At the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames we are an ambitious, forward thinking London Borough with a substantial growth and regeneration agenda. The ambition is matched by the recognition to preserve and enhance our historical buildings, parks and gardens; improve our association with the Thames; and continue to be one of the best shopping destinations to visit in the UK. Our offices are located in the town centre just a few steps from the ancient market, thriving town centre and the waterfront.
About the role
The role reports directly to the Assistant Director - Contracts and Commercial, and is responsible for the development of the corporate commissioning framework and supporting the organisation to deliver through procurement and contract management arrangements. The role will provide inspirational and constructive leadership to the Commissioning and Procurement Service to ensure high performance within a networked operating model. You will manage the performance of the service, working with colleagues to define outcomes, set targets and monitor performance, within a culture of continual improvement.
The Council is focused on progressing its thinking to deliver the best possible outcomes for its communities. To do this the Council needs Corporate Heads of Service who thrive in a networked organisation and who can work corporately, across complex networks and systems and provide strong leadership within a strategic context.
We are looking for a candidate who has significant experience and a proven track record of achievement in leading and managing commissioning and procurement focused services and activities. You will display commercial confidence and the financial management skills to bring about demonstrable improvements in efficiency, value for money and income generation. The ideal candidate will be have a degree or relevant professional qualification, preferably Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), be politically astute and able to build high levels of credibility, and make an impact quickly.
We offer the chance to join a forward thinking organisation that is committed to transforming its business and improving outcomes for residents and driving improved value for money. We have a modern working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly whilst on the move from your mobile or Chromebook, and at home following the introduction of Google Mail and Apps which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working.
We also offer a range of staff benefits, including:
- 29 days depending on grade and length of service. In addition you receive 8 statutory bank holidays
- Local discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities and interest free season ticket loans
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Cyclescheme - enabling you to get a brand new bike and safety equipment for your commute
- Childcare vouchers
- Access to our Zipcar scheme for work use and discounted rates for personal use
- Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
- A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued.
How to apply
Before applying please refer to the Role Profile.pdf and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined the role profile.
Closing Date: 13/11/2018