About the Post:
We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as Contract Manager supporting the Council to deliver its new Council Plan and Be Even Better Strategy.
Working within the Strategic Procurement & Contract Management Team, the successful applicant will play a pivotal role to lead and enforce the performance management of strategic contracts and ensure services receive an efficient, effective and market leading commercial support service.
The Council’s recently adopted People Strategy will act to support the successful candidate to adopt the culture and behaviours of a modern, agile, healthy, engaged, skilled and innovative workforce.
About the role
Working within the Finance Business Unit the Contract Manager will lead and enforce the performance management of strategic contracts, ensuring high standards of service are delivered by our supply partners. You will work in a varied and rewarding environment with a range of stakeholders ensuring that the service and business unit achieves the key priorities set out in its corporate plan and delivers the core strategies adopted by the council.
Reporting to the Strategic Contracts & Governance Manager you will be responsible for managing the performance of strategic suppliers with a focus on continuous improvement to ensure best practice contract management is embedded. The role will predominantly focus on managing the council’s Building Schools for the Future contracts and you will develop close, effective relationships with supply partners and schools. You will also support the delivery of projects to ensure schools continue to provide the appropriate environment for delivering education and council strategies.
The postholder will adopt a hybrid / agile approach to working arrangements with a minimum of 3 days office based.
You will have experience of contract management, preferably with a knowledge of facilities management and/or private finance initiative arrangements but this is not essential. You will be an enthusiastic and dynamic professional who has excellent commercial, analytical, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills. You will have a passion for best practice and demonstrable experience of managing performance to achieve core priorities and outcomes, ensuring accuracy, integrity, and compliance.
You will be well informed of and be able to implement changing local and national policy issues and build strong and productive relationships with customers and stakeholders including Executive Directors, Members, and external partners. You will be the type of person who thrives on a challenge and can use your skills to make improvements that really make a difference.