legal frames governing contract management.
Rewards and Benefits
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:
- 26 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
- Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
- A range of flexible working options
- Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
- Health and wellbeing benefits including access to our Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and Voluntary Health Cash Plans
- Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
To apply, upload your CV and complete the application 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 a 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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