Your confident and connected Borough
Sefton is a vibrant local authority on a journey of aspiration and ambition as it works towards delivering its exciting Vision 2030. This journey is shared with our partners and communities as we strive to ensure Sefton is a confident and connected Borough.
Sefton has the best of both worlds, from the vibrant city of Liverpool to the south, to miles of fantastic coastline and respected green spaces in the north. The borough is internationally recognised for its outstanding natural beauty and commitment to sustainability. Sefton communities look out for each other. We focus on our similarities and diversities but never on our differences, working together to live a fruitful life.
Sefton has a strong track record of partnership working and place leadership, and for having a motivated and dedicated workforce that is resilient and adaptable, it puts the Council in the best possible place to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Your new place of work
This is a changing and vibrant authority already on a journey working towards an exciting 2030 vision, delivering in localities alongside a range of early help and universal services.
This is an organisation which has excellent links with our partners, businesses and communities.
The Council’s major change programme, Framework for Change, is the way in which we will deliver our promises in the 2030 Vision and deliver financial sustainability for the Council. This includes our Growth Programme which includes fantastic schemes being progressed and delivered across Sefton. Our team has a track record of implementing successful contracts offering value for money outcomes and transforming the way services are delivered.
We are investing in our Procurement Team and we are looking for candidates with a passion for improving the lives of our communities, with vision and the ability to work effectively with teams across the Council to achieve value for money, add social value and help us achieve our net zero commitment.
Your new role – Service Manager Procurement
An exciting opportunity has arisen for this challenging key role that will give you the opportunity to be the Authority’s lead adviser on all Procurement matters. You will provide strong visible proactive leadership and a collaborative approach to the Council’s procurement activity. Leading the management and operation of the Procurement function you will ensure all regulatory, compliance and professional standards are in place ensuring the Council operates in line with local and national policy.
This role provides an opportunity to contribute to the delivery of best possible outcomes for our communities and play an active role in the leadership, management and development of the Procurement team in order to achieve excellent value for money across the Council’s spend, drive social value and sustainability.
What you will need to succeed
As well as all the responsibilities you would expect of a Procurement leadership role you will be passionate about delivering excellent customer service, sustainability and championing social value whilst achieving a successful balance between both innovation and meeting corporate policies and regulatory requirements.
We’re looking for an individual who is CIPS qualified or educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant discipline (business, business administration, or finance) and has strong experience within a purchasing role. You will demonstrate knowledge of contract law and will have a successful track record of negotiating with external stakeholders. You will be conversant with procurement methodologies and techniques and proficient in completing research and market analysis.
You will require a comprehensive knowledge of up-to-date procurement law and practice and possess appropriate specialist knowledge of social value and procurement processes.
You will be technically competent with experience in delivering complex projects working with a range of stakeholders both internal and external to the Council. You will work with suppliers and develop strategies to ensure the business is receiving the most efficient service terms while maintaining value and cost efficiency benefits.
What you will get in return
We offer attractive conditions of service which allow for a good work life balance and invest in our staff through our learning and development programme. We recognise that that it is important to invest in our workforce to be the best that they can be in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for our communities.
The Council promotes agile working to enable greater flexibility and allow for work-life balance. We encourage a hybrid approach to working, with a combination of working in our offices and from home.
You will be joining us at an exciting time. You will have a key role in the delivery of our plans. If you can fulfil the requirements contained within the person specification, then we would love to hear from you.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CV’s (unless specified on the advert).
Please fully complete the online application form.